A few years ago I wrote about San Francisco’s Open Law Initiative and Michael Bloomberg’s plan to learn to code. In that post I recommended that other city governments think not about what their cities could do to foster a startup ecosystem, but about how technology could help their citizens.

That’s why I was encouraged to see an article in the Economist’s recent special report on technology and politics, detailing how several American cities are leveraging open data to improve quality of living. Here are a few examples:

The full article is worth a read.

For other information on data and government, the Data Skeptic podcast had an episode on potholes with a member of Los Angeles’s Open Data Team and the editor of pothole.info.