How can new technologies improve governance and accountability? How can we bridge digital divides and support service delivery? How can new technologies be used to monitor or provide feedback to government? How can they make cities work better? These are all questions about ‘civic tech’.
There are many innovations and many innovators — in the public sector, in civil society organisations, in tech hubs, and elsewhere. We think there’s an opportunity to extend and improve how we share experience and ideas, distribute research, and strengthen the links between innovators, researchers and others, in order to make innovations work better and spread further. That is the role we wish to play in the exciting and evolving civic technology space.
The Civic Technology Innovation Network (CTIN) has been initiated by the Network Society programme at the University of the Witwatersrand and Gauteng Cities Regional Observatory, with Making All Voices Count. Our goal is to produce and deliver actionable learning – through content and events – for South African organisations and people active in or interested in innovation in government, transparency, governance, and accountability processes.
We want to bring together a community of practitioners — from public and private sector — to promote quicker, smarter innovation that enables accountability, governance, and citizen participation. We hope you will participate in the network through this site, our Medium.com publication, contributing on our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@CivicTechAfrica).