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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Massachusetts.Gov
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
This report serves as a guide for town administrators, providing fundamental information, checklists, and best practices for navigating Information Technology (IT). It emphasizes the importance of understanding IT resources, costs, and maintenance, extending beyond hardware and software...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
Predictive policing refers to a range of policing practices that claim to use pre-existing demographic, environmental, and historic crime data to predict future patterns of crime as well as projecting “where crime will occur,” and “who” will commit crime. This method of policing has...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Data Innovation
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Data & Technology
Most consumers do not know how much water they use on a daily basis or how their water consumption compares to that of others because they receive little information on their utility bills. As a result, consumers receive minimal feedback on how changes in their behaviors, household...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
The rise of shared mobility services, including rideshare and micro-mobility options such as bicycles and electric scooters, poses new challenges for cities and states. They must manage new kinds of traffic, keep streets and sidewalks safe and accessible, and ensure that transportation...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source The Common Council of the City of Madison
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Face surveillance is an automated process that assists in identifying an individual based on their facial characteristics. This ordinance prohibits city agencies, departments, and divisions from possessing a face surveillance system or accessing information derived from a face surveillance...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Energy, Democracy & Governance
This report emphasizes the importance of providing better energy information to renters, buyers, owners, and operators of buildings. By arming them with this information, they can make more informed choices, differentiate between properties, and determine whether energy upgrades are...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Data & Technology
The rapid developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) present a serious challenge to the American copyright system and future advancements in the AI industry. These industries rely on intellectual property protections to maintain equilibrium between productivity, remuneration, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Media Justice
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety
This report outlines ten arguments against the use of pretrial electronic monitoring. It describes how monitoring restricts a person's ability to earn income; reduces access to legal resources and due process; limits participation in parenting and caregiving, increases the risk of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
High quality transit IT provides real-time displays schedules, route networks, vehicle locations, fare structures, and ridership patterns makes life easier for transit riders, public agencies, and application developers. Oftentimes, however, agencies release low-quality data that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Madison IT
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Madison's technology needs and challenges are changing rapidly, requiring an expansion in Information Technology Services and Support. This municipal strategic plan outlines improvements to cities digital toolset, connecting the public with the City government, and prioritizing customer...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
This ordinance amends a prior open data policy that empowered San Francisco's Committee on Information Technology to establish rules and standards applicable to all city departments regarding the release of data to the city's online data portal. This ordinance establishes the positions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Madison
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
Data de-identification is the process of modifying or removing personally identifiable information from datasets in a way that minimizes the risk of unintended disclosure of individuals' identities. This report outlines the fundamentals of data de-identification within the educational...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source What Works Cities
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
There is a gap between cities' need to adopt data-driven decision-making processes, their ability to do so, and the expectations of their constituents. This report provides a framework for local governments' data and technology usage, and provides examples of how cities innovate to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This brief focuses on what cities can do to create equitable and efficient transit that benefits everyone. An equitable transit system must be safe, convenient, affordable, and accessible; responsive to community needs; and integrated with other policy areas. Moreover, it outlines...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Data Innovation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Businesses in the real estate, financial services, and air travel industries have taken steps to limit third-party access to their data in ways that restrict competition, reduce market transparency, and harm consumers. In order to prevent this behavior, this report recommends that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) New Jersey
Source Harvard Kennedy School of Criminal Justice Policy and Management
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance, Health
The Administrative Records Integration for Service Excellence program (ARISE) is a government initiative in Camden, New Jersey that integrates data from agencies and service providers to gain a more holistic understanding of individuals who frequently interact with the health care...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development, Public Spaces, Data & Technology
The District Department of Transportation and the District of Columbia Office of Planning led an effort to develop an empirical model for parking utilization in Washington, D.C, and to apply that model to an interactive, web-based tool utilizing the model named ParkRight DC, to support...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level County
State(s) Maine
Source University of Southern Maine
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
The Place Matters Project seeks to understand the impact that living environments have on the transition from childhood to adulthood, focusing particularly on those with criminal records or other obstacles. The project, based at the University of Southern Maine, aims to redesign Maine's...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Education, Data & Technology
Some schools and school districts are turning to social media monitoring as a response to the threat of mass shootings. Companies are marketing services claiming to identify sexual content and drug and alcohol use; prevent mass violence, self-harm, and bullying; and flag students...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Media Justice
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety
This brief outlines six arguments opposing electronic monitors for people released from prisons and jails during the pandemic. The use of electronic monitoring violates social distancing, increases costs, misdirects resources, impacts access to healthcare, increases barriers to movement,...

Type Article
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) All States, Georgia, Rhode Island, Texas
Source Government Technology
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Education
The implementation of data-driven learning in education, particularly through the use of aggregated historical datasets, can improve teachers' understanding of student needs and performance. Chief Innovation Offices can improve education policy outcomes by leveraging aggregated student...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Public Safety, Data & Technology
This report explores five privacy provisions to mitigate the harms associated with exploiting smart city-data. The policy proposals include differentiating personally identifiable smart city data from de-identified data, creating a warrant requirement for personally identifiable smart...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Mijente
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
This brief examines the relationship between tech companies, city projects, and increases in policing and surveillance of Austin residents. It begins by analyzing local policing initiatives like the Austin Regional Intelligence Center and noting contracts held by local law enforcement...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
While smart city technologies hold promise for improving public services and residents' quality of life, they also raise legitimate concerns about data collection and privacy. This report stresses the need to monitor cybersecurity risks, the commercial use of data, and potential government...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Privacy Technical Assistance Center
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
Data de-identification is the process of modifying or removing personally identifiable information from datasets in a way that minimizes the risk of unintended disclosure of individuals' identities. The paper defines terms such as anonymization, blurring, de-identification, disclosure,...

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