By Data-Smart City Solutions • January 31, 2019

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StateScoop reported that Virginia Tech’s Urban Computing Program is helping area cities to develop data-driven solutions to their urban challenges, giving students in the program an opportunity for hands-on experience while improving public services and operations.

Nesta launched a new pilot project to map global governance activities related to artificial intelligence. The map includes resources such as strategies and regulations in an effort to understand this evolving landscape.

Detroit is piloting a new program in partnership with a startup that uses smartphones to automatically analyze the conditions of roads. An algorithm produces objective ratings of street conditions to allow targeted maintenance.

In Washington, DC, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer is piloting a program called “All Hands on Tech,” in which city technicians help low-income residents with computer and cellphone operation and repairs in an effort to bridge one piece of the digital divide. 

According to StateScoop, San Francisco is considering the first local government ban in the nation of facial recognition technology. The proposed bill includes requirements for increased oversight, approvals, and public transparency for any new surveillance-related technology. 

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge initiative released a new report, The Creative City, analyzing the approaches participating cities used to engage the public in city problem-solving.