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A Chicagoan’s Introduction to Civic Tech — 2018
From the web site: "This guide is a broad overview of civic tech communities & resources in Chicago to help with your role as civic leader and organizer (whether that role is ongoing or newly minted)."

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Alternatives to Skype - 2017 info
Many are looking for free alternatives to Skype. This article points to a few.

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Building Our Own Internet - article
This article describes work being done in many places to create a new Internet, free of corporate and/or political control and interference. Bookmark the site and use it for future reference.

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Cell Phone Coverage - world wide
This link points to coverage maps for mobile operators in Thailand, based on data crowdsourced from millions of users of the OpenSignal mobile app. The OpenSignal.com/networks page has similar information for every country in the world.

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Chicago City Data User Group - Meets Monthly
From the web site: "The Chicago City Data users group is for end users, business users, enthusiasts, students, entrepreneurs, anyone interested in how to use City Data. Our goal to promote civic engagement, innovation, and economic opportunity leveraging The City of Chicago’s data." The group host free meet-ups, usually the first Wednesday of the month, at the Microsoft headquarters in Chicago.

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City of Chicago Data Portal - map of connected orgs & places
From the web site: "Connect Chicago is a loose network of more than 250 places in the city where internet and computer access, digital skills training, and online learning resources are available—for free. This data set represents all the available details for every location. The content is updated regularly by site administrators and location managers."

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CivicGraph - map of civic tech sector
This network analysis map created by a team at Microsoft visualizes the four sectors of civic technology users. A great tool for learning who else is in the field and building potential collaborations.

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ConnectDetroit - effort to close the Digital Divide (2012 pdf)
From the report: "The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation commissions independent journalists to write occasional articles reviewing its grant making and program strategies. Veteran reporters examine grant documents, conduct interviews and offer their perspective on the lessons learned and impact of Knight-supported projects in stories published online and in print." This report reviews the ConnectDetroit effort.

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Connecting Anchor Communities - a Broadband Action Plan (2016
From the web site: "“Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan” was developed by the SHLB Coalition to provide ideas and actionable policy recommendations for government leaders at the federal, state, and local levels to address the broadband needs of anchor institutions. The ten policy papers highlight connectivity gaps and explain why broadband access is vital to communities nationwide.

The Broadband Action Plan is the foundation of the larger Grow2Gig+: Anchors Advance Communities Campaign, SHLB Coalition’s effort to make gigabit speeds for anchor institutions a national priority. This campaign is a call to action that brings together policymakers, educators, library and health care leaders, technology experts, and network builders to lead the way. It consists of the Broadband Action Plan and year-long efforts to promote specific policy recommendations. The SHLB Coalition hopes to stimulate further research, encourage discussion, and bring industries and sectors together to work towards the same goal."

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Digital Divide Technology Access Resources
From the web site: "Learn more about the changing landscape of the "digital divide" in education and beyond, and explore resources that discuss how to help all students develop digital and media literacy." This list was started in 2011 and updated in 2015.

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EducationSuperHighway - focuses on Internet access in schools
From the web site: "EducationSuperHighway is the leading nonprofit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America. We believe that digital learning has the potential to provide all students with equal access to educational opportunity and that every school requires high-speed broadband to make that opportunity a reality." This site is full of data showing number of kids and schools with, and without, access to Internet. Search for info for each state.

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Find ISP Providers using this mapping platform
Enter an address and look at the ISPs you can choose from.

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Free courses to learn how to use latest technology and social media
From the web site: "TechBoomers offers free articles that teach people how to use technology to make their lives easier (and more fun!)." Browse the site to see all that they offer.

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Information technology use in metro regions - 2013 UIC white paper
This report is titled "TOWARD CONNECTED, INNOVATIVE AND RESILIENT METRO REGIONS" and is one of several white papers submitted for the 2013 UIC Forum in Chicago. This paper focuses on the levels of technology adoption in metro areas and shows a disparity between rich and poor, as well as between different cities. For those who use the Internet to share ideas, and bring people together to solve problems, this is troubling information because it show that many of the people we want to engage are not yet using the Internet in ways that would make our information useful.

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Latino Techies - Chicago
From the web site: "As the first tech network in Chicago for Latino millennials, our mission is to transform our community to see tech in a new way, not just as consumers but as creators of technology. We seek to empower Latinos in the latest tech tools to grow personally and professionally and leverage these skills to empower our communities and inspire the next generation of Latin@ techies."

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Learn to code interactively, for free.
I'd like to think youth at the Youth Service Project tech program for introducing this site to me. If you want to teach yourself to code, this is a great site to go to.

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Map a List - visualize your information on Google Map
This site offers "a wizard for creating and managing customized Google maps of address lists". Looks like a useful tool.

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Pixabay - Free images and videos you can use anywhere
This web site has a library of images that can be freely used in blogs, web sites, letters, etc.

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Pixlr - free image editing tools
Includes free web-based photo editor makes editing photos easy.

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Process vs. Product: Civic innovation beyond open data and civic apps
The author writes about the growth of the Open Savannah Civic Tech group and says "Restoring trust in our civic institutions — and, in so doing, working to make local government more responsive to user needs — is not a project spec or a deliverable. It’s not something you can achieve in a sprint; it’s more like a long, continuous marathon that may or may not have a clear finish line." Good tips for similar groups throughout the world.

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Technology Tools list created via #CLMOOC
This is a list created by participants in the Connected Learning MOOC of 2014. It shows a wide range of technology tools that can unleash creativity of students, volunteers and staff.

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Tell a story using Story Maps
From the web site: "StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events." Here's a story created using StoryMap: https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/36b2e13a657d0dff7d3ca18e1dd0dac1/curiouscolab/index.html

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Text Animation Tool - easy to use
This site is a fun, easy tool that can be used to animate short text phrases. Put in your organization name, Twitter handle, etc. and create an image you can share on social media.

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The Difference Engine - pro bono web support for non profits
From the web site: "Our organization works with non-traditional entry level web developers not students and provides them with real life projects over a staggered 17 week program participation model. They work collaboratively within a team environment under the supervision and mentorship of experienced tech professionals. We offer our solutions PRO BONO to qualified nonprofit or social organizations.:

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Thimble, by Mozella Webmaker - helps everyone build web pages
From the web site: "Thimble is an online code editor that makes it easy to create and publish your own web pages while learning HTML, CSS & JavaScript."

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