October 24, 2016

Philadelphia Civic Tech Director Departs, Lands Gig with OpenGov Foundation

Aaron Ogle has agreed to work with the OpenGov Foundation and lead its product design team.

October 21, 2016

Massive Cyberattack Hits East Coast, Affects Sites Worldwide

According to reports, multiple sites have been hit by a cyberattack resulting in crashes and extremely slow load times.

October 21, 2016

Amazon Granted Patent for Police Shoulder Drones

According to a recently granted patent, police officers could be equipped with voice-activated drones small enough to perch on their shoulders.

October 18, 2016

16 Jurisdictions Join Smart Cities Collaborative

The cities and counties will work together to create policies, pilot emerging technology and share insights to improve transportation in local government.

October 18, 2016

Clark County, Nev., CIO Louis Carr Departs, Heads to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Carr will assume the role chief information technology officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in mid-November.

October 13, 2016

New 18F Digital Acquisition 'Playbook' Opens Up Federal Knowledge to All Levels of Government

A living document could spread 18F's knowledge beyond just the federal government.

October 10, 2016

Facebook Hopes to Roll Out 'Free Basics' Service in the U.S.

After its controversial "free Internet" program was shut down in India, the social giant hopes to leverage its position in the tech community to offer rural U.S. residents some form of connection.

October 7, 2016

18F Executive Director Leaves Role for Another Position in GSA

Aaron Snow, who's been there since the beginning, is moving on.

October 6, 2016

Meet the Threat: States Join Forces to Develop Innovative Cybersecurity Strategies

The goal of the "Meet the Threat" initiative is to best position all states and territories to meet the cyberthreat.

October 6, 2016

Turning Car-Generated Data Into Meaningful Products, Services a Billion-Dollar Market

According to a recent report, data from connected cars could be a $750 billion market.

October 3, 2016

California DMV Embraces Fully Driverless Cars in Proposed Rules

The state is moving toward a future where cars can operate without humans.

September 27, 2016

White House Puts Additional $80M Toward Smart Cities, Expands MetroLab Network

The administration's high-tech initiatives keep growing.

September 26, 2016

U.S. Senator Calls on FCC to Update Wireless Emergency Alert System

Sen. Charles Schumer points to limited features of federal alert system as being out of date.

September 26, 2016

AT&T Sues Nashville to Slow Expansion of Google Fiber

AT&T claims a new ordinance essentially allows other companies to “seize, alter or relocate AT&T property without the company’s consent.”

September 22, 2016

States’ Path to Digital: Highlights from the 2016 Digital States Survey

Every two years, states are graded on how well they use technology. Our infographic outlines key findings from the 2016 survey.

September 22, 2016

Joseph Cevetello Named as CIO of Santa Monica, Calif.

Cevetello comes to the city with more than 20 years of experience in research, and creation and implementation of technology, outreach and learning.

September 21, 2016

House Bill Would Force Paper Ballots, Prevent Election Systems from Connecting to Internet

New legislation hopes to make elections more secure by making them less electronic.

September 20, 2016

Sunlight Foundation Stops Search for a Director, Contemplates Future

Decline in funding and the absence of a leader have the open government advocacy nonprofit searching for new partners and a new identity.

September 20, 2016

Kentucky’s Statewide Broadband Network Moves Forward with Build-out

KentuckyWired will consist of more than 3,000 miles of fiber-optic cable and more than 1,000 sites that will be connectivity points in communities.

September 16, 2016

Setbacks During Rhode Island's Public Benefits System Rollout Not Unexpected, Officials Say

The project marks the largest IT undertaking in the state, and was focused on replacing a network of decades-old systems with the assistance of information technology contractor Deloitte.

September 15, 2016

Wyoming Chief Information Officer Reportedly Heads to Google

Reports suggest that Flint Waters, Wyoming CIO, is joining tech behemoth Google.

September 15, 2016

What Cap-and-Trade Money Looks Like on the Ground

The first carbon trading scheme in the U.S. is now a decade old. Here are some of the things it's done.

September 14, 2016

After Users Watch Porn, New York City Removes Web Browsing from LinkNYC Kiosks

Talk about unintended consequences.

September 13, 2016

2020 Emerges as the Big Target for Driverless Cars

A new business coalition is shooting to prepare Tokyo — the world's largest metropolitan area — for self-driving cars by the time of the next Summer Olympic Games.

September 9, 2016

Boston Police Body Camera Pilot Program Gets Green Light

Following a recent legal battle between the Boston police union and the city, the department’s body camera program will launch as early as next week.

September 9, 2016

What Makes a Winning Government Website? (Infographic)

Public-sector portals may be following the design trend of less is more, but back-end processes are becoming increasingly complex.

September 8, 2016

White House Announces the First Federal Chief Information Security Officer

Gregory Touhill, a retired brigadier general and deputy assistant secretary of cybersecurity and communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been named as the first federal CISO.

September 8, 2016

Oregon Joins CJIS-Compliant Amazon Web Services Cloud

Oregon is the fourth state to give its police access to AWS Cloud.

September 7, 2016

Wisconsin Governor Announces State Broadband Savings Agreement

Gov. Scott Walker has announced the revamped deal for the statewide BadgerNet Converged Network that should increase Internet speeds and lower costs.

September 6, 2016

SXSL: White House Announces Innovation Festival

The new festival, called South by South Lawn, is intended to serve as a platform for the nation's foremost innovators and creators.

September 6, 2016

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Names New CIO

On Sept. 6, David De Vries, deputy CIO for the Department of Defense, was named the department's new CIO.

September 2, 2016

Model Ordinance to Regulate Drones Locally Now Available

The National League of Cities recommends that cities guard against reckless and privacy-violating use of drones.

September 2, 2016

U.S. DOT Launches National Transit Map with 10,000 Routes' Worth of Data

The map pulls together information on transit routes, stops and schedules.

August 30, 2016

Waze Expands Carpooling Program as Lyft Puts Its Own on Hold

The Alphabet company will help users throughout the San Francisco Bay Area find rides to and from work.

August 30, 2016

Traffic-Straddling Bus Begins Testing in China

The transit-elevated bus takes public transit above the street.

August 30, 2016

Chicago Launches Array of Things

The project is in its early stages, but it's promising big things for the future.

August 25, 2016

Net Metering: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

The practice is controversial, widely used and very important to the future of solar power.

August 24, 2016

Delaware Health Information Network Pursues HITRUST Certification

The state's health information exchange is seeking the certification to ensure that clinical information is protected, but not all stakeholders feel it's worth the effort.

August 24, 2016

Two Innovation Leaders Leave Louisville, Ky.

Replacements for Chief Innovation Officer Ted Smith and Theresa Reno-Weber, the city’s chief of performance and technology, have already been named.

August 24, 2016

Google Fiber Officially Launches in Salt Lake City

During a kickoff ceremony at the Google Fiber Space, company officials announced that a large portion of the city would have access to both residential and small commercial services effective 9 a.m., Aug. 24.

August 22, 2016

FirstNet Reappoints Three Board Members

The First Responder Network Authority announced the reappointment of three board members to an additional three-year term.

August 19, 2016

Airbus to Test Self-Flying Passenger Drone in 2017

The company is looking to move ground-bound transportation into the sky.

August 19, 2016

Which Cities Get the Best Cell Reception?

Smartphones are everywhere, but reception isn't.

August 18, 2016

Uber to Put Self-Driving Cars on Pittsburgh Streets This Month

The company plans to offer free rides to customers in downtown Pittsburgh using vehicles retrofitted to drive themselves.

August 16, 2016

U.S. Senate Creates New Role Dedicated to Handling Cyberthreats

The new "Chief of Information Assurance” will be responsible for proactively identifying, protecting, detecting, reacting and recovering from advanced cyberthreats.

August 16, 2016

Ford: We Will Mass-Produce Fully Driverless Cars by 2021

The company wants to offer cars that can operate without a human for ride-hailing within five years.

August 16, 2016

Solar for Local Governments Means Broad Planning, Broad Benefits

Systems connected: Planning and development, energy utilities, public works.

August 12, 2016

Denver Suburb to Test Free Lyft Rides to Bolster Light Rail Ridership

The city of Centennial, Colo., hopes to connect more residents to the larger Denver area by helping them get to light rail more efficiently.

August 10, 2016

What is the Internet of Things?

A look at the basics of the concept.

August 9, 2016

Federal Research Aims to Knock Down Two of the Electric Cars’ Biggest Hurdles

Department of Energy-funded programs are looking to improve on both range and charging time for electric vehicles.

August 9, 2016

Michigan Self-Driving Car Center Brings Together Economic Development, Transportation, Higher Education

The state is putting a lot of money and resources toward a small-town facility that will play host to futuristic cars.

August 8, 2016

What is 18F?

Founded in March of 2014, 18F is a federal digital consultancy that helps other agencies buy, build and share modern software using agile development and human-centered design.

August 4, 2016

Barney Krucoff Named First Chief Data Officer of Washington, D.C.

According to an official blog post introducing the new official, Krucoff will lead a team of 26 employees who worked together previously in an unofficial capacity as they were spread across the enterprise.

August 2, 2016

New York City Loses a CTO, Gains a Chief Digital Officer

These two high-profile job changes come during a string of departures under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

August 2, 2016

White House Slates $35 million for Drone Research

The Obama administration has announced a series of government and industry initiatives to accelerate deployment of unmanned aircraft systems.

August 2, 2016

5 Traits of the Future of Civic Innovation

Sacramento, Calif.'s interim chief innovation officer reflects on what's next for government innovation.

August 1, 2016

GSA Kicks Off Data Center Optimization Effort

The General Services Administration announced a new initiative to streamline data centers throughout the federal government.

August 1, 2016

Department of Commerce Loses Deputy Data Chief

After just a little over a year with the department, Tyrone Grandison announced he's moving on to new things.

July 28, 2016

To Deal with Pesky Cigarette Trash, Oklahoma City Turns to Recycling

The city is setting up collection stations downtown to give cigarettes a second life.

July 26, 2016

Public, Private Venture Aims to Keep Drones Out of Wildfire Areas

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a partnership with drone makers to keep the unmanned systems out of hazardous wildfire areas.

July 26, 2016

Examining America’s Most Digital Counties of 2016 (Infographic)

Insights into this year’s Digital Counties Survey highlight how IT is used to support and provide public service.

July 25, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Jumps into the Race to Automate Buses

The automaker has begun testing a self-driving bus in the Netherlands.

July 25, 2016

Hawaii Sponsors Month-Long Hackathon

The inaugural Hawaii Annual Code Challenge will combine state resources with coders to help solve problems.

July 22, 2016

What is Energy Storage and Why Do People Suddenly Care More About It?

A brief explanation of what energy storage is and how it works.

July 21, 2016

Tesla CEO Sets Sights on Self-Driving Public Transit

Elon Musk has revealed that he wants Tesla Motors to develop electric, connected, self-driving transit vehicles in the future.

July 20, 2016

New York City Chief Digital Officer Bids Farewell … for Now

The city’s inaugural CDO, Jessica Singleton, helped transform NYC into one of the hottest tech scenes in the world.

July 20, 2016

New York City Subway Upgrades to Add Wi-Fi, Charging Ports and More

The city's five-year plan involves a lot of tech.

July 18, 2016

Phoenix CIO Debbie Cotton Retires

The city's office of Information Technology Services confirmed on July 15 that Cotton has officially retired as of July 2016.

July 15, 2016

Cybersecurity Legislation Seeks to Ban E-Waste to China

The bipartisan Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act introduced in the House of Representatives aims to keep used electronics “out of the hands of counterfeiters and data thieves.”

July 14, 2016

SF Styrofoam Ban has Ties to Health, Recycling and Marine Protection

San Francisco has banned the product in the hopes that it will help solve problems in several areas.

July 13, 2016

Facebook’s Livestream Feature Captures More Violence

Facebook live streaming feature captures the moments before, during and after a shooting in Norfolk, Va., July 12.

July 12, 2016

NACTO Acknowledges Complex Ties Between Automated Vehicles and the World

Systems connected: Mobility, infrastructure, city planning, data, taxation

July 11, 2016

NACTO Supports the Google Self-Driving Car Philosophy

The National Association of City Transportation Officials' recent statement on automated driving reflects one tech giant's sentiments that driving is better left to machines.

July 8, 2016

Virginia Launches Open Data, Open Jobs Initiative

A new data set joins public-private partnerships aimed at mobilizing the commonwealth's workforce.

July 8, 2016

Robot Delivery Pilot to Storm the Streets of Europe

Autonomous deliveries of food and parcels will be one step closer as Starship Technologies has agreed to partnerships in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.

July 6, 2016

Vermont Utilities Promise 75 Percent Renewable Energy Use by 2032

The state energy provider will also be required to invest in “energy transformation” projects to directly reduce fossil fuel consumption.

July 5, 2016

Open Data Leader Waldo Jaquith Heads to 18F

The federal government innovation group 18F has hired the Sunlight Foundation's senior technology adviser to further its open data work.

June 30, 2016

Infrastructure’s Role in Closing the Opportunity Gap

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke to a crowd at the National Transportation Systems Center about the department's Beyond Traffic program, urging attendees to start taking on their responsibility in planning for the future.

June 30, 2016

Phaedra Chrousos Leaves Position as Commissioner of GSA's Technology Transformation Service

Chrousos will depart on maternity leave on July 15, and then return to the private sector.

June 30, 2016

Fatal Accident Prompts NHTSA to Investigate Tesla's Autopilot Feature

Tesla Motors said a May accident represents the first known fatality while one of its cars was driving in Autopilot mode.

June 29, 2016

CONNECTION: The Smart City Challenge Is One Enormous Silo-Buster

Systems connected: Transportation, energy, economic development, health care, inter-city collaboration

June 28, 2016

CONNECTION: Can Self-Driving Shuttles Solve the First/Last Mile Problem?

Systems connected: Public transit, autonomous vehicles

June 27, 2016

Michigan Tests Connected-Vehicle Tech on Roads

The automotive center of America is working out the kinks to ready the country’s infrastructure before self-driving cars roll out nationwide.

June 27, 2016

Bringing Together Disparate Data Sets Can Make Them More Useful

Systems connected: Transportation, disability services, public works

June 24, 2016

When it Comes to Drone Laws, States Reign Supreme

The Federal Aviation Administration released federal operational rules for commercial drones, but has opted to let state and local regulations have the final say.

June 23, 2016

Other Finalists in Smart City Challenge Will Also Get Funding, Resources

Columbus, Ohio, has won the Smart City Challenge, but the other cities who made it to the final round will get some help implementing their plans too.

June 21, 2016

Columbus Wins U.S. DOT's Smart City Challenge

The city will get more than $100 million in government and private-sector money to implement high-tech, futuristic transportation ideas.

June 21, 2016

Government, Crowdsourced Data Might Help People with Disabilities Get Around

A project out of Seattle is looking to make the daily grind easier for the people who have a tougher time moving about ever-changing cities.

June 21, 2016

San Jose, Calif., Names New CIO

The self-proclaimed capital of Silicon Valley has hired Rob Lloyd, former CIO of Avondale, Ariz., to lead its IT department.

June 20, 2016

New Jersey Appoints First CTO

Gov. Chris Christie has called on security specialist Dave Weinstein to spearhead improvements to cybersecurity and innovation in the state.

June 20, 2016

White House Adds Boston Data Analytics Leader to Its Roster

Boston Analytics Manager Kelly Jin is returning to federal service in a yet-to-be-named data science position, continuing a stream of IT hires by the White House.

June 17, 2016

Ink Dries on Colorado Criminal Justice Cloud Agreement

Colorado is the most recent state to pen an agreement with Amazon Web Services for access to criminal justice cloud technology.

June 17, 2016

White House Announces Myriad Energy Storage, Smart Grid Projects

President Obama is looking for ways to cut energy use and help integrate renewable energy onto the power grid.

June 15, 2016

Smart Gigabit Community Network Announced

US Ignite has created a network of 15 communities that will partner to provide gigabit-scale solutions to municipal problems.

June 15, 2016

2016 Market Forecast: Where Government Is Spending Money on Technology

State and local governments are projected to spend nearly $100 billion on IT this year. Here’s a look at where that money is being invested.

June 13, 2016

What Works Cities Program Adds 12 New Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies data initiative What Works Cities announces its next 12 cities along with an urban innovation toolkit.

June 9, 2016

AT&T Offers Connectivity, IoT Services to Smart City Challenge Winner

The telecommunications giant is one of many tech firms to offer its services to the winner of the competition.

June 9, 2016

Office of Personnel Management Hires First CISO

Following one of the largest data breaches on record, the Office of Personnel Management hires a chief information security officer.

June 8, 2016

Arizona Governor Vetoes Cloud-First Bill, Cites 'Extra Layers of Bureaucracy'

The vetoed legislation could have landed non-compliant technology executives in jail.

June 6, 2016

DOT Releases Library of Connected Vehicle Testing Program Technical Materials

The department is in the midst of testing various connected vehicle pilots in Florida, New York and Wyoming. Now, the department has published a library of technical assistance available through the program.

June 3, 2016

Federal Agencies Call for Aid at National Day of Civic Hacking

More than 100 civic hacking events are set to go off around the country in an effort to solve community problems with open data.

May 31, 2016

Michigan Bill Would Be First to Allow Cars to Drive Without Humans

A state legislation package is aiming to clear hurdles obstructing the development of autonomous vehicles.

May 31, 2016

Former AG Calls Snowden's Reveal of NSA Surveillance Operations a 'Public Service'

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder qualified his statement that Snowden had done a public service by saying the way Snowden went about the revelation was inappropriate and damaging to national security.

May 30, 2016

'Straddling Bus' to Debut in China This Year

A new mass transit vehicle that cars on the road can drive through is scheduled to hit Chinese transit later this year.

May 27, 2016

13 Illinois Agencies Sign Joint Data-Sharing Agreement

Under the terms of an enterprise memorandum of understanding, the agencies will have better delivery of customer-centric services, be better able to make strategic decisions and policies, and will improve organizational efficiencies.

May 25, 2016

Google to Open Self-Driving Car Development Center Outside Detroit

Google plans to use the facility in the auto industry's backyard to work on self-driving minivans.

May 24, 2016

Columbus, Ohio, Ups the Stakes with $90 Million Addition to Smart City Challenge

Businesses in central Ohio would pitch in another $90 million if the city won the Smart City Challenge.

May 20, 2016

California Governor Asks Legislature for Earthquake Warning System Funding

Other countries, like Japan and Mexico, rely on earthquake early warning systems, but the United States — namely California — has been slower to fully fund and adopt the potentially life-saving technology.

May 20, 2016

New York City Expands Tech Training Opportunities, Partnerships

The partnership with roughly 150 private-sector employers is also helping to give job seekers a leg up in their career search.

May 19, 2016

Uber Debuts Self-Driving Test Car in Pittsburgh

The company joins Lyft, Google and others in the race to develop the technology that will allow humans to let go of the wheel.

May 18, 2016

2012 LinkedIn Password Breach Resurfaces

Users who haven't changed their passwords since the 2012 breach could soon find their accounts compromised.

May 17, 2016

Waze Explores Carpooling as a Way to Beat Traffic

The Alphabet-owned company is piloting a carpool-enabling app for Silicon Valley commuters.

May 13, 2016

Nonprofit Launches $100k Smart City Tech Competition

NextEnergy is calling for solutions to urban problems, just as urban governments are looking for them.

May 5, 2016

GM and Lyft: We'll Have Self-Driving Taxis on the Road in 2017

The companies plan to test self-driving taxis as part of a race to get automated vehicles on the road.

May 3, 2016

8 Tools, Practices Affecting Government Over the Next Two Years

A new report from Deloitte identifies key trends likely to re-imagine the public sector market in the near future.

May 3, 2016

Solar Power, Smart Grid Tech Collide in New DOE Funding Program

There's a lot of work to be done before solar power can go mainstream, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

April 29, 2016

Amazon Web Services Launches 2016 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

In a bid to highlight its cloud services to governments, Amazon is offering $250,000 in service credits to the cities and companies with innovative cloud projects.

April 28, 2016

D.C.'s Matt Bailey Makes Jump to White House OMB Spot

Washington, D.C.’s first director of technology innovation is leaving local government and making his way to the Office of Management and Budget.

April 26, 2016

Google, Uber, Ford and Others Launch Self-Driving Car Lobbying Group

The consortium will advocate for autonomous vehicles as federal and state regulators develop rules.

April 22, 2016

Uber Settles Driver Class-Action Lawsuits in California, Massachusetts

As of Thursday, Uber has closed two long-running class action lawsuits and is set to pay out $100 million in settlements.

April 19, 2016

Rumors Mount About Alphabet Building a "City" to Test Emerging Tech

The company's subsidiary Sidewalk Labs may or may not be meeting with Alphabet leadership soon to discuss such a project.

April 18, 2016

Federal Rule Could Create New National Traffic Data Website

The Federal Highway Administration is calling on state and local transportation agencies to work together on a new data-reporting initiative.

April 15, 2016

White House Urges FCC to Break Up Monopoly on Outdated Cable Boxes

The Obama administration asks the Federal Communications Commission to open up cable box production to the tech industry.

April 7, 2016

China Envisions $50 Trillion Worldwide Energy Network

Earth's resources are dwindling, but the world could build an alternative energy network within 30 years, according to China's biggest power company.

April 6, 2016

Odysseus Marcopolus Appointed Acting CIO of New Jersey

Odysseus Marcopolus will fill the shoes of the state's chief information officer until a permanent replacement is located.

