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Topic: Technology

Local and State governments are repeatedly tasked with finding ways to use data and technology to improve the health and economic state of their constituents. Advanced data resources held by state agencies can help local governments and community members navigate technology to find health, transportation, education, and philanthropic resources, among countless others. Leveraging data to influence policy decisions is one way local governments are taking advantage of new technologies as leaders try to close the inequality gap and disperse resources most efficiently among individuals. In addition, state and local governments have important roles to play in regulating the distribution and use of new technologies such as mobility innovations. While many state and local governments may lag the federal government with respect to technical expertise, they are rapidly expanding their capabilities in these areas and are often eager to collaborate with constituents who have relevant expertise.


ESAL Articles and Events about Technology

Article - Jul 26, 2020
International Innovations Benefit Northern Virginia Communities

Dale Medearis is a senior environmental planner at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, spearheading their climate and international partnerships. He spoke with ESAL about how policy and technical innovations from abroad can benefit local communities.

Article - Jul 1, 2020
Safeguarding Civil Liberties in Municipal Use of Facial Recognition

As facial recognition becomes widely available, local governments are grappling with whether and how to use it. The Science Policy Group at Berkeley recently published a policy brief outlining how privacy advisory commissions can oversee these technologies.

Article - Jun 20, 2020
re-Engineered: A new ethos of engineering

re-Engineered asks engineers to think more critically about what they do, centering on the ideas of environmental protection, social justice, and peace. Founder Darshan Karwat spoke to ESAL about the laboratory's work to develop a new culture of community-based engineering.

Article - May 4, 2020
Connecting Tech Volunteers to Local COVID Needs

U.S. Digital Response (USDR) is an all-volunteer movement established to fill the technology gap for local governments battling the COVID-19 crisis. ESAL interviewed Yung, the CEO of USDR, about their continuing efforts to assist governments across state and municipal jurisdictions.

Article - Feb 23, 2020
Information Science Leader Opens Data for Positive Change

Jeanne Holm serves as a senior technology advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as deputy chief information officer for Los Angeles. ESAL interviewed Holm about how her scientific training informs her work in LA on infrastructure, mobility, and air quality.

Article - Nov 15, 2019
Computers with a Cause: Behind the Scenes with Tech Exchange

On November 6, ESAL co-hosted a happy hour with Tech Exchange, a nonprofit in Oakland, California tackling the digital divide. The event included a tour of the Tech Exchange warehouse, where they refurbish electronic equipment for distribution.

Article - Oct 13, 2019
Internet of Water: building data infrastructure one state at a time

Peter Colohan, an expert in environmental information, has spent his career helping institutions like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Office of Science and Technology Policy become data savvy. Today, as executive director of the Internet of Water (IoW), he and his team help local and state governments modernize their water data collection in an effort to safeguard and effectively manage one of the most vital resources to human civilization.

Article - Aug 25, 2019
Civically-Obsessed Town Council Member Solves Problems with Data Analytics

Jennifer Robinson merges her data analytics job at SAS with local government solutions as a long-time elected official on the Town Council for Cary, North Carolina. In these roles, she works with governments and other stakeholders to harness the power of data analytics to improve local systems such as water use.

Article - Jul 14, 2019
New Energy Nexus: Clean Energy and the Startup ‘Ecosystem’

Ken Alston brought his experience working at the Department of Energy and Obama administration to New Energy Nexus, where he focuses on supporting entrepreneurs and international startups. The organization’s ambitious platform includes elevating 100,000 startups by 2030 in a quest to reach 100% clean energy.

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