Civics

“A/B testing” the impact of school closures using crime data

March 21st, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This weekend, the Knight Lab is sponsoring a hack day focusing on Chicago Crime Data as made available by the Tribune’s crime data portal and API. I’m a little wary of crime data first because crime data does not equal a resident’s experience of safety.  It’s easy to think of situations where crimes go unreported, or […]


Digital civic gestures

March 14th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Propagate Curate (Dis)like Host Remix Transcode


Who’s accountable?

February 13th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is another “inspiration” I submitted to the 2013 Knight News Challenge. The original post is here. Your block has been skipped in trash pickup for the last month! The air conditioning in your child’s public school building doesn’t work very well! Details about entitlement benefits are changing or confusing but you’re not sure who […]


Overflow at civic meetings doesn’t have to mean silence

February 13th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is an “inspiration” that I posted as part of the 2013 Knight News Challenge.  The original post is here. Public meetings are a fundamental means of civic participation in the United States.  However, in cities like Chicago, meetings can be notoriously overcrowded causing participants to have to wait in line, sit in overflow areas […]


Reframing civic hacking

June 9th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m moderating a panel titled Civic Hacking for Self Governance at this summer’s Allied Media Conference . The idea for this session originally started with Matt Hampel and other members of the 2012 Code for America team working in Detroit. Matt originally wanted to work on a session bringing together people looking at technological interventions […]


Who’s Your Legislator?

December 10th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I found this useful tool and realized that my state rep was Matt Pierce and that my state Senator was Vi Simpson. Update: Vi Simpson has a web form specifically addressing issues that people in her district have with the Family and Social Services (FSSA), that is food stamps, medicare, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP).  Report […]