April 4, 2016

MIT Open Data Portal: A One-Stop Shop for Federal Government Data?

MIT Media Lab and tech companies Deloitte and Datawheel have released Data USA, an open source platform promoted as the “the most comprehensive website and visualization engine” ever created for U.S. government data.

April 1, 2016

Pittsburgh Kicks Off 'Inclusive Innovation Week'

City officials host more than 60 events to harness support from community groups and citizens for citywide civic innovation strategy.

April 1, 2016

Tesla's Model 3: Making Automated Driving More Mainstream

The company's new electric car has the same safety-oriented automated driving features as previous Tesla models, but is far cheaper.

March 30, 2016

Amid Climate Change Push, DOT Offers $55M for Green Buses

The money will go toward low- or no-emission buses for public agencies.

March 30, 2016

Technology Test Could Give Drivers More Info About Their Cars

Systems connected: Data collection, alternative fuel vehicles, budgeting

March 29, 2016

Nissan Imagines a World of Free Energy

The automaker threw some ideas against the wall in expectation of the automobile's central role in future society.

March 29, 2016

Expanding Array of Things Aims to Help Put Data to Work for Cities

Systems connected: Higher education, data collection, stormwater management, air quality

March 28, 2016

Computerization of Cars Gives Rise to Concerns About Hacking, Privacy

Systems connected: Transportation, cybersecurity, privacy

March 24, 2016

Local Government Can Boost Solar, Electric Car Sales at the Same Time, Denver Area Finds

By offering a program that provides volume pricing on both solar panels and electric cars, local government can help customers buy more of each, according to a new study out of Colorado.

March 23, 2016

Where's My Tax Refund? IRS Mobile App Simplifies Federal Tax Refund Tracking

IRS2Go proves useful to taxpayers looking for refund answers and assistance in tax filing.

March 23, 2016

Which States Have the Fastest Internet?

Akamai's State of the Internet Report breaks down the state of broadband connectivity, connectivity speeds and mobile access.

March 22, 2016

Commercial Buildings Keep Getting Greener and Greener, EIA Report Shows

The most recent data from the Energy Information Administration shows ever-increasing energy efficiency in commercial buildings. And there are indications that the trend will continue.

March 18, 2016

Todd Kimbriel Named Texas CIO

Texas Department of Information Resources appoints former interim CIO Todd Kimbriel as CIO after more than a year of searching.

March 16, 2016

Google Awarded 'Bus Detection for an Autonomous Vehicle' Patent

The technology enables a self-driving vehicle to enter a more cautious state when it detects a school bus.

March 16, 2016

Massachusetts Governor Appoints New IT Director

Mark Nunnelly will begin as the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology's executive director on April 4 and will report directly to the governor.

March 15, 2016

California Bill Aims to Force DMV to Consider Fully Driverless Cars

Legislation in the Assembly would require the state's regulators to listen to the federal government when it comes to autonomous vehicle policy.

March 14, 2016

Goodyear Designs Levitating Concept Tire for Self-Driving Cars

The Eagle-360 tire could grip the road better, allow for precision movements and maximize tire lifespan, according to Goodyear.

March 14, 2016

DOT Smart City Challenge Finalists Propose Self-Driving Vehicles, Smartphone Apps and More

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced seven finalists for its Smart City Challenge, which comes with a $50 million prize.

March 11, 2016

DOT Aims to Give Self-Driving Car Makers a Road Map Via Hearings, Rule Clarity

The department is working to bring some stability to the rapidly evolving field of autonomous vehicle technology.

March 10, 2016

Vendors Testing Alternative Road Tax for California Might Offer Data to Drivers

While participating in a program designed to replace California's gasoline tax, drivers might get access to vehicle data usually offered to fleet managers.

March 10, 2016

7 Smart City Projects Emerging from MetroLab Network

The network has released details of several technology- and data-focused projects bubbling up through partnerships between cities and universities across the country. Here's a look at seven of them.

March 9, 2016

Could Bamboo Replace Steel in Concrete Structures?

The fast-growing and prolific bamboo plant has some in the construction industry wondering if its high-tensile strength and resilient nature make it a perfect fit for more sustainable building.

March 9, 2016

Bay Area Transit Offers Incentives to Ease Travels During Peak Ridership

A California transit authority is incentivizing passengers enrolled in a pilot project this spring.

March 8, 2016

Civic Hackers Code to Solve Mobility Problems in Affordable Housing

A hackathon in Washington, D.C., led to the creation of several apps that aim to make transportation easier for low-income families.

March 7, 2016

Cybersecurity: What Elected and Appointed Officials Need to Know

A new survey notes that while data breach incidents continue to soar, 80 percent of government officials and their staff don't know if their state has a cyber emergency incident plan in place.

March 7, 2016

Michigan Interstate to be Summer Testing Ground for U.S. Army Autonomous Fleet

The U.S. Army is moving forward with plans to test an autonomous convoy on Michigan’s Interstate 69 this summer.

March 7, 2016

Oregon Moves Ahead with Renewable Energy Law

Lawmakers passed a bill that would eliminate coal-fired power production in the state by 2030 and require 50 percent renewable energy production by 2040.

March 4, 2016

3 Innovative Water Tech Companies Advance Principles of Sustainability, Efficiency

New processes and products drive innovation forward in the energy and water industries.

March 3, 2016

U.S. Senate Bill Would Lend Federal Support to the Internet of Things

A bill from a bipartisan group of senators would charge the Federal Communications Commission with the task of encouraging growth in the Internet of Things field.

March 1, 2016

Connected Cars Are Coming (Infographic)

Consumers and government are fueling demand for vehicles that can self-park, assist with safe driving and integrate more closely with smartphones.

February 29, 2016

For the First Time, Google Admits Partial Blame for Self-Driving Car Crash

The company said it will improve its self-driving software in response to a crash one of its autonomous vehicles got into on Feb. 14.

February 29, 2016

Nevada Solar Plant Becomes First to Directly Connect to Full Storage Capacity

A 110-megawatt project in Nevada will provide solar-powered electricity throughout the night with a fully integrated storage system.

February 26, 2016

Texas Hires New IT Executive Director, Possible CIO

The Texas Department of Information Resources board has voted to appoint Stacey Napier its executive director.

February 26, 2016

NASCIO Calls for Changes to State IT Procurement

State IT procurement is broken, says the organization. Here are five ways to fix it.

February 26, 2016

18F Micro-Purchase Platform Offers Freelance Coding to Agencies

The federal digital service 18F is testing a new platform for small purchase coding projects by startups and technologists.

February 23, 2016

How is the Internet’s Data Explosion Molding Public Policy?

An estimated 1 trillion gigabytes of global IP traffic in 2016 will fuel new threats and opportunities for the public sector.

February 23, 2016

Professor: Silo-Busting Will Bring Clean, Efficient and Smart Power More Quickly

By connecting the power supply system to wastewater, transportation and heating and air systems, one professor is arguing that a clean infrastructure portfolio is more achievable.

February 19, 2016

49 Million Californians’ Records Compromised in Past 4 Years, AG Says

Since 2012, businesses and government agencies have been required to report data breaches affecting more than 500 Californians to the Attorney General's Office. More than 650 breach incidents have been sent in during the past four years.

February 18, 2016

Twitter’s Anti-Terror Efforts Making an Impact, Study Shows

Twitter’s consistent suspension of English-speaking, Islamic State-sympathetic accounts between August and September of 2015 resulted in substantial disruption.

February 17, 2016

Super-Precise GPS Could Mean Advances for Self-Driving Cars, Wearable Tech

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have announced a method for accurately tracking an object's location within a centimeter using GPS.

February 12, 2016

Google Patents Self-Driving Delivery Truck Idea

The company has won protection for the concept of using its autonomous vehicle technology, currently under development, to deliver packages to customers in the future.

February 12, 2016

Massachusetts IT Nabs Boston's Data Scientist for State-Level Position

Boston's principal data scientist announced a move to MassIT and hinted at a transformation of his past work into something grander.

February 11, 2016

Early Ideas for Smart City Challenge Include Self-Driving Shuttles, Adaptive Traffic Lights

Though the U.S. Department of Transportation isn't releasing details of any of the 77 applications it's received for its Smart City Challenge until March 12, city officials have divulged pieces of their plans to local media outlets across the country.

February 9, 2016

Washington Medicaid Authority Exposes 91,000 Health Records

The Washington State Health Care Authority reported that two employees exchanged files containing Social Security numbers and personal health information in violation of federal regulations.

February 9, 2016

White House Announces National Cybersecurity Action Plan, Chief Information Security Officer Position

The Obama administration outlined the need for an increased emphasis on cybersecurity given rising threat levels and a need to adapt to the rapidly changing environment.

February 8, 2016

Hackers Obtain Nearly 30,000 FBI, DHS Employees' Personal Information

In two days, contact information of about 20,000 FBI employees and 9,000 DHS employees was published.

February 8, 2016

New York's Media Arts Map Serves as Central Index for Flourishing Media, Tech Arts World

Version 3 of the New York State Council on the Arts' interactive map brings cohesion to what is otherwise an overwhelming number of projects and exhibits.

February 8, 2016

U.S. DOT Announces 77 Applicants for Smart City Challenge

Cities large and small from across the country have submitted applications for the $50 million contest.

February 5, 2016

Twitter Continues Fight Against Extremist Accounts

The social media giant announced that since it began targeting users threatening or promoting terrorist activities in mid-2015, it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts .

February 3, 2016

Florida Senate Confirms CIO Jason Allison

Allison will continue to lead the state’s effort to mature its recently reinstated tech agency and overcome what he called the state’s “sins of the past.”

February 3, 2016

Google-Backed Startup Aims to Show When Congestion Happens, Not Just Where

Urban Engines recently announced partnerships with several organizations, including the agency that runs trains in the San Francisco Bay Area.

January 28, 2016

California Governor Appoints New Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Chief

Goals for the office are that by 2020, the vehicles are used as main public transport, and for the costs of such vehicles to be competitive with and available to the mainstream public.

January 27, 2016

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12.25 Million

The new wording of the Lyft driver agreement will make it harder for the company to fire its drivers anywhere in the country, but does not classify the drivers as employees.

January 27, 2016

Energy Storage Will Boom in 2016, Analysts Say

A global research firm predicts that energy storage, which supports renewable electricity as a resource, will double worldwide in 2016.

January 26, 2016

'Cool & Connected' Program Gives Struggling Communities a Shot at Broadband

This new program offered through the Environmental Protection Agency will lend broadband expertise to small and rural communities.

January 25, 2016

Microsoft Donates $1 Billion in Cloud Services to Nonprofits, Universities

Microsoft Philanthropies announces a three-year program to put analytics and cloud computing into the hands of 70,000 academic, nonprofit and eventually government partners.

January 22, 2016

Los Angeles Power Department Asks Customers to Help It Ditch Coal

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wants to eliminate coal as a means of producing electricity within the next 10 to 15 years.

January 19, 2016

Engineering Society Highlights Infrastructure Flaws in Washington, D.C.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has released a report detailing infrastructure shortcomings in the nation's capital, noting particular problems with levees, public transit and roads.

January 15, 2016

Inventor Proposes Futuristic Elevated Trains to Solve Traffic Problems

Emil Jacobs' "cTrain" idea involves trains that travel both above and below a single track and increase car supply based on demand.

January 14, 2016

FirstNet Issues Final RFP

The First Responder Network Authority is looking for a vendor for its nationwide public safety network.

January 14, 2016

Lyft Looks to Open Services to Seniors Without Smartphones

The company has launched a third-party application in New York City that allows people to hail rides for others.

January 14, 2016

U.S. DOT to Release Model Policy for Regulating Self-Driving Cars, Fund $4B in Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation's announcement signals a support for fully autonomous vehicles that was lacking in a regulatory announcement last month from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

January 13, 2016

Ford's Group-Leasing Pilot Edges into Future-Facing Shared Ownership Concept

The automaker plans to test a program at three dealerships in Austin, Texas, where groups can jointly lease a vehicle — an idea that strikes at the heart of a few futuristic transportation trends.

January 13, 2016

Kentucky Governor Seeks to Dismantle Award-Winning HIX Portal

The controversial decision is estimated to cost the state a minimum of $23 million.

January 13, 2016

Rhode Island Names First Chief Innovation Officer

Rhode Island's first chief innovation officer, Richard Culatta, brings decades of experience innovating in the education sector.

January 12, 2016

Uber Looks to Fill in First- and Last-Mile of Multi-Modal Transportation Equation

The ride-sharing company has partnered with TransLoc to offer a smartphone application that integrates its services with public transit.

January 11, 2016

Seattle Creates Civic Tech Advocate Position to Encourage Civic Participation

The position will be held by Candace Faber, who's led such hackathons as the city's Hack the Commute event last March.

January 11, 2016

U.S. Transportation Secretary: No Federal Regs on Self-Driving Cars — For Now

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters last week that he plans on giving guidance on how his department will approach autonomous vehicles, but isn't working on plans to regulate them.

January 7, 2016

Collision Avoidance Company Sweetens Deal for U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge

Mobileye has become the second private company to add perks to the ultimate prize the U.S. Department of Transportation plans to award to the winner of its "Smart City Challenge."

January 7, 2016

Sunlight Foundation Director Chris Gates Steps Down

After 16 months with the organization, Executive Director Chris Gates said it's time for a new challenge.

January 7, 2016

New York Public Library Bolsters Already Expansive Digital Collection, Adding Nearly 200,000 Items

Digital collections are growing in substance as public institutions, like the New York Public Library, digitize more and more of their inventory.

January 6, 2016

Washington State Announces Federal Cybersecurity Partnership, Office of Privacy and Data Protection

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently named two new ways the state will protect its systems and the data of its citizens.

January 6, 2016

Audi, Ford Expand Self-Driving Car Programs as Car-Focused CES Approaches

Audi will begin testing self-driving cars at a California racetrack, while Ford is tripling its autonomous vehicle fleet.

January 5, 2016

AT&T Launches Smart City Partnership, Multi-Front IoT Campaign

The telecommunications provider announced several new Internet of Things initiatives aimed at government, transportation, developers and other commercial customers on Tuesday.

January 5, 2016

LA Launches El Niño Map to Aid Citizens as Storms Hit

The map shows citizens weather information, sandbag availability, power outage statuses and more.

January 4, 2016

Kentucky's Gubernatorial Change Prompts CIO Jim Fowler to Resign

Kentucky's CIO resigned last month following Matt Bevin's ascension to governor two weeks prior, and Jim Barnhart has been promoted from deputy to acting commissioner of the Commonwealth Office of Technology.

January 4, 2016

White House Publishes 5.02 Million Visitor Access Records

The latest iteration of White House visitation records puts the cumulative total at more than 5 million visitor names published over the last 6 years.

January 4, 2016

Lyft, GM Team Up for Self-Driving Car Development

General Motors will lend its expertise in developing autonomous vehicle technology to Lyft, which hopes to put a fleet of on-demand, self-driving cars on the road within the next decade.

January 4, 2016

Philadelphia Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid Resigns

After four-and-a-half years with the city, Ebeid has left for a position in the private sector.

December 22, 2015

Washington Moves to Fix Glitch that Released Inmates Early

A computational error is believed to be responsible for the early release of inmates from the Washington state Department of Corrections.

December 18, 2015

U.S. DOE Sets Largest-Ever Appliance Efficiency Standard in Wake of Paris Agreement

The U.S. Department of Energy wants rooftop air conditioning units to run more efficiently, saving millions of tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere in the process.

December 18, 2015

Uber and Lyft Need More Government Regulation, Report Says

A new report concludes that app-driven transportation companies like Uber and Lyft are having an increasing impact on society and therefore need greater consideration and oversight by their governments.

December 18, 2015

Integrating Plants and Animals Make Cities Healthier, More Beautiful

Choosing the best tool for the job requires leaving all options on the table for many city planners.

December 15, 2015

Ann Arbor, Mich., Gets Another Boost for Smart Car Research

Siemens has worked in Ann Arbor for a decade testing out connected vehicle technology, and will now set up its Center of Excellence for Intelligent Traffic Technology in the city.

December 14, 2015

FAA Unveils New Drone Registration Rules

The new rules will take effect Dec. 21 and will apply to all drones weighing between a half-pound and 55 pounds — generally considered to be hobby drones.

December 11, 2015

Uber's Class-Action Lawsuit Threatens the Future of the Sharing Economy

A 2013 lawsuit just opened up to 160,000 Uber drivers. Here's why that matters.

December 10, 2015

California Vendor Performance Ranking Pilot Will Launch in 2016

The California Department of Technology on Thursday morning officially launched a pilot program to rate IT vendors to increase performance and accountability in state technology projects.

December 10, 2015

California Launches 'Cal eProcure' Online Procurement System

The new website is “designed to improve the experience of businesses selling products and services to the state of California” and replaces the previous system known as BidSync.

December 9, 2015

Social Media Bill Takes Fire From Industry

Following recent terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States and a new focus on how the Internet is being used to coordinate among radical groups, lawmakers have introduced a bill to require the reporting of terrorist activities by social media networks.

December 9, 2015

Senate Passes Every Student Succeeds Act

After bipartisan support from the Senate, legislation that replaces President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act is expected to be signed into law by President Obama later this month.

December 8, 2015

Colorado Launches Broadband Portal as One-Stop Shop for Expansion Efforts

The website offers a map showing Internet speeds by area.

December 8, 2015

Report Shows Best and Worst State-Level Policies that Affect Teacher Quality

A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality shares a detailed analysis of policies enacted at the state level that impact teacher effectiveness.

December 7, 2015

DOT Smart City Challenge Aims to Kick Transportation Tech into High Gear

The U.S. Department of Transportation is offering $40 million in funding for data-driven transportation projects.

December 4, 2015

District of Columbia Signs 20-Year Solar Agreement Amid Climate Talks

The U.S. capital's latest renewable energy arrangement comes after a wind power purchase in July.

December 3, 2015

Massachusetts Eyes $2.1 Billion Nation-Leading Energy Efficiency Plan

A group of investor-owned utilities wants to enact a plan to save nearly 3 percent of retail-sold electricity per year.

December 3, 2015

Autonomous Cars Could Increase Young Drivership 11 Percent, Researchers Estimate

Researchers at the University of Michigan have estimated that the availability of fully autonomous cars would increase the number of drivers on the road.

December 1, 2015

California Fights Road Expansions in the Face of a Growing Populace

The state Department of Transportation has decided to focus on existing roads instead of expansions, citing research that shows increasing the number of lanes only adds more traffic.

December 1, 2015

Google's Self-Driving Cars Could Use Text, Robotic Hands to Communicate with Pedestrians

Google has secured a patent to help its autonomous vehicles bridge the communications gap with pedestrians.

December 1, 2015

San Francisco Struggles with Online Permit Tracking System

Though the city and vendors disagree on reasons for problems, a company executive says her team is focused on working with the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection so its portion of the project is a success.

November 25, 2015

Opinion: California Should Adopt 'Smart' Highways Over High-Speed Rail

Expensive, inaccessible and bad for competition make California's high-speed rail plan a dud, according to a U.C. Santa Barbara economics professor.

November 24, 2015

California to Manage Groundwater Basins Using Reporting Website, Online Maps

The California Department of Water Resources is launching a series of new boundaries that are easily accessible through a new Web portal.

November 24, 2015

Flood-Prone East Coast City Plans Microgrid to Keep Power on for the Vulnerable

Hoboken, N.J., is planning a microgrid, powered by natural gas and renewable energy, to help keep the power on for emergency responders and some citizens.

November 24, 2015

Auto, Tech Leaders Explore a Future Without Drivers

Speakers at the Los Angeles Auto Show said they believe that as vehicles learn to drive themselves, fewer people will own cars.

November 23, 2015

North Carolina CIO Chris Estes Leaves Government for Private Sector

It's back to consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers for Chris Estes, the North Carolina CIO of nearly three years.

November 18, 2015

Toyota Asks Innovators to Help Put Tiny Car to Work

The Toyota i-Road is a three-wheel, low-speed vehicle that the company wants to find uses for in the San Francisco Bay Area.

November 18, 2015

Autonomous Tech Could Upend Car Design

A partner at the design consultancy IDEO has predicted that self-driving cars will lead to revolutions in car design, which could lead to new players in the auto industry.

November 18, 2015

DOE Sees Bright Future for Clean Energy and Transportation

The U.S. Department of Energy has highlighted several green technologies ahead of the country's participation in climate talks in Paris this December.

November 12, 2015

Amazon 'City on a Cloud' Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

A handful of local governments were recognized for their innovative uses of cloud-based solutions and tools.

November 11, 2015

Oregon Wind Farm Receives Landmark Award for Minimizing Environmental Impact

Designers of the Tucannon River Wind Farm bought local materials, minimized concrete use and chose turbine locations carefully in order to reduce the project's impact.

November 10, 2015

Wearable Tech to Offer Better Nuclear and Radiological Detection

A recently awarded Department of Homeland Security contract for wearable, passive detection technology could soon result in better protection against nuclear and radiological threats at sea and land ports across the country.

November 10, 2015

Kirk Lonbom Leads Illinois Cyber Efforts After Three-Year Dark Period

After a few years of searching for the right CISO, Illinois' technology office is confident in its choice.

November 9, 2015

Raleigh, N.C., Hires New CIO

The new chief information officer, who replaces former CIO Gail Roper, is set to begin in early 2016.

November 6, 2015

Texas Transportation Gets Funding Boost to Cope with Growing Population

Voters in the Lone Star State approved Proposition 7, setting aside more money for infrastructure projects in the future.

