Public data is flooding the internet at an unprecedented pace. Collecting and interpreting that information is a key challenge for policymakers looking to address the social problems of today, and for businesses looking to offer solutions. Too often, this information is obscured, hidden behind paywalls, or otherwise inaccessible – requiring government, industry, and non-profits to waste valuable time and resources. If left unchecked, these challenges will intensify as an increasingly aware and critical public scrutinizes the use of public funds.
As industry, policymakers, and non-profits become increasingly interdependent on publicly available information, the need for sophisticated technology to interpret that information grows. To address emerging societal challenges, policymakers must develop and implement policies and regulations that encourage the use of new technology and products as well as changes in consumer behavior. Businesses must grow new markets for their products that overcome entrenched interests.
Access: Collect and disseminate publicly available information.
Interpret: Create technology to spur insights and conduct data-driven analyses.
Empower: Strengthen policymakers, businesses, and non-profits’ ability to meet emerging challenges and identify and seize opportunities.
Nick Nigro is the founder of Atlas Public Policy. Nick has over 15 years of experience managing projects of various disciplines, size, and scope. He is a nationally-known expert on alternative fuel vehicle financing, policy, and technology. He has led the development of several complex financial and policy analysis tools, convened large groups of diverse stakeholders nationwide, managed a comprehensive analysis of greenhouse gas mitigation from U.S. transportation, is a frequent public speaker on advanced vehicle technology and other transportation-related energy and environmental issues, and has expert knowledge in web and other computer-related technology.