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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 13:38

There's an interesting discussion going on within the civic-tech community about the lack of a common language for discussing the hugely diverse ways in which citizens are using technology to foster social change. In the ICT4D sector a similar problem exists; given the great proliferation of ICT4D initiatives, we lack a shared language to discuss why we value some ICT4D more than others.

 

In the civic-tech field some progress has been made towards solving this problem. The Knight Foundation has created this cool visual categorisation of civic-tech initiatives organised by function (i.e. 'civic crowdfunding' or 'open government data') and in a recent blog-post MySociety director Tom Steinburg produced this diagram categorising civic-tech organisations based on their core purpose.

 

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