November 5, 2015

Public-Sector Blockchain Pilot Pushes the Tech Forward

Government officials aiming to promote transparency and accountability have at their disposal a tool that becomes increasingly legitimate with each new project.

November 5, 2015

As Cybersecurity Breaches Mount, IT Turns to Intelligence Exchanges

Peer-to-peer cybersecurity threat intelligence exchanges are becoming more popular among IT professionals, a recent survey found.

November 5, 2015

Houston CIO Takes on New Role at Port Authority

Charles T. Thompson held the CIO position in Houston since 2012.

November 4, 2015

Purification Plant Would End L.A. Agency's Need for Northern California Water

The proposed project would treat sewage water and bring it up to drinking quality standards.

November 2, 2015

Latest Facet to White House Cybersecurity Efforts Shows Long-Term Strategy

The Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan (CSIP) is the latest addition to the Obama administration's larger efforts to combat cyber threats.

November 2, 2015

FAA Turns to Amazon, Google to Help Register Drones as Christmas Approaches

The Federal Aviation Administration hopes to begin registering hobby drones as retailers ramp up for mounting sales of the aircraft during the holiday season.

October 29, 2015

California Governor Vows to Protect Obama's Clean Power Plan

Some Republicans aren't happy about the new emissions regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, but California Gov. Jerry Brown won't budge.

October 27, 2015

With Safe Harbor Gone, U.S. and E.U. Pursue New Data Sharing Agreement

With no legal framework regulating the exchange of personal information across shores, the U.S. and the European Union hash out the details of a new plan.

October 27, 2015

Private-Sector Exec Takes Reins as Arizona CIO

Morgan Reed, former Expedia executive, takes Arizona's top technology spot.

October 26, 2015

Hyperloop Test Track Construction to Begin Next Month in California

The track will test out technology that proponents hope will provide an alternative to air travel.

October 26, 2015

Will Southern California Be Home to Nation's First Self-Driving Vehicle Network?

If one Southern California developer's big promises come to be, Lilac Hills Ranch will be the first community in the nation to offer its citizens a private vehicle network where self-driving cars would be summoned via an app.

October 26, 2015

Appraisals Still Don't Capture Full Value of Green Building Investments

Green investments can save money, but appraisers often don't take into account their full value when assessing buildings, a pair of reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab asserts.

October 23, 2015

San Francisco Aims to Build Biggest Internet of Things in the U.S.

The city plans to mount sensors on public infrastructure as a tool for attracting business and gathering data for city employees.

October 23, 2015

Driver Assistance, Autonomous Vehicles Could Kill 60 Percent of Personal Auto Insurance Market

Safer roads mean fewer accidents, fewer accidents means lower premiums.

October 23, 2015

As Tourist Attraction Melts, Alaska's Capital Pushes for Electric Vehicles

Juneau, Alaska, city officials and commerce partners want electric buses shuttling tourists to its local glacier and electric boats taking them whale watching.

October 23, 2015

110 California State Parks, Destinations Now Accessible on Google Street View

Google has been allowing people to see a 'street view' of California State Parks in a partnership with the state to spur tourism, and released another batch of tours.

October 22, 2015

Hawaii Waters Down Solar Incentives, Possibly Pushing Customers to Build Smarter Systems

The state will pay less for customers' unused solar power, but a green energy advocacy institute says that presents an opportunity for people to use as much of their own power as possible instead of sending it back to the grid.

October 22, 2015

Missouri CIO Tim Robyn to Resign

After a decade overseeing technology in Missouri, Tim Robyn will move on.

October 22, 2015

Federal Judge Lifts Indiana's Ballot-Selfie Ban

Free speech trumps the protection of voting integrity in a recent judicial ruling.

October 21, 2015

Report: Connected Vehicles Are Coming and Bringing Challenges with Them

Connected vehicles and infrastructure promise to transform the urban landscape, but not before cities address the costs, management challenges and public concerns with the technology.

October 20, 2015

Facebook to Notify Targets of Suspected State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

The new policy will provide alerts to platform users believed to be targeted by hackers after personal information.

October 19, 2015

Mike Hussey Is Utah's New CIO

Mark VanOrden is on his way out and Mike Hussey, one time winner of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Outstanding Public Service, will replace him.

October 19, 2015

GM Plans to Make Semi-Autonomous Cars, Introduce Vehicle-to-Vehicle Connectivity Next Year

The automaker will introduce updates to its Cadillac line and begin testing fully autonomous Chevrolet Volts at a company facility in Michigan in 2016.

October 19, 2015

Nation's Largest Utility Ramps Up Investment in Electric Vehicles

Pacific Gas & Electric, which serves much of California, hopes to cut carbon emissions and its own fuel bill by purchasing more electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.

October 15, 2015

To Cope with Rising Seas, Alaska Gov. Suggests Drilling More Oil

Gov. Bill Walker says the state needs money to help coastal villages. But most of Alaska's budget comes from oil.

October 15, 2015

Tesla Introduces Elements of Autonomous Driving to Model S

The car can't do everything by itself, but it has the ability to take on some aspects of driving via a software update available as of Thursday morning.

October 14, 2015

San Francisco 311 App Does Double Duty to Help Homeless Population

Mayor Ed Lee urged residents to use the city's 311 application to report those who appear to be in need of “well-being checks.”

October 14, 2015

Uber Pushes into Delivery Business with Shopify Partnership

UberRUSH has been rolled out to a few merchants in three cities with plans to expand to more stores in more locations.

October 14, 2015

Toyota Wants to Cut Almost All GHG Emissions from Vehicles by Mid-Century

The automaker is looking toward hydrogen fuel cells and hybrids, not electric, as the future of low-carbon driving.

October 14, 2015

What it Means to Be LEED Certified (Infographic)

The national market for environmentally friendly infrastructure is rapidly growing, and LEED hones in on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health.

October 13, 2015

UPS Logs Half a Billion Miles Driven in Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Alongside a trend of delivery services switching to low-carbon fuel sources, UPS has built up a fleet of electric, natural gas and other alternative-fuel vehicles.

October 13, 2015

Twitter Announces Company-Wide Layoffs

The social media titan announced staff eliminations for “smaller and nimbler team.”

October 12, 2015

Dell to Acquire EMC in $67 Billion Deal

With EMC a majority shareholder in VMWare and the new combined company being privately held, the deal would position Dell to make longer-term investments and shift its product-line toward software and storage-based solutions.

October 12, 2015

Public-Private Coalition Looks to Boost Mobility-as-a-Service in Europe

Twenty organizations have come together to push development of services that will make multimodal and individualized transportation easier for travelers to use.

October 9, 2015

California Now Requires Warrant for Digital Search

The signing of a new privacy bill was celebrated by privacy advocates and major technology companies alike.

October 9, 2015

Volvo Assumes Responsibility for Self-Driving Car Accidents

If something goes wrong in self-driving mode, Volvo is the first company promising to assume liability.

October 8, 2015

Poop-Power Converter to Save D.C. Utility $24 Million Annually

A new power conversion system that feeds on water treatment byproduct is expected to save tens of millions annually from savings on chemicals, trucking and power produced.

October 6, 2015

Self-Driving Shuttles to Transport Office Workers in California Pilot Project

Two EZ10 "Shared Driverless Vehicles" should be cruising about the Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon by next summer.

October 6, 2015

San Diego County Launches Fire Hazard Severity Map

The map shows the likelihood an area will burn sometime during the next few decades.

October 4, 2015

Indiana CIO Paul Baltzell Moves to Private Sector, New CIO Announced

During Baltzell's time leading IT for the state, he helped to improve Indiana's infant mortality and child fatality rates using data analytics, and worked to launch open data-based innovation initiatives.

October 2, 2015

Say Hello to the World's Greenest Office Building

Deloitte's Amsterdam office is so efficient it produces more power than it uses — and an app connects employees with the space they work in.

September 30, 2015

Former Tech Leader Bryan Sivak Lands at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sivak will serve as an entrepreneur-in-residence for the foundation, where he help to fulfill its mission of building a Culture of Health.

September 25, 2015

China, U.S. Unveil Specifics of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans

The presidents of both countries announced Friday that they will create a cap-and-trade program, tighten green energy standards and target the trucking industry in order to cut emissions during the next 10 years.

September 25, 2015

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, CIO Bids Farewell, Returns to Private Sector

Jeff Mowry resigns to reboot his career in Detroit’s automotive industry.

September 24, 2015

Job Creation Data for Green Projects Don’t Tell the Whole Story, Researchers Find

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is calling on researchers to consider the ways utility savings lead to job growth even after a project is done.

September 21, 2015

Trump's Speedy Website May Foreshadow Victory

Republican presidential candidate hopeful Donald Trump may not have earned the best reviews for his recent performance on CNN's Republican debate, but his website is the fastest of his contemporaries.

September 21, 2015

Cycling Accident Claims the Life of White House Senior Tech Advisor Jake Brewer

Brewer, who worked to better connect technology and innovation to government, was killed Saturday during a charity cycling event in Maryland.

September 18, 2015

Reuters Ranks Top 100 Innovative Universities

By focusing on patent filings and academic research, the news organization compiled a list of the world's most influential and innovative learning institutions.

September 14, 2015

Offering a Mappable Look at the Greater 'Health of Cities'

On-the-go sensor technology is the latest way to examine airborne pollutants and what they mean for cities and residents.

September 14, 2015

Japan Helps California Test Energy Storage, Expand Vehicle Charging Stations

The office of Gov. Jerry Brown is building a partnership with the Japanese government’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.

September 11, 2015

D.C. Mayor Proposes Privatizing Body Cam Assault Videos

To respect the privacy of victims of violence, the mayor of D.C. proposed denying public access to a broad section of police body camera video.

September 10, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Drone Regulation Bill

For now, drone hobbyists in California can continue flying low over private property without permission.

September 4, 2015

Report: 10 States Leading Solar Charge

Territories promote private and public solar energy through policy and practice.

September 3, 2015

U.S. Navy Invests Big in Solar Energy Installation

Energy facility marks the biggest federal investment in renewable energy infrastructure to date.

September 3, 2015

New York State Data Center Benefits from Nanoscale Research

The state has consolidated 20 agency data centers — out of an eventual 50 — into a co-located facility at the State University of New York’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

September 3, 2015

4 Digital Trends to Transform Human Services (Infographic)

Human services agencies that go digital can become more proactive and citizen-centered.

September 1, 2015

Final Standards Announced for DATA Act

Nearly 60 rules outlined for standardizing publication of federal spending data.

August 27, 2015

Baltimore Hires Broadband Coordinator for Citywide Network

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has tasked Jason Hardebeck with implementing the city's new broadband plan.

August 25, 2015

Georgia Hands Off IT to Private Service Integrator

The partnership is meant to drive enhanced IT integration and management throughout the state.

August 24, 2015

Jacksonville, Fla., CIO Usha Mohan Resigns

After three and a half years, Jacksonville, Fla., CIO Usha Mohan steps down after mayoral change.

August 24, 2015

Can America Overcome its Air Conditioning Addiction?

Americans love excess and the personal comfort created by a blasting air conditioning unit is no exception. The Rocky Mountain Institute hopes to change the culture without reducing comfort with its new Innovation Center.

August 21, 2015

Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Gets New Co-Chair

The office upgraded one of its new urban mechanics to co-chair, a replacement to Chris Osgood, the city's soon-to-be chief of streets.

August 19, 2015

15,000-Plus Government Users Among Exposed Ashley Madison Members

Using a dating website isn't a crime, even one like Ashley Madison, but more than 15,000 military and government employees will have at least some explaining to do.

August 18, 2015

Privatization of Domain Name System Postponed

The U.S. Department of Commerce has delayed hand-off of the Internet domain name system for at least one year.

August 17, 2015

FirstNet Appoints Former Police Captain as CEO

Upper management of the beleaguered FirstNet gets a revamp: two new positions and one new hire.

August 17, 2015

White House Makes Presidential Innovation Fellowship Permanent

President Obama has signed an executive order to make the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program long term with the hope of bolstering federal tech initiatives.

August 17, 2015

U.S. Navy Facility to Cut Energy Bill $6 Million Annually

Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., is expected to cut energy consumption by 40 percent upon the 2017 completion of a 15-year retrofitting project.

August 10, 2015

Delaware Governor Signs Internet Privacy, Safety Package into Law

Students, employees and victims offered new safeguards for personal data and rights.

August 7, 2015

States, National Parks Get Millions to Fund Innovation and Traffic Safety Projects

More than $7.1 million in federal grants will be given to “cutting edge safety improvement projects” in eight states and National Park territory.

August 7, 2015

Drexel University Class to Craft Peacemaking Strategies-Based Social Media Data Analysis

Computer science and engineering teams will try to keep the peace in violent hot spots around the world.

August 7, 2015

Report: What Is Solar Power Worth?

A report ordered by the Maine Legislature may have raised more questions than it answered about how the state should proceed with solar.

August 7, 2015

More Cloud for Minnesota

State CIO Tom Baden says most systems will live in some form of cloud.

August 6, 2015

How Will Hawaii Reach Its Goal of 100 Percent Renewable Energy?

The state is on its way to weaning off an 80 percent reliance on nonrenewable energy sources.

August 6, 2015

Why Minneapolis Is Taking Back Its Help Desk

The city is transitioning from one provider to another, and part of that move includes pulling help desk and desk-side support functions back in-house.

August 5, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces First 'What Works Cities' Participants

The three-year data initiative designed to help 100 cities with their community improvement projects has its first eight participants.

August 3, 2015

America's Clean Power Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions 32 Percent by 2030

The White House unveiled a new standard that gives states two years to update their energy and pollution policies.

July 31, 2015

California Launches Reporting Website to Target Water Wasters

The Department of Technology and California’s Save Our Water public education program partnered to develop and launch the mobile-optimized website SaveWater.ca.gov.

July 30, 2015

Ted Ross Named Los Angeles' Permanent IT General Manager

Serving in an interim capacity since Steve Reneker's departure earlier this year, Ted Ross will, pending city council approval, become his permanent replacement.

July 28, 2015

Will Self-Driving Vehicles Erase the Auto Insurance Industry?

Though the industry won’t be impacted “significantly” for at least a decade, the landscape will begin to shift dramatically after that.

July 28, 2015

Big Data Can Save Billions in Transportation Delays

There's a lot of room for improvement in the world's transportation infrastructure, and using big data is one way to close the gap.

July 28, 2015

Google, Tesla Officials Call for Ban on Weaponized Artificial Intelligence

From sci-fi movies to modern-day reality, technologists warn against a possibility of an arms war in artificial intelligence.

July 24, 2015

Kansas Names Phil Wittmer CITO

Gov. Sam Brownback looks to the private sector to fill the state's top technology position.

July 24, 2015

How Minnesota is Building a Solutions Centric IT Workforce

State CIO Tom Baden talks about workforce retirement, recruitment and realignment.

July 23, 2015

Salt Lake City Promotes Energy Efficiency with Challenge Awards

Five institutions in Salt Lake City were recognized by the city as part of this year's Project Skyline Mayor’s Challenge Awards.

July 20, 2015

Tech Industry, Data Centers Are Sucking California Dry

Arid California is home to some 800 data centers, many of which consume millions of gallons of water each year.

July 17, 2015

Silicon Valley's 'Hack My Ride' Challenge Seeks Next-Gen Transit Tools

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority hosts the three-month challenge to hunt for new transit tech beyond the all-too popular trip planners.

July 16, 2015

Report: Power Plant Carbon Emissions on Decline

The U.S. is one of the world leaders in carbon emissions, but a new report shows a trend toward a sustainable future.

July 15, 2015

Riverside, Calif., Announces New Transparency Measures

New transparency measures, including the creation of a public records advocate position, demonstrate the city's commitment to honesty and accountability.

July 14, 2015

UK Considers Ban on Social Messaging Apps

In the name of fighting terrorism in the UK, messaging apps that use end-to-end encryption and do not allow the government to view the data being sent may soon be banned.

July 14, 2015

America's Most Digital Counties of 2015 (Infographic)

This year's Digital Counties survey offers some telling insights into the state of technology in America's counties.

July 13, 2015

Autonomous, Self-Driving Tech to Be Tested at California's Concord Naval Weapons Station

A 2,100-acre stadium will be used to test technologies like self-driving vehicles, interconnected vehicles and smart city infrastructure.

July 13, 2015

Colorado Names New Chief Data Officer

Michelle Gore took over in June as CDO for the state.

July 10, 2015

OPM Director Resigns Following Massive Data Breach

After a massive leak of sensitive data, President Obama said the Office of Personnel Management needs new leadership.

July 1, 2015

Fighting UI Fraud in Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission is beefing up its data analytics tools by pulling data from other state agencies.

June 30, 2015

Massachusetts CIO Bill Oates Resigns

After 18 months as state CIO, Bill Oates is moving on.

June 30, 2015

Austin’s Open Data Evolution

Although it’s still an important transparency tool, the portal now supports a thriving civic hacking community

June 29, 2015

Open Data for Citizen Engagement and Government Effectiveness

Open data can have a direct impact on internal government operations — Texas' Janet Gilmore explains how.

June 29, 2015

Where Open Data Meets Big Data

Are we parsing data — big, open, raw, refined — at the risk of losing sight of the forest for the trees?

June 26, 2015

Data Analytics Will Help Texas Agencies Work Smarter

A combination of open data and big data ultimately will help state agencies.

June 26, 2015

Analytics Makes Travis County, Texas, More Proactive

County CIO Tanya Acevedo discusses making greater use of predictive analytics to help the county anticipate service demands so it can respond more quickly and effectively.

June 26, 2015

California Rx Tracking System May Be Inaccessible by Doctors

Some doctors might not be able to use the new prescription drug tracking system to be released July 1.

June 26, 2015

Texas Sen. Kirk Watson Receives Bob Bullock Award

Watson was recognized for his contributions to public data and technology programs that advance transparency and citizen engagement.

June 25, 2015

Amazon Launches $250,000 Cloud Competition for Local Government

Amazon Web Services wants to see governments innovating in the cloud, and this summer they're recognizing the best.

June 24, 2015

Supreme Court Protects Privacy for Hotel, Airbnb Guests

The Los Angeles Police Department has lost its bid to demand lodging information after practice is declared unconstitutional.

June 24, 2015

Hawaii Rounds Out Its Tech Leadership Team

Three new tech officials — Michael Otsuji, Jim Miwa and Mark Choi — have been appointed to Hawaii's IT leadership team.

June 23, 2015

Will Autonomous Vehicles Be Retail-Ready Tomorrow or in 500 Years?

For all the technological challenges, experts can't agree as to whether self-driving vehicles are just around the bend, or light years away.

June 23, 2015

Smart, Connected Home Device Market Stagnating

New market analysis shows that tech companies pushing smart home devices like connected thermostats and light bulbs have some work to do before interest expands beyond early adopters.

June 19, 2015

Baltimore Takes Step Toward Becoming Smarter, More Tech-Savvy City

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released a draft of her Smarter City Task Force Report, which says the city must continue to innovate by taking greater advantage of technology to fuel new growth.

June 19, 2015

New York Launches Startup Accelerator GENIUS NY

Tech upstarts have a new shot at greatness in New York state.

June 19, 2015

Google Doubles Down on Self-Driving Vehicles

The number of self-driving vehicles on Californian roadways is growing fast, with issues of safety and morality in tow.

June 18, 2015

Cities Need to Rethink 'Smart City' Strategies, Report Says

Some smart city ideas have taken a wrong turn, too often emphasizing expensive hardware rather than cheaper solutions using the Internet.

June 17, 2015

Hawaii Web Portal Named Best in Class

The Interactive Media Awards (IMA) only recognized one government website, and that one belongs to Hawaii.

June 16, 2015

Oakland, Calif., Launches Transparent, Interactive Social Media Archive

The city's effort will make sure all social media is publicly available and easily accessible for citizens.

June 10, 2015

Boston, St. Louis Receive Grants to Harness Data and Technology

The $200,000 grant will help the cities use a combination of civic tech and data to improve the lives of low-income residents.

June 9, 2015

Portland Officials Name New CTO

Jeff Baer has been chosen to lead the city's Bureau of Technology Services.

June 5, 2015

Google's New Pedestrian Recognition Tech Could Quicken Self-Driving Cars to Market

New research shared by Google last month shows how barriers to market, like expensive LIDAR components, could soon be eliminated.

June 4, 2015

Missouri Announces Nation's First Smart Roadway

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission announced that it's seeking public input as the state plans to build a 200-mile section of Interstate 70 into a cutting-edge example of transportation technology.

June 3, 2015

Fast-Charge EV Stations Debut in Sacramento, Calif.

Public officials are finding that to encourage EV use, government needs to step in.

June 3, 2015

Self-Driving Vehicles Hit Northern Virginia

Joining California, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and Washington, D.C., Virginia will become the newest addition to the self-driving vehicle club.

May 29, 2015

Susannah Fox Named HHS CTO

After 14 years at the Pew Research Center, Susannah Fox will lead technology efforts for the nation's federal health department.

May 29, 2015

Department of Energy Recognizes Green Leasers

Green leases have the potential to save American business billions, so the federal government is highlighting those who lead the way.

May 29, 2015

Nebraska Appoints Ed Toner as CIO

The state has a new technology chief incoming.

May 27, 2015

Bryan Sastokas Named New Director of Technology and Innovation for Long Beach, Calif.

Sastokas has gained recognition in other cities for his contributions to public technology and will now try his hand in Long Beach.

