LA is a tech boss: Takes top digital city award for second straight year

An example of a man using digital technology. Photo from Pixabay.

For the second consecutive year, Los Angeles has been named America’s top digital city by a national advisory institute focused on how governments can best serve constituents through information technology.

The City of Angels took first place among cities with a population over 500,000 in the 2017 Digital Cities Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office announced Friday.

L.A. also won the honor in 2016.

“Special congratulations go out to Los Angeles, which has been recognized with multiple awards (from the Center) this year for a broad range of technology-enhanced efforts,” said Teri Takai, executive director of the Center.   “We integrate technology into everything we do to serve our communities better and create new opportunities in the lives of Angelenos,” Garcetti said. “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.”

The programs for which Los Angeles was recognized include:

— Free devices and WiFi to assist the most vulnerable residents through OurCycle LA;

— LA Cyberlab, a public/private partnership to thwart cyber criminals;

— A partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey to deploy the Earthquake Early Warning System;

— The Data Science Federation, a partnership with colleges and universities to tackle tough challenges and expand data-driven decisions at City Hall.

–City News Service