Cities across the world are trying to find the optimal balance between open, transparent data and citizen privacy. MIT researchers working with cities in India identified model practices, and found that using only the essential data, and having that data pass through the fewest officials, led to better privacy while still delivering timely services to the public. Further research will examine how and why some cities perform tasks and deliver services much faster than others.
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: GOVLAUNCH BUILDING A FREE ‘INNOVATION WIKI’ FOR GOVERNMENT
Local government officials have a new resource to connect with other officials and share new technologies; Govlaunch is now a wiki page for local innovation, where cities and counties can share projects, recommend vendors, and highlight work. The free, private community is only for verified government workers, although each city, town, and county government can have a public-facing page to share their work with constituents. A search function allows governments to filter for specific types of tools and projects in similar-sized cities.
THE CITY FIX: BOGOTÁ’S VISION ZERO ROAD SAFETY PLAN IS SAVING LIVES
Data from Bogotá, Colombia’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan showed a significant drop in traffic-related deaths from 2014-2019. By reducing speed limits and introducing residential low-speed zones, city officials have made streets safer for drivers and pedestrians; both groups saw lower rates of death, according to the latest data. Technology like automated speed cameras could be implemented in the future, to continue to reduce deaths in the city.
Data literacy is coming to Connecticut high schoolers through a new collaborative program between the Connecticut Data Collaborative and state high schools. In the program, which launches in its first school this month, students will learn how to analyze and tell stories with data, while exploring the ethics of data collection and evaluating the credibility of various sources.
A new report from New York highlights recent tech innovations in the state, like the ability to pay parking tickets and property taxes online. However, it also acknowledges the cybersecurity challenges that increase with greater data collection and interconnectedness. The goal of the report is informational: it was written for residents, without complicated jargon and technical terminology.
Indigenous women and girls have disproportionately high rates of murder and disappearance, but the data to catalogue and address this crisis is lacking. A handful of states are addressing this with task forces and investigations, but Indigenous advocates say there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. According to advocates, increased communication — and sensitivity to cultural differences — among state, local, and tribal law enforcement will lead to properly recorded and investigated crime data.