By Data-Smart City Solutions • August 16, 2019

GOVTECH: WILL TECHNOLOGY BE ENOUGH TO STOP VEGAS’ WRONG-WAY DRIVERS?

Officials in Las Vegas installed a twenty-four hour sensor system to monitor traffic; although they expected a few wrong-way cars, they discovered thirty to forty cars driving the wrong direction per week. The city has expanded sensor monitoring, placed new signage, and is aggregating data to determine how to best avert accidents due to wrong-way driving. They will also use the information to inform traffic patterns, road shutdowns, and stop light timing. 

 

GOVERNING: VOTING BY PHONE IS CONVENIENT, BUT IS IT TOO RISKY? 

Three U.S. jurisdictions (Utah County, Denver, and West Virginia) currently allow some voters to cast absentee ballots with a smartphone app. And voters in Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast votes in the Democratic caucuses by phone  in 2020. However, some experts urge caution since sending ballots over the internet could be a security issue. 

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL: HOW THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY GUARDS PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE 

In this interview, the New York Public Library’s chief digital officer discusses library digitization, the importance of trust in public institutions, and how libraries can bring the feeling of sanctuary online. Technological security and reader anonymity are two ways that libraries can protect and build trust with their users.  

 

NEXTGOV: CIVIC TECH FELLOWS OFFER THEIR IDEAS FOR ATTRACTING YOUTH TO PUBLIC SERVICE 

For ideas on engaging young people in civic work, why not ask young people? That’s the idea behind the Coding It Forward Civic Digital Fellowship program, which placed fifty-four college students in federal agencies across the country. After ten weeks, those students offered suggestions for hiring and retaining a new generation of civic tech workers.

 

NEWS 5 CLEVELAND: NEW APP TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT LAUNCHING IN WAYNE AND TUSCARAWAS COUNTIES

Payers of child support in Wayne and Tuscarawas counties will now be able to make payments, review case information, communicate with agencies, and upload personal documents through an app on their phones. These two counties are serving as pilot locations for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Office of Child Support, with the goal of implementing the app in all eighty-eight Ohio counties in the near future. This streamlined payment system aims to get child support to the children and families as efficiently as possible.