Cities

About

Here we examine privacy and security policies for open government with an eye toward best practices. Municipalities across the US perceive the potential benefits to their organizations and the public at large from making the datasets they collect available online to the public. However, the same municipalities along with numerous scholars and public policy advocates are increasingly concerned about the consequences of releases of data about local residents.


People

Ryan Calo

School of Law – University of Washington

Jan Whittington

Urban Design & Planning – University of Washington

Peter Schmiedeskamp

Urban Design & Planning – University of Washington

Meg Young

Information School – University of Washington


Research

Push, Pull, and Spill: A Transdisciplinary Case Study in Municipal Open Government

Cities hold considerable information, including details about the daily lives of residents and employees, maps of critical infrastructure, and records of internal deliberations. Cities are beginning to realize that this information has economic and civic value.
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Events

UC Berkeley, The 19th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: Open Data: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges

Co-Director Ryan Calo and Faculty Associate Jan Whittington presented “Municipal Open Data” on the intersection of open data, public services, privacy, and social impact.
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New York University Information Law Institute, Conference on Responsible Use of Open Data: Government and the Private Sector

Following the well-received presentation at the UC Berkeley Symposium, Co-Director Ryan Calo and Faculty Associate Jan Whittington were asked to again share their work on the intersection of open data, public services, privacy, and social impact.
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