May 26, 2015

Virginia Governor Names Nelson Moe Next CIO

Sam Nixon's replacement is Nelson Moe, a military veteran, network engineer and former House of Representatives CIO.

May 22, 2015

Experimental Uber Car Spotted in Pittsburgh

Uber is researching new vehicle tech at its Advanced Technologies Center, and one development was recently seen cruising around the city.

May 21, 2015

Raleigh, N.C., CIO Gail Roper to Step Down

After nine years as Raleigh’s tech czar, Roper is leaving the city to direct technology strategy for a private company in Florida.

May 21, 2015

New Jersey Creates New Office Dedicated to Cybersecurity

Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order establishing the new office, designating it as a central hub for analyzing threats and sharing information.

May 21, 2015

Boston Ranked Most Energy-Efficient City in U.S.

A new report has found that mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, but some are doing more than others.

May 18, 2015

President Obama Gets His Own Twitter Handle

America's president carved out his own space in social media.

May 18, 2015

President Launches Police Data Initiative

On the tail end of riots, protests and public disquiet surrounding police conduct, the president announced a new program that pits data against one of America's hottest issues.

May 15, 2015

Arkansas Launches First Apple Watch App for Government

NIC subsidiary Arkansas Information Consortium reworked its Gov2Go app for the wrist.

May 15, 2015

Samsung Places Bets on the Internet of Things with ARTIK Platform

The electronics giant released a new open playground for device makers this month.

May 13, 2015

Hawaii Proposes 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2045

Though the state depends on fossil fuels for 80 percent of its energy today, it may soon legislate a shift to 100 percent renewable energy.

May 13, 2015

Hawaii Ditches $205 Million Health-Care Portal

Hawaii says aloha to its struggling health-care portal.

May 13, 2015

Energy Calculator Helps Determine Building Efficiency

A new tool from the Alliance to Save Energy and the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition helps planners understand just how efficient their structures can be.

May 12, 2015

Podcast: Strategic Tactics, Tools, Technologies for Going Social in the Public Sector

Government Technology magazine and special guests gathered for the first in a special series of webcasts focused exclusively on the use of social media in state and local government.

May 12, 2015

Georgia Unanimously Passes Student Data Privacy, Accessibility and Transparency Act

Pundits are calling the state's new student data privacy law the most comprehensive in the nation.

May 11, 2015

Matt Bailey to Serve as D.C.'s First Director of Technology Innovation

The District of Columbia's newest hire will work with the chief technology officer to spot new opportunities that improve government transparency and transform the economy.

May 8, 2015

Colorado Expands its Hybrid Cloud

Colorado is working to develop a suite of flexible and cost-predictive private cloud services.

May 8, 2015

Ohio Speeds App Creation with the Cloud

Ohio CIO Stu Davis discusses becoming more agile and meeting the political expectations for doing government at the speed of business -- "Quick, quick, quick."

May 8, 2015

How to Spot a Cloud Imposter

One challenge in updating applications is educating users about solutions that appear to be cloud applications but really aren't.

May 8, 2015

Los Angeles to Appoint Next-Gen Transportation Adviser

A new advisory position in Los Angeles will dedicate the next 12 months to pushing the limits of transportation technology in one of the most congested cities in the world.

May 7, 2015

Alaska CIO Talks Cloud, Connectivity and Mainframe Alternatives

Alaska’s remoteness has slowed adoption of commercial cloud services, but it hasn’t stopped them altogether.

May 7, 2015

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Former Sen. Sam Blakeslee Launch ‘Digital Democracy’

New platform gives journalists, organizations and citizens a new way to watch and research government issues.

May 7, 2015

Shrinking Oil Revenue Drives Cloud Interest in Alaska

CIO Jim Bates expects to rely on the state's private cloud infrastructure for at least the next five years -- but plans for expansion are in the works.

May 3, 2015

How Cloud-Based CRM Will Improve Alabama Health and Human Services

CIO Brunson White talks about a new cloud-first policy and some current cloud projects.

April 30, 2015

Legislators Introduce Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act

Following a call by President Obama, new bipartisan legislation would prohibit third parties from buying student data collected by schools and tech companies.

April 29, 2015

Pay-As-You-Go Cloud Services Help Georgia Hold the Line on Spending

Georgia Technology Authority COO Dean Johnson discusses his state’s approach to computing that allows it to pay for only what it uses.

April 29, 2015

Georgia Moves Toward a Plug-and-Play Cloud Platform

Dean Johnson, COO of the Georgia Technology Authority, addresses his state’s push to privatization and the addition of a multisource services integrator to orchestrate solutions.

April 28, 2015

How Ohio Is Migrating to a Co-Managed Private Cloud

CIO Stu Davis discusses his state's massive consolidation and move to a co-managed private cloud environment.

April 27, 2015

Cloud Email Helps North Carolina Work Like an Enterprise

North Carolina CIO Chris Estes says his state sees productivity gains from migrating state workers to a single cloud-based email system.

April 27, 2015

The Cloud Will Boost Data Center Capacity in North Carolina

CIO Chris Estes discusses the process behind his state’s cloud strategy.

April 27, 2015

How Kentucky Plans to Get Out of the Infrastructure Business

CIO Jim Fowler says his state will migrate to the cloud in the next five to seven years.

April 27, 2015

Massachusetts Hires Deputy Tech Development Czar

Governments like Massachusetts are increasingly viewing technology not only as a portal to innovation, but riches, too.

April 27, 2015

FirstNet Approves Framework, Will Release Draft RFP Documents

The First Responder Network Authority seeks comment on its upcoming RFP and enabling legislation.

April 24, 2015

How Much Does a Data Breach Cost?

Check out this infographic to better understand the scale of cybersecurity threats in 2015.

April 21, 2015

Los Angeles and Waze Sittin' in a Tree, S-H-A-R-I-N-G (Data)

Los Angeles and navigation app Waze are sharing data to improve the navigation service, reduce hit-and-run crimes, and help the city plan its traffic operations more intelligently.

April 17, 2015

St. Louis Police Launch Real-Time Crime Center

Aggregating all the data and video feeds police can access is a big task, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is looking to Motorola Solutions to simplify the issue.

April 15, 2015

Former GSA CIO Casey Coleman Joins Unisys

Coleman will assume a vice president position with the company.

April 15, 2015

Texas Appoints Edward Block as CISO

After a few months of serving in an interim capacity, Block is now the state's long-term security man.

April 14, 2015

Philadelphia Hires First Digital Government Service Architect

Mjumbe Poe is Philadelphia's latest recruit from the civic tech sector.

April 9, 2015

Hawaii Names New CIO

After a year of acting CIO Keone Kali at the helm, Hawaii found a permanent replacement for former state CIO Sonny Bhagowalia.

April 8, 2015

Former Illinois CIO Sean Vinck Moves to Oregon

Oregon is amid a major transformation project and still grappling with health insurance portal issues, but now has the help of former Illinois CIO Sean Vinck.

April 8, 2015

'Ten Types of Innovation' App Gives Innovators a Canvas

A new app by Deloitte's Doblin intends to improve the success rate among those who innovate.

April 7, 2015

Former Chicago CIO Becomes Illinois' State CIO

Hardik Bhatt took five years off to work on smart cities and Internet of Things technology with Cisco, and now he's back to serve the public sector.

April 7, 2015

Former Pennsylvania CIO Tony Encinias Lands at ViON

Tony Encinias' cloud experience will be on offer as he works as a public-sector strategy official in the private sector.

March 31, 2015

18F Launches RFP Ghostwriting and Review Service

A new service offered by digital services agency 18F could give federal procurement a facelift.

March 30, 2015

Nevada CIO David Gustafson Resigns

After a five year bid in Nevada, Gustafson moves on to the private sector.

March 30, 2015

Health and Human Services CTO Bryan Sivak to Leave Feds

As a thought leader in open data disruption and out-of-the-box procurement methods, Sivak championed numerous initiatives after taking the position in June 2012.

March 26, 2015

Innovation Lab to Develop Next-Gen Electric Grid in New York

The Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy will simulate, develop, test and deploy a more integrated grid.

March 25, 2015

8 Countries Ranked on Open Data Progress

A new report ranks top G8 nations based on their signed agreement for open data success.

March 24, 2015

Doing+Dreaming+Driving (Infographic)

Members of the GT Top 25 are connected to innovation in many ways.

March 24, 2015

White House Hires Former Twitter VP as Chief Digital Officer

Jason Goldman will serve as the White House's first CDO.

March 24, 2015

Commerce Hires Chief Data Officer to Modernize Bureaus

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has installed Ian Kalin as the department’s first chief data officer to advance the organization’s digital presence.

March 23, 2015

Obama Picks Facebook Engineer for New White House IT Director Job

David Recordon will lead effort to upgrade technology for the executive branch.

March 20, 2015

5 Tools Public CIOs Find Indispensable

A look at the tech and tools that IT leaders rely on to get the job done.

March 19, 2015

White House Launches Website Analytics Dashboard

A new analytics dashboard allows citizens a window into 300-plus federal agency websites.

March 19, 2015

Former GSA CIO Lands at Cloud Storage Provider Box

Sonny Hashmi will lead government relations for the company, encouraging the public sector to engage in public-private partnerships.

March 19, 2015

Former Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel Resigns From USAID

After a second short stint with USAID, VanRoekel announced he is stepping down to spend more time with his family.

March 13, 2015

D.C. Mayor Announces New Tech Initiatives, Hires

March is a big month for technology in the nation's capital city.

March 12, 2015

Microsoft Azure Cloud Meets CJIS Compliance in California

Microsoft's cloud platform meets FBI security requirements to open doors for deployment in counties, cities and agencies statewide.

March 12, 2015

Nextdoor Crowdsources Neighborhood Polling on Civic Issues

Governments may gain greater insights with new voting and polling tool for citizens.

March 11, 2015

CIO Sonny Hashmi Leaves GSA for Private Sector

A change in management at the General Services Administration will change the landscape of federal IT.

March 10, 2015

Obama TechHire Initiative Aims to Connect Average Citizens and the High-Tech Workplace

A new initiative launched by the president's administration builds partnerships and provides funding to bridge the gap between the middle class and high-paying tech jobs.

March 10, 2015

Pennsylvania Appoints Rosa Lara as Acting CIO

A replacement for recently exiting Tony Encinias indicates a potential for new directions in the commonwealth.

March 10, 2015

Photo of the Week: Driverless Mercedes Takes a Spin in San Francisco

Some questioned whether the car galavanting around the City by the Bay was truly running autonomously or was under human control.

March 6, 2015

Virginia Technology Department Names Interim CIO

Until a permanent replacement is found for outgoing CIO Sam Nixon, Executive Director Eric Link will serve in an interim capacity.

March 5, 2015

DHS Shutdown Averted

Had a shut down occurred, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, the department’s 24/7 cyber response center, likely would have needed to significantly cut staffing.

March 2, 2015

Funding Request for Troubled California Computer System Rejected

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, rejected a plea from the California Department of Consumer Affairs for more money to help shore up a troubled IT project.

February 24, 2015

Photo of the Week: Los Angeles Launches Historic Places Website

Visitors to the new website can admire pre-1900 architecture, plan land development, or spot Bob Hope's house.

February 20, 2015

4 Ways DJ Patil Will Push the Frontiers of Data Science

As the nation's leader on data science, Patil explained in an article addressed to the American people what he will do and what they can expect from him.

February 19, 2015

Feds Launch Probe of FCC Activity

The U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee has concerns with the FCC’s use of delegated authority and its rule-making process.

February 17, 2015

Photo of the Week: LED Lights Dance and Move Across Louisville, Ky., Pedestrian Bridge

Every evening starting around sunset, a schedule of programming provides rainbow effects or combinations of colors that add motion and color to the bridge.

February 13, 2015

California's Licensing Project Expected to Cost $96 Million

A California licensing and enforcement portal is failing in most ways, according to a recent auditor's report.

February 13, 2015

Open Data Advocates Unlock Major Road Map to Federal Data

The White House Office of Management and Budget confirms it will release a data index of all federal agency data holdings in the first week of March.

February 12, 2015

South Carolina Bans Social Media for Employees

A new code to be instated later this year tells South Carolina employees to get back to work.

February 10, 2015

Photo of the Week: Brainless Jellyfish Detect, Swim Against Ocean Currents

Jellyfish can do what birds and turtles can't -- detect the direction of ocean currents and strongly swim against them.

February 5, 2015

White House Hires Chief Data Scientist, New CIO

Senior executives from Salesforce subsidiary and VMware join the Obama administration.

February 5, 2015

Forest Service to Open Up Campsite Bookings

An updated RFP from the USDA Forest Service considers opening campsite booking to third parties, so reserving a campsite would be like booking a hotel room.

February 5, 2015

Virginia CIO Sam Nixon Departs

The director of Virginia’s Information Technologies Agency will leave for a regulatory position.

February 3, 2015

DisasterTech Hackathon to Honor Hurricane Katrina

Next week, civic hackers and first responders will convene to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with dozens of new emergency apps.

February 2, 2015

San Francisco Officials To Discuss MBA in Civic Innovation

The California College of the Arts hosts a civic tech panel following the announcement of its new degree targeting future innovation leadership.

February 2, 2015

Judges May Force Uber, Lyft to Make Drivers Full Employees

New legal discussions on the ride-booking industry's business model could complicate things for companies like Uber and Lyft.

February 2, 2015

FCC to Pre-empt State Broadband Laws?

The FCC is expected to vacate state laws regarding the creation and expansion of municipal broadband networks.

January 30, 2015

FCC Mandates New 911 Location Reporting Rules for Wireless Carriers

People who call into 911 may get help faster, thanks to a new FCC mandate.

January 29, 2015

House Chairman Demands Answers in HealthCare.gov Private Data Leak

HealthCare.gov continues to face technical problems that cost the American public, this time, in privacy.

January 28, 2015

Google Warns Against Driverless Car Regulations

Company tells California Department of Motor Vehicles to not impose safety restrictions, argues for its own safeguards.

January 27, 2015

Photo of the Week: Hong Kong Waterfront Glows Fluorescent Blue

This fluorescent coloring is created by an algae bloom called Noctiluca scintillans, which is more commonly known as 'Sea Sparkle."

January 27, 2015

Google Fiber Expands to 18 Cities in American Southeast

The search giant's gigabit broadband service is making its biggest expansion yet.

January 27, 2015

California DMV Retracts Controversial Memo on Ridesharing License Plates

After complaints from Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, the Department of Motor Vehicles changed course, saying it jumped the gun on requiring rideshare drivers to register as commercial vehicles.

January 21, 2015

Arkansas Has a New CTO

After losing its director and chief technology officer in October, the Arkansas Department of Information Systems has a new lead: Mark Myers.

January 20, 2015

Photo of the Week: Australian Architects Build 'Inside-Out' Home Extension

"It is both inside and outside. It is both a new building and an old ruin. It is both garden and home.

January 16, 2015

California Confirms Chief of Technology Services Office

Davood Ghods helps spearhead state consolidation and cloud computing efforts.

January 15, 2015

Minnesota Names New State CIO

State IT veteran Tom Baden replaces departing CIO Carolyn Parnell.

January 14, 2015

Obama to Forge New Paths for Broadband Competition

In a preview of the president's upcoming State of the Union, Barack Obama told of how he will encourage municipal competition in the broadband marketplace.

January 14, 2015

State HIXes Struggle to Find Financial Model

Most states running their own health insurance exchanges will fail to meet a deadline this month, highlighting a lack of financial planning around the president's controversial health insurance program.

January 13, 2015

5 New Civic-Minded Startups Join Tumml for 2015

Tumml, the San Francisco-based accelerator, chose startups focused on politics, transportation and food services for its current four-month program.

January 13, 2015

Photo of the Week: Germ-Zapping Robot Uses Pulsed UV Technology to Disinfect

This germ-zapping robot from San Antonio-based Xenex uses pulsed ultraviolet technology to disinfect hospital rooms to help control infection.

January 9, 2015

NYC Sets Record for 311 Contacts

It's not the gritty New York City of the '70s, but rats, graffiti and potholes are mainstays in 2015.

January 7, 2015

NYC Lifts School Cellphone Ban

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on cellphones in New York City schools has been lifted.

January 7, 2015

LAPD Buys Camera-Connected Tasers

One of the largest municipal police forces in the nation is building a connection between weapon and camera.

January 6, 2015

Photo of the Week: Pillars of Creation also Pillars of Destruction?

New high-definition Hubble image of the Pillars of Creation suggests the pillars are also Pillars of Destruction.

January 6, 2015

Texas CIO Karen Robinson Officially Retires

Deputy Executive Director Todd Kimbriel is now serving as the state's interim CIO.

January 6, 2015

Philly, Residents Co-Create City Website

The city of Philadelphia has released a prototype of its next website that's hoped to be a collaborative effort with citizens.

December 30, 2014

Will More Powerful Large Hadron Collider Go Beyond the God Particle?

After two years of being upgraded, the LHC will start back up in 2015 -- and scientists hope it can make more crucial discoveries.

December 23, 2014

Google Unveils ‘Goofy’ New Self-Driving Car

Before it can legally operate without a human driver, the dainty two-seater must obtain government approval.

December 22, 2014

2014: The Year in GovTech News

Because the open data movement is one of the most influential in technology and government today, the GovTech editorial team assembled some data of its own.

December 22, 2014

Is a New N.C. IT Agency a Wise Investment?

The state's new IT agency would have broad authority to avoid redundancy, reject waste and enforce consistent quality standards.

December 19, 2014

Travel Updates Go Mobile in Indiana

The state's travel advisory app includes weather updates and notifications on flooding, hazardous materials spills and other issues that could affect travel conditions.

December 18, 2014

Can a New Map Simplify Parking in Chicago?

This new tool, made possible by open data, could also be used to help people decide where to live.

December 16, 2014

Using Sensors to Monitor Foot Traffic During the Holidays

Sensor data can help city planners and businesses optimize their operations, and one Danish city is attempting to do just that this holiday season.

December 16, 2014

Tom Schenk is Chicago's New Chief Data Officer

In September, the city filled it's chief data officer position as opportunities for efficiency and improved service delivery are uncovered.

December 15, 2014

Congress Partially Funds California's Early Warning Earthquake System

One senator said the $5 million is a down payment on a long-term purchase for the state's earthquake early warning system.

December 15, 2014

Florida Makes Interim CIO Jason Allison Permanent

Florida's interim CIO Jason Allison impressed enough people to turn the job into something more permanent.

December 15, 2014

Photo of the Week - BPG Image Format Challenges Traditional JPEG

Will Better Graphics Format oust the tried-and-true JPEG?

December 15, 2014

Apple, IBM Partnership Equals Big Data Analytics on iPhone, iPad

The two companies have released the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps, to help businesses and government redefine how work gets done.

December 12, 2014

Automotive Industry Creates 7 Rules to Protect Driver Data

A privacy policy set by major car manufacturers aims to shield consumers and their driving data from exploitation by insurers and law enforcement.

December 11, 2014

Top 10 Smart City Tech Suppliers

New research identifies IBM and Cisco as top vendors in the $8.8 billion smart city market, expected to hit $27 billion by 2023.

December 11, 2014

Drone Regulations Won't Land Until 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration says drone regulations are years away, but some big names want them now.

December 10, 2014

FirstNet CTO Ali Afrashteh Resigns

FirstNet lost another key member of its leadership this month.

December 5, 2014

$6.4 Billion to be Spent on Civic Tech in 2015, Report Says

New analysis says the rise of the civic tech market has grown roots, and its growth with be 14 times faster than traditional government IT spending at the state and local levels.

December 4, 2014

Minnesota CIO Carolyn Parnell to Step Down

After nearly four years with the state, Parnell is moving on.

December 3, 2014

New York State Appoints New CIO

Maggie Miller, former CIO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, will make New York state her eighth CIO position.

December 2, 2014

Photo of the Week - Meet the Original Batmobile

The earliest known, officially licensed Batmobile from 1963 was custom-built from the ground up, and is now up for auction.

December 2, 2014

Feds Grab Google Talent to Fight Poverty

The U.S. Agency for International Development hires Ann Mei Chang, Google's former senior engineering director, to confront poverty with tech solutions.

December 1, 2014

2014: The Year in Data

Trends and priorities from the top digital states, cities, counties and public-sector websites at a glance.

November 25, 2014

Teri Takai Taking New Roles in Private Sector

After more than a decade of serving as a public IT professional, Teri Takai is back in the private sector.

November 25, 2014

Photo of the Week - Underwater Robot 3-D Maps Antarctic Sea Ice

The SeaBED robot's upward-looking sonar allows it to measure and map the underside of sea ice floes.

November 25, 2014

Regulators Worry Hackers Have Learned to Hijack Cars

Car makers and regulators see a rising threat in automobile hacking.

November 21, 2014

San Diego Hires its First Chief Data Officer

The Southern California city is making an investment in the future of open data.

November 21, 2014

America's Most Digital Cities: A Quick Look

Check out our infographic to get a quick glance at the 2014 Digital Cities Survey's top cities and biggest trends.

November 18, 2014

Photo of the Week - Luminescent Stones Light Up Netherlands' New Bicycle Path

On Nov. 12, Studio Roosegaarde in the Netherlands unveiled its new bicycle path, which makes cycling in the dark a little bit safer, while also introducing an artistic element.

November 18, 2014

Snyder, Banahan, Nutter Named 2014 Public Officials of the Year

Governing magazine honored nine individuals for their continued commitment to public service, their remarkable leadership and their innovation -- with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Kentucky Kynect's Carrie Banahan and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter among them.

