Each week we will bring you a summary of what happened this week on our site, on Twitter, and in the wider world of civic data. Suggest stories on Twitter with #ThisWeekInData.
Denver, CO will pilot a blockchain system in its May municipal elections, seeking to make voting easier and more secure for absentee voters such as active-duty military members and their dependents. Voting will take place between March 23 and May 7 using a blockchain-based smartphone app, based on proven technology from the election platform Voatz.
Code for America is conducting four state pilots of its Integrated Benefits Initiative, using human-centered technology that simplifies and clarifies the reporting of eligibility-effecting life changes. The pilot in Colorado includes designing and testing with benefit clients and caseworkers to ensure that user needs are central to government technology and benefits administration.
The Utah Senate unanimously passed House Bill 101 this month, addressing autonomous vehicle data privacy, accident reporting, and regulations. If passed by Gov. Gary Herbert, Utah will join 21 other states that have passed legislation on AV technology, allowing it to be tested on public roads and ushering in a new period of driverless vehicle technology.
Smart city initiatives in San Diego have a new partner in the U.S. Marine Corps, which will collaborate with the city on programs such as smart streetlights and drones. Through joint working groups, the city and the Corps will focus on innovative solutions in the areas of mobility, public works, and protection and security.
Chief Data Officer is a crucial yet novel role in state government, and to best leverage their position to deliver services and inform policy, CDOs have established a State CDO Network for collaboration and education. A voluntary cooperative that hosts monthly calls, facilitates peer networking, and establishes academic partnerships, this growing network is leading state data goals and seeking to scale their work for further impact.
Calgary is building a city-wide “noise network” to aide law enforcement in efficiently addressing noise violations (including traffic sounds and gun shots) that are a frequent complaint to the city’s 311 line. In partnership with the University of Calgary, the city will utilize sensors connected to the LoRaWAN digital wireless network, a wide-range and low power system that was chosen for its reliability and security.
Amid its mobility regulatory process, Honolulu is turning to the transportation planning platform Remix to inform its decision-making around active transport, infrastructure, and energy use. To best influence and accommodate the future of urban transport, Honolulu officials are using Remix to make data-based decisions about the city’s long-term mobility network.
Volunteers in Maryland and Wyoming are piloting a secure mobile app that displays a digital license, a transition that other states have experimented with as well. The encrypted digital document still conforms with the DMV application process yet is easier to update and can be tied to the application and renewal processes for other government documents.