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Anoush Darabi

7 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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A startup called WhereIsMyTransport has helped cities create timetables and route maps of informal public transit. The group sends data collectors out to ride local minibus routes, for example, then organizes the info...

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Anoush Darabi

3 August 2018

Madison, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota officials are capitalizing on a population trend: despite negative population growth in rural areas among people in their twenties, people in their thirties and forties continue to move to rural places. Get ...

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Anoush Darabi

27 July 2018

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Making government more transparent is one strategy that countries are using to counteract rising xenophobia and populism. More than 85 national and subnational governments have committed to publishing spending data, p...

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Anoush Darabi

4 July 2018

Leeds, United Kingdom

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With a single tap, public health workers in Leeds can use a mobile app to record signs of loneliness in the city. Their observations generate a heat map of social isolation, which then guides community outreach effort...

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Anoush Darabi

2 July 2018

Berlin, Germany

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Berlin has historically struggled with implementing new digital advancements. Thanks to a collaborative effort however, the community can now be informed about the water pollution level of various lakes that are often...

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Anoush Darabi

22 June 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

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Urban planners in Belgium are creating play spaces, known as the “speelweefselplan,” to give children more room to be outside. The design process includes asking schoolchildren about their routes to and from school, a...

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Anoush Darabi

15 June 2018

The Hague, Netherlands

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As urban farming proves to be a viable solution for the need to produce more food, many find the landscape of city-farming difficult to navigate due to space and expenses. In The Netherlands, however, a handful of sma...

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Anoush Darabi

11 June 2018

Argentina and Brazil

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Reduce corruption by making public data accessible and transparent. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, information about public works projects is available online, so excess spending is hard to hide. Meanwhile in Brazil, an ...

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Anoush Darabi

8 June 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Pedestrian-oriented development takes many forms, but three cities have demonstrated success. In New York City, a local transit commissioner convinced the city to pedestrianize parts of Times Square using data to make...

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Anoush Darabi

1 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Writing laws to be machine-readable could have huge payoffs. San Francisco is designing a computer program to read through the city’s prosecution records and automatically downgrade applicable marijuana possession con...

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Anoush Darabi

11 May 2018

Wellington, New Zealand

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Legislation is currently written in such a way that it often takes a lawyer to interpret how policies are supposed to work. What if laws were written to be machine-readable instead? A team in New Zealand rewrote two l...

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Anoush Darabi

8 May 2018

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

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Governments in the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere use crowdfunded donations to restore historic areas and fund new developments. The approach can build democratic participation and community cohesion...

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Anoush Darabi

30 January 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Redesigning streets to be more pedestrian-friendly can have big impacts on traffic safety and local business. A fast, easy and cheap way to weigh the pros and cons of such changes is to simply redraw street lines usin...

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Anoush Darabi

10 January 2018

Medellin, Colombia

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In the twentieth-century, Columbia’s city of Medellin was a center for drugs and violence. Then the city developed a cable car system that enabled cheap transportation for people to find employment. The cable car syst...

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Anoush Darabi

17 October 2017

North Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Chatbots don’t sleep. They can respond to citizen inquiries 24 hours a day. From North Charleston to Singapore, automated conversation platforms are improving the connection between governments and the people they ser...

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