Tech research group strives to create apps that facilitate civic engagement in Atlanta

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A subset of mobile computing apps and services are starting to allow the public to become more participatory in their home cities. The tools combine mobile computing devices that collect real- or recent-time data, with new forms of community participation, civic engagement, and local governance. In his research group at Georgia Tech, assistant professor Christopher La Dantec of the School of Literature, Media, and Communications has developed a smartphone app that interfaces with a larger regional planning project. The app, called Cycle Atlanta, enables cyclists to record their ride data—where they’ve gone, why they went there, what kind of cyclist they are—in an effort to collect more knowledge about cycling in the city. But more importantly, rather than just using data to identify faults in need of mending, Cycle Atlanta aggregates information with the explicit goal of helping the Atlanta cycling community advocate for particular infrastructural reforms.

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School of City & Regional Planning

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Christopher Le Dantec, civic engagement, Cycle Atlanta, mobile app
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  • Created By: Jessie Brandon
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: May 21, 2014 - 7:12am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:27pm