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Sidewalk Toronto project loses privacy expert over data anonymization policy

by Ryan Johnston • 3 weeks ago

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

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

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

by Benjamin Freed • 2 months ago

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

by Ryan Johnston • 2 months ago

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

by Colin Wood • 5 months ago

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

by Colin Wood • 5 months ago

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

by Benjamin Freed • 5 months ago

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

by Mark Satter • 5 months ago

The citywide competition challenged contestants to create digital platforms using 2,000 public datasets to address civic issues.

Chicago Chief Data Officer Tom Schenk steps down

by Benjamin Freed • 5 months ago

Schenk oversaw a city data division that encouraged open data use, built tools to automate government functions, and helped nurture a sidewalk-level network of Internet of Things devices.

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