Tech Talk

How Cities Can REALLY Use Nextdoor Social Network

Nextdoor.com officials made a big announcement last week that opened up their social network to use by government agencies. Unlike most social platforms, Nextdoor hosts closed neighborhood networks just for the people living in those communities. In this insightful video, Kristy Dalton of GovGirl and NextDoor co-founder Sarah Leary chat about the practical ways cities can use Nextdoor for Public Agencies.

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Surprising Facts About Social Media

Are you reluctant to invest time and energy in social media like Facebook and Twitter because you don’t feel like these platforms are as effective in reaching your stakeholders as “good old-fashioned” mailers and door-to-door canvassing? Do you worry that you wouldn’t reach your target demographic through social media tools? Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are no longer just for

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Need Outreach Help? Check Empower LA’s List of Recommended Vendors

Are you looking to improve your digital presence, spruce up your website, or create more eye-catching flyers for your events? Want to hire an expert who can help you streamline your social media platforms, create attractive templates for your online content, or manage your newsletter and email lists? Don’t know where to look? EmpowerLA is putting together a list of approved vendors that can provide

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Code for America Summit 2014

You can tell that Code for America is pretty special just from their tagline: “Government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. Let’s make it work.” Code for America is a nonprofit started by Jen Pahlka in 2009 to create opportunities for local government geeks to connect with tech geeks to make government services effective and easily accessible by focusing on the user.

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#TUXbootcamp: Digital Tools for Engaging Your Community

The TUX Team was out in full force at the Congress of Neighborhoods on Saturday, ready to share insights and resources for using technology to engage your stakeholders and extend your outreach. At the “Amplify Your Klout: Digital Tools for Empowering Your Community” workshop in Session 2, Stephen Box led a lively discussion about digital tools that can help you make sense of the many outreach

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Controller’s Tech Bullpen Announces Civic Innovation Fellowship

We're stoked to announce the City's first Civic Innovation Fellowship - an exciting partnership between the LA City Controller's Office and verynice. The Civic Innovation Fellows will serve in a paid position as innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents as they lead a civic innovation project with resources, mentorship, and support from both verynice and the Controller’s Office for a three to

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#TUXBootCamp at Congress of Neighborhoods

So you’re now a Neighborhood Council board member and suddenly you have a flood of emails coming in from your board, your committees, EmpowerLA and beyond. What do you do with all this information? How do you keep track of it? Attend the TUX Team’s “Amplify Your Klout” workshop at this Saturday’s Congress of Neighborhoods to find out! This workshop will give you resources and tools to better

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Last Call for Citywide WiFi

Your feedback on Citywide Wifi is requested. The LA Community Broadband Network (LACBN) initiative (follow on Twitter @LACBN #LAWantsGbFiber #LAWantsWiFi) is a project that is seeking an industry business model that will enable a high speed gigabit network to be implemented in Los Angeles to all residences, businesses, nonprofits and government facilities. It is also seeking WiFi for visitors, students

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TUX Bootcamp and TUX Awards

Join us in Encino on June 19th for the TUX Bootcamp! We will recap the progress of our Outreach Champions and then take on Technology and the User Experience (TUX) from the Neighborhood Council perspective. Explore ways to grow your web and social media presence and utilize outreach tools more efficiently. This Bootcamp will focus on best practices for social media, websites, and email campaigns.

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Online Voting

In an age of tech-driven convenience when Americans cast upwards of 60 million votes in the American Idol finale but we still can’t muster more than 20% turnout in municipal elections, is it time for an update to our aging voting technologies and election infrastructure? This month’s primary in LA county drew only 13.1% of eligible county residents -- the lowest turnout in the state. Online voting

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