Further Reading

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These references go deeper into topics I’ve discussed in this book. Some are foundational blog posts and some are obscure books; one is a national founding document. All have made me think, and helped me practice. 

I’ve generally organized the resources in each section from light to heavy reading, starting with blog posts and summaries and building toward books, with any academic works at the end.

General References

Big Ideas

Resources for Inclusive Tech and Anti-Racism

  • Reginé M. Gilbert, Inclusive Design for a Digital World: Designing with Accessibility in Mind (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019).
  • Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery, A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences (Brooklyn, NY: Rosenfeld Media, 2014). 
  • Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk about Race (New York: Seal Press, 2018).
  • Ibram X Kendi, How to Be an Anti-Racist (New York: One World, 2019).
  • Alice Wong, ed., Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century (New York: Vintage Books, 2020).
  • Christina Dunbar-Hester, Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019).

Cautions for Civic Tech

It’s important to keep asking whether we’re actually doing good. Here are a few readings that have helped me ask that question in new ways.

Discipline Resources with a Public-Sector Angle

Product Management
Design and Research

This isn’t my area of expertise, but people I trust have cited some of these as helpful to their own practice.

Soft Skills
Government Budgets

Resources for Government That May Also Be Useful to Civic Technologists

  • Mark Headd, How to Talk to Civic Hackers, https://www.civichacking.guide/. An online book for government folks who want to work with techies. It’s an interesting perspective to read in parallel with this book. 
  • Robin Carnahan, Randy Hart, and Waldo Jaquith, De-risking Custom Technology Projects: A Handbook for State Grantee Budgeting and Oversight (August 5, 2019), https://github.com/18F/technology-budgeting/blob/master/handbook.md. Gets into depth on procurement issues at the state level.