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Data Sharing in Cities: What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Plus, Startup Raises $865k Seed Round to Make Facebook a Constituent Feedback Tool, New York City Uses Street Kiosks to Tell Open Data Stories and more...

by / October 9, 2018


Data Sharing: What's the Worst That Could Happen? Modern technology — especially new transportation technology like scooter- and bike-sharing — is producing a lot of data that cities are eager to get their hands on. But it's not that simple.

Startup Raises $865k Seed Round to Make Facebook a Constituent Feedback Tool The company, ePluribus, is making a Google Chrome extension that will work with Facebook to send issue feedback directly to elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. The startup is also focused on the work of verifying the identity of those constituents to make sure their message is reaching the right people.

New York City Uses Street Kiosks to Tell Open Data Stories The city's Wi-Fi kiosks are serving a lot of functions. Lately the city is using them to spread the word of its open data work.

Minnesota Local Governments Face ADA Lawsuit for Inaccessible Wesbites A county and two cities are in court defending against claims that their websites are inhospitable to people with disabilities.


Where is the Red Light Camera Battle Playing Out? Red light cameras and speed cameras are present in some of the most heavily-populated areas of the country, but they're missing from a remarkably large area. How and where is the battle over these cameras playing out?


GovTech companies on our radar this week:

MicroTraffic: Using machine learning to crunch video from traffic cameras, identify near misses and predict accidents.

Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.


>Abhi Nemani, a startup consultant and former public innovation official, is co-organizing the first inaugural Midwest GovTech Meetup in Chicago on Oct. 18.

>Accela has announced the sponsors — including Microsoft, as well as gold-level sponsors Byrne and Etech Consulting — of its upcoming Accelarate conference.

>Mark43 has signed the Boston Police Department as its third major-city client.

>UrbanLogiq will work with the city of Vancouver, British Columbia as part of the Startup in Residence program to develop a platform for sharing information to support negotiations between stakeholders involved with First Nations land management.


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Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.

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