The Police Accountability Task Force made a number of recommendations for reform in their report. We heard about an annotated digital version of the report that’s tracking progress made on the recommendations. For that discussion, we heard from:
Independent journalist Ade Emmanuel, who wrote an article for Chicago Magazine about a series of Chicago Police contract provisions. The provisions were heavily criticized in the Police Accountability Task Force’s recent report. www.chicagomag.com/city-life/April…-by-Task-Force/
Dan O’Neil of SmartChicago
Darryl Holliday, editorial director of City Bureau
Today I talked about the Smart Chicago Youth-Led Tech program at WBEZ. Here’s a description:
Now that the Memorial Day weekend is over, students around Chicago are counting down to the end of the school year. And for some, that means coding camp is right around the corner. All this week on Tech Shift, we’re looking at different options kids have to explore science, technology, engineering and math over the summer. We examine a new program from the civic tech group Smart Chicago called Youth-led Tech. Its goal is to introduce students on the South and West sides to coding, and to teach them how to translate their new-found programming skills into a job. Joining us to talk about that is Smart Chicago Executive Director Dan O’Neil, and Dr. Toni Irving, Executive Director of Get In Chicago, a violence prevention and reduction program.
And here’s the interview:
Here’s a download of the interview here, for posterity:
If you go to the city’s data portal, you’ll find a database of more than 5 million crimes reported in the city since 2001. It’s one of the largest sets of its kind in the country, and a major success in the history of open data. But recently the Chicago Police Department has received more attention for the information they aren’t releasing. Allegations of off-the-books activity at CPD’s Homan Square facility have called into question just how open the city has been. Dan O’Neil has been a key part of the city’s open data community for years, including helping to found EveryBlock and now as Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative. He joins us in studio.
Tech Shift: The Smart Chicago Collaborative teaches teens to use tech for social change
All this week, we’re focusing on youth and technology. This summer some Chicago teens will learn to use technology not just for fun, but to take action in their community. The Smart Chicago Collaborative is organizing its second Civic Summer. The program shows teens how to use civics, media and technology to address social issues. Dan O’Neil, Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, joins us to discuss.