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Harlan Weber

14 days ago
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Josh W The City of Cambridge just published a "Civic Innovation Challenge Inventory." We're now asking city staff to suggest use cases for new datasets added to our open data portal. Our goal here is to help jump start civic hacking by indicating what we think are some of the most productive use cases for certain datasets. I'd love your feedback on whether this seems like a good tool and how we might improve it. 
 
Here is the innovation inventory: 
 
And here is an earlier iteration. 
 
21 days ago
28 days ago
Isaac C TOMORROW!
The Big Idea: What "truth" do we want from journalism? How will media and journalism be defined going forward? Who *should* pay and who is willing to pay for what is arguably a public service? 
 
 
 
When: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM
 
Helping to contribute to Drupal core, for the third year in a row the Boston Drupal Group will be participating in the Drupal Global Sprint Weekend. Join us for two days (9am - 6pm each day) as we collaborate with the global Drupal community and work on core Drupal issues. 
Where: 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA 
When: 1/28 - 1/29 6-9PM
 
Harlan W National Advisory Council & Brigade Action Teams
The National Advisory Council has been working on a direction for the Brigade program. We need your input, and your help! Read more on Medium: https://medium.com/code-for-america/national-advisory-council-join-us-6641049e5094#.ftfqn7yqn
 
We'll be looking at policy and turning that into financial models!
  • Math!
  • Reading!
 
Allows secretaries/teachers to check if their students should get an excused access if the MBTA is delayed. Currently the system is that there are no excused absences. We are launching the app with BPS transportation. 
 
Harlan W Cambridge Open Data
(Currently you need permission to access, even without the /edit qualifier.)
 
Allows tenants of the city of Somerville, MA to view what capital projects. Looking for a front end developer. 
 
 
35 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Kristen Weber 35 days ago
Kristen W January 17, 2017 #hacknights
 
Harlan W Quick info:
Lyre C Notes from previous meeting: January 10, 2016 hacknights
Matt C Looking for a civic tech job? http://codeforboston.org/jobs/
Isaac C Hiring for a civic tech job? let us know @ hello@codeforboston.org and we'll put it up there ^
 
Matt C First time here?
Isaac C Read through our Code of Conduct: http://www.codeforboston.org/code-of-conduct/ 
 
Kristen W
  • Upcoming Events & Updates
Lyre C Add your event to the Civic Innovation Ecosystem Calendar: cal.codeforboston.org
 
Broadband has become an assumed service, and yet in some parts of the state – and even the city – high-speed internet access is limited, unavailable, or unaffordable. Broadband access is necessary to help our students learn, to build small businesses and to enable residents to engage as citizens. As we type, click, and swipe, it is easy to forget about the underlying infrastructure that supports our online activities. This critical infrastructure is complex and in order to provide equitable access Show more…
Where: 2300 Washington Street 2nd Floor , Boston, MA 02119
When: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM
 
Lyre C
  • Project Check-In
Isaac C "What issue(s) are you tackling tonight?"
 
Megan O AGO Stakeholders Workshop 
As follow-up to our meeting at the Dec. 13th hacknight, we will be hosting the AGO and a few stakeholders from the legal community and community-based organizations working with vulnerable immigrant populations to have a few break-out sessions working on specific problem statements.
 
Isaac C Project Hope & "cliff effects"
We'll be working on interview questions for upcoming user interviews!
  • No coding
  • People familiar with asking good questions
 
Ethical (i.e LEGAL) Housing Listings
Harlan W Continuing our project planning and investigation of using data to identify discriminatory housing postings in online real estate listings
 
Allows secretaries/teachers to check if their students should get an excused access if the MBTA is delayed. Currently the system is that there are no excused absences. We are launching the app with BPS transportation. 
 
Isaac C Have a project idea?
 
 
Matthew R All other projects can be found on our GitHub
 
77 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Harlan Weber , Alex Riina 77 days ago
  • Question: Is there a distinction between realtors and roommates looking to fill a room?
 
  • Q: Can we reach out to Craigslist to provide their flagged listings? Examples of abuse/discrimination?
Alex R
  • Q: Does the Fair Housing Act apply to vacation rentals? We have FlipKey in the area and AirBnB was in the news recently hiring Eric Holder to help which might give us some data sources / ideas
 
  • Q: Are we looking for one-offs or frequency of discrimination?
Harlan W
  • Q: Does Fair Housing have any dossiers of repeat-violator landlords?
  • Are they interested in building a database?
Alex R
  • Q: How have we measured the impact of discriminatory housing?
Harlan W
  • Q: What current efforts are there to be proactive?
 
49 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Harlan Weber 49 days ago
Harlan W Continuing our project planning and investigation of using data to identify discriminatory housing postings in online real estate listings
 
Have a project idea?
 
70 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Kristen Weber , Harlan Weber 70 days ago
Raised $656,750 of $500k to help support the victims of the fire last week in Cambridge. If you'd like to contribute, here's the link:
 
  • People familiar with Journey Mapping can help lead
 
 
Kristen W Attorney General's Office assistance for vulnerable immigrant communities
New project with the AGO to brainstorm ideas.  
 
Have a project Idea?
 

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