NiemanLab: City Bureau gets $10 million to make public meetings more public

NiemanLab: City Bureau gets $10 million to make public meetings more public. “As local news withers, one oft-heard concern is that its decline means that public meetings — and developments that affect residents — will go uncovered, since there will be no reporters to cover them. Since 2017, City Bureau’s Documenters program has aimed to help solve that problem by training citizens to attend and document public meetings.”

Smart Cities Dive: High-speed reality capture tool holds sustainability, preservation potential for cities

Smart Cities Dive: High-speed reality capture tool holds sustainability, preservation potential for cities . “A Los Angeles pilot plans to make the city’s buildings more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions using a digital twin. Chattanooga, Tennessee also uses a digital twin to anticipate and alleviate vehicle congestion in an effort to increase the energy efficiency of the city’s traffic. And it seems the trend will continue to grow. A recent report predicted that digital twin implementation will increase an average of 36% over the next five years in major industries.”

News@Northeastern: Want To Understand The Impact Of The Covid-19 Pandemic On Boston? Northeastern Researchers Have Built A Database

News@Northeastern: Want To Understand The Impact Of The Covid-19 Pandemic On Boston? Northeastern Researchers Have Built A Database. “Sudden disruptions to society were immediately apparent: School closures, business shutdowns, new—and in some cases, unprecedented—public health policies. But other pandemic impacts remain hidden, locked away in datasets and public records not yet meaningfully analyzed. The determination to uncover that data—and make it widely available—led a group of Northeastern researchers to construct a ‘data-support system’ from multiple information sources in and around the city of Boston that, when combined, paint a portrait of how communities and neighborhoods were impacted by the pandemic, with particular emphasis on communities and neighborhoods of color.”

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches Data Dashboard to Support Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement Program

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches Data Dashboard to Support Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement Program. “Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Office of Emergency Communication and Management (OEMC), the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) launched the Data Dashboard. The new resource will provide information on the City’s Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement (CARE) Program. The primary goal of the CARE program is to improve outcomes for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis requiring an emergency response.”

Drury University: Drury University students attempt to hack City of Springfield in cybersecurity partnership

Drury University: Drury University students attempt to hack City of Springfield in cybersecurity partnership. “In a rare opportunity, offered to few cybersecurity students in the country, Drury University partnered with the City of Springfield to ensure its network is guarded against malicious hackers. The process is called a network penetration test and it’s when an organization hires white hat hackers to break into their systems.”

City of Philadelphia: New Online Tool Helps Navigate City Health Trends

City of Philadelphia: New Online Tool Helps Navigate City Health Trends. “Lots of different things can determine just how healthy we are. For instance, where we were born or where we live now can impact our overall health…. A new online tool called PhilaStats is ready to help users compare these various factors – sometimes referred to as social determinants of health – across different areas of Philadelphia. The interactive dashboard highlights trends in population, along with information about births and deaths in the city between 2011 and 2019. It will be updated as additional years of data become available.”

City of Chicago: Mayor Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman Launch the My Chi. My Future. Mobile App to Connect Teens With Out-of-School Activities

City of Chicago: Mayor Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman Launch the My Chi. My Future. Mobile App to Connect Teens With Out-of-School Activities. “Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman today announced the launch of the My CHI. My Future. (MCMF) mobile app, a significant investment and resource designed to help teens easily find out-of-school programs, events, resources, jobs, and more. This is the first app of its kind nationwide created by a city government.”

GCN: Need help finding broadband grants? Tool helps sift through opportunities

GCN: Need help finding broadband grants? Tool helps sift through opportunities. “US Ignite, a nonprofit dedicated to building the foundation for smart cities, developed the open data tool to improve access to its Federal Funding Opportunities database. Smart city and broadband grants also can be filtered by sector, such as big data, infrastructure, digital equity energy, health care, education, public safety, innovation and information technologies.”

News 4 San Antonio: City discusses how to include people with disabilities as they move to “smart” technology

News 4 San Antonio: City discusses how to include people with disabilities as they move to “smart” technology. “Hundreds of thousands of people in San Antonio are living with a disability. This week at the Texas Smart Cities Summit in San Antonio, one of the biggest conversations has been how to make the Alamo City more accessible for people who are blind, deaf, or have other disabilities.”

New York Comptroller: Comptroller Lander Unveils NYC Climate Dashboard to Hold City Accountable to Climate Goals

New York Comptroller: Comptroller Lander Unveils NYC Climate Dashboard to Hold City Accountable to Climate Goals. “To kick-off Earth Week, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander and the Comptroller’s Chief Climate Officer Louise Yeung unveiled the NYC Climate Dashboard to shine a spotlight on the City’s incremental progress and path forward to meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. The dashboard tracks key metrics on NYC’s energy transition, emissions, pension fund investments, and resiliency infrastructure.”

The Mayor: Berlin opens a cyber-security centre to protect against increasing attacks

The Mayor (EU): Berlin opens a cyber-security centre to protect against increasing attacks. “On Wednesday, Berlin authorities opened a security centre against cyber-attacks as part of the Berlin IT Service Centre (ITDZ). The ‘Security Operations Centre’ is supposed to help Germany’s capital detect and ward off hacker attacks. According to the German press agency dpa, experts would be working in the IT centre around the clock, monitoring access to the digital public system and coordinating cross-agency measures.”