These open-source tools leverage machine learning and crowdsourced data for urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean “We don’t have data on that.” We hear these words repeatedly while working on urban development projects with cities and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is problematic when we consider the region’s population is already 80% … [Read more...] about Presenting the Open Urban Planning Toolbox
Through its second year, the IDB initiative continues to pioneer a vision of the catalytic potential of open source software in Latin America and the Caribbean, while also changing the way development institutions approach technology projects through open-source collaboration. Today, the IDB celebrates two years since the launch of its Code for Development platform. This … [Read more...] about Code for Development: celebrating two years of opening software to the public
The journey of an algorithm from its original use for research at the Inter-American Development Bank to a new application where it could help save lives. What was once developed for research on academic services in Latin America and the Caribbean, today responds to needs even in New York, where the reuse of this particular tool has supported improving the access and … [Read more...] about How an open-source algorithm was reused to improve health services in New York City
The UK´s Open Data Institute (ODI) shares its experiences working to develop a new model for data access, based on the concept of a trust. Over the years, different data access models have been proposed in order to address cases when data can’t be easily published due to legal, operational or social constraints. There are many ways - such as data cooperatives owned by their … [Read more...] about How can we increase access to data while retaining trust?
On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") of the European Union (EU) entered into force and propelled various Latin American countries to reform and update their local data protection regimes. Brazil, for instance, put together a comprehensive data protection regulation mirroring EU laws despite not having a previous regulation in … [Read more...] about Data privacy reform gains momentum in Latin America