WHIO: Convicted of buying sex? Dayton will tell your neighbors via Facebook.

WHIO: Convicted of buying sex? Dayton will tell your neighbors via Facebook.. “If you are convicted of buying sex from a prostitute in the city of Dayton, city officials are going to do their best to make sure your neighbors know about it … in 21st century style. The city of Dayton will begin buying specially targeted Facebook advertisements linked to the addresses of men who buy sex. The ads will tell people that one of their neighbors has been convicted and will give them a link to a web site listing the men’s names, addresses and crimes.”

The Atlantic: How a Feel-Good AI Story Went Wrong in Flint

The Atlantic: How a Feel-Good AI Story Went Wrong in Flint. “More than a thousand days after the water problems in Flint, Michigan, became national news, thousands of homes in the city still have lead pipes, from which the toxic metal can leach into the water supply. To remedy the problem, the lead pipes need to be replaced with safer, copper ones. That sounds straightforward, but it is a challenge to figure out which homes have lead pipes in the first place. The City’s records are incomplete and inaccurate. And digging up all the pipes would be costly and time-consuming. That’s just the kind of problem that automation is supposed to help solve.”

Juneau Empire: Alaska community data available on new interactive online portal

Juneau Empire: Alaska community data available on new interactive online portal. “Ever wondered what the Alaska Native names for all the communities in Alaska were? Or how many people lived in each community? Searching for such data just became way easier in an interactive portal. The Division of Community and Regional Affairs unveiled a new website this week, with the goal of making demographic information about communities across Alaska more easily accessible to the average person.”

Cities Today: New database released to better assess African cities

Cities Today: New database released to better assess African cities. “The most complete data set on African urban agglomerations has been launched during the 8th Africities Conference in Marrakesh. Africapolis includes data on more than 7,500 urban agglomerations in 50 countries and aims to become a tool for governments, policy makers, researchers and urban planners.”

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data. “For Cypher Philly founder Jess Mason, the copious amounts of open data produced every year by OpenDataPhilly needed another layer that could maximize their potential impact. It’s why he set out — alongside cofounder Jason Cox and about 40 volunteers — to build an application that can connect the dots between data sets meant for transparency and higher government efficiency.”

The Intercept: Google’s “Smart City Of Surveillance” Faces New Resistance In Toronto

The Intercept: Google’s “Smart City Of Surveillance” Faces New Resistance In Toronto. “From the start, activists, technology researchers, and some government officials have been skeptical about the idea of putting Google, or one of its sister companies, in charge of a city. Their suspicions about turning part of Toronto into a corporate test bed were triggered, at first, by the company’s history of unethical corporate practices and surreptitious data collection. They have since been borne out by Quayside’s secret and undemocratic development process, which has been plagued by a lack of public input — what one critic has called ‘a colonizing experiment in surveillance capitalism attempting to bulldoze important urban, civic and political issues.'”

Brownstoner: See What Your Home Once Looked Like With Newly Digitized 1940s Tax Photos

Brownstoner: See What Your Home Once Looked Like With Newly Digitized 1940s Tax Photos. “In a major boon for researchers, New York City history aficionados and old building lovers, the New York City Department of Records & Information Services has released a treasure trove of visual material online. The digitization of 720,000 images from the circa 1940 tax photo collection means a photograph of every building in the city at the time is now available to peruse online.”