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The city of New York intends to destroy the data it collected from applicants for its IDNYC municipal ID, to keep it out of the hands of President Trump's administration, because it is afraid of how it could be used against undocumented residents.

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For many missing and exploited Native women, the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota is their last stop. The host of The Other Side on APTN Michaella Shannon, helps Thehypemagazine tell the True Story of Pocahontas that reflects the lives of many Native women today.


http://www.thehypemagazine.com/2017/04/the-true-story-of-pocahontas-romantic-fantasy-or-sexually-exploited/


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There's not much discussion of open government, but transparency is on center stage in the race for the White House: http://m.startribune.com/transparency-takes-center-stage-in-campaign-for-white-house/390803641/

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Today in #OpenGov: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/09/today-in-opengov-when-open-data-policies-are-closed-code-gov-dark-money-spending-censusfail-and-more/ When open data policies are closed, Code.gov, dark money in the states, Australia's #CensusFail & more. [I'm back from vacation: please send links!]

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How data visualization can save lives:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-is-how-visualizing-open-data-can-help-save-lives_56781c17e4b014efe0d5fd59?cje5ewmi

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to better inform the public.

Los Angeles, for example, has analyzed data about injuries and deaths on its streets and published it online. Now people can check its conclusions and understand why LA's public department prioritizes certain intersections.

The impact from these kinds of investments can lead directly to saving lives and preventing injuries. The work is part of a broader effort around the world to make cities safer.

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Data for policy
People are invited to react on this draft report on big data and other innovative data-driven approaches for evidence-informed policy making. Worth reading.
#bigdata   #government   #policy  

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After Ed Snowden, remember the claims that surveillance stopped terrorists? Eh, on a closer look, not true. 

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No doubt in my mind that governments creating open source software will significantly contribute to ongoing open data efforts.
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