LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles is America’s leader in the work to “make government more efficient, more effective and more responsive to citizen needs” through digital technology and innovation, according to the Center for Digital Government — which has named L.A. as America’s top digital city for a second consecutive year.
L.A. took first place among cities with a population over 500,000 in the 2017 Digital Cities Survey — an honor the City also received in 2016. The Center, a national research and advisory institute on best practices and policies for information technology, commended L.A. for leadership in “digital inclusion.”
“We integrate technology into everything we do to serve our communities better and create new opportunities in the lives of Angelenos,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “L.A. is a center of innovation — and our commitment to digital technology and open data is bringing more democracy, more efficiency and better service to neighborhoods across the city.”
Los Angeles’ digital accomplishments include:
- Free devices and WiFi to assist the most vulnerable Angelenos through OurCycle LA — which allows people in need to connect with their friends and families, and access information on emergency housing, job training, education, and services.
- The LA CyberLab, a public-private partnership that helps to thwart cyber criminals by disseminating information and intelligence based on analysis of more than one billion security-related events and over four million attempted intrusions into City networks per day.
- A partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and others to deploy Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) technology through smartphones and other technologies by the end of 2018.
- An effort to boost civic engagement by integrating public meeting information into Alexa.
- The Data Science Federation, a partnership with colleges and universities to tackle tough challenges in Los Angeles and expand data-driven decision making in City Hall.
- “Special congratulations go out to Los Angeles, which has been recognized with multiple awards from the Center for Digital Government this year for a broad range of technology-enhanced efforts,” said Teri Takai, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. “L.A. is truly setting the bar when it comes to how cities can employ technology to improve civic engagement and citizens’ standard of living.”
About the Center for Digital Government
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.