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Can Machines Make Local Government Policies More Human?

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 18, 2019

Robots are coming for humans' jobs. That's not a threat, it's a fact. In many cases, they already have. It happens all the time. A new technology is born and an old industry dies. Man vs. machine is very real, but the results of two recent local government initiatives prove that humanity’s relationship with technology doesn’t have to be ... READ MORE+

3 Ways to Promote Data Literacy in Your  Local Government

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 15, 2019

We’ve written extensively about the importance of aggregating and tracking data, but what good is all that information if you and other members of your administration don’t optimize it? The first step towards data optimization is data literacy—a skill that a variety of industries place an increasingly high premium on. Indeed, Gartner foresees 80% ... READ MORE+

We are Living in the Golden Age of Grift. Here’s What that Means for Your Local Government.

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 15, 2019

Journalists have declared that we are living in the Golden Age of Grift. Not the most flattering nickname, but what else do you call this?  READ MORE+

Forget Crypto. Master the New Currency.

by Alannah Dragonetti on October 12, 2018

A new coffee shop opened in Providence, Rhode Island and it’s generating more than a caffeine buzz. Located by Brown University, Shiru Cafe, serves students and faculty lattes, cappucinos and all of the typical coffee shop menu items, but the jury is out on the pricing. Some will tell you Shiru’s menu is fairly priced, others say it is more ... READ MORE+

Golden State Killer Arrest: An Answer Raises New Questions about Big Data

by Alannah Dragonetti on May 04, 2018

A government software manufacturer dedicated to furthering the responsible application of today’s wealth of information, GovPilot has published blog posts exploring both the light and dark sides of Big Data. A new development in the Golden State Killer case raises questions about the area in between.   READ MORE+

Corrupted: The Dark Side of Big Data

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 13, 2018

On April 10th, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared before a joint hearing of the United States Senate judiciary and commerce committees in Washington DC., to clarify how the social networking giant aggregates and applies information on its 2.2 billion users in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy. No, Zuckerberg maintained, Facebook ... READ MORE+

3 Industries Benefiting from Big Data

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 16, 2018

Sometimes it’s fun to take a step back and observe contemporary culture with a critical eye—like a historian analyzing the mores, rituals and norms of a long gone society. Many who’ve taken an objective look at the present have declared that we are living in the Age of Big Data. As Microsoft Chief Executive, Satya Nadella, points-out, “90 percent ... READ MORE+

Survey Says, GovPilot Responds Part 3: Digitize Forms, Open Data

by Alannah Dragonetti on November 03, 2017

The input of subject matter experts provides GovPilot with a sense of direction on our continuing quest for improvement. In September, we questioned hundreds of city and county managers across the United States on their pain points, practices and processes. We chose to survey this demographic because, as the job title implies, city and county ... READ MORE+

Picture This: A Look at the Evolution of Data Visualization

by Alannah Dragonetti on October 13, 2017

The prevailing educational theory is that there are seven learning styles: Aural- Responds best to sound and music Logical- Retains information conveyed through mathematical equations Physical-Prefers hands-on learning Social-Learns best in a group setting Solitary- Relies on self-teaching Verbal- Remembers through mnemonic devices/the written ... READ MORE+

GovPilot’s FOIA Process: A True Masterpiece

by Alannah Dragonetti on August 25, 2017

The art world is beginning to embrace something that government has known all along—sharing data with the public pays off.    Grab a beret and strike a thoughtful pose! This blog post analyzes the impact of a bona fide masterpiece. READ MORE+