Lauren DysonContent Manager

Lauren Dyson manages research and content development for Code for America's government relations team. Previously, she worked as a 2010 Google Policy Fellow with the Internet Education Foundation to promote informed decision-making by policymakers on technology policy issues, and as a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society on the Digital Natives initiative. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Media Studies. Twitter: @ladyson

Posts by Lauren

Civic Tech Forecast: 2014

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Last year was a big year for civic technology and government innovation, and if last week’s Municipal Innovation discussion was any indication, 2014 promises to be even bigger. More than sixty civic innovators from both inside and outside of government …

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Spotlight: Kiran Jain, City of Oakland

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Kiran Jain (@jainkiranc) is an attorney for the City of Oakland with a background in real estate, technology, and municipal law practice. She was also a 2012 Leading by Design fellow at the California College of the Arts. Kiran has …

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KCMO: Making Room for Experimentation

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Ever since the the highly-publicized failure of Healthcare.gov, the news has been full of government technology horror stories — overdue contracts, bloated budgets, broken bidding processes, and malfunctioning software. While such cases are not infrequent in government IT, they are …

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Spotlight: Mark Leech, City of Albuquerque

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Mark Leech (@LeechMT) is the Application Development Manager for the City of Albuquerque, N.M. He’s been leading the City’s open data initiative, ABQ Data. Since launching in June 2012, the city has released 38 high-value datasets prioritized by citizen demand. …

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Gov Geeks at the Summit

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In many ways, the Code for America Summit is a three-day celebration of the the amazing government officials who make up the CfA Peer Network — and the important, often challenging work they do as public servants to drive civic …

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Spotlight: Heather Hudson, City of Baltimore

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Heather Hudson is the recently-appointed Chief Data Officer for the City of Baltimore. Though Baltimore has long been recognized as a leader in data-driven decision making, having pioneered the Baltimore CitiStat performance management program, the role of Chief Data Officer …

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Announcing Beyond Transparency: An Open Data Anthology

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Today we’re excited to release Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, — an anthology of essays about open civic data, edited by Brett Goldstein (Former Chief Data officer of the City of Chicago) with Code for America. …

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The State of Local Government Procurement

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This post was co-authored with Rebecca Williams of the Sunlight Foundation and Code for America’s policy intern Ryan Driscoll. This summer, Code for America, Omidyar Network, and the Sunlight Foundation joined forces to investigate municipal procurement trends, best practices, and …

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When Government Joins the Internet of Things

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What happens when public infrastructure becomes part of the “Internet of Things“? In an opinion piece in the New York Times today, former Chicago Chief Data Officer Brett Goldstein explores the policy and privacy implications of smart cities: We all …

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Pillars of Openness: Lessons from Buenos Aires

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In Buenos Aires, Argentina — as well as in many U.S. states and municipalities — government content can be subject to copyright, meaning that oftentimes works such as information on state and local government websites are not actually in the …

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