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.
Why Puerto Rico still doesn’t know how many people died in Hurricane Maria
The island's independent statistics institute is on track to be merged into another department, upending a decade of work.
To be fair, New York City assembles algorithm task force
The panel will look at whether the city's automated decision systems are racially biased.
Department data dashboard keeps IT discussions honest in Hawaii
A new data transparency tool is forcing more thoughtful planning by agencies and bringing objectivity to discussions with the legislature.
After complaint of 'political interference,' Atlanta mayor says she'll order citywide open records website
Keisha Lance Bottoms is responding to a complaint from local news organizations that the city is violating transparency laws.
Amid turmoil, Atlanta launches 'open checkbook' portal exposing city finances
The city announces a new budget transparency tool as it deals with political scandal and a recent ransomware attack that crippled computer systems.
Sunshine Week butts against an information tug of war in 2018
Recent events show why the need for open access to information and government accountability are as relevant as ever.
NYC Open Data Week 2018 draws data-tool makers and consumers of all stripes
Organizers say the event was a success at alerting the public to open data as a "cultural object" of growing importance.