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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 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 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 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of workers have applied for unemployment benefits online, only to be met with a crashed webpage. To better gauge the overall functionality of state unemployment websites, ITIF tested the page load speed, mobile-friendliness, and accessibility...

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 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 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 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 2016
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Center on Privacy & Technology
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Data & Technology
Face recognition is the automated process of comparing two images of faces to determine whether they represent the same individual. Across the country, law enforcement performs face identification to identify individuals who refuse to identify themselves, compare mugshots against...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Data & Technology
This report outlines the results of the National League of Cities' (NLC's) "Local Economic Conditions" survey, which examines cities' relationships with "sharing economy" companies (i.e. Uber, Lyft, Airbnb), their level of support for these companies, the benefits and concerns associated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2024
Level Other
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas -
This publication compiles all the policy analysis conducted and published by ProGov21 for the year of 2023. It includes policy roadmaps for local public officials addressing issues of equity, reproductive health, immigration, land use, public finance, regional coordination, housing,...

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 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 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Monopoly control of broadband technology is leaving many Americans unable to access high-speed internet. In particular, the market power of the biggest cable companies allows them to lock customers into overpriced, underperforming Internet service contracts for which they don’t have...

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 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...

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