November 18, 2014

NYC Unveils Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network

City officials ready to deliver free Wi-Fi services to millions of residents and visitors across New York's five boroughs.

November 13, 2014

Ebola Online Training Prepares Health-Care Workers

Universities help with an online training module project that demonstrates ways to protect health-care workers.

November 11, 2014

Photo of the Week - Sensor 'Fish' Measures Journey Through Hydroelectric Dams

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Sensor Fish provides data to design fish-friendly hydropower facilities.

November 7, 2014

FBI Pushes Lawmakers for Greater Surveillance

Despite citizen mistrust, FBI director calls for legislation to widen authority on agency surveillance efforts.

November 6, 2014

Want to Petition the President? There's an App for That

OK, not quite. But an API released in October now allows developers to create apps and websites that can send petition signatures to the White House for official response.

November 5, 2014

Can Technology Improve Policing?

New survey results show that citizens want more technology in the hands of law enforcement.

November 4, 2014

Los Angeles Unified CIO Resigns

Following a troubled software launch and the resignation of the Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent, the district also has lost its head of technology.

November 4, 2014

Photos of the Week - Virgin Galactic Crash: Is Space Travel Still Worth the Risk?

Though founder Richard Branson says yes, some investors are unsure and have requested refunds for their flights.

October 30, 2014

What Will CIO Priorities Look Like in 2015?

State CIOs voted on their top priorities for the coming year, reflecting little change from the past few years.

October 29, 2014

Unclassified White House Networks Hacked

The process hackers follow to infiltrate an organization has been called a Kill Chain, and security teams must find a way to detect and break this sequence of events.

October 24, 2014

NYPD Equips Officers With Biometric Smartphones

A new $160 million program will track police officers via GPS and give every officer a mobile fingerprint scanner.

October 23, 2014

Microsoft Opens its Incubator 'Garage' to Public

New free apps are available to Windows Phone and Android users.

October 21, 2014

Massachusetts Signs $50 Million MMIS Contract

The renewed contract will allow Hewlett-Packard to assist in the transformation of health care in the commonwealth.

October 20, 2014

Former Hawaii CIO Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia Returns to Feds

On Oct. 20, Bhagowalia began his position as deputy assistant secretary and CIO of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

October 15, 2014

Arkansas CTO Claire Bailey Resigns

Bailey has worked for the state since 1991 and was appointed in 2006 to oversee the cabinet-level IT agency serving $89 million in services to more than 440 public-sector customers.

October 14, 2014

Photo of the Week - Locking Down Cyberspace

The Michigan Cyber Range offers educational courses and exercises to strengthen public- and private-sector cyberdefenses.

October 13, 2014

Mayors to Convene in Louisville to Meet on Entrepreneurship

More than three dozen mayors will be in Kentucky to discuss entrepreneurship in general and the “Maker Movement” in particular.

October 8, 2014

Feds Launch Investigation into West Virginia Fiber Project

The U.S. Commerce Department’s inspector general is investigating whether Frontier Communications padded invoices with unnecessary costs while building a network paid for with federal stimulus funds.

October 8, 2014

California, Google Partner to Map Trails and Parks

A partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation means Google's latest addition to Maps and Street View includes more than 20 trails in 14 state parks.

October 8, 2014

Crowdsourcing History: Oregon Locals Launch Database of Historic Properties

ViewHistorical.com launched in early October, starting with about 800 photos of about 150 locations in the founders’ hometown.

October 2, 2014

Police Use Drone in Search for Missing University of Virginia Student

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly asking the FAA for special permission to use aerial drones in their searches for missing people.

October 1, 2014

Report: Rising Cybersecurity Budgets Still Not Enough

The 2014 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity study shows what many state chief information security officers already know -- the landscape is fraught with evolving challenges.

September 30, 2014

California Enacts Student Data Protection Law

In reaction to Google's controversial use of student data in its Apps for Education suite, California passes one of the most aggressive student privacy laws in the nation.

September 30, 2014

Research: How to Eliminate 90 Percent of Vehicle Traffic

A new computer simulation foreshadows the future of urban road travel.

September 30, 2014

Photo of the Week - Mantis Shrimp Inspire Cancer-Detecting Sensors

Australian researchers have created sensors inspired by the eyes of mantis shrimp -- which can see cancers inside the body.

September 30, 2014

Do You Think Like a State CIO?

Results of the NASCIO 2014 State CIO Survey show a fast-moving IT landscape, a lot of big IT projects, and leaders who are doing their best to keep up.

September 29, 2014

North Carolina Names its First Chief Digital Officer

Erik Ross will hold the chief digital officer position while also leading the state's Innovation Center.

September 26, 2014

Two California Cities Plan for Year of Coding

West Sacramento and Vallejo will focus on health, and engagement between citizens and law enforcement, respectively

September 23, 2014

Code for America Summit 2014 Goes Off the Record?

Neither tweets nor coverage was prohibited, but but the live stream of the summit went off the air.

September 23, 2014

TechAmerica Axes Top Government Representative

The technology lobbying group has fired Mike Hettinger after only nine months on the job.

September 22, 2014

San Diego Judge Tentatively Rules Against Access to License Plate Records

A citizen's request for police data gleaned from scanning his license plates may be denied on the grounds they are exempt from the California Public Records Act.

September 22, 2014

Tacoma, Wash., Struggles with Text Message Retention

Saving mobile communications from personal devices is a challenge for the Pacific Northwest city.

September 19, 2014

U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel Steps Down to Work on Ebola Response

VanRoekel will use his technology background to help coordinate efforts to control the West Africa outbreak.

September 18, 2014

Oracle CEO Shifts Gears at 70

Oracle Co-Founder and CEO Larry Ellison is taking a more peripheral role as he rolls out his successors.

September 18, 2014

FirstNet Releases RFI, Budget

Announcements by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) show progress at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

September 17, 2014

Bloomberg Awards $11.6 Million to European Cities

The second installment of Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor's Challenge moves to Europe to accelerate civic solutions for five cities.

September 15, 2014

White House Announces Latest Presidential Innovation Fellows

These 27 civic-minded innovators will help the federal government advance on issues such as big data and crowdsourcing.

September 12, 2014

DataSF Relaunches After Open Data Strategy Update

San Francisco is doubling down on open data with a simplified data portal aimed at fulfilling strategic plans.

September 9, 2014

Photo of the Week: Bacteria Creates Vivid Colors in Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring

In summer, the rim of the spring tends to be orange and red in color, and dark green in winter.

September 3, 2014

Public-Sector CIOs Make Top 20 List to Follow on Twitter

Picked by I-CIO, a digital platform for global IT thought leadership from Fujitsu, the list includes public- and private-sector executives from the U.S. and abroad.

September 3, 2014

Old Smartphones Detect Poachers in Cameroon

For conservationists protecting African rainforests, old smartphones serve as their ears.

September 2, 2014

Photo of the week - Living in a Sea of Smartphones

For the Queen of England, being greeted with a sea of smartphones everywhere she goes feels strange. Whether President Barack Obama feels the same is unknown.

September 2, 2014

How Digital Are States in 2014?

The top trends, priorities and widely-adopted initiatives in state government IT according to the 2014 Digital States Survey.

September 2, 2014

White House to Name Google's Megan Smith as New CTO

The leader of Google's innovation research arm will soon lead technology projects alongside the president.

September 2, 2014

Federal CTO Todd Park Shifts Roles

Once back in Silicon Valley, federal CTO Todd Park will begin his role as a technology adviser to the White House.

August 28, 2014

California Legislature Approves Drone Regulation

A measure that regulates law enforcement use of drones was passed by California lawmakers and now awaits the decision of Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 26, 2014

Colorado Names New Chief Technology Officer

With a decade of experience leading technical teams in health care, Colorado's new CTO -- David McCurdy -- will try his hand at public service.

August 26, 2014

Photos of the Week - NASA's 'Swarmies' Could Explore Alien Worlds

Equipped with just a few instruments, each swarmie would play a role in a group of robots controlled centrally by engineers.

August 26, 2014

Washington State Eyes Second Round of IT Consolidation

After a major merger of IT functions in 2011, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing further consolidation.

August 25, 2014

Utah Legislature Receives Online Democracy Award

For the second time in nine years, Utah is recognized for legislative transparency.

August 22, 2014

Report: Federal CTO Todd Park to Step Down

Appointed in 2012, Park came to the role with a reputation for health-care innovation.

August 21, 2014

Bloomberg Invests $45 Million In Civic Innovation

More than 80 cities will have a chance to tap into the talent and coffers of Michael Bloomberg's philanthrophic organization.

August 21, 2014

Former Adviser to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Joins e.Republic

Energy and sustainability expert Julia Burrows will lead the Washington, D.C.-based Governing Institute.

August 20, 2014

Los Angeles Names First Chief Data Officer

Selecting a former Code For America co-director could indicate a desire from Los Angeles to become more innovative.

August 19, 2014

How Has Obamacare Affected Californians?

An interactive data visualization tries to answer that question, and highlights health-care trends and statistics resulting from the Affordable Care Act.

August 19, 2014

Photo of the Week - Octopus Skin inspires Color-Changing Camouflage Tech

This new technology allows a material to automatically read its environment and adapt to mimic its surroundings.

August 19, 2014

Study Predicts Five-Year Spike in Adoption of Network-Connected Devices

The Internet of Things should continue to expand at a high rate through 2019, research from Accenture Interactive has revealed.

August 19, 2014

Indiana App Upgraded to Aid Job Seekers

The Indiana Office of Technology has released an upgraded version of the state’s mobile application to make it easier for job seekers to browse open positions.

August 15, 2014

NYC Selects 20 Civic Apps for BigApp Challenge

City officials and tech leaders select finalists for more than $100,000 in prize winnings.

August 14, 2014

Los Angeles Launches Wi-Fi in Six Parks

New hotspots are branded as "Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi."

August 12, 2014

Photo of the Week - August Supermoon as Seen Around the Globe

Photographers around the world came out to capture the event.

August 12, 2014

Is Uber Playing Dirty with Competitors?

A competing company cites evidence that Uber is engaged in dirty practices to usurp the ride-sharing market.

August 12, 2014

Is the Pennsylvania Education Department Deleting Public Data?

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has been cleansing its computer system of emails, in what could be a violation of its own policy.

August 8, 2014

California Close to Mandating Smartphone Kill Switches

The California Assembly approved legislation requiring new smartphones to have a kill switch.

August 7, 2014

San Jose, Calif., Grabs $1 Million for Tech Projects

Funding from the Knight Foundation will support a new series of volunteer tech projects for California's city of San Jose and Santa Clara County.

August 7, 2014

California Bill Takes Aim at Wealthy Electric Car Buyers

Senate Bill 1275 puts an income eligibility restriction on the Golden State’s clean-vehicle rebates.

August 5, 2014

The Big Apple Launches its .NYC Domains

Joining the dot-coms and dot-orgs of the world, New York City launches dot-nyc on Aug. 8, and businesses and residents could begin reserving their chosen domains on Aug. 4.

August 4, 2014

California to Vote on Smartphone Kill-Switch (Again)

A California bill that would require smartphone makers to include functionality to remotely disable their devices in the event of theft is alive again in the capitol.

August 4, 2014

Time Warner Cable Launching Faster Internet in Six Markets

The company's new service, called TWC Maxx, follows network upgrades by competitors Google Fiber and AT&T.

August 1, 2014

Cybersecurity Bill Clears U.S. House of Representatives

A federal measure charges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with developing a comprehensive preparation and response plan to address cyber-threats.

August 1, 2014

Sacramento County, Calif., Admits Use of Surveillance Tech

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has been using surveillance devices to collect cellphone location data.

July 31, 2014

Smart Cities on the Rise, Report Says

According to a new report, the number of smart cities is expected to increase four fold over the next 11 years.

July 29, 2014

Photo of the Week - HI-SEAS Crew Completes 'Mission to Mars'

Beginning in late March, six people remained locked in a remote habitat for four months. The goal? To understand what it's like to live on the Red Planet.

July 29, 2014

Will Pennsylvania Regulate Drones Used for Hunting?

State lawmakers are considering a ban on aerial drones that aid hunters in their pursuit of game.

July 24, 2014

Weird Al has Lampooned the Jargon in Your Strategic IT Plan

See how Weird Al set your strategic IT plan to music in this new whiteboard video.

July 23, 2014

Atlanta Announces New IT Commissioner

Mayor Kasim Reed today announced Samir Saini as the permanent replacement for interim Commissioner Michael Dogan.

July 22, 2014

Photo of the Week - Great Barrier Reef Faces Extreme Danger

Coastal development, farm run-off and poor water quality threaten the largest coral reef system in the world.

July 21, 2014

Washington D.C. Launches Open Data Policy, FOIA Portal

The district also reveals plans to hire its first chief data officer to direct transparency efforts.

July 18, 2014

NYC to Release 135 Data Sets by 2014

The data sets are intended for use by citizens, businesses, non-profit groups and entrepreneurs, and complement the city’s current archive of more than 1,300 data sets.

July 17, 2014

FBI Says Autonomous Vehicles Could Be Lethal Weapons

Self-driving cars are expected to hit the roads soon, and the FBI is trying to predict what new dangers they may present.

July 17, 2014

Seattle Considering Municipal Broadband

After a botched partnership with startup Gigabit Squared, the city of Seattle is keeping its options open for future broadband efforts.

July 16, 2014

San Diego Paves Way for Increased Transparency

In early July, a San Diego city council committee unanimously approved an open data policy and the hire of a chief data officer.

July 15, 2014

Pennsylvania Launching Giant Cloud

After years of unifying its data centers, Pennsylvania has awarded Unisys a contract that will bring them together into a hybrid cloud.

July 11, 2014

FCC Votes to Modernize E-Rate

The Federal Communications Commission will redirect more than $2 billion to support Wi-Fi in schools.

July 11, 2014

MonkeyParking App Calls it Quits in SF ... For Now

Makers of an app that allow drivers to auction their parking spaces now face an uncertain future in San Francisco.

July 9, 2014

W. Va. Proceeds With Massive Computer Overhaul, Employees Struggle With the Switchover

The largest portion of West Virginia's new computer system is online, but despite training, bottlenecks and errors in processing are expected to occur.

July 8, 2014

Photo of the Week -- Predicting Floods From Space

Researchers use data from NASA's twin GRACE satellites to measure how much water was soaking the ground before the 2011 Missouri River floods, and could strongly predicted the flood five months in advance.

July 7, 2014

Data Shows How Morning Habits Affect Happiness

A new interactive study in New York and cities around the world shows analytic insights on morning habits and overall well being.

July 3, 2014

Philadelphia Hires New Chief Data Officer

Tim Wisniewski led projects like the Philly311 mobile app and myPhillyRising.com.

July 3, 2014

Microsoft Launches Transparency Center to Fight Mark Left By NSA

Foreign concern about NSA spying is affecting the cloud market, and Microsoft is fighting back.

July 2, 2014

5 Innovative Technologies in Use at the World Cup

New technologies are changing how the games are played and watched.

July 1, 2014

Photo of the Week -- German Researchers Create Elastic 'Invisibility Cloak'

Previously developed invisibility cloaks could hide objects from light, heat or sound -- but not touch. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have now changed that.

June 30, 2014

California Legalizes Bitcoin

Alternative forms of currency are now legal to use in California.

June 27, 2014

Using Predictive Analytics to Visualize 2014 World Cup Results

Predications of the winner are based on research that analyzed 40,000 matches, 45,000 ranking positions and geographic data for the team’s success in different locations.

June 26, 2014

Amazon Unveils City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Winners

Four jurisdictions received and four developers won a total of $300,000 in company credit in AWS's inaugural challenge.

June 26, 2014

Addressing Cyberthreats and the Risks of a Changing Climate are Among DHS Goals

Quadrennial review highlights the five missions of the department and how they’ve evolved.

June 26, 2014

Supreme Court: No More Warrantless Cellphone Searches

A ruling by the Supreme Court brings some closure to a privacy battle that's far from over.

June 25, 2014

Local Entrepreneur to Take Reins as Boston CIO

After providing technology services to dozens of politicians, including the current president, Jascha Franklin-Hodge will use his talents to serve the city of Boston directly.

June 25, 2014

Google's Nest Takes Step Toward Becoming Central to Everyday Life

The smart-thermostat device maker is opening its platform so developers can turn the home-monitoring device into something greater.

June 23, 2014

New York and Chicago Libraries Loan Hot Spots like Books

New York Public Library President Tony Marx said the project is a way to “leak” the Internet in a more meaningful and pervasive way.

June 23, 2014

Google Plus is Here to Stay, Company Exec Says

Engineering chief David Besbris denies rumors that Google will shut down the social platform.

June 20, 2014

Awareness, Tech Projects are Top Crowdsourced Goals in Government, Study Says

Federal initiatives that link prizes to crowdsourced solutions show trends in government objectives and finances supporting them.

June 19, 2014

Lawmakers Introduce Bill That Would Protect Neutral Net

If passed, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014 could counteract the FCC's attempt at allowing Internet fast lanes.

June 18, 2014

Unanimous Vote Brings Tesla Closer to Sales in New Jersey

Tesla's fight to sell direct to consumers in New Jersey appears close to ending.

June 17, 2014

Photo of the Week -- Ice Sculptures that Rival Skyscrapers Found Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

These skyscraper-sized blocks are formed as water beneath the ice refreezes and warps the surrounding ice upward.

June 17, 2014

Upgraded 'Ready Georgia' Emergency App Adds New Features

Georgia's emergency app re-release adds new functionality, including geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts.

June 16, 2014

Code for America Exec Joins GovDelivery, Founder Jennifer Pahlka Returns

Abhi Nemani leaves CfA to become the GovDelivery civic innovator in residence just as Founder Jennifer Pahlka returns from her year as the U.S. deputy chief technology officer.

June 16, 2014

State Court Overturns Local Ban on Cell Phones While Driving

North Carolina Supreme Court says Chapel Hill cell phone ordinance overreached.

June 16, 2014

8 Civic Tech Startups Join Tumml Accelerator

Civic minded startups enlist themselves in a four-month program to launch their companies that benefit city goers.

June 13, 2014

Massachusetts, Minnesota Among Top Tech States Ranked in New Economic Report

A report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has ranked states based on economic and technological trends.

June 13, 2014

Boulder Eyes Challenge to Colorado Law Blocking City Broadband

City council will vote on November ballot measure affirming the right to create a citywide broadband network.

June 13, 2014

Feds Prepare to Make More Health Data Public

U.S. Senators are seeking tips from a variety of medical and insurance groups about how to make health data easier to use.

June 12, 2014

Pennsylvania School Buses Record Student Speech

A state law allows school districts to record audio inside buses for both disciplinary and security purposes.

June 11, 2014

Fi$Cal Nears Wave 1 Transition, Will Recruit for CIO Position

On July 1, the Financial Information System for California will begin its Wave 1 transition and cutover activities to combine 2,500 operations into a single financial management system.

June 10, 2014

Photo of the Week -- Two Solar Flares Erupt Within Two Hours

On June 10, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured two solar flares within 75 minutes of each other.

June 10, 2014

Seattle Hires IT Consultant as its New CTO

Seattle has found a replacement for recently departed CTO Erin Devoto.

June 10, 2014

Smartphone Parking on the Agenda in Bay Area Cities

Several Bay Area cities have for some time been piloting an electronic parking system that begins with sensors embedded in each parking space, and ends with a smartphone app.

June 10, 2014

Open SaaS for Open Government

NuData Enterprise is a new look at open data that allows government to use an Open SaaS approach to open-data initiatives.

June 10, 2014

Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit: Toyota Announces Hover Car Research

The auto maker is trying to get its vehicles off the ground -- just enough to reduce friction.

June 9, 2014

Chicago's NeoFace Jails First Criminal

Chicago's facial recognition system NeoFace got its first stripe this week as it helped sentence an armed robber to 22 years in prison.

June 6, 2014

New Patent Could Nearly Eliminate Natural Gas Emissions

Backed by a simulation, the inventor reported his filter could reduce emissions by 99 percent.

June 6, 2014

California Woos Tesla, New Jersey Moves to Amend Sales Ban

June 5 was a big day for Tesla Motors as new legislative action in California and New Jersey opens new options for the automaker.

June 6, 2014

Englewood, N.J., Launches Super-Fast Wi-Fi

Visitors to a stretch of the city's downtown area can access the Internet for free, at speeds much faster than typical municipal Wi-Fi networks.

June 4, 2014

Tucson, Ariz., Police Will Collect Data on Immigration Calls

The Tucson PD is designing a database to collect information on the calls it makes to immigration authorities.

June 4, 2014

SAP and IBM Collaborate to Serve Transportation and Logistics Industry

IBM’s best practice templates will allow the transportation industry solution from SAP to be tailored to meet each transportation company’s needs.

June 4, 2014

Dustin Haisler Named e.Republic Chief Innovation Officer, Will Lead Labs Initiative

Haisler will lead a series of new initiatives for e.Republic around public-sector innovation.

June 3, 2014

City of Norfolk Sued for Missing Texts

The Virginia city says it doesn't have a way to archive text messages, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the ACLU were not satisfied.

June 3, 2014

Baltimore CIO Resigns During Fraud Investigation

After months of investigation, Chris Tonjes wrote a letter of resignation to the mayor.

June 3, 2014

HP Announces New Private Cloud for Government

According to the press release, the new solution offers a managed, dedicated cloud that allows agencies to share services across multiple departments.

