By Data-Smart City Solutions • March 20, 2020

Wired: Researchers Will Deploy AI to Better Understand Coronavirus

Since the coronavirus appeared in Wuhan, China in December, approximately 2,000 academic papers have been published on the topic. A partnership between the White House and tech industry and academic partners will enable AI and machine learning technology to comb through the trove of published research to find answers that could help medical and public health experts learn more about the virus and develop solutions faster.

Smart Cities Dive: How Census Data Will Impact $1.5 Trillion in Funds

Washington, D.C. and New York City are among several large cities spending millions to raise awareness and bolster a solid return on the Census when results come in and federal money is appropriated because undercounts can put that funding at risk. This article highlights how accurate data can influence and impact the federal funding at stake this year. 

State Scoop: For Accurate Census Counts, Local Data May Be the Answer

This year marks the first ever census where Americans can self-respond through an online form. In order to reach citizens who are either fearful or apathetic to the census, officials in two Texas counties are compiling geographic information and attitudes about the census  in their communities to create a more informed and targeted outreach strategy

Smart Cities World: Zencity Tracks US Residents’ Coronavirus Concerns

Since the beginning of March, Zencity has tracked and analyzed millions of public conversations online to ascertain citizens’ priorities and concerns regarding the novel coronavirus. The platform used both topic modelling and clustering to identify what people are specifically talking about and will be available to local government officials to help shape both policy and messaging.

MIT Technology Review: A New App Would Say if You’ve Crossed Paths With Someone Who is Infected

A team at the MIT Media Lab, comprised of Harvard and MIT developers, has created Private Kit: Safe Paths, an app that tracks where a user has been and who they have crossed paths with and then shares the data in a privacy-preserving way, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.