Data-driven innovations offer enormous opportunities to advance important societal goals. However, to take advantage of these opportunities, individuals must have access to high-quality data about themselves and their communities. If certain groups routinely do not have data collected about them, their problems may be overlooked and their communities held back in spite of progress elsewhere. Given this risk, policymakers should begin a concerted effort to address the “data divide”—the social and economic inequalities that may result from a lack of collection or use of data about individuals or communities.
Almost all movement in a major city now begins with a phone. Mobile apps and interfaces help people do everything from sort through route options to locate an approaching bus or hail a taxi or for-hire vehicle. While cities and transportation regulators have released data and encouraged innovation through contests and hackathons, no U.S. city has aggressively pursued development of an integrated app that enables users to plan, book, and pay for trips across multiple travel modes. Instead, it's the likes of Uber and Google Maps and CityMapper and RideScout that have demonstrated what is possible, and controlled the movement market to date.
Dear Library of Congress and Government Printing Office,
For decades, you have jointly published a handy compendium that explains the U.S. Constitution as it has been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. It took a couple of letters from the Senate (and repeated nudging from the public interest community—2009, 2010,2011, 2012, 2013) to move you to publish the Constitution Annotatedonline more than once a decade, but you still do not regularly publish it online in a structured-data format. Instead, the Constitution Annotated is published as a PDF, which has not been updated in 15 months.
It wasn't by accident that access to this data was made easy (and even fun). Nor was this success attributable solely to talented developers. The Collaborative has cultivated a community of paid civic user testers to make sure their civic apps meet the needs and expectations of Chicagoans -- an approach that can be emulated in other communities.
Global smartphone usage is forecasted to increase almost 150 percent during the next seven years. Within the U.S., the continual increase in smartphone usage brought about the introduction -- and fast adoption -- of government mobile applications.
These applications have already begun to make a large impact on government at the local, state, and federal level. For citizens, it is important to understand the impact these apps are having and why it is imperative to continue contributing to this evolution.
Many kinds of people make up a community, and often times a significant proportion of the population speaks a language other than English. For a community dialogue to be inclusive, it's important to offer interpretation services. Simultaneous interpretation usually is the best option, allowing speakers of all languages to understand the presentation or conversation as it is happening.
Recently on my visits to councils and to conferences, and in the conversations I have with people across the public sector, leadership in digital has been identified as an issue.
I think the problem...