How Open Data Can Revolutionize a Society in Crisis

By Beth Simone Noveck, Professor of Engineering at NYU, Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School and Director of The Governance Lab, Brink News. 28 March 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi presents a map displaying data on the moving of refugees during a session entitled ‘Refugee Crisis: The Big Picture’ at the Congress hall on the closing day …

Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government

By Beth Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst (Jan 2016) According to a 2015 survey by Pew Research Center, the public believes existing democratic institutions are failing. Just 20 percent say the federal government runs its programs well, and 59 percent say the government is in need of “very major reform”—up 22 points since 1997(1). With rates of trust in government at …

Analyzing Bike Collisions Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story – you need near misses too

By Kelsey Thomas, Next City, 9 May 2017 City planners often decide which intersections and roads get safety improvements based on analysis of crash data, but according to a new study, that method may be missing something. A look at “near-miss incidents” by Houston-based Kinder Institute for Urban Research reveals that some streets in critical need of improvement could be …

Inequality and economics: Tony Atkinson’s enduring lessons

By Andrea Brandolini, Bank of Italy2 LIS Newsletter, Issue No. 1 (March 2017) – Inequality Matters  Tony Atkinson died of multiple myeloma in January 2017. Developing an idea originated by Hugh Dalton (1920), Tony viewed income inequality as the loss of social welfare associated with an uneven distribution of incomes. This focus on social welfare allowed him to derive three important …

Preliminary Analysis Reveals 4% Of Los Angeles Buildings Use 50% Of Electricity

Originally published on CleanTechnica, December 20th, 2016 by Kyle Field  A preliminary analysis by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA and the nonprofit City Energy project revealed that half of the city’s electricity demand is consumed by just 4% of its buildings, which spurred the city council into action with a specific focus on the large, older buildings identified in the …

McKinsey estimates $2.5 Trillion in potential economic impact from continued adoption of mobility services, by 2025

From McKinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/big-data-the-next-frontier-for-innovation.  Their December 2016 report compares results with 2011 and looks forward Hyperscale, real-time matching is a disruptive model that will influence transportation and logistics, automotive development, and smart cities and infrastructure. Indicators of potential for disruption: ▪ Assets are underutilized due to inefficient signaling ▪ Supply/demand mismatch ▪ Dependence on large amounts of personalized data ▪ Data is siloed or …

The feds just gave batteries and rooftop solar panels access to big-time energy markets:  Distributed energy will be able to play in wholesale energy markets. That’s a big deal.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com Nov 22, 2016, 9:40am EST Stronger together.(Shutterstock) Given the state of US politics, it’s safe to say that very few people are paying attention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) right now — even fewer than usual, I mean. However, in its quiet and nerdy way, FERC just did something that could help drive a paradigm …

Data: How is Google using machine learning?

Don Dodge works on the Google Cloud Technology Partner team. Don is a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks. Prior to Google, Don was Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team. You can follow Don on Medium, on Twitter @DonDodge or on Facebook Machine Learning will impact everything we do at …

Navigating innovation in the public sector

Cross-posted from Workz.dk By Kit Lykketoft | Oct 31st, 2016 | Culture and behaviour| Customer focus and service design| Gamification| Innovation and strategy development Innovative approaches in the public sector are growing in numbers. But when is service-design the right choice and how does that differ from positive deviance? How can we use open data and what is behavioural insights? …

Smart meter deployment to reach 70 million this year, 90 million by 2020

October 27th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill cross-posted from Clean Technica The deployment of smart meters in the United States has increased substantially over the last few years, with more than half the country now boasting two-way smart meters, and projections suggesting that a total of 70 million smart meters will have been deployed by the end of the year, increasing …