By Data-Smart City Solutions • April 30, 2021

THE WASHINGTON POST: INSIDE ONE OF THE BIGGEST PUBLIC SERVICE CAMPAIGNS IN U.S. HISTORY

This long form article outlines how public and private groups are working to combat misinformation and encourage Americans to get a coronavirus vaccine. Using data on vaccine hesitancy and experience on past public service campaigns, the Ad Council created a massive campaign with trusted messengers to convince people to get vaccination in order to get back to normal life sooner.

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: 120WATER RELEASES TOOLS TO HELP UTILITIES FIND LEAD PIPES 

Lead pipes are a major concern for public health officials, as the lead leaches into drinking water as it travels through systems of contaminated pipes. As the federal government is revising the country’s Lead and Copper Rule, water utility companies will need to identify all lead pipes in their systems, and a new startup is using technology to help utility companies find unsafe pipes. 

MIT NEWS: MIT LAUNCHES NEW DATA PRIVACY-FOCUSED INITIATIVE 

The new Future of Data, Trust, and Privacy initiative at MIT aims to unite computer science research with public policy and community engagement in order to inform government policies. The cross-discipline group will exchange ideas and best practices in order to shape the future of data privacy.

 

GOV INSIDER: HOW CANADA IS USING AI TO DRIVE GREEN GROWTH 

The Canadian government is applying artificial intelligence (AI) to increase clean energy research, build a digital toolkit for sustainability, and adapt infrastructure for electric vehicles. As part of this new, green digital strategy, officials are looking at “over 150 environmental applications of artificial intelligence in agriculture, energy, transport, and water.”