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Pittsburgh mayor champions ‘inclusive innovation’

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's “Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation” includes 100 projects that improve citizen access to technology and city information. (Mark Dixon/flickr/cc)

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto wants to ensure that even the poorest residents have access to technology and data that can improve their lives. Robert Zullo reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the mayor unveiled a “Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation” that details his vision of a tech-inclusive city.

The roadmap outlines 100 projects. Public computer terminals would be added to senior centers and other locations to aid the 13 percent of city residents without computers. The municipality will release more urban data for civic groups, app designers and others to mine. And it will rely more heavily on social media to communicate with citizens.

Peduto also wants to harness technology to boost opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs, the article says. Through a partnership with Code for America, the city already sends out digital alerts informing the public about requests for proposals and city contracts. The mayor says that the roadmap, which will guide every aspect of city governance, could be a model for other localities. Read more about the roadmap here.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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