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Medium | 07.15.16

An Informatics Theory of Municipal Reform? Where are the City Charters for the Age of Big Data

Anthony Townsend

D&S affiliate Anthony Townsend writes more on city charters and big data.

The point is… what we now think of as ‘hidebound obsolete bureaucracy’ was no so long ago the cutting edge analytics and evidence-based administrative technology of its day. It’s outlived its usefulness for sure, but these zombie public organizations will shamble on for a long time without a better vision that can plot a transition path to within the reform process that’s required by law.

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