Category: data

Long Beach’s ‘Justice Lab’ Uses Data to Direct Reform

This is a guest post by Dr. Robert Garcia, mayor of Long Beach, California. Like many communities across the nation, our city of Long Beach, California, is constantly looking for new approaches to improve public safety and the well-being of residents. We have a lot to be proud of on this front. Our crime rate

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What Cities Can Learn from Congress’s Facebook Hearings

Last week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to Capitol Hill to answer questions before Congress regarding his company’s recent data privacy revelations. While several members of Congress sought answers regarding Facebook’s plan to prevent this from happening again, the hearings raised issues that are just as pertinent for local government leaders — especially

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Malicious Russian Cyber Activity is Targeting Government Networks

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint “Technical Alert” about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. According to the alert, “[t]he targets of this malicious cyber activity are primarily government and private-sector

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How Data Can Improve Your City’s Decision Making

This is a guest post by Oliver Wise, Digital Government Principal at Socrata. As government leaders, we all know that we need to do more to take advantage of the power of data to improve the communities we serve. One of the biggest challenges to realizing this goals is that our employees often lack the critical

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With ‘Direct Video Calling’, FCC Helps Open Phone Lines to ASL Users

This is a guest post from Robert McConnell and David Schmidt of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has led the way in developing a solution that can help other governmental entities and businesses expand their customer service centers beyond simple voice-based communication — with a video technology known as “Direct Video Calling”

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Could Higher Productivity Growth Lead to More Affordable Housing?

America’s cities have a problem: There isn’t enough affordably priced housing to go around. Today, city leaders and home-seekers alike are frequently left wondering why builders won’t simply build more housing that is affordable to a wider range of incomes, particularly middle- and lower- income households. For starters, the math doesn’t work. Private developers face

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What Cities Are Doing About Pensions

In advance of our annual State of the Cities report, which will be released later this year, this blog series captures speeches given by mayors in 2017. This blog is part two of a four-part series focused on mayoral dialogues and sentiments around the fiscal responsibility of the city and the retirement needs of the

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State of the Cities: The Case of Pensions

This is an NLC staff post by Anita Yadavalli and Yang You. In advance of our annual State of the Cities report, which will be released later this year, this blog series captures speeches given by mayors in 2017. This blog is part one of a four-part series focused on mayoral dialogues and sentiments around the fiscal

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“Imagine Austin” Uses Data to Bring City’s Vision To Life

This is a guest post by Natale LaBarbera, an open data advocate and account manager at Socrata.  What is the City of Austin’s self-proclaimed greatest asset? Its people. In fact, thousands of community members teamed together to create Imagine Austin, a comprehensive plan for how the City hopes to grow and advance in 30-years. Now

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