June 2, 2014

Los Angeles High-School Students Create Homeless Services App, Win Hackathon

During the Los Angeles Civic Engagement Hackathon, four high-school students split a $3,000 prize for their app that allows shelters to report what they need so restaurants and volunteer groups can donate the appropriate items.

June 2, 2014

LA Mayor Pushes Tech at City Hall Conference, Hackathon

New websites, tech seminars, and a hackathon were the news at a Los Angeles City Hall hackathon this weekend.

May 30, 2014

Oregon Considers Digital Privacy Legislation Package for 2015

Legislators in Oregon are looking at introducing five bills that focus on digital privacy next year.

May 28, 2014

Colorado Names a New CIO

Gov. John Hickenlooper promotes CTO Suma Nallapati to secretary of technology.

May 27, 2014

Photo of the Week - More than 36,000 Photos Used to Build NASA's 'Global Selfie'

Individual photos posted on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr and tagged #globalselfie on or around April 22, 2014 -- from 113 countries and regions were used to assemble a mosaic of the earth as it looked from a satellite on Earth Day 2014.

May 23, 2014

Internet of Things Cell Network Comes to San Francisco

The Internet of Things may have its own cellular network in the San Francisco Bay Area by the end of the year.

May 23, 2014

NASCIO Report: Government Data in Demand … By Government

Despite California’s reputation for being a leader in technology, the topics of open data and transparency have run hot and cold.

May 22, 2014

California Corrections Scans 200 Million Inmate Documents, Completes Milestone in Project

Now that 170,000 paper inmate files have been scanned into the Strategic Offender Management System, most tasks associated with paper are eliminated.

May 22, 2014

Quincy Mayor Tom Koch on Fighting Drug Addiction

The Massachusetts mayor explains how he's trying to fight the overdose epidemic at the local level.

May 20, 2014

Balancing Privacy and Information-Sharing to Save Lives in Emergencies

As governments learn to do new things with their data, new solutions to old problems are found -- and the public wonders if having a Big Brother might not be entirely a bad thing.

May 20, 2014

New API Creator Could Be 'Easy Button' for Open Data

Instead of contracting a developer to code for months, governments could use the service to expedite open data initiatives.

May 20, 2014

BRIEF: Big Changes at SAP

SAP’s tech chief abruptly resigned several weeks ago, and this week the company lost one of its co-CEOs.

May 20, 2014

Photos of the Week -- Dronestagram: Aerial Photos by UAV

Photographs and video of famous landmarks, cityscapes, natural scenery and people bring a new vantage point to subjects that have been photographed from the ground for decades.

May 19, 2014

BRIEF: California Senate Confirms Carlos Ramos as CalTech Director

This was Ramos’ second confirmation as state technology czar after last year’s government reorganization.

May 16, 2014

White House Unveils Open Data Action Plan

The Obama Administration has released next steps to implement the president's open data by default executive order.

May 16, 2014

Russian Relations Jeopardize Future of International Space Station

Unless diplomatic relations improve, Russia will eventually bar the U.S. from using Russia’s portion of the space station — a move that would make the ISS inhabitable for American astronauts.

May 15, 2014

Free Tool Shows Foreign Money's Influence in the U.S.

A new data platform unveiled by the Sunlight Foundation shows the top foreign countries, companies and individuals influencing U.S. politics.

May 15, 2014

Carriers Adopt Text-to-911, Jurisdictions Lag

All four major cell carriers have adopted text-to-911, but not all counties have adopted the imperfect technology -- and getting local governments to adopt it will be among the most difficult upcoming challenges.

May 14, 2014

Some Jurisdictions Work with Ride-Sharing Companies, Some Fight the Trend

Connecticut regulations hold Lyft, Uber drivers to the same standards as taxis, while two council members in Milwaukee are drafting legislation that drastically changes the city's current system.

May 13, 2014

Photo of the Week - Celebrating Our Military on Armed Forces Day 2014

Armed Forces Day in the U.S. was created in 1949 following the consolidation of the U.S. Military through the Department of Defense.

May 9, 2014

Tracking Corrupt Politicians Gets Easier with New Data Platform

South American civic tech tool goes international to fight corrupt officials.

May 7, 2014

California High-Speed Rail Board Approves Second Segment

This approval came despite the key complaint that the public had a very short time to sift through the 20,000-page environmental impact report before the hearing.

May 7, 2014

New Open Source Tool Clarifies City Legal Code

The AmLegal Decoder makes the law more accessible, and is now available to 2,000 municipalities around the nation.

May 6, 2014

NYC Mayor Promotes Big Apps Contest via YouTube

Mayor Bill de Blasio's YouTube video attempts to attract locals to participate in the city's fifth annual apps contest, in which developers compete for prizes valued at $300,000.

May 6, 2014

Photo of the Week -- Cartwheeling Flic-Flac Spider Inspires New Robot

The Tabbot robot moves by walking or performing somersaults.

May 6, 2014

NYC Hires New DoITT Commissioner

The city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications announced that Anne Roest is the permanent replacement for acting agency commissioner Evan Hines.

May 5, 2014

CompTIA Acquires TechAmerica

Much of TechAmerica's staff will continue on with CompTIA as the the IT trade organization looks to expand its role in the market.

May 2, 2014

7 Things to Know About the White House Big Data Report

Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values focuses on how the public and private sectors can maximize the benefits of big data while minimizing its risks.

May 2, 2014

TechAmerica and the Information Technology Industry Council Settle Lawsuit

The organizations have agreed to resolve the pending litigation between them, have entered into a confidential agreement to resolve all claims, and have agreed not to discuss the matter further.

May 2, 2014

sf.citi Launches Program to Inspire Middle School Girls to Pursue STEM

The San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation has launched sf.girls to spark young females' interest in tech education and careers.

May 2, 2014

Google Will Stop Scanning Student Email for Ad Purposes

The change may also be coming to government in the fall.

May 1, 2014

San Francisco Hosts Online Budget Town Hall

Mayor Ed Lee's third online budget discussion, held on YouTube, focused on the city's budget and projected deficits, among other topics.

May 1, 2014

IBM signs $5.5 Million Contract to Modernize California DMV Website

The Department of Technology will serve as the system integrator, working directly with IBM on the contract that ends on Dec. 31, 2015.

May 1, 2014

FirstNet Hires a CTO

It's the third big change in executive leadership in a month, and it could be the change the project needs.

May 1, 2014

New York City to Provide Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots in Payphones

New York City releases plans for up to 10,000 free Wi-Fi hot spots.

May 1, 2014

Cause of Oregon, Washington 911 Dispatch Center Failure Revealed

In April, thousands of emergency calls meant for state dispatch centers got stuck at a CenturyLink processing center, and a new report shows why.

April 30, 2014

Ride-Sharing Makes Friends in Some Jurisdictions, Enemies in Others

When it comes to ride-sharing, citizens must be protected. And that's what many cities appear to be working toward.

April 30, 2014

Police Turn to Flickr, Pinterest to Return Stolen Goods to Rightful Owners

Countless articles of stolen property are recovered in police departments around the country and, increasingly, officials use image hosting services to get the property back to their owners rather than auction them off.

April 28, 2014

California CIO Announces Plan for Open Data Portal

CIO Carlos Ramos also announced a drought website where residents can check reservoir levels and find drought-related information.

April 28, 2014

DoD CIO Teri Takai Announces Departure

After serving as technology leader of the Department of Defense since 2010, Teri Takai announced April 28 that she will resign her position on May 2.

April 25, 2014

California Bill Giving Property Tax Break to Private Space Industries Heads to Gov. Brown

House Bill 777 aims to grow space exploration industry jobs in the state.

April 24, 2014

Oregon HIX to Join Federal Exchange?

Though the decision has been made for Oregon to join the federal health insurance exchange, the Cover Oregon board is scheduled to hold a vote for the public's sake on April 25.

April 24, 2014

California Axes Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation

Proposal would have mandated anti-theft software be installed on smartphones sold in the state.

April 21, 2014

Colorado CIO Kristin Russell to Step Down

Russell, a leader in government cloud deployments, will take new cloud post with Deloitte.

April 15, 2014

FirstNet Seeks a New General Manager

The First Responder Network Authority is now looking for a new general manager to take Bill D’Agostino's place and lead the nationwide communications project.

April 11, 2014

NTIA Launches Wireless Spectrum Webpage

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration has put a compendium of federal spectrum use online at Spectrum.Gov.

April 10, 2014

How will Robots Affect Your Health Care? (Infographic)

The history of health care in robotics is aimed to influence future practice.

April 10, 2014

Oregon, Washington Experience 911 Dispatch Center Failure

After being out for several hours Thursday morning in the two states, officials report the affected dispatch centers were fully operational by 8 a.m. Pacific Time.

April 9, 2014

Boston Launches Wicked Free Wi-Fi

Mayor Martin J. Walsh says the city is dedicated to expanding free public Wi-Fi program.

April 8, 2014

Photo of the Week - Giant Tetris Game Kicks Off Philly Tech Week

To start the week-long event dedicated to technology and innovation in the City of Brotherly Love, a giant game of Tetris was played on the 29-story Cira Centre on Saturday April 5.

April 3, 2014

FirstNet Names a CIO

Former telecom executive will build an IT organization for the First Responder Network Authority.

March 28, 2014

Philadelphia CTO Mark Headd to Step Down

Headd announced on his blog that he will leave the public sector in early April.

March 28, 2014

What can Facebook do with 97.25 percent accuracy?

Answer: identify faces

March 27, 2014

How can the anti-social avoid friends and acquaintances?

Answer: with the Cloak app

March 26, 2014

Which nation recently made the “enemies of the Internet” list?

Answer: The United States

March 25, 2014

Will Public Outrage Rein in the NSA?

Citizens can “take back” the Internet from the National Security Agency’s excessive spying and surveillance.

March 25, 2014

What is needed to build the new French-designed “Pop-Up House”?

Answer: four days and a screwdriver

March 24, 2014

Former U.S. CTO Starts Data and Analytics Company

Aneesh Chopra has co-founded a business to help those in health care, education and energy better understand public and private data.

March 24, 2014

How did one driver get 74.1 miles per gallon in a Mitsubishi Mirage?

Answer: by using duct tape

March 21, 2014

TechAmerica's Robert Callahan to Head Internet Association's California Office

The Internet Association works with Congress and the administration on Internet-related policies, and will now expand into the Golden State.

March 21, 2014

A New York architecture firm has proposed the construction of new islands for what purpose?

Answer: composting

March 20, 2014

Localities Deal with Drones -- and the Laws that Govern Them

Muddled legislation and preemptive strikes at imagined dangers.

March 20, 2014

What Was Your #FirstTweet?

In its eighth year, Twitter launches a campaign to look back at the beginning — so we take a look back at some CIO and IT leaders' first posts.

March 19, 2014

Hawaii Senate Confirms New CIO

Keone Kali succeeds Sonny Bhagowalia, who was recently promoted to the position of chief adviser for technology and cybersecurity.

March 18, 2014

Photo of the Week -- Going Green for St. Patrick's Day

On Monday, March 17, governments and organizations around the globe celebrated St. Patrick's Day by dressing up their iconic buildings in green -- from the U.S. Capitol to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

March 18, 2014

The World Wide Web was almost given what name instead?

Answer: The Mesh

March 17, 2014

What is your state government known for?

Answer: Consult the image below to find out.

March 14, 2014

Govtech.com Publisher Acquires California Tech News Site

TechWire.net will boost company’s market coverage for business readers.

March 13, 2014

What fertilizes urban roof gardens in the Netherlands?

Answer: the public's urine

March 12, 2014

Web Turns 25, Inventor Calls For Internet Bill of Rights

If a free and open Web is to stay that way, Tim Berners-Lee suggested, then a bill of rights for the Web should be established.

March 12, 2014

Where will wearable computers go next?

Answer: in the ear

March 11, 2014

Diagnose Diseases With Your Smartphone

This new device relies on specific chemical interactions that form between a virus or bacteria and a disease-fighting antibody.

March 11, 2014

On what did China recently declare war?

Answer: pollution

March 10, 2014

Can Smart Guns End the Gun Control Stalemate?

Probably not, but it adds fuel to an already intense, decades-long national debate.

March 10, 2014

What technology allows an average person to easily lift 110 lb. in each hand?

Answer: the ‘body extender’ body suit

March 7, 2014

Can We Use Google Glass to Withdraw Cash at the ATM?

Not yet, but if Germany's Saarland University has anything to say about it, we will in the near future.

March 6, 2014

Universities, Lawmakers Targets of Security Breaches, ID Theft

Even security experts fall victim.

March 6, 2014

Which luxury auto maker is challenging the freight industry?

Answer: Rolls-Royce

March 5, 2014

Who can read at a rate of 1,000 words per minute?

Answer: Anyone, according to the makers of a new app

March 4, 2014

Obama's Fiscal 2015 Budget Aims for '21st-Century Government'

Expanding cloud computing and opening data to spark innovation are included in the president's proposal.

March 4, 2014

Photo of the Week - What Will Google Do with NASA's Hangar One?

As part of the lease agreement, Google will not only fix up Hangar One, but it also will rehabilitate two other Moffett Field hangars, build an on-site educational facility and upgrade NASA’s golf course

March 4, 2014

What happens when a new kind of rear-mounted bicycle light suddenly slows down?

Answer: it lights up

February 28, 2014

Feds to Launch Drug Test Database for Commercial Drivers

Testing and other requirements would apply to all commercial license holders, including school bus drivers.

February 27, 2014

This Phone Will Automatically Self-Destruct ...

The Boeing Black may be the ultimate secure smartphone, but its release date and price are still secret.

February 27, 2014

California Attorney General Offers Cybersecurity Help for Small Business

Attacks on huge retailers have been widely reported, but most cybercrimes target smaller businesses.

February 27, 2014

How can a new Philips technology track the movement of shoppers?

Answer: With intelligent lighting

February 26, 2014

California IT Officials Honored at 2014 CIO Academy Awards

Richard Rogers of the Employment Development Department, Barney Gomez of the Department of Health Care Services, retiree Carlos Zamarripa of the Franchise Tax Board and Clark Kelso of the California Correctional Health Care Services department received top honors.

February 26, 2014

Obama Announces $302 Billion Transportation Infrastructure Investment

The president outlined how the White House plans to fill the gap in the Highway Trust Fund while also funding new and existing local transit systems in the coming years.

February 26, 2014

Universities Flunk Security as Data Breaches Jolt Education

Universities a focus in today's global assaults on IT systems.

February 26, 2014

A new kind of eyewear helps doctors see what?

Answer: cancer cells

February 25, 2014

Maryland Terminates Health Exchange Contract

Continuing technical issues resulted in a total of only about 30,000 signups by Feb 15 -- one fifth of the state's target.

February 25, 2014

What could replace your phone number some day?

Answer: An IP address

February 24, 2014

Electric Vehicles Could Crash the Grid, Unless ...

A team of scientists at the University of Vermont proposed one solution to what might happen if too many people plug in their electric vehicles at the same time.

February 24, 2014

Suma Nallapati Named Colorado Chief Technology Officer

After losing Sherri Hammons to the private sector in December, Colorado has found her successor.

February 24, 2014

U.S. Ranks 15th for Mobile Broadband Speeds

A new OpenSignal report shows that U.S. network speeds are getting even slower.

February 24, 2014

New Website Targets Inter-County Collaboration and Sharing

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is doing more to promote resource sharing among counties.

February 24, 2014

What will South Korea spend $1.5 billion on over the next six years?

Answer: 5G Internet

February 21, 2014

What generates six times more power than a traditional wind turbine?

Answer: a Sheerwind wind turbine

February 20, 2014

FCC Advances Rules on Indoor 911 Location

Responding to demand from industry and advocacy groups, the Federal Communications Commission will pursue new standards that embrace new location technologies.

February 19, 2014

Google Invites 34 Cities to Fiber

As projects roll out in Google's first three Fiber cities, the company looks to 34 more communities as the next potential candidates.

February 19, 2014

Is Bitcoin Ready for Prime Time?

Among Bitcoin's challenges are hackers, volatility and regulations.

February 19, 2014

FCC to Address Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission will establish rules to protect ‘Open Internet.'

February 19, 2014

Which comic book character and movie icon will soon become a reality?

Answer: Iron Man

February 18, 2014

Fiber Coming to 11 Utah Cities

An agreement between Sydney-based investment banking firm Macquarie Capital and a consortium of Utah cities will bring a new infrastructure project.

February 18, 2014

Photo of the Week - World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Joins California's Grid

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System accounts for nearly 30 percent of all solar thermal energy currently operational in the U.S.

February 18, 2014

How can Joe Shmoe track the U.S. military’s overseas drone strikes?

Answer: a new app called Metadata+

February 17, 2014

5 Years Later: The Stimulus' Affect on Tech, Transportation and Innovation

According to a White House report released Monday, the act helped increase access to broadband and drive its adoption nationwide, made a significant impact on innovation, and initiated more than 15,000 transportation projects.

February 14, 2014

Michigan's Tech-Savvy Budget Director Leaves for Utah

John Nixon steps down, CIO David Behen appointed director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

February 14, 2014

From whence does data come?

Answer: the recent past

February 13, 2014

Super Wi-Fi Pilot Goes Global

A Super Wi-Fi for libraries pilot project initiated last year at several American libraries is now expanding abroad.

February 13, 2014

Oregon Secretary of State Databases Hacked, Still Offline

The Oregon State Police and FBI are investigating what appears to be an attack by a foreign entity.

February 13, 2014

What can a new camouflage suit by Cabela do?

Answer: change color

February 12, 2014

White House Releases Security Road Map for Critical Infrastructure

NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Protection gets thumbs up from NASCIO.

February 12, 2014

Use Microsoft Office 365 for Business? Well, Get Your Free Key Fob*

The software company will offer multi-factor security service to most Microsoft Office 365 customers.

February 12, 2014

What do tweets about the Olympics reveal about the world’s inhabitants?

Answer: their emotions

February 11, 2014

Public Sector IT Trends for 2014 -- Are State and Local Governments Ready?

Better than 90 percent of the 201 state and local government IT managers surveyed say their agencies are not fully prepared for the resulting demands.

February 11, 2014

Orange County, Calif., CIO Mahesh Patel Retires

Patel cites personal reasons for his departure.

February 11, 2014

Photo of the Week - Bionic Hand Lets Amputee Feel in Real-Time

A prosthetic hand wired to nerves in the amputee's upper arm allowed him to grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while blindfolded.

February 11, 2014

Esri to Allow Public Look at Gov’t Mapping Data

The mapping software heavyweight will let government agencies make map data open to the public.

February 10, 2014

California Welcomes Insurance Coalition for Ride Sharing, Uber Joins In

California officially recognizes a new insurance coalition for ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft in hopes of covering liability gaps.

February 10, 2014

Developers from 11 Cities Compete in PayPal's BattleHack

$100,000 prize for the best app that benefits the community.

February 10, 2014

Bill Gates: Digital Currency Could Help Poor in Africa

The Microsoft co-founder also discussed the NSA, his investment in the nuclear company TerraPower, and cloud computing during his Reddit "Ask Me Anything."

February 10, 2014

Surveillance Regulation Plays Catch-up to Technology

While there are valid uses of surveillance technology, some say it has advanced much faster than regulation of it.

February 10, 2014

2014 Campaign Video: Gov. Mark Dayton Claims Credit for Minnesota Turnaround

An extended campaign video about Gov. Mark Dayton opens in black and white on a troubled Minnesota of 2009, saddled with a $4.6 billion deficit.

February 10, 2014

What part of paying with a credit card will disappear October 2015?

Answer: the signature

February 7, 2014

2014 Campaign Video: "Belief" O'Malley Is Going to Run for Something

An extended image ad from Martin O'Malley called "Belief" reinforces the belief that the Maryland Governor is getting ready for something - perhaps even the White House.

February 7, 2014

How much of the Internet’s traffic is real people?

Answer: 38.5 percent

February 7, 2014

California Lawmakers Look to Stop Smartphone Theft ‘Epidemic’

Comparing the rash of smartphone thefts to a quickly spreading disease, California Democratic lawmakers are introducing a bill that would force manufacturers to install anti-theft applications and devices.

February 6, 2014

What has DARPA made available to those interested in its research?

Answer: the DARPA Open Catalog

February 6, 2014

UK Government to Shut Out Windows XP Users from Remote Access

Move comes as support from Microsoft ends for XP users.

February 5, 2014

5 Tips For a Smooth Cloud Migration

Migrating to the cloud is advertised as an easy solution, but a lot of organizations run into trouble. Here's how to avoid that trouble.

February 5, 2014

Mayor de Blasio Gets Schooled on Eating Pizza with a Knife and Fork

The new New York City Mayor has a thing or two to learn about being mayor, and it begins with how to eat pizza with his hands.

February 5, 2014

St. Louis Uses Data to Help Redevelop Neighborhoods

Snapshots of data display residential real estate conditions citywide, creating a visual map.

February 4, 2014

Photo of the Week - NASA Captures Storm at Saturn's North Pole

The Cassini spacecraft's image shows the odd hexagonal vortex that's thought to be about 20,000 miles in diameter.

February 4, 2014

Facial Recognition Under Scrutiny

NTIA will develop a voluntary code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology.

February 4, 2014

Lenovo Stocks Battered After Motorola Acquisition

The world’s largest PC manufacturer also got hurt by rumors about a potential acquisition of Sony’s troubled Vaio product line.

February 4, 2014

Beth Niblock Takes Reins as Detroit's New CIO

Beth Niblock has been appointed as Detroit's new CIO.

