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Open data, civic hacking and data-driven government

Did you know that the government can track potholes using smartphone technology? This is just one way local governments are taking advantage of the enormous amount of data collected and supplied through open data. But according to a panel of experts at the Data Innovation...

source: By Danielle Wegert
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The next dimension in emergency planning has arrived. Using about $140,000 in Homeland Security funds, local officials have purchased two high-tech cameras that can record and plot 3-D digital images that will serve as blueprints in emergency situations.

source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The public is more likely to trust and comply with bad weather warnings — such as for winter snowstorms and icy roads — if authorities give their warnings as a probability estimate, according to risk researchers. The...

source: PRNewswire

It was an unprecedented step for what became, in New York City, a common storm: For the first time in its 110-year history, the subway system was shut down because of snow. Transit workers, caught off guard by the shutdown...

source: The New York Times

Extreme weather events are regarded as the second most prevalent threat to global stability in terms of likelihood, following interstate conflict with regional consequences, according to analysis by the World Economic Forum.

source: Artemis

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, a former Charlotte mayor, asked a national gathering of mayors to commit to improving the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians in their communities.

source: Governing

Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.

source: Claims Journal


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