Civic Relationships: Hackers + Planners + Citizens

I recently sat down with a group of passionate planners, hackers, and citizens at the APA Intelligent Cities Unconference morning session to discuss “Online Public Participation.” We all agreed that meaningful citizen input is often hindered by citizens not having all the facts or not being able to examine the data.
But this is a difficult challenge, as planners generally have insufficient resources to help citizens understand the issues, especially online.