Source: New York Times | Kansas City |
September 10, 2012
With Google’s promise last year to wire homes, schools, libraries and other public institutions in this city with the nation’s fastest Internet connection, community leaders on the long forlorn, predominantly black east side were excited, seeing a potentially uplifting force.
Mark Headd, a self-taught computer programmer and self-described "civic hacking veteran," has joined the Nutter administration as the city's first chief data officer, responsible for improving public access to information the city collects.
With passage of new public safety broadband legislation earlier this year, the federal government is trying put the brakes on these projects to ensure they fit in with the emerging national network – and in some cases that’s spurring frustration.