With cybersecurity hot, now is the time to open government
Commentary: Opening data isn’t at odds with IT security, but supports it, says the executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
Sidewalk Toronto project loses privacy expert over data anonymization policy
Ann Cavoukian, one of the world's leading privacy experts, resigned from the smart city project last week over concerns that some data collected by sensors without permission could be linked back to individuals.
New York City fills long-vacant chief analytics officer role
Kelly Jin, a former technology policy adviser to the Obama White House, was hired as the city's new top data official.
New toolkit helps governments vet 'black box' algorithms for bias
The toolkit, developed by Johns Hopkins University and San Francisco's data agency, nudges local leaders to ask questions about whether civic data is being used fairly in providing services to their residents.
New Jersey fills data privacy and IT operations roles with a single hire
Carrie Parikh is the state's first chief data and privacy officer and the new chief operating officer for the statewide IT agency.
New York launches single web form for all Freedom of Information Law requests
The website allows requests to all 59 state agencies and replaces a process that previously required sending emails or letters to each agency individually.
Arkansas hires its first chief privacy officer
Jennifer Davis, an attorney and former software developer, says she hopes to support data efforts and build trust with citizens so they'll feel comfortable using state services.
'You have to help people understand' smart city benefits, mayors say
Tech-driven improvements work best when officials explain them in terms the public can digest, said speakers at a forum on women and smart cities.
Winners announced in NYC Open Data competition
The citywide competition challenged contestants to create digital platforms using 2,000 public datasets to address civic issues.