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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
The United States has an enviable entrepreneurial culture and a track record of building new companies. Yet new and small business owners often face particular challenges, including lack of access to capital, insufficient business networks for peer support, investment, and business...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2006
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Data & Technology
Wireless community networks can be an effective strategy for addressing the digital divide. They can offer affordable access to the Internet while building community and strengthening the local economy. In an age when access to the Internet is increasingly a condition for full participation...

Type Ordinance
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source Providence Police Department
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety
This policy requires all custodial interrogations of capital offense crimes to be electronically recorded at a place of detention that is under the control of the Providence Police Department. Its purpose is to ensure the constitutional rights of the interrogated suspects and to minimize...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
Transit can be especially important for older individuals, who “age out” of driving as their mobility, vision, and hearing decline. However, public transit can be difficult for older people to navigate, and is unreliable or insufficient for many trips in most U.S. cities. To address...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level School District
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Education, Data & Technology
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts have introduced student activity monitoring software and other digital tools aimed at facilitating remote classroom management and driving student engagement. Though helpful, these tools can also be intrusive. This report examines...

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 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development, Public Spaces, Data & Technology
Developing an empirical model for parking utilization in Washington, D.C and creating to an interactive, web-based tool utilizing the model named ParkRight DC, to support and guide parking supply decisions. A transparent, data driven process for parking supply decisions may help relieve...

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 2020
Level State, School District, National
State(s) All States
Source University of Michigan: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Policy Areas Education, Data & Technology
Facial recognition in schools risks amplifying and institutionalizing existing racial biases (resulting in disproportionate surveillance and humiliation of marginalized students), normalizing surveillance, and commodifying student data. This report strongly recommends that facial...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) North Dakota
Source Institute of Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Rural North Dakota has some of the greatest internet connectivity in the country. In fact, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data, rural North Dakotans are more likely to have access to gigabit speeds and fiber broadband than the state’s urban residents—even more...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
Employers use algorithm-driven hiring tools as a fast and efficient way to process job applications in large numbers. Job-seekers are increasingly asked to record videos (that employers mine for facial and vocal cues), complete online tests (that are used to evaluate their optimism...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
Business incubators and accelerators have emerged as a popular strategy to support the growth of entrepreneurial ventures, especially in the high-tech sector. They are designed to address the networking, education and capital challenges all entrepreneurs face. These challenges are...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Policy Areas Data & Technology
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, courts at all levels, from local trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States, have conducted legal proceedings using teleconferencing remote technology. This report outlines how remote hearings and trials have the potential to cause...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, National
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Basic infrastructure, including internet access, is still lacking on many reservations; in fact, tribal lands have seen increases in high-speed internet access at even lower rates than rural areas. One step to better Internet infrastructure is increasing the authority of Native Nations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, National
State(s) Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Texas
Source Center on Privacy & Technology
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Travelers on certain international flights departing from Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, Houston, and Washington, D.C., are having their faces scanned and compared to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) biometric database to verify their identity. This report...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) has the potential to transform the way individuals work, learn, and interact, by allowing employees to collaborate from anywhere in the world, making critical services such as healthcare and education more accessible, and creating new channels...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Data & Technology
“Smart city” products are often touted as cost-efficient solutions to providing government services and addressing societal challenges, but in reality these technologies are no more intelligent than the data and algorithms behind them. Like other tools, their effectiveness depends...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source The Common Council of the City of Madison
Policy Areas Data & Technology
This ordinance requires all city agencies to provide notification to the Mayor and Common Council before obtaining or using new surveillance technology. It also requires them to provide an annual report on its use of surveillance technology to the Common Council and public. Exceptions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Community Resource Hub
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Safety, Data & Technology
Police use of emerging surveillance technology, including facial recognition software, Stingray devices (transmitters which scan and collect data from cell phones), and social media monitors, has become increasingly popular across the United States. This report presents an overview...

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 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Due to monopoly control of broadband technology, millions of Americans do not have internet access because it is not available or affordable. To circumvent this problem, the city of Wilson began building a citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network called Greenlight in 2008, after...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Campaign Zero
Policy Areas Public Safety, Data & Technology
Body cameras are rapidly becoming the norm in communities across the country. Campaign Zero reviewed available police department body camera policies from the largest 30 cities in America to determine whether this new technology is being implemented in ways that ensure accountability...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Public Safety, Data & Technology
Surveillance technology such as drones, stingrays, and facial recognition software exacerbate discriminatory policing, suppress dissent, and facilitate harm to immigrants and people of color. This guide summarizes some lessons the American Civil Liberties Union of California has learned...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
Public transit agencies nationwide are offering new payment options, but many of these methods have the potential to significantly increase the personal data collected by transit agencies and their private subcontractors. Once collected, the data can be accessed by other government...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing, Data & Technology
Internet connectivity is divided along socioeconomic lines, with fewer options available to those who have less capacity to pay for the service. Communities large and small, rural and urban, have residents who lack adequate access to digital services and internet connectivity. Digital...

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