By Data-Smart City Solutions • October 25, 2019

MADISON CAPITAL TIMES: MADISON GREEN CAB GOES ELECTRIC; TO BE NATION’S FIRST ALL-TESLA CAB FLEET

Green Cab of Madison is soon to be the country’s first all-electric vehicles fleet of taxis. Green Cab partnered with Zerology to introduce 20 battery-powered Teslas next week and plans to convert the rest of the fleet by early 2020. 

POPULAR MECHANICS: CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES NEW EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

UC Berkeley and its partners announced an update to the MyShake app, which will provide early earthquake warnings to California residents giving them several seconds to prepare before an earthquake begins. This will be the first statewide early earthquake warning system.

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: STREETLIGHT DATA CARVES OUT BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC TOOL

StreetLight Data, a startup which provides motor vehicle transportation data to government on demand, will now be expanding to provide data on bicyclists and pedestrians. The new data will include information on demographics and collisions, which will allow transportation agencies to pinpoint bike collision rates and quickly prioritize where to act first. 

STATE SCOOP: MASSACHUSETTS ANNOUNCES CYBERSECURITY WORKSHOPS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

A new program from the MassCyberCenter, which develops the state’s technology ecosystem and workforce, will train communities in the state to become more resilient against cyberattacks. The program will contain two workshops that will address what communities need to have included in their incident response plan; and then later follow up to see how communities are implementing their response plans.

GCN: COLORADO LAUNCHES ITS OWN DIGITAL SERVICE

Colorado announced its own statewide digital service, modeled after the United States Digital Service, which gives private-sector IT professionals an opportunity to work on some of the state’s most challenging technical issues. The program, Colorado Digital Services, will recruit technologists from diverse backgrounds into term-limited "tours of civic service" in which they’ll utilize development, security practices, and user-centered design to improve state services.

SMART CITIES WORLD: NYC CONTINUES DRIVE TO HELP THE PUBLIC ADOPT BETTER DATA PRIVACY PRACTICES

This week New York City hosted its second annual Library Privacy Week, a series of free and open workshops to help residents adopt better data privacy practices. The workshops will provide hands-on instruction on topics such as how to use digital privacy tools and understand facial recognition technology. Additionally, the workshops will advise on best practices for completing NYC’s 2020 Census. Some of the workshops will also be available in Spanish.