Radio: Barber Shop Show 261: Task Force Tracker Project

Today I appeared with some colleagues on Vocalo’s The Barbershop Show. Here’s their description of our segment:

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.…-by-Task-Force/
  • Dan O’Neil of SmartChicago
  • Darryl Holliday, editorial director of City Bureau

Here’s the show in full on Soundcloud:

And here’s some excerpts of my remarks:

Radio: Summer tech program will introduce South and West Side kids to coding

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:

Here’s a pic of Navy Pier on a Spring day:


Radio: Tech Shift: What does Chicago’s Homan Square say about Chicago’s open data?

Today I talked on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift about the need for people-focused, not data-focused civic tech. Here’s a description:

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.

Here’s a downloaded copy of the audio:

Lastly, here’s a blog post I wrote on the subject.

Radio: Tech Shift: The Smart Chicago Collaborative teaches teens to use tech for social change

Today I did a spot on WBEZ about the #CivicSummer program:

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.

And here’s a download of the segment:

Radio: Discussion on WBEZ’s Morning Shift re: Data Journalism and the Civic Innovation in Chicago Project

This morning I participated in a discussion about the launch of Smart Chicago Collaborative’s Civic Innovation in Chicago project on WBEZ:

Bonus: Dolly Varden!

I also wrote a companion blog post talking about the importance of including as many Chicago residents as possible in civic innovation.

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Excerpts from Data Journalism Conversation on WBEZ Morning Shift With Tony Sarabia, January 16, 2013 from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.

Additional bonus: video!

Del Mar 1976 by Dolly Varden in Studio at WBEZ Morning Shift With Tony Sarabia, January 16, 2013 from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.