This week we're joined by David Taylor of Rainforest Action Network and Richard Chabron of California Commuity Technology Policy Group.
Special thanks to Zero Divide for their help. http://www.ZeroDivide.org
Here are some of the links we talked about today.
- A non-profit tech company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping - uses texting, email, twitter, the web. Good for monitoring elections, curating local resources, mapping crisis information (natural disaster, epidemic or political crisis)
- A global network of people using mobile technology for social impact:
Micro-volunteers use their professional skills to help causes they care about.
Local, online, civic engagement
Los Angeles Apps for Community Engagement
Eric Garcetti’s app
A couple weeks ago, Council President Eric Garcetti launched a pilot iPhone app that let's citizens report problems within District 13. It's a simple concept: identify a problem, such as graffiti or a pot hole, open the app, snap a photo and send it in. Because the app has already GPS'd your location, you don't have to worry about finding an address. You'll also be given the option to show off your civic pride by having the app auto-tweet it out.
For those who don't live in CD13, the app is still available for anyone to use. Garcetti partnered with CitySourced, which will forward your reports to any councilperson in the city. The difference is that Garcetti's office will proactively work with the problems reported to them while other council offices may turn a blind eye towards it. If that's the case, stick to calling 3-1-1, which has operators answering phones 24 hours a day.
Up in CD2, Councilman Paul Krekorian is expected to release his App any day now.
Invasive Species app
App to report invasive species in Santa Monica Mountains, Catalina Island, Channel Islands, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Topanga Canyon
App to report instances of sudden oak death syndrome
A UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension geographer is using crowd sourcing to enhance her research on the disease that has killed over a million of California’s iconic oak trees since 1995.
The OakMapper app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes app store.
Help end street harassment one hollaback at a time as you catch those creeps in the act and submit your story to be recorded and mapped on ihollback.org. When it comes to ending street harassment, the best response is a badass response, so start holla’ing back.
Transborder Immigrant Tool
From a group calling themselves Electronic Civil Disobedience comes the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a simple mobile application intended to aid and abet border-crossers from Mexico to the United States by mapping the safest routes to take.
Other Apps of Interest
Citizen Concepts announces the launch of PatriotAppTM, the world’s first iPhone application that empowers citizens to assist government agencies in creating safer, cleaner, and more efficient communities via social networking and mobile technology. This app was founded on the belief that citizens can provide the most sophisticated and broad network of eyes and ears necessary to prevent terrorism, crime, environmental negligence, or other malicious behavior.
In addition, Richard Chabron recommends:
California Broadband Policy Network (CBPN)
Funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation
Discussion of Digital Inclusion
Wired for Wireless? Towards Digital Inclusion and Next Generation
Government-Led Wireless Networks
Recent statistics CALIFORNIA¹S DIGITAL DIVIDE
From the Public Policy Institute of California
Digital Inclusion- Los Angeles initiative led by Community Partners
by The California Consumer Protection Foundation
In Search of Digital Equity: Assessing the Geography of Digital Divide in
EMPOWERING PARENTS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY