MIT GOV/LAB Alumni
Ben Armstrong was a PhD Candidate in Political Science at MIT and graduate research fellow with MIT GOV/LAB. His research examines how state government investments have helped U.S. cities transition from traditional manufacturing to high-technology industries. He also studies how new technologies shape local civic participation and how government regulates new products like Uber. Previously, Ben worked at Google Inc. and interned at the White House.
Projects September 2015
Democracy Online: Comparing Town Hall and Internet Civic Participation
How do government officials perceive citizen input provided through ICT channels versus citizen input provided through traditional channels?
News March 2015
Presentation at the SxSW 2015 Conference
We spoke at the Method Matters in Civic Engagement--But How? panel during the South by Southwest 2015 conference about civic tech in the United States.
News March 2016
Using Citizen Feedback to Improve Local Government
We wrote a Blog Post with partner organization mySidewalk about the use of civic technology in the United States.