How can we get citizens engaged in government budgets? How can we make government fiscal information available to the public? How do we build tools that promote financial transparency and encourage citizen input?

This week, we discussed all of this and more at our quarterly #CivicTechBos conversation at the Microsoft New England R&D (NERD) Center. Alongside panelists from across the board in civic engagement, financial transparency, business, and government, we tackled these issues, brainstormed on civic solutions, and made promises to improve transparency and government progress.

Panelists included:

  • James Milan, producer of Your Arlington Dollar on ACMi (Arlington Community Media Inc.)
  • Mike Herbert, Ashland Town Manager
  • Adam Langley, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Fiscally Standardized Cities database
  • Christopher Dwelley, Co-Lead & Performance Manager, Citywide Analytics Team at City of Boston
  • Curt Savoie, Principal Data Scientist at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Here are some of the top tweets from the night:

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