Data

Tech Company Makes Case to Run a Local Government

A Nevada commission is studying the concept. But an executive a cryptocurrency firm says its plans for an "innovation zone" won't work inside an existing county.

New Data Show Major Broadband Gaps in Smaller Counties

But even larger places have issues with inadequate internet service, according to a National Association of Counties report.

Transportation Agencies Grapple With Lasting Effects of Telework

Many workers are not going back to offices full time and governments need to figure out how to adjust. “When we are not collecting gas taxes and ferry fares, our budget is hurting," one state transportation chief said during a Route Fifty event.

How Cities are Using Data to Tackle Key Challenges

More than 50% of cities surveyed in a recent report say data analytics are enabling them to deliver services and expand programs more efficiently, effectively and equitably.

How One State Used Technology and Data to Improve Traffic and Reduce Emissions

COMMENTARY | Hawaii’s DOT added artificial intelligence technology across major roads and intersections to reduce per day traffic by seven minutes per person and 140 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

What Law Enforcement Leaders Need to Know About Use-of-Force Data

The results of collecting and analyzing data can provide critical information to minimize unnecessary use-of-force incidents, according to the Police Executive Research Forum.

The Best and Worst States for Child Well-Being

Massachusetts took the top spot in the KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, while Mississippi ranked 50th.

Report: Governments Need to Share More Data to Solve Complex Issues, Grow Economy

But governments should use the expertise of private companies to help guard sensitive data that is shared, according to a Georgetown University study.

America’s Entire Understanding of the Pandemic Was Shaped by Messy Data

COMMENTARY | Our view of this crisis has been blurry from the beginning.

Report Highlights How AI Could Amplify Future Disinformation Campaigns

A Georgetown center's report assesses how artificial intelligence could sway the opinions of millions by writing "seemingly credible" and "compelling fake" news stories.

The States and Cities With the Strongest and Weakest Levels of Capital Investment

A new data tool offers a detailed look at how real estate and business loans and other investments vary widely across the country and sheds light on the inequities poorer and minority neighborhoods face.

America Saw a Historic Surge in Pedestrian Deaths Last Year

The fatality rate for people on foot who were struck by vehicles jumped 21%, despite the lowest driving activity in two decades, according to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Here’s How Much Your Personal Information is Worth to Cybercriminals – and What They Do With It

COMMENTARY | The black market for stolen personal information motivates most data breaches.

Florida Poised to Enact Digital Privacy Law

Privacy rights advocates say if the bill becomes law it will pressure Congress to pass federal legislation to ease the growing regulatory burden due to a patchwork of state laws.

2020 Census Data: Which States Gain, Lose Seats in the U.S. House?

The country experienced the second-slowest population growth in history, but resident shifts have seven states losing House seats, including California for the first time, and six capturing seats (two for Texas, the most).

States and Localities Should Implement Equity Compliance Measures

COMMENTARY | As Americans increasingly demand equitable action from government officials, the ability to model, measure and map equity in real time paves the way for a new model of governing to address injustices.

Overcoming Roadblocks to Evidence-Based Policy Making

COMMENTARY | Promising initiatives like the California Policy Lab show how governments can take greater advantage of data.

Small Business Owners Can’t Find Qualified Workers, Survey Finds

The National Federation of Independent Business says the pandemic and increased unemployment benefits are keeping people out of the labor market.

Why the Pandemic Experts Failed

We’re still thinking about pandemic data in the wrong ways.

Estimating How Many Covid Cases and Deaths the Vaccine Will Prevent

COMMENTARY | A predictive model helps to highlight the potential benefits of the vaccine rollout, even providing data that is specific to different states and cities.