Making Algorithms Less Biased

In the smart city era, data is increasingly used in governments’ decisionmaking. But what happens when that data is flawed?

Firm Offers Data on Hundreds of Businesses in 'Opportunity Zones'

The dataset’s creators hope to draw attention to small companies eligible for investment under the economic development program.

U.S. Circuit Court’s Big Ruling in Smart Meter 'Warrantless Search' Case

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | $200 million in seized personal property in Arizona … Pittsburgh’s steepest street declaration … and explore Charlotte’s expanded airport concourse.

Your Fancy New Analytics Platform Doesn't Matter If No One Uses It

COMMENTARY | Tools should empower employees, not send them running back to spreadsheets.

Tracking the Blanket of Unhealthy Air in the Pacific Northwest

While real-time data can’t clear the air of wildfire smoke, it can help people and agencies make smarter decisions.

The Data Behind ‘Hot Cars’ in the N.Y. Subway System

Nobody wants to ride in an overheated steel box in the middle of summer.

How Chicago’s Poorest Residents Are Driven Into Debt

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio pension calculation lawsuit … a “stark warning” on public records in Texas … and PG&E’s $1 billion loss.

Judge to Allow Census Citizenship Question Lawsuit to Continue

A coalition of states, cities and advocacy groups argue that adding the question will drive down response rates ahead of the 2020 decennial count.

A Moneyball Approach to Clean Water in California

Up to 1 million Californians lack access to clean, safe drinking water at some point during the year. Data scientists believe they are part of the solution.

A Part of the U.S. Where Younger Counties Are on the Rise

Overall, the nation's median age has been getting older. New Census Bureau data shows which region is bucking that trend the most.

Determining Once and for All How the ‘Gig Economy’ Impacts Transit

Cities like Sacramento are helping pilot a new measure of interaction between travel modes.

The Difficult Balance of Transparency and Privacy for Local Governments

“Risk will never be zero so it has to be actively managed,” according to Jason Lally, data services manager for the city and county of San Francisco.

In New Orleans, Using Administrative Data to Save Lives

Local governments collect reams of data, but much of it goes unused. New Orleans shows how cities can tap into this data to reduce EMS response times.

A New Open-Source Framework for Government Projects

Louisville, Kentucky is making the infrastructure for analyzing historic Waze data available to anyone who partners on the process.

Exploring Pittsburgh’s War Monuments and Memorials Inventory

The city's guide currently includes 120 locations and is still a work in progress.

Government Should ‘Stop Pretending’ Your Social Security Number Is Secret

Cyber experts want Congress to explore different ways to prove people’s identities.

Cities, Not States, Should Call the Shots on Bike Share

COMMENTARY | Florida's legislature rejected statewide bike share policies. A bike share company's director of mobility strategy explains why it's the right move.

Tech Lessons Learned From the Devastation of Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands' CIOs discussed data security, relationships with wireless carriers and next-level training at NASCIO’s midyear conference.