WebNews                                           February 16, 2016 |  Vol 19, Issue 1
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UAlbany & Albany Law Students Work Together to Combat Urban Blight
Together with UAlbany's Department of Informatics, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and Albany Law School, CTG is proud to announce that the Capital Region Urban Blight Experiential Learning Project is well underway in the cities of Schenectady and Albany. Students, who are cross enrolled in the 'Law & Social Innovation: Creative Problem Solving' course at Albany Law, are working with officials from both cities to help identify and acquire the critical information needed regarding blighted properties, including identifying legal intervention options and data driven solutions regarding urban blight. Experiential learning opportunities like this are designed to have lasting effects on students' future careers by providing real-world, practical experience to supplement classroom education. At the end of this semester, the students' work will culminate with a presentation of their findings to members of the New York State Conference of Mayors.
This Experiential Learning Project is an outgrowth of CTG's work with four Capital Region cities on addressing the problem of urban blight through regional information sharing, and is based on the belief held by many experts that the cycle from blighted to vacancy can be interrupted if there is access to adequate information combined with an understanding of the underlying causes of blight in urban areas. With funding from the New York State Department of State's Local Government Efficiency Program, the cities of Schenectady, Troy, Amsterdam, and Gloversville have partnered with CTG to address the code enforcement information needs throughout the region in order to support the programs that target urban blight. Read more about this project.

UAlbany CEAS Students Working to Enhance Shared Service, Open Government
Students from UAlbany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have been busy interning at the Center for Technology in Government, working on CTG's project with Digital Towpath to help small and medium local governments throughout New York State operate more efficiently, easily comply with records management laws, increase public records access for citizens, and be more open.

Digital Towpath, a nationally recognized digital government shared service comprised of small and medium local governments throughout New York State, sought CTG's expertise in addressing the challenges many of their member governments are facing in managing records created in digital form (known as 'born digital records'). Many small governments are currently forced to rely on paper records and manual processes that consume staff time, slow down operations, increase costs, and ultimately affect citizens' ability to access government services and information. This is where CTG and the skills of four UAlbany students come in.

CTG Says "See You Later" to Two Visiting Scholars
CTG regularly hosts Visiting Scholars from around the world who come to share their research and collaborate with us on shared research interests. After a year-long stay at CTG, we now say "see you later" to Lili Fan and Shaohui Wang, both Professors at Wuhan University in China. We wish the best of luck to Lili and Shaohui in their future endeavors and look forward to continued collaboration! Pictured L-R: Faculty Fellow Luis Luna-Reyes, Lili, Director Theresa Pardo, Shaohui, and Research Director Ramon Gil-Garcia.

CTG Director to be Recognized as UAlbany Distinguished Alumni
We are proud to announce that our Director, Theresa Pardo, is being recognized by the University at Albany Alumni Association as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni.

Theresa will accept this award at the Excellence Awards Gala on April 16th. For more information on the Gala, visit the Alumni Association.

Pardo Delivers Keynote at World Internet Conference

CTG Director Theresa Pardo presented a keynote speech at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. The Conference facilitated strategic-level discussions on global internet governance, cyber security, and the internet industry as the engine of economic growth and social development. Theresa spoke about "Innovation, the Internet, and the Public Sector: Key elements of enabling policy" during the conference's Digital China Forum. Speakers at the conference included the President of China, the Prime Minister of Russia, the co-founders of LinkedIn and Airbnb, and many others.