Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-07-26
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Think tank urges Congress to address the LGBT data gap
From a press release
2017-05-15

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


WASHINGTON—Congress is overlooking many opportunities to have the federal government publish more of the data it already gathers, collect more data that can be put to valuable use, and encourage the private sector to make better use of data, according to a new report from the Center for Data Innovation, a data-policy think tank. The Center outlines 10 concrete steps Congress can take in 2017 to maximize public benefit by optimizing the way data is collected, shared, and used in the United States.

"In nearly every industry, data is powering new insights that improve decision-making, enable new products and services, and enhance quality of life," said Daniel Castro, the Center's director and the report's lead author. "The government may not be the main engine of this innovation, but it can and should play a vital role in accelerating and shaping it to boost economic growth and aid society."

The report urges Congress to accelerate data innovation by:

Publishing data the government already collects, including:

1. Establish a permanent open-data policy for the federal government,

2. Allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to publicly release Common Land Unit data, and

3. Establish an API for legislative data.

Collecting more data that can be put to valuable use, including:

4. Develop a complete 3D National Elevation Dataset,

5. Require corporate data transparency, and

6. Address the LGBT data gap.

Encouraging industries to make better use of data, including:

7. Adopt universal patient identifiers for healthcare,

8. Incentivize adoption of electronic health records for mental-health providers,

9. Foster use of alternative credit data, and

10. Ensure consumers can access their utility data.

Noting that many of these policies have broad support from stakeholders and already have been introduced as legislation in Congress, Castro says the main holdup is inertia in Washington.

"While areas of bipartisan agreement have been limited in the current political climate, there are easy ways Congress can spur data-driven innovation that already have support from both sides of the aisle," said Castro. "We just need Congress to pay attention and take action."

"There is a lot of low-hanging fruit here that would deliver significant value to American consumers and businesses. While it is good that Congress tries to get out of the way of the private sector, it should not forget that it also has an important role to play in unlocking new opportunities to use data that we haven't even imagined yet," said Castro.

"Overall, the policies in this report are incremental, but significant, steps toward the larger aim of creating a fully integrated world that harnesses the power of information for productive purposes," concluded Castro. "The long-term goal is for Congress to demand that federal agencies look closely at how they can use data to solve important policy challenges and help shepherd in a new era of innovation, productivity, and economic growth."

Read summary at the link: www.datainnovation.org/2017/05/10-steps-congress-can-take-to-accelerate-data-innovation/ .

Read report at the link: www2.datainnovation.org/2017-data-innovation-agenda.pdf .

The Center for Data Innovation is the leading global think tank studying the intersection of data, technology, and public policy. With staff in Washington, DC, and Brussels, the Center formulates and promotes pragmatic public policies designed to maximize the benefits of data-driven innovation in the public and private sectors. It educates policymakers and the public about the opportunities and challenges associated with data, as well as technology trends such as predictive analytics, open data, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. The Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute proudly affiliated with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. For more about the Center, visit datainnovation.org .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Ban on military service by trans adults could impact 15,000+ now on duty 2017-07-26 - Los Angeles — In a series of tweets today, President Trump announced that the United States will not "accept or allow" transgender people ...


Gay News

Equality Illinois condemns President Trump's rejection of transgender servicemembers 2017-07-26 - Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) Illinoisans, ...


Gay News

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military 2017-07-26 - President Donald Trump, on July 26, announced a ban on transgender individuals in the military—via social media. This move is a reversal ...


Gay News

U.S. Sen. Baldwin sponsors LGBT data-collection bill 2017-07-26 - Openly gay U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, on July 18, introduced legislation, the LGBT Data Inclusion Act, requiring federal surveys to include information on ...


Gay News

Quigley continues push to end FDA blood ban 2017-07-26 - Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-5th District ) and 32 colleagues, on July 19, sent a letter to the federal Food and ...


Gay News

World news: China backlash, Canada lawsuit, Chechnya leader 2017-07-25 - A crackdown on a wide range of internet videos by Chinese censors has caused a backlash on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, with ...


Gay News

National: HBCU event, Penn. lawmakers clash, conversion therapy 2017-07-25 - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation hosted its first-ever HBCU ( Historically Black Colleges and Universities ) Diversity and Inclusion Leadership ...


Gay News

Equality Illinois, AIDS Foundation of Chicago to blend beach party with civic engagement 2017-07-25 - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago are excited to announce Fahrenheit Chicago—Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, ...


Gay News

Activists say surge coming in tent cities 2017-07-23 - CHICAGO — With the recently announced sale and pending closure of the Wilson Men's Club Hotel, 1124 W. Wilson, Chicago's Uptown neighborhood is ...


Gay News

German president OKs marriage law 2017-07-21 - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, allowing the bill to take effect this fall. Lawmakers approved the bill ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.