By Data-Smart City Solutions • November 13, 2020

ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION: FOUR PRINCIPLES TO MAKE ADVANCED DATA ANALYTICS WORK FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation outlines how to appropriately utilize analytics tools and data science when creating policies for young people. Informed by child and family advocates, this report covers how to develop data frameworks that will benefit youth and families, and how to identify and prevent algorithmic discrimination.

BLOOMBERG: WHY AIRBNB LAUNCHED A DATA-SHARING TOOL FOR CITIES 

Short-term rentals have exploded in popularity in cities across the world, with regulatory standards struggling to keep pace with apps like Airbnb. While the relationship between home-sharing companies and local government hasn’t always been reciprocal, Airbnb just announced its City Portal, a pilot with 15 cities and tourism agencies globally. The portal will provide local government employees with data about short-term rentals in their area, and will specify whether those listings are in compliance with local laws. 

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: THREE CITIES USE SMART CITY CONCEPTS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION 

In order to make progress against climate change, cities are confronting their infrastructure, design, and driving reliance — and are often using smart city technology to do so. Especially in areas with high car dependency and low public transit options, cities are exploring electric public vehicles, micro-mobility, and bike lanes to decrease both traffic and pollution. 

WATER FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT: COVID-19 WASTEWATER TESTING TRIALS YIELD KEY INSIGHTS 

During the pandemic, scientists have turned to local waste management to determine if areas are likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks based on virus detection in wastewater. Initial studies show that this is a successful way of identifying the novel coronavirus in a community, before individuals present symptoms. Data collected from these trials is informing local response, and how governments can utilize wastewater facilities for public health. 

STATE SCOOP: MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT USING AI TO MONITOR PASSENGERS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING 

Maintaining at least six feet of distance between individuals is a key technique for preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, this can be difficult to monitor, especially on public transportation. In Miami-Dade County, transportation officials are relying on artificial intelligence to detect when trains are overcrowded or when people are clustering too close to one another at station stops. The county is also considering using data from AI to determine if individuals are complying with local mask mandates.