Biweekly Civic Hack Night & Wiki Club

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The Civic Hack Night & Wikiclub on February 12 will look a bit different then usual. Ryan Biava, Senior Strategic Advisor at Seattle City Light, will open the meetup with a guest presentation.

After the presentation it is time for action!


18:30 - 19:15

- Welcome + introduction to Civic Lab Brussels
- Presentation - Balancing Privacy & Open Data in Seattle:

How should civic technologists and policy makers think about the inherent tension between, first, protecting residents’ data privacy, and second, making ever-increasing amounts of data publicly available in the interest of government transparency? In Seattle, this question was recently at the forefront of the civic tech community’s mind over several years as policy makers, academics, activists, and others worked to resolve the tension between privacy and open data. After an extensive public process, today Seattle boasts both the country’s only municipal Chief Privacy Officer as well as a strong Open Data Program Manager backed by an open-by-preference policy. Ryan Biava, PhD, a technologist and comparative political scientist who led the policy process for both initiatives on behalf of the Seattle Mayor’s Office, will discuss these topics and invite attendees to share their thoughts on their impact on the open data movement in various jurisdictions or globally. Other topics warmly welcomed as time allows.

19:15 - 21:00

- The Wiki Club: bi-weekly edit-a-thon to contribute to the visibility of women in tech on Wikipedia. Info here:
*Bring your own computer*
- Onboarding new volunteers
- Grab a beer and meet other civic innovators