February 4, 2014

Breaking News: Los Angeles Hires Chief Innovation Officer

Official announcement today.

February 4, 2014

What is a new store in South Africa offering homeless people?

Answer: free clothing and fashion advice

February 4, 2014

Access Idaho Launches Mobile Payment App

"Store-and-go” capability allows payment processing even outside cell or Wi-Fi coverage.

February 4, 2014

10 Cities Aim to Set Energy Standards

These 10 cities will work to dramatically improve building efficiency and develop individualized energy-saving plans.

February 3, 2014

Energy Department Helps Advance High-Tech Autos

Nearly $50 million in funding aims to accelerate research and development of new vehicle technologies that offer more transportation options and protect the environment.

January 31, 2014

Feds Won’t Treat Bitcoin Like PayPal

The federal government won’t treat Bitcoin mining as money transmitting, however state and local governments could still offer some rules for the digital currency.

January 31, 2014

FCC Considers Retirement Test of Landline Phones

The Federal Communications Commission will vote to consider a retirement test of landline phones in favor of a digital VoIP network.

January 31, 2014

If Tech Companies Were Countries on a Map ...

A Slovakian artist created a world map displaying the top 500 websites as traditional countries -- and he plans to work on another version that "will encompass all major websites without any significant exceptions."

January 31, 2014

How are the Chinese trying to reduce air pollution?

Answer: by spraying water from the top of tall buildings

January 30, 2014

Securing Super Bowl XLVIII

The Super Bowl at MetLife stadium in New Jersey this Sunday presents a huge challenge that is being taken on by 100 different law enforcement agencies.

January 30, 2014

Boston Tech Innovator to Join Living Cities

Nigel Jacob, co-chair of Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, will begin work on Living Cities’ Public Sector Innovation team next month.

January 30, 2014

ICANN to Launch Dot-Specific Domain Names

But with this added creativity comes potential security issues, critics say.

January 30, 2014

Seattle Hopes to Heat Water, Neighborhoods via Data Center Energy

Data centers can waste 90 percent or more of their electricity, so Seattle officials want to put that energy to good use.

January 29, 2014

Can Google Glass Help Firefighters?

In a recent video, firefighter Patrick Jackson provides an example of how Google Glass could aid firefighters like him by entering a burning structure while viewing a pre-loaded map to help him navigate.

January 28, 2014

Obama State of the Union Heavy on Job Growth, Light on Tech

Technology will play a key role in keeping jobs in America, a nation that cannot afford to lose its innovative edge, Obama says.

January 28, 2014

Celebrate Data Privacy Day with 5 Tips to Protect Your Phone

In honor of Data Privacy Day, the event organizer offers the public five tips to protect cellphones from hacking.

January 28, 2014

Photo of the Week - Bertha, the World's Largest Tunneling Machine

In July 2013, Bertha began digging the SR 99 tunnel beneath downtown Seattle to replace the city's Alaskan Way Viaduct.

January 28, 2014

Dog Slobber and Shattered Ice: Toshiba Markets SSD Technology

The Japanese electronics company is branding its laptops with solid-state drives (SSD) as quicker than the competition, and more durable.

January 28, 2014

House of Brick: Disaster Resilience in the Face of 100-Year Events

How can communities be better prepared to withstand and recover from 100-year events like earthquakes, droughts, floods or cyclones?

January 28, 2014

White House Orders Review of Big Data

The review aims to serve as a foundation for action.

January 27, 2014

Are city parking signs too confusing?

Answer: one designer thinks so

January 26, 2014

Snowden Says NSA also Spies on Industry

In an interview on German TV, Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA is involved in industrial espionage.

January 24, 2014

Is Wearable Technology Fumbling into the Future?

Wearable tech is the new big thing, but a number of these devices are not yet ready for prime time.

January 23, 2014

Two U.S. Jurisdictions Among World's Most Intelligent Communities

The international Intelligent Community of the Year competition showcases communities that use information technology to build prosperity, solve social problems and enrich local culture.

January 23, 2014

State CIOs Release Federal Advocacy Priorities

Pointing to progress in 2013 in the form of federal grant reform and the Executive Order on cybersecurity, NASCIO identifies its priorities for the year ahead.

January 23, 2014

Can We Use the Internet to Predict Epidemics?

A new research paper states that Internet-based surveillance has detected infectious diseases like influenza up to two weeks earlier than traditional methods.

January 23, 2014

Data Innovation Day 2014 - Watch it Live

Data is transforming the way we work and play -- learn how policy can spur more innovation in this area.

January 22, 2014

Brits Achieve 1.4 Terabits per Second Broadband Speed

Test speeds were fast enough to send 44 uncompressed HD films in one second.

January 22, 2014

Mississippi E-Gov Services Save $1 Million Annually

Self-funded model brings savings on infrastructure, payment processing and website maintenance.

January 22, 2014

How does Japan plan to clean up the junk flying around in space near Earth?

Answer: by casting a magnetic net

January 21, 2014

Immersion Software Prepares Police for Real-Life Missions

Australia’s Victoria Police agency will use the Hydra-Minerva software system to train officers.

January 21, 2014

New Mexico's Unemployment Tax and Claims System Reduces Fraud and Overpayments

The new system emphasizes 'self-service' for claimants and employers -- the application can be accessed by Web and telephone.

January 21, 2014

Smart Shoes Track Firefighters Underground

Swedish researchers are developing a new kind of shoe for first responders that can track their location in places where GPS can't.

January 20, 2014

Fatal Fire Encourages Public Address Systems in High Rises

One New York City Councilman wants to make sure residents know whether to stay or go when an emergency strikes.

January 19, 2014

Government and Industry Meet on Cloud Procurement

Group will hold continuing discussions on making public purchasing more services-friendly.

January 17, 2014

Healthcare.gov Blasted for Security Flaws

An outside analysis of the site by security experts identified several significant issues which leave it vulnerable to a breach.

January 17, 2014

Obama Announces Next Steps in NSA Surveillance Flap

There is no evidence that intelligence agencies abused power, according to Obama.

January 17, 2014

Maryland Makes the Switch to Google

Approximately 54,000 state employees are switching to Google's cloud-based email and scheduling system.

January 17, 2014

IRS Tax Transcripts Now Available Online

Visiting an office or waiting for a physical letter is no longer required for those seeking tax transcripts from the Internal Revenue Service.

January 17, 2014

Majority of CIOs Find Digitalization a Daunting Task

The third era of enterprise IT is focused on not only further employing digitalization to improve businesses, but using that technology to fundamentally change industries.

January 17, 2014

What metric may soon be included in your FICO credit score?

Answer: your Facebook page

January 17, 2014

Border Patrol Gets High-Tech

Law enforcement uses drones for spotting drug grows and labs, and robots to safely search drug tunnels for contraband.

January 17, 2014

California Technology Appointments Announced

Davood Ghods, Ron Hughes and Andrea Wallin-Rohmann appointed.

January 16, 2014

NSA Spy Devices Reportedly Installed in Computers

Wireless equipment installed on computer hardware enables covert surveillance even if a computer is kept offline.

January 15, 2014

No Magic Solution to Cybersecurity

We all know security in cyberspace is a critical topic, but the problem is that we simply do not understand it, which means we can be taken advantage of.

January 14, 2014

HealthCare.gov Fiasco Hits Late Night TV

The Obama administration seems to have taken a page out of the late night talk show playbook, because it's reportedly concerned about its own ratings in the 18-35 demographic.

January 14, 2014

Power Grids Under Cyberattack

A Department of Energy grant enlists Georgia Tech researchers in an effort to protect the nation's utility infrastructure.

January 14, 2014

What Makes a City Resilient?

The Resilient Cities Challenge from the Rockefeller Foundation aims to encourage municipal resilience planning in the face of realities like population growth and natural disasters.

January 14, 2014

Photo of the Week - Micro-Windmills Could Recharge Cellphones

The micro-windmills are so small that one grain of rice could hold about 10 of them.

January 13, 2014

Las Vegas Welcome Sign Now Powered by Solar Energy

The iconic sign is powered by three solar trees with a total of 18 photovoltaic cells.

January 13, 2014

Variable Speed Signs Keep Roads Safer

During storms or icy weather, engineers can adjust the new $750,000 electronic sign system to a lower speed limit.

January 12, 2014

U.S. Data Center Hosting Suffers from NSA Impact

Twenty-five percent of respondents are planning to move their data outside the U.S., and security is the top concern of 96 percent of those surveyed.

January 12, 2014

White House Drops HealthCare.gov Contractor

CGI Group, the main contractor for HealthCare.gov, will not have its contract renewed next month.

January 12, 2014

Will Speeding Camera Tickets in Missouri Be Capped at $50?

A Missouri House member is introducing a bill that targets automated speeding cameras that assess fines but don't affect a driver's standing.

January 10, 2014

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Gets Its Own Division

The company is dedicating $1 billion to a division focused on cognizant computing, an intuitive type of artificial intelligence.

January 10, 2014

What is Sen. Patrick Leahy trying to do with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

Answer: broaden it

January 9, 2014

Seattle Mayor Halts Gigabit Expansion

What was originally slated to be a city-wide gigabit network has now been stopped by newly elected Mayor Ed Murray.

January 9, 2014

Database Glitch Leaves Ohio Residents Without Drivers' Licenses

Only a few licenses have been printed because the system has been up and down all week.

January 9, 2014

IACP Outlines Standards for Police Tech

The International Association of Chiefs of Police's document outlines how police might make better use of new technologies while also safeguarding the rights of citizens.

January 9, 2014

Washington State Bill Would Limit Surveillance

Would require a warrant for use of "extraordinary sensing devices."

January 8, 2014

Boston Completes Migration to Google Apps

After surveying options in May 2013, the city of Boston has completed a migration to Google Apps for every agency and organization in the city.

January 8, 2014

Florida Hires New Contractor to Fix Broken Unemployment System

After nearly three months of many Floridians not receiving unemployment checks, the state has found a new contractor to do what its previous contractor, Deloitte, has evidently failed to do.

January 8, 2014

New Haven, Conn., Debuts “Shop Dine Park” Card

Because the card can be used only in New Haven, it keeps dollars in the local economy.

January 8, 2014

Navajo Nation Rolls Out Broadband

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is rolling out a wireless communications system with a $32 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant.

January 8, 2014

Mobile Devices on the Rise in 2014

As was the case in early 2013, the increase in mobile devices is projected to have a reverberating effect on state and local governments.

January 7, 2014

Mississippi Town Uses Google Glass to Promote Tourism

The Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau is experimenting with Google Glass as a way to introduce tourists to the area.

January 7, 2014

Will California Gov. Jerry Brown Tap Cap-and-Trade to Fund High-Speed Rail?

As opposition mounts, will the state's high-speed train ever roll?

January 7, 2014

Casey Coleman Leaves GSA for AT&T

After six and a half years serving the GSA as its CIO, Casey Coleman will take a position as new client executive vice president at AT&T.

January 7, 2014

NY State Benefits System Glitches Blamed on Lack of Qualified IT Staff

Though vendors received much of the finger pointing, the actual cause could go much deeper.

January 7, 2014

Photo of the Week - Color-Coded Cartography of 1 Million Buildings in NYC

A 24-year-old computer programmer took two days to visualize publicly-available building data for the city.

January 6, 2014

Is Biometric Security at Airports Better than Security Personnel?

Though it could free human screeners to focus on detecting suspicious behavior, some say it could also dull the screeners' senses.

January 6, 2014

Considering “Pay for Success” Procurement

The first U.S. social impact bond began about two years ago as a program to reduce recidivism of 16- to 18-year-olds in New York City’s Riker’s Island jail.

January 6, 2014

Lancaster, Calif., Makes Solar Mandatory

Starting this year, new home builders must provide 1 kilowatt of solar-generated electricity per housing unit within a subdivision.

January 3, 2014

Global Terrorism Database Shows Increase in Terrorist Incidents and Fatalities

New data from the the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism shows that 54 percent of terrorist attacks occurred in three countries.

January 3, 2014

Access Washington Website Dealing With Outages

After a week of ongoing intermittent outages, the Washington state website is working to repair issues.

January 3, 2014

BlackBerry Returns to its Roots, Parts Ways With Alicia Keys

After a year of focusing on the consumer market, BlackBerry will once again concentrate on its business and government customers.

January 3, 2014

New York State Benefit Cards Exposed to Hackers

More than 450,000 individuals could be affected, but so far, there has been no evidence of theft or misuse.

January 3, 2014

Wisconsin Launches Financial Transparency Website

The site details state government expenditures from fiscal year 2008 through the most current month.

January 2, 2014

Postal Service Tests Swipe-n-Go Tech

USPS uses mobile scan and payment system to expedite services and slash customer waiting times.

January 2, 2014

Future of California Bullet Train Unclear

Political opposition, environmental concerns, lawsuits and escalating costs stall high-speed rail in the Golden State.

December 31, 2013

Photo of the Week - Using the Pupil as a Crime-Fighting Tool

for crimes in which the victims are photographed, such as hostage taking or child sex abuse, reflections in the eyes of the photographic subject could help to identify perpetrators.

December 24, 2013

North Carolina County Invests in Social Work App

Cabarrus County, N.C., has approved the use of a mobile application to help social workers manage child protection cases.

December 24, 2013

Oregon Health Authority CIO Resigns Amid Failed Health Exchange Effort

After months of criticism managing development for the Oregon health exchange, Carolyn Lawson, CIO of the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services, has resigned for personal reasons.

December 23, 2013

Michigan County Gets New Tech Center

State-of-the-art communications facility will assist emergency responders in Macomb County, Mich.

December 20, 2013

DARPA Holds Robotics Challenge

DARPA research activities led to thousands of items that have not only bolstered national defense, but changed life and society.

December 20, 2013

Cook County CIO Lydia Murray Resigns

Murray's abrupt resignation is perplexing because she was recently referenced as someone who would help to reform the county.

December 19, 2013

TechAmerica Accuses Former Employees of Document Theft

Court filings name three ex-TechAmerica lobbyists of stealing proprietary documents.

December 19, 2013

Will Indiana State Police Spy on Cellphone Conversations?

After controversy linked to the recently-purchased "Stingray," Indiana Gov. Mike Pense has defended the device that intercepts wireless conversations at up to a mile radius.

December 19, 2013

Colorado Fights Obamacare -- Again

The state's Healthcare Liberty Act would provide a tax break equal to any federal penalties for those failing to sign up for Obamacare.

December 18, 2013

NYC's Chief Digital Officer Hired by State

Rachel Haot has been named as the state's new deputy secretary for technology.

December 18, 2013

Sacramento Launches Open Data Portal

New portal provides citizens and civic app developers with municipal data in a user-friendly format.

December 18, 2013

FirstNet Board Approves Two Spectrum Lease Agreements

Adams County, Colo., and New Jersey ink lease agreements with FirstNet, bringing the number of agreements up to four.

December 17, 2013

Troubled HealthCare.gov Gets Management Change

Kurt DelBene, former president of Microsoft's Office Division, will replace Jeff Zients on HealthCare.gov.

December 17, 2013

San Francisco Offers Free Wi-Fi Along Three Miles of Market Street

Fiber-optic cable was run along Market Street, and then connected to network equipment set up on traffic lights and other city-owned fixtures.

December 17, 2013

Photo of the Week: Taking a Selfie in Space

Earth and the International Space Station are reflected in the helmet of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano as he takes a self portrait from space.

December 17, 2013

How much e-waste will be generated each year by 2017?

Answer: 65.4 million tons

December 16, 2013

Florida Maps Probability of Sinkhole Collapse

Officials from the Florida Geological Survey are developing a map to help predict where sinkholes are likely to occur.

December 16, 2013

LA Fire Department Withholds, then Releases Data

Social media sites are again carrying information on 911 calls and response times.

December 16, 2013

Ohio Localities Unveil New Dispatch Center Plans

Technology at the Norton, Copley Township and Barberton dispatch center will provide dispatchers with individual instructions tailored to each emergency call.

December 13, 2013

South Dakota Launches 511 App

Travelers can consult the app for current road conditions, highway closures, construction projects and other incidents that could impact travel.

December 13, 2013

High-Tech Weather Response Helps New Jersey This Winter

State equips thousands of vehicles with GPS devices to track and coordinate snow removal.

December 13, 2013

‘Skype’ for Jail: Video Chat Moves Inmate Visits Online

The Yellowstone County Detention Facility in Montana recently implemented a system that allows loved ones to see inmates without ever leaving their home.

December 13, 2013

School Bus Video Systems Gaining Acceptance

Ansonia, Conn. is the latest school system to install camera equipment on buses to catch motorists who disregard bus-mounted stop signs.

December 12, 2013

Report Questions Massachusetts IT Contracting

Paper claims one vendor dominates state technology purchasing.

December 12, 2013

Karen Jackson Appointed Virginia Secretary of Technology

Jackson served as Virginia's deputy secretary of technology since 2009 under Govs. Tim Kaine and Robert F. McDonnell.

December 12, 2013

Can Austin Force AT&T to Share Infrastructure with Google?

Blessed with two companies that want to provide gigabit Internet service, Austin, Texas, is stepping into a dispute between them about infrastructure.

December 12, 2013

Cyberattacks to be Stronger in 2014

Report points out that cybercriminal activities are becoming more difficult to track and more complex to solve.

December 12, 2013

Do Carriers Want to Stop Cellphone Theft?

When Samsung tried to sell its kill switch-equipped phones in the U.S., carriers objected.

December 11, 2013

California Drafts Autonomous Vehicle Testing Rules

Rules are the first step in releasing self-driving cars to the public.

December 10, 2013

New York City Announces Free Harlem Wi-Fi Network

As one of Mayor Bloomberg's final offerings, the city announced a free public Wi-Fi network that will provide Internet access to 80,000 Harlem residents.

December 10, 2013

Minneapolis Budgets $400,000 for Police Body Cameras

Technology will help combat alleged police misconduct settlements, estimated by one news story to cost the city nearly $14 million between 2006 and 2012.

December 9, 2013

Suffolk County Enacts Animal Abuse Offender Registry

Offenders’ names and addresses will be posted on a website for five years.

December 6, 2013

Tax Refund, Other Debit Card Data Exposed in Breach

The computer breach covers multiple states, and 14,335 accounts were exposed in Connecticut.

December 6, 2013

Laredo Police Launch Text Tip Program

Tipsters can provide police information on illegal activity while remaining anonymous.

December 6, 2013

3 Groups that Raced for the Drone Finish Line Before Amazon

Amazon’s making headlines for its commercial drone plans, but it’s not the first organization to go that route.

December 6, 2013

Letchford Steps Down, Oates to Take Reins as Massachusetts CIO

Massachusetts CIO John Letchford's mid-December departure won't leave a vacancy, as Boston CIO Bill Oates has already been named as his replacement.

December 5, 2013

Oklahoma CIO Alex Pettit Will Resign to Become Oregon CIO

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry appointed Pettit as the state’s first CIO in 2010.

December 5, 2013

Census Bureau App Helps Find Your Ideal Place to Dwell

Plug in some basic likes and dislikes, and this app tells you where you should be living.

December 4, 2013

San Francisco, Amsterdam and Barcelona Share Open Data, Applications

The three cities will collaborate on a common dashboard-style platform to share best practices in open data.

December 3, 2013

Spectrum: Bitcoin ATMs Hit Canada

John McAfee wants to create a device to block the NSA.

December 2, 2013

Is Google Voice Search Smarter than Siri?

Google’s technology could be a game-changer in the voice search market.

November 27, 2013

Robot Band Promotes Big Data and the Evolution of Technology

General Electric’s robot band Compressorhead took over Union Square in Manhattan earlier this month to demonstrate the transformational power of technology.

November 27, 2013

California Launches Breathe Well Mobile Site

A new mobile website launched by the California Air Resources Board aims to help users monitor air quality.

November 27, 2013

Austin Weighs Locations for Google Fiber

Austin, Texas, officials have postponed finalizing the 100 public facilities that will have access to Google's new fiber network.

November 26, 2013

Silicon Valley Dethroned?

New analysis looks at the which areas of the country have experienced the highest rates of growth in tech jobs over the past 12 years.

November 21, 2013

Feds Declassify More NSA Surveillance Documents

The Obama administration has declassified a trove of National Security Agency surveillance documents.

November 18, 2013

Is Your Smartphone Smarter Than You?

Cognizant computing gathers clues from contextual data and takes action accordingly, such as waking a user up early in the event of heavy traffic en route to their first calendared meeting.

November 15, 2013

California Attorney General Busts Misleading Health-Care Sites

Ten private insurers whose websites mimicked that of Covered California have been shut down.

November 15, 2013

Military Drone Drops Off the Grid

An unmanned aircraft disappeared into Lake Ontario during a training mission in New York.

November 14, 2013

Severed Cable Cuts Communications in Washington

A severed underwater cable took down communications for days in San Juan County, Wash.

November 14, 2013

Orange County, Calif. May Map its Dangerous Dogs

Citing a recent increase in dog bites, elected officials are considering an interactive online map of the county's dangerous and vicious canines.

November 12, 2013

CTO Todd Park Subpoenaed for Healthcare.gov Efforts

After two previous requests were declined by the White House, Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has subpoenaed Todd Park to testify for his leadership role in fixing Healthcare.gov.

November 8, 2013

Anonymous Hacks Singapore Newspaper

The hactivist group Anonymous temporarily shuts down Singapore's largest newspaper during the group's international day of protests.

November 8, 2013

'TechJam' Hackathon-Style Event Seeks Better Solutions for Veteran Health Records

Technologists came together on the eve of Veterans Day to come up with a better way of coordinating medical records for veterans.

