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Civic Tech Chat is a podcast about the civic technology movement. We seek to harness the power technology has to improve the delivery of public services to people everywhere.

Civic Tech Chat Ryan Koch

    • Technology
    • 5.0, 14 Ratings

Civic Tech Chat is a podcast about the civic technology movement. We seek to harness the power technology has to improve the delivery of public services to people everywhere.

    45 Engineering Leadership with USDS' Lisa Chung

    45 Engineering Leadership with USDS' Lisa Chung

    United Stats Digital Services Engineering Director [Lisa Chung](https://www.linkedin.com/in/coderlisa/) joined us to talk engineering culture, hiring diversity and inclusion, and vendor best practices. We had the chance to sit down and learn from her in March as she was taking on this leadership role.

    ### Resources and Shoutouts:
    - [Matt Cutts Ted Talk](https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_what_happens_when_a_silicon_valley_technologist_works_for_the_government)
    - [The Government Fix (book)](https://www.senseandrespondpress.com/the-government-fix)
    - [USDS Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/usdigitalservice/)

    ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

    • 25 min
    44 Tech For Non Tech

    44 Tech For Non Tech

    [Lina Patel](https://www.linkedin.com/in/linaxpatel/) of Code for Australia and [Nao Myoshu](https://www.linkedin.com/in/nao-m/?originalSubdomain=jp) of Code for Japan join us for a conversation about Tech for Non Tech, a Code for All educational program. We'll talk about what the program is, why it exists, and dig into the details of how it's been shared across the network.

    ### Resources and Shoutouts:
    - [Code for All](https://codeforall.org/)
    - [Code for Australia](https://codeforaustralia.org/)
    - [Code for Japan](https://www.code4japan.org/)

    ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

    • 48 min
    43 Forensic Algorithms with Emily Paul

    43 Forensic Algorithms with Emily Paul

    [Emily Paul](https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilylenglepaul/) joins us for a conversation about their work as a TechCongress fellow in the area of forensic algorithms. We'll cover that topic area as well as the work they did with Representative Mark Takano to put together the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2019.

    ### Resources and Shoutouts:
    - [The New Jim Crow](http://newjimcrow.com/)
    - [New America Publications](https://www.newamerica.org/publications/)
    - [Route Fifty Newsletters](https://www.routefifty.com/newsletters/)
    - [Data and Society](https://datasociety.net/)
    - [Upturn Publications](https://www.upturn.org/work/)
    - [Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2019](https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/4368/)
    - [Convicted by Code](https://slate.com/technology/2015/10/defendants-should-be-able-to-inspect-software-code-used-in-forensics.html)
    - [We Keep Us Safe](https://ellabakercenter.org/WKUS_EBC)
    - [Pleasure Activism](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40549668-pleasure-activism)
    - [Emergent Strategy](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29633913-emergent-strategy)
    - [Normal Life](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8251053-normal-life)

    ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

    • 51 min
    42 Private and public sector civic tech with Emily Fong

    42 Private and public sector civic tech with Emily Fong

    [Leah Bannon](https://twitter.com/leahbannon), [Mohith Rao](https://twitter.com/localtechsupp), and [Ryan Koch](https://twitter.com/ryan_koch)sit down with returning guest [Emily Fong](https://twitter.com/leahbannon)(they appeared on [episode 16](https://civictech.chat/2018/08/coding-it-forward-civic-technology-fellowship)). We'll talk about the work they're doing in the space where finance and civic tech meet, their community organizing efforts, and their product management practice.

    ### Resources and Shoutouts:
    - [Propel](https://www.linkedin.com/company/propel-inc/)
    - [US Census Bureau](https://www.linkedin.com/company/us-census-bureau/)

    ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

    • 58 min
    41 Health Care Innovation

    41 Health Care Innovation

    We sit down with [Shannon Sartin](https://twitter.com/sartin_shannon), to learn about their path to becoming a leader in the health care technology space. We'll learn from her experiences, chat through strategies for running teams, and more.

    ### Resources and Shoutouts:
    - [USDS](https://www.usds.gov/)
    - [Article with Cobol story](https://www.govexec.com/management/2018/09/meet-executive-bringing-digital-savvy-health-and-human-services/151171/)
    - [CMS](https://www.cms.gov/)

    ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

    • 31 min
    40 First Live Show

    40 First Live Show

    Join [Leah Bannon](https://twitter.com/leahbannon), [Mohith Rao](https://twitter.com/localtechsupp}, and [Ryan Koch](https://twitter.com/ryan_koch) as they record a live episode streamed on the [Twitch platform](https://www.twitch.tv/civictechchat). They'll discuss a number of topics including the responsibility tech companies have over their platforms, how regulations and agencies interact with large corporations, the inner workings of Code for America Brigade management, and even some sci-fi-esque public policy.

    ### Resources and Shoutouts:
    - [Facebook let's politicians lie on platform article](https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/10/facebook-policy-political-speech-lets-politicians-lie-ads/?utm_campaign=the_technology_202&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Newsletter&wpisrc=nl_technology202&wpmm=1)
    - [FTC Commissioner Chopra dissent about Google and COPPA](https://twitter.com/chopraftc/status/1169245405986611200)
    - [Propublica Article about IRS-Turbotax decision](https://www.propublica.org/article/irs-reforms-free-file-program-drops-agreement-not-to-compete-with-turbotax){:target="_blank"}
    - [Code for America Summit](https://www.codeforamerica.org/summit/)
    - [San Francisco Digital Service is hiring](https://digitalservices.sfgov.org/)

    ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Thezone23 ,

Great podcast

Keep up the great work!

meso1978 ,

Fantastic podcast on politics and technology

If you ever wanted a tour of what is happening in (and beyond!) the "civic technology" movement, this is the podcast for you! Ryan takes time to drill down on timely topics by interviewing people putting in the work. The result is a fresh and surprisingly survey of a rapidly-changing scene that is merging civic engagement and technology in multiple registers.

csethna ,

The intersection of civics & tech

Ryan consistently has high-profile guests who are putting technology to work for social impact. Learn how data, design, and technology are helping folks everywhere access and utilize public services 💪🏽🖥🇺🇸

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