How Seattle, WA is balancing openness with privacy

Authors: Katya Abazajian and Alex Dodds
Originally published on the Sunlight Foundation blog.

As we all learn more about how personal data lives online and affects us offline, people are understandably asking questions about how municipal governments are collecting or protecting sensitive data.

The City of Seattle in Washington, which has been recognized for excellence in open data, recently partnered with the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) to assess how well the city is protecting residents’ privacy as it publishes open data…

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How Houston is using open data to handle Hurricane Harvey

Authors: Katya Abazajian and Alex Dodds
Originally published on the Sunlight Foundation blog.

Open data has become a crucial part of emergency response to natural disasters. This week, Hurricane Harvey is demonstrating how robust open data systems can help any city cope with and recover from disaster.

The City of Houston worked with partners at Harris County to make timely information available to the public before, during, and after the storm through a number of open data feeds…

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Connecting open data to residents’ lives

Authors: Stephen Larrick and Katya Abazajian
Originally published on the Sunlight Foundation blog.

United States cities face a critical challenge when it comes to fulfilling the potential of open data: that of moving beyond the mere provision of access to data toward the active facilitation of stakeholder use of data in ways that bring about community impact. Sunlight has been researching innovative projects and strategies that have helped cities tackle this challenge head on. Today we’re excited to share a guide for our new approach to open data in U.S. cities–an approach we’re calling “Tactical Data Engagement,” designed to drive community impact by connecting the dots between open data, public stakeholders, and collaborative action.

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Boston organizations develop advanced algorithm to address city challenges

Authors: Katya Abazajian and Kathy Pettit
Originally published in Urban Wire

By leveraging data and technology, a partnership of Boston organizations and local government leaders found a better way to connect young people to summer jobs.

In July 2015, Boston’s mayor announced an increase in funding for summer youth employment. Boston’s Department of Youth Employment and Engagement prepared to offer more jobs to young people, hoping to open long-term opportunities for high school students in disadvantaged neighborhoods…

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Using data to make a difference for Boston-area students at risk of homelessness

Authors: Mary Bogle and Katya Abazajian
Originally published in Urban Wire

Data provide the glue for a new alliance fighting student homelessness and promoting academic success at a Promise Neighborhood site in Boston.

The Promise Neighborhood initiative, funded by the US Department of Education, aims to transform high-needs communities by supporting children from cradle to career. Promise Neighborhoods use a data-driven approach to identify programs that best serve their communities…

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