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How to Make Your City Data Smart

How to make your city (county) data smart and how to get public support for this effort in the face of fears about the loss of privacy and the theft of data by evil hackers. This was the subject of a discussion that was part of Data Innovation Day, a conference sponsored by the Center for Data Innovation in Washington, D.C. One panel member, Ian Kalin, Socrata’s director of open data made a key point related to the reason why people entrust private companies with personal information that they might be reluctant to share with government agencies: ‘Consumers entrust those companies with the private information because of the customer experience they offer in return — essentially trading better services for privacy access, he said. Kalin contrasted buying an iPhone at an Apple store, to a trip to the department of motor vehicles, both offer valuable products, but one delivers a much better customer experience.

“I think [cities] need to recognize that privacy and confidentiality needs to be protected but you also need to recognize that people are giving that information to others for good reason,” So the moral of the story is that embarking on a big data process involving citizen disclosure of information must be strongly related to public awareness of the improvement in service that will flow from that disclosure.

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New York City Crime Map Adds to Interactive Data Trend

This New York City crime map permits residents to see felony crime data by specific neighborhood — and in real time as reports occur.

In making this crime information available to citizens, New York joins 9 of the 10 most populated cities now using online interactive mapping of the incidence of crime and making crime data available to citizens with a map of neighborhoods. Interestingly enough moreover, this article contains links to the interactive maps of the 9 cities so that readers can compare the approach that each city took with the others.Could your city/county use such an approach to make your crime statistics more transparent and available to residents? This article contains some useful tips. 

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Will Self-Driving Cars Rule Our Roadways?

Self-driving cars!!Greater safety;fewer fatalities and injuries on the road leading to fewer and cheaper insurance claims and therefore lower premiums. I’m more than ready!!!

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How the NYPD used technology to transform policing

The NYPD uses and analyzes all kinds of big data to improve catching criminals. Great progress has been made in reducing New York’s crime and murder rate under the administration of Mayor Bloomberg and his aggressive chief of police Ray Kelly but will this be continued under the new regime of Mayor deBlasio?

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The NYC police has become the by-word for using big data and technology to improve policing.

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Today’s news that a company has developed an app that allows Glass owners to access a data base of faces and provides information about the identity, marital status and profession of the face holder is suggestive of a potential law enforcement use. If police had a data base of images of criminals, parolees and others they could scan that using keywords and perhaps come up with a list of suspects for a particular offense more quickly and more accurately.

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https://nextdoor.com/

Check out this social network for neighbors. Could this make the neighborhoods in your city/county safer??

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Sacramento Police Reach Goal of Getting 10K Households Signed up on Nextdoor

Sacramento police are eager to spread the adoption of Nextdoor because they understand that neighborhoods where people communicate with one another and share an awareness of activity in the neighborhood are safer.The site is used for a variety of reasons — to advertise garage sales, for example, or spread news about things happening in the area. Neighbors also can alert each other to suspicious activity, and police can spread important information or crime prevention tips to specific neighborhoods.

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Austin, Travis County Fight Neighborhood Crime with Nextdoor

Nextdoor provides an easily accessed kind of virtual neighborhood crime watch for communities. Nextdoor is actually free to cities and counties. Could your city/county use Nextdoor?

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Hero911 App Targets School Shootings

The new Hero911 app could provide law enforcement with 60 seconds earlier notification of a school shooting incident in progress and thereby save lives. While not as valuable as ShotSpotter in terms of actually pinpointing the location of the shooter the app is free and could provide the difference between life and death for certain persons in the line of fire.