November 8, 2013

Who Gets Their News from Twitter?

A new Pew Research Center study highlights Twitter's value as a source of breaking news.

November 7, 2013

CMS CIO Tony Trenkle to Step Down Amid Healthcare.gov Woes

Trenkle will step down after eight years with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a private-sector job.

November 7, 2013

9 Mississippi Fiber Communities Announced

Mississippi-based C Spire rolls out its fiber to the home network, starting with nine cities and towns around the state.

November 6, 2013

Bridging Madison's Digital Divide

A new proposal in Madison, Wis., aims to bring Internet to a low-income neighborhood to help level the playing field for students in the digital generation.

November 5, 2013

Hyperloop Prototype Coming as Early as 2015

Elon Musk proposed a concept earlier this year for super-high-speed pneumatic travel that could revolutionize ground transport, and a company has formed to run with the idea.

November 4, 2013

Google Nudges Cities for More Data

Google’s Margo Georgiadis calls upon city leaders to release more data.

November 1, 2013

Orgeron Testifies on Need for Cybersecurity Collaboration

NASCIO President and Mississippi CIO Craig Orgeron told Congress that when it comes to cybersecurity, more collaboration between states and the federal government is needed.

October 29, 2013

Spectrum: 3-D Goes Mobile

Sensor technology to protect the elderly, spotting polluters.

October 28, 2013

Healthcare.gov Outage Spurs New Legislation, More Blame

The photos of smiling faces once found on the front page of HealthCare.gov have been removed as key functionality for the $500 million website goes offline.

October 28, 2013

Wake County Website Racks Up Another Win

Redesigned site named best large jurisdiction site by government Web group.

October 23, 2013

Anti-NSA Activists to March on D.C.

Celebrities, companies and tech luminaries throw support behind Stop Watching Us, a group protesting illegal government surveillance.

October 17, 2013

NASCIO 2013 Annual Conference in Pictures

State CIOs gathered in Philadelphia for the annual conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers this week.

October 17, 2013

2013 State CIO Survey: An Enterprise View of IT

Leading IT representatives from 54 anonymously contributing states and territories shared what their organizations are going through, where they succeed and where they struggle.

October 16, 2013

Connecting California: Will New Broadband Funding Help Narrow the Digital Divide?

Two bills were passed this month that will provide millions in broadband development for rural and low-income communities.

October 10, 2013

California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom on Failure

Newsom says innovation is an important part of leadership, but so is failure.

October 9, 2013

Microsoft Announces Windows Azure Government Cloud

The new cloud service will be hosted in the continental U.S. and has been granted FedRAMP provisional authority to operate.

October 9, 2013

California to Publish Elected Officials' Finances Online

New legislation paves the way for an electronic database of all financial disclosure information from elected officials throughout the state.

October 2, 2013

Health Marketplace Scams Put Consumers at Risk

The launch of the new national health insurance marketplace is bringing about a host of scams by would-be fraudsters seeking consumers' personal information.

October 1, 2013

Public Cloud: Changing the Business Game? (Infographic)

The public cloud service industry is expected to grow to $131 billion this year.

September 30, 2013

Slate of Bills Aimed at Online Protection Signed by California Governor

The bills include protection against identity theft and personal data tracking.

September 26, 2013

Most Americans Not Familiar with HIXs, Survey Says

A new survey says two-thirds of U.S. adults aren’t aware of health insurance exchanges (HIXs) and their pending Oct. 1 launch.

September 26, 2013

Design Thinking in 4 Steps (Infographic)

Some governments are tackling problems using a new method that seems to be gaining momentum.

September 24, 2013

All NYC Data to be Open by 2018

Announcing the release of more than 200 new sets of city data, IT leaders vow that all city data will be public within 5 years.

September 20, 2013

Best of New York Honors Top Achievers in IT

The Annual GTC East Conference in Albany, New York recognizes the year's best public-sector IT leaders and projects.

September 18, 2013

Tech Upgrade Derails California Unemployment Benefits

Data conversion over Labor Day weekend caused a glitch in California's unemployment processing system.

September 18, 2013

Most Apps Are Developed Beyond U.S. Borders, Study Says

According to a new study, only 36 percent of apps worldwide were developed in the U.S.

September 11, 2013

Deval Patrick Changes Course, Abandons Tech Tax

Convinced a tax on technology services would do harm to Massachusetts' reputation for innovation, Gov. Deval Patrick withdraws support for the measure.

September 10, 2013

The Social Media Generation Gap (Infographic)

Recent research on social media use reveals some surprising data on the differences between adults and teenagers.

September 6, 2013

Survey Says: Government IT Pros Weigh In on Disaster Recovery

A recent survey of Government Technology readers reveals that most IT staff feel there's room for improvement in their organization's disaster recovery plans.

September 5, 2013

Calif. Secretary of State Publishes Raw Campaign Data Online

Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that raw campaign and lobbying data are now available to the public online.

August 21, 2013

GTC West Wraps with Gamification, Mobility Sessions

Former NASA Space Center director Jefferson "Beak" Howell wraps up GTC West with his rules for leadership.

August 20, 2013

GTC West Tackles Top IT Issues

Cybersecurity, big data and citizen engagement were among the topics on the agenda at GTC West in Sacramento, Calif. on August 20.

August 15, 2013

Can Tweets Predict Elections?

One research study says the candidate who generates more Twitter buzz during a congressional election may be more likely to win.

August 14, 2013

School Internet Access Plan Circumvents Congress

The FCC will ultimately decide whether the ConnectEd program, aimed at expanding high-speed Internet access in schools, will get off the ground.

August 12, 2013

iGuardian Portal Shares Cyberattack Data with the FBI

InfraGard’s industry and critical infrastructure members can send the FBI information about computer intrusions, allowing the agency to quickly investigate the incident.

August 8, 2013

California Gets First Test of Cellphone Alert System

The first statewide Amber Alert was sent via cellphone in California this week, but was the system used properly?

August 2, 2013

Trends in Emergency Notification Systems (Infographic)

Public sector employees say a multi-faceted emergency communication plan will best serve their constituents.

July 26, 2013

Seattle Library Offers Streaming Video

At the library, Hoopla provides free, online access to about 10,000 videos and more than 250,000 music albums.

July 25, 2013

Cybersecurity, Big Data Among Mission-Critical Topics for CIOs

The Public CIO Technology Summit, held in Washington, D.C., focuses on sharing best practices on government’s important issues.

July 23, 2013

Photo of the Week - DARPA Develops Hollow-Core Fiber Technology

The agency's unique spider-web-like, hollow-core fiber design demonstrates single-spatial-mode, low-loss and polarization control.

July 23, 2013

Is Detroit's Bankruptcy Filing Good for City's Tech Scene?

Rather than viewing the Motor City's financial woes as a fiasco, the tech community sees it as an opportunity for an about-face.

July 22, 2013

Can Twitter Help Gauge Community Well-Being?

Researchers say Twitter can be key for understanding a community’s well-being through language used on the micro-blogging site.

July 22, 2013

Washington Plans Early Closure of State Data Center

The plan calls for shutting down all data activities in the older facility by June 2015 and moving all of its operations into the new State Data Center by that date.

July 19, 2013

N.J. Police Must Obtain Warrant Before Tracking Cellphones

The new Supreme Court decision could have profound effects throughout the states and in federal courts.

July 19, 2013

When Will We See Autonomous Cars? Are We Ready for Them? (Infographic)

By the year 2040, self-driving cars will account for 75 percent of vehicles on our roadways -- but most people aren't quite ready for it.

July 18, 2013

California Reconsiders Digital License Plates

California hopes the technology will not only improve efficiencies in vehicle registrations, but also save the DMV some of the $20 million it spends each year on postage for renewals.

July 18, 2013

Missouri Ag Program Uses Tech to Track Cow Health

An app developed at the University of Missouri could help beef and dairy cattle beat the heat.

July 17, 2013

Could Eye-Tracking Replace Passwords?

Researchers say it's possible -- if the user experience is enhanced.

July 17, 2013

Several Agencies Linked in ACA 'Hub'

Concerns persist over computer system built to determine insurance eligibility under Obamacare.

July 17, 2013

Updated Data.gov Relies Heavily on Open Source

A beta version of the site, now available for user testing, features open source tools including a search platform, data management platform and content management system.

July 16, 2013

Photo of the Week - 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

At this year's California State Fair, a civic education and public outreach program celebrates and details the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address -- and many other moments in California's history.

July 15, 2013

Are Cities Wise to Be Smart?

An NYU Professor cautions of potential dangers of the smart city movement.

July 15, 2013

Does Congestion Pricing Work? (Infographic)

In 2008, New York City shelved its plan to implement charging drivers based on congested areas in which they wanted to venture. But other cities are proving that it works.

July 12, 2013

Pioneering Muni Wi-Fi Network Might Go Dark

A small Minnesota town wonders if being a "connected city" is really necessary anymore.

July 12, 2013

High-Altitude Balloon Provides Broadband to First Responders

Within 72 hours of an emergency or natural disaster, this new platform can be used to provide broadband coverage and communications services to first responders.

July 11, 2013

Online Voting May Become Reality for Ontario, Canada

The capability may become available to the province’s 8.5 million voters as soon as 2017.

July 11, 2013

Report: Efficient Transport Could Save $70 Trillion by 2050

The International Energy Agency released a report citing the analysis of 30 urban transport systems around the world, and urges action that will lead to quality of life improvements and financial savings.

July 10, 2013

Could Autonomous Vehicles Save the USPS?

The United State Postal Service has posted consistent financial losses for years. Could autonomous vehicles be the answer?

July 10, 2013

Oops: Florida State Bans All Computers, Smartphones

In a broadly-worded bill signed into law in April, Florida inadvertently outlawed any electronic device that can be used to play a game of chance.

July 9, 2013

Photo of the Week: Solar Charging Stations in New York City

Solar-powered charging stations for cellphones and other mobile devices are cropping up in public spaces all over New York City.

July 5, 2013

New York City Top-Level Domain Approved

Dot-NYC domain names will soon be available to businesses, organizations and residents.

July 5, 2013

LA County Environmental Health Launches $5.7M Tech Project

The new system will help manage such environmental health services as inspections and permitting.

July 2, 2013

Millions of Californians Affected by Breaches

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released a report on data breaches in 2012 that suggests encryption would have cut the number of victims by more than half.

July 1, 2013

Boston Celebrates Social Media Day

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino releases proclamation of official Social Media Day, held Sunday, June 30.

July 1, 2013

Making New York’s Lake George the World's 'Smartest Lake'

Scientists will use a combination of advanced data analytics, computing and data visualization techniques, new scientific and experimental methods, 3-D computer modeling and simulation, and historical data to gain a scientific understanding of the lake.

June 28, 2013

How Cyberthreats Are Creating New Job Opportunities

Though cybercrime is a terrifying thought, its pervasiveness means that "there is strong demand for computer experts who can keep cybercriminals at bay."

June 27, 2013

Alabama State Agency Enforces BYOD Security

The Retirement Systems of Alabama is working to balance security and usability when it comes to mobile devices.

June 24, 2013

Tech Incubator to Launch in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The incubator will open this fall in DUMBO – an old manufacturing district of New York City.

June 24, 2013

IT Jobs with the Highest Pay and Fastest Growth (Infographic)

IT jobs have been fueling the economy worldwide -- and there are more jobs in information technology than there are skilled people to fill them.

June 21, 2013

Oakland County, Mich., and the State Enter Cloud Collaboration

State and county officials envision the marketplace as a portal where any government agency can research and access a host of government solutions.

June 20, 2013

Schools from 3 States Earn High STEM Ratings

U.S. News names the top 250 high schools that prepare students for science, technology, engineering and math careers.

June 20, 2013

Montana Passes Broad Location-Tracking Protections

Law enforcement in Montana must now get a warrant before using information like cell phone location data to track individuals.

June 19, 2013

Virginia Court Accepts Digitally Notarized Deed

The Circuit Court of Alexandria accepted the first digitally notarized property deed, according to a report, setting a precedent for digital records management.

June 18, 2013

Photo of the Week: Google Launches Internet Balloons in New Zealand

Under "Project Loon," the company hopes to solve the digital divide using balloon-powered Internet access.

June 14, 2013

Tracing the Flow of Tax Dollars

Kentucky launches a new calculator tool that lets taxpayers see precisely where their tax dollars went.

June 14, 2013

Oakland, Calif., Launches Website for Answer Seekers

“Oakland Answers” helps citizens ask questions about Oakland.

June 11, 2013

Photo of the Week - NASA Tech Conducts Ducting Inspection Following Engine Icing Tests

NASA recently conducted Engine Icing Validation testing, after which the lead technician at NASA Glenn's Propulsion System Laboratory performed an inspection on the inlet ducting upstream of the engine used for the testing.

June 10, 2013

The Best City App in the World?

In a field of nearly 100 entrants, a civic app from Brazilian developers took top honors at the New Cities Summit.

June 7, 2013

Taichung City, Taiwan, Named 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year

Fiber-based broadband and 4G WiMAX now reaches more than 90 percent of the population.

June 7, 2013

Putting a Price Tag on Data Breaches

Analysis of data breaches around the globe reveals that human errors and system issues that put data at risk can cause more damage than malicious hackers.

June 5, 2013

White House Names Detroit Crowdfunding Project a “Champion of Change”

Detroit SOUP, a monthly low-cost dinner event that supports local startups, attracts attention from Washington D.C. policymakers.

June 4, 2013

Photo of the Week - Most Detailed Images of Earth's Two Closest Major Galaxies

Astronomers used NASA's Swift satellite to create the most detailed UV light surveys ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.

June 3, 2013

NYC Releases Sexual Health App for Teens

As part of its mission to improve public health and awareness around issues related to sex, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released an app to educate teenagers about sex.

May 30, 2013

White House Taps Code for America Founder to Be Deputy U.S. CTO

Code for America Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Pahlka will serve as the Deputy U.S. CTO for Government Innovation for one year.

May 30, 2013

Will Texas Pass Nation's Strongest Email Privacy Bill?

As long as Gov. Rick Perry doesn't use his veto, Texas will enact legislation that requires state law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant for all emails, regardless of their age.

May 29, 2013

Advancing the Civic Technology Movement

At the 7th annual Mayors’ Innovation Summit held in Philadelphia last week, city leaders asked what’s next when it comes to using data from citizen-powered apps.

May 28, 2013

Instagram, Facebook Photos Help NYPD Target Criminals

The New York Police Department runs photos from both Instagram and Facebook through facial recognition software to track down criminals.

May 28, 2013

Photo of the Week - Navy Drone Completes First Touch-and-Go Landing at Sea

An X-47B unmanned combat air system conducted a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier.

May 24, 2013

Collapsed Bridge Outlines Other Infrastructure Woes

The bridge that collapsed over the Skagit River in Washington May 23 sheds light on other vulnerable structures in the state.

May 24, 2013

LTE Wireless by the Numbers (Infographic)

Long term evolution wireless networks are gaining ground -- here's what you need to know.

May 23, 2013

Using Social Media and Mobility to Promote 'Ag Tourism'

Next week, a Brentwood, Calif., nonprofit will launch an app that provides visitors with quick and easy access to "U-pick stand" locations.

May 22, 2013

Miami Beach, Fla., Develops Tourism API

The city hopes its application programming interface (API) will encourage the development of new tourism-related apps.

May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado Highlights Need to Get "Tech Ready"

The Oklahoma tornado highlights the need for multi-faceted disaster preparedness, and that includes personal technology.

May 17, 2013

GovLoop Breaks Down ECM (Infographic)

Enterprise Content Management automates document management and helps the public sector prepare to engage with tomorrow's constituents.

May 15, 2013

Portland Transit Users Buy Tickets on the Go

Smartphone users in the Oregon city can now take advantage of a mobile e-ticketing app.

May 15, 2013

Is Civic Hacking Good for Cities?

According to Code for America, yes it is, and here are the 10 ways it benefits local government.

May 14, 2013

First Dual-Model Health Exchange to Debut in Utah

The federal government has granted approval to Utah for a first-of-its-kind health exchange system in which two separate exchanges will operate independently.

May 14, 2013

Photo of the Week - "Brainpainting" Cap Proves Thoughts Can Control Computers

A new tech-laden piece of headgear is offering hope for those with paralysis.

May 13, 2013

State App Collection Published by NASCIO

Chief information officer group compiles browsable and searchable listing of mobile app offerings intended to inspire best practices.

May 10, 2013

Hospitals Charge Medicare 'Wildly Different Amounts'

Newly released government data shows wide variations in hospital charges for the same procedures, both regionally and locally.

May 10, 2013

Startup Seattle Targets Tech Growth

Economic development initiative sets sights on encouraging the growth of tech startups.

May 9, 2013

Park, VanRoekel Outline New White House Open Data Policy

A new open data executive order from President Obama accompanies an official policy calling for government data to be "open and accessible by default."

May 9, 2013

Washington State Courts Office Suffers Data Breach

Up to 160,000 Social Security numbers -- and the names and driver's license numbers of up to 1 million people -- may have been compromised.

May 8, 2013

Cyberthreats Pose Unsettling Cyber-Consequences

Former DHS official's new book examines the potential damage hackers could do to infrastructure and financial systems.

May 7, 2013

Photo of the Week - Photographers Illuminate Waterfalls at Night

Glow sticks combined with long-exposure photography make for enchanting evening waterfalls.

May 7, 2013

The Gender Gap in Social Media

Which gender dominates social media? Not surprisingly, it depends on the platform.

May 7, 2013

Germaphobes Beware: The Dirt on Your Phone

A new list from Mashable may give you pause about the technology that's rarely far from your face.

May 3, 2013

Telework Week Yields Productivity, Environmental Benefits

Participating teleworkers, largely from the federal government, report increased efficiency and job satisfaction.

May 3, 2013

King County, Wash., Creates Residential Parking Calculator

The Right Size Parking Calculator estimates parking demand down to a single parcel of land.

May 2, 2013

Payphone Wi-Fi Piloted in Boston

Vendors hope the limited "FreeBostonWi-Fi" trial will expand to 400 payphones by next summer.

May 1, 2013

Harvard Honors Government Innovation

Annual Top 25 list honors programs across the government spectrum for achievements worthy of duplication.

May 1, 2013

Boston PD Uses Twitter to Announce More Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombing

On May 1, the Boston Police Department announced via Twitter that three additional suspects were taken into custody in connection with the April 15 bombing.

May 1, 2013

Innovation Index Ranks Thriving Startup Cultures

Some surprises show up in a series of state rankings from Fast Company magazine.

April 30, 2013

Photo of the Week - MIT's Stata Center Reminiscent of 'Whoville'

The 720,000-square-foot edifice is the creation of renowned architect Frank Gehry, and its striking appearance is meant to express the creativity that occurs inside the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

April 30, 2013

Senate Won't Look at CISPA

Few will likely be surprised by the U.S. Senate's decision not to even consider the cyber intelligence sharing bill, CISPA.

April 30, 2013

A New Trend: Inmates Rate Jails on Yelp

A new trend of inmates using Yelp to rate their stays in various jails has garnered both confusion and support.

April 29, 2013

Avoiding Data Center Mishaps

These 10 common mistakes could prove costly if made in the data center.

April 26, 2013

Breath Testing for Pot and Cocaine?

A Stockholm research center claims to have successfully identified marijuana and cocaine use with breath testing.

April 25, 2013

NASA Launches Android Smartphones Into Space

The agency's PhoneSat project is testing these devices as prototype satellites.

April 25, 2013

Google Fiber in Provo, Utah, Comes with Strings: $2.9 Million

Before Provo gets Google Fiber, it's gotta pay up.

April 24, 2013

The Changing Face of Public Libraries (Infographic)

In the face of new technologies, libraries are adapting to a new reality. So how do they plan to continue engaging communities?

April 24, 2013

Top 10 Countries Where Cyber Attacks Originate

A new list identifies countries launching the most online attacks.

April 23, 2013

Photo of the Week - Glowworms Produce 'Underground Stars' in New Zealand

The Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species only found in New Zealand, gives the caves this starry night vibe.

April 23, 2013

City Accidentally Reveals Employee Social Security Numbers

Berkeley, Calif., takes heat after accidentally sending out city employee Social Security numbers in a data set on employee salaries.

April 22, 2013

Boston Dashboard to Help Coordinate Large-Scale Events

Though the operations monitoring dashboard's soft launch took place the morning of the marathon, emergency personnel and law enforcement couldn't access the system.

April 22, 2013

Palo Alto, Calif., Launches ‘Open GIS’ with Google Platform

The city launches another open data platform, this time opening up GIS data using Google Fusion Tables.

April 18, 2013

NYC Web Platform Targets Near Miss Crashes

A new crowdsourced website asks residents to document unsafe road conditions, hoping to inform city transportation decisions.

April 18, 2013

Cybersecurity by the Numbers (Infographic)

As both large- and small-scale cyberattacks on government are increasing, so too is the importance of cybersecurity.

April 17, 2013

Provo, Utah, Named Third Google Fiber City

Provo, Utah, gets Google Fiber because it's consistently a top ranking city as one of the country's best places to live and do business.

April 16, 2013

Photo of the Week - View the Strongest Solar Flare of 2013

After 3 a.m. on April 11, this year's strongest sunflare peaked.

April 16, 2013

Targeted Cyberespionage On the Rise in 2012

Report also finds that in 2012, email traffic attacks most often targeted government.

April 15, 2013

Boston Uses Tech to Communicate After Marathon