Civic tech­nol­ogy

Red Eye Chicago - - The Chatter - —AMINA ELAHI

De­spite a blis­ter­ing cam­paign sea­son and now a pres­i­dent-elect who broadly em­braces so­cial me­dia, there ap­peared to be lit­tle tech in­no­va­tion in the 2016 elec­tion. Not much changed at the state level, ei­ther: Illi­nois failed to pass a bill that would have al­lowed au­to­matic voter regis­tra­tion at some state agen­cies.

But the city of Chicago and Univer­sity of Chicago fi­nally em­barked on their plan to blan­ket the city with a sen­sor net­work called the Ar­ray of Things, which in­vited ex­cite­ment from data en­thu­si­asts and con­cern from pri­vacy ex­perts.

Chicago startup Bal­lotReady went live with free on­line voter guides for 20,000 can­di­dates in 25 states—built with the help of on­line con­tract work­ers and IBM Wat­son—ahead of the Novem­ber elec­tion, but an ex­pert said it was likely too early for the tool to make much of a dif­fer­ence.

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