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White House Police Data Initiative Could Lead To Reform -- If The Public Demands It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact

We entrust police officers with the ability to use deadly force when necessary to uphold their oaths to protect and serve the public. In many states a...

Data On Canada Is Drying Up Since The Nation Scrapped Its Mandatory Long-Form Census

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

Five years ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made participation in Canada's constitutionally mandated long-form census voluntary. ...

Tackling Social Problems with Big Data

Olivia Deng | Posted 08.13.2015 | Technology
Olivia Deng

Dismissed by some as an overhyped jargon and heralded by others as a revolutionary technology, big data has caught fire, rapidly igniting companies and researchers to act. Companies marvel at its utility in marketing and optimizing business processes while researchers tout its promise.

How Albuquerque's Civic IT Innovation Is Catalyzing Change

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

How do you implement twenty years' worth of innovative technology in record time? Start with a Mayor that has the innovative vision and drive to upgrade years' worth of obsolete, archaic business systems and processes while simultaneously creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that spurs community economic development.

What City Halls Across America Say About Using Data and Evidence

James Anderson | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
James Anderson

We're excited to be responding to the demand of City Halls to improve how they govern, because we recognize that supporting better governing improves people's lives. That connection is something we already know works.

OK, Google: Please Collect Air Pollution Data With Street View Cars

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology

Imagine asking your phone to calculate the optimal route for cycling to work while enjoying the best air quality, or calculating whether it's better t...

Democracy.io Makes It Easier To Email Your Representatives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.16.2015 | Technology

In 2015, emailing your U.S. representative and senators is still far harder than it should be. The appropriately titled Democracy.io was designed...

A License for Civic Engagement: Cutting Red Tape and Kick-Starting Business

Maury Blackman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Maury Blackman

The score of recent decisions from Washington, D.C., certainly offered millions of Americans much to celebrate this 4th of July. But amidst the flurry of breaking news, one announcement that you may have missed has the potential to transform our relationship with local government, not to mention reduce migraines.

Federal Election Commission Shows How To Disclose Data In A Digital Democracy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security showed how to deploy government technology poorly. Now, the Federal Election Commission...

Alexander Howard

Even Ralph Nader And Grover Norquist Agree On Open Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

By most measures, the 113th Congress of the United States was one of the least productive in history, failing to pass major legislation for most of it...

Alexander Howard

DataViva Is Bringing Brazil's Data To Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.19.2015 | Technology

Governments around the world have released more than a million open data sets over the last decade. This information has helped fuel job creation and ...

Washington Is Changing. Companies Have to Change With It

Techonomy | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Techonomy

Digital technology transformed business models for the media, manufacturing and sports industries. Now shifts in how Washington works require that companies adopt new, technology-driven government affairs strategies.

Alexander Howard

Obama Administration Wants To Make It A Lot Easier To Find Doctors Who Take Your Insurance

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

For millions of Americans, choosing health insurance that will cover the care they need at a cost they can afford boils down to one simple question: W...

See How New Google-like Tool Empowers Advocacy Orgs

Sam Blakeslee | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Sam Blakeslee

Think of it as a searchable, sharable video engine for California government. It's like C-SPAN, Google, and Facebook for politics all rolled into one. Too often well-financed groups have the inside track in Sacramento for funding and policy. Thanks to students at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) at Cal Poly, this has changed.

Open Data for California?

Maury Blackman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

California is at a crossroads. Sacramento continues to get failing grades for transparency. Our state government is not taking advantage of tech tools developed locally that are changing the world.

The Data Science Revolution

Eric Schmidt | Posted 05.07.2015 | Technology
Eric Schmidt

In the next 10 years, we believe that computers will move beyond their current role as our assistants, and become our advisors. With their help, we'll grapple with and solve some of the toughest issues facing the world today.

Smart Phones are Equalizing Who Can Access Knowledge

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

The smart phone is the great equalizer of knowledge access. Never before has so much information been accessible to so many for so little cost.

Restoring the Concrete Jungle: How to Address Urban Blight in 2015

Maury Blackman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

Technology is helping to make citizen engagement easier to solve urban decay. And many cities are starting to harness innovative civic tech products to begin to repair and rebuild some of the country's most severely affected areas.

3 Obstacles Preventing Government Agencies From Being Transparent and Efficient

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

The government needs to adopt user-friendly data tools that allow anyone to access, analyze and share information, both internally in the agency and externally with the public. Data is too important of a resource to be locked up behind archaic, monolithic systems.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Why We Must Change Our View of Who Belongs in Tech

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Lisa Abeyta

It matters who we, as a society, see as a good match for tech, because it affects not only how we see ourselves and how we talk to our children, but it brings diversity of backgrounds, talents and thinking styles to the problems we are solving via tech.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Disaggregating Data to Address the Racial Divide in Education

Ben Hecht | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Changing complex education systems is no easy feat. It requires patience, humility, and a willingness to honestly and openly acknowledge "what is" in order to work towards "what could be."

Why We Must Help Bridge the Gap For Women In Tech

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

Some days it gets wearying to face the additional challenges it takes for a woman to make it in the world of tech, but on days when it feels like that to me, I pull out the photo of all of the women that attended our first bootcamp.

Lessons Learned: 3 Requirements For Sustainable Civic Apps

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 11.16.2014 | Home
Lisa Abeyta

Here is what I believe must happen if we, as a global community, want to effectively exploit the power of mobile apps to address the growing civic demand for access to information and communication via mobile.

How Open Data Is Transforming City Life

Techonomy | Posted 11.12.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

Image via Shutterstock We've asked speakers at our upcoming Techonomy Detroit conference to share perspectives on topics they will discuss at t...