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Kaitlyn Levinson

Assistant Editor, GCN

Kaitlyn Levinson
Kaitlyn Levinson is assistant editor at GCN and covers data and analytics. She has previously reported for Maryland-based publications Capital News Service in Annapolis and the Greenbelt News Review.
Data & Analytics

Better data management makes digital services shine

Leveraging metadata and establishing data sharing frameworks across agencies can help government achieve higher data quality and security.

Data & Analytics

Dashboard helps city track diversity, equity, inclusion progress

Philadelphia’s workforce diversity dashboard collects and visualizes demographic data on city employees.

Data & Analytics

Urban heat map reveals priority spots for cooling efforts

Citizen scientists in Milwaukee collected air temperature and humidity data to help state officials focus where heat prevention efforts are most needed.

Data & Analytics

How AI helps one city spot damaged rooftops

The Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Department is using a mix of artificial intelligence, GIS-based flyover imagery and building code enforcement data to automatically detect at-risk buildings.

Data & Analytics

Stitching together health data and GIS for better decision-making

An enterprise geographic information systems platform is how the Washington Department of Health aims to get more useful data into the hands of health officials.

Data & Analytics

Data index helps officials allocate opioid settlement funds

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a county-level social vulnerability index that officials can use to make data-driven decisions on how to efficiently spend opioid settlement funds.

Data & Analytics

State eyes sports betting kiosks

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission wants to know if and how it can safely and profitably introduce sports betting machines at retailers.

Emerging Tech

AI-enabled robots may increase recycling, workplace safety

Automating the recycling sorting process can increase waste management efficiency and play a valuable role in reducing environmental contamination.

Emerging Tech

Facial recognition: Can fake data produce real results?

Diversifying training datasets with computer-generated faces may help break down bias in the technology, but one expert says using synthetic images is a step too far.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Challenges quickly test creative solutions to operational snags

Long Beach’s annual smart city challenge focuses on improving customer satisfaction with service delivery.

Data & Analytics

How data sharing amplifies benefits programs

When information is shared across agencies, leaders can craft more equitable solutions and unlock the full potential of available resources.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Future-proofing smart cities with open standards

Open standards can help smart cities prevent tech obsolescence and maximize growth.

Cloud & Infrastructure

City to integrate fleet vehicles with GPS network

Cincinnati aims to modernize its fleet using GPS that tracks vehicle location, collects engine data and improves communication among drivers and dispatch.

Cybersecurity

No good deed goes unpunished: How phishing exploits gov workers

Phishing attacks target employees’ natural curiosity and their commitment to public service, experts say.

Emerging Tech

NIST cooks up modified yeast for responder biothreat training

The yeast reference material has qualities similar to harmful biological agents, enabling first responders to practice detecting biothreats.

Emerging Tech

Portable gunshot detector senses firearms’ sound and flash

The system uses the sound and flash of the fired gun to identify and validate each shot, reducing response times and false positives.

Data & Analytics

Caltrans serves up dashboard, metrics for local transit agencies

An interactive dashboard designed to track implementation of contactless fare payments helped local California transit agencies see where they could make travel simpler and more cost-effective.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Language accessibility a growing priority for cities

City websites using machine translations still look to humans to ensure accuracy.

Data & Analytics

ArcGIS update provides closer look into race, poverty data

The updated data addresses requests from local governments looking to gain more accurate data on their diverse populations, the company said.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Machine learning digs into states’ archives

Amid growing backlogs of archival data, states are turning to machine learning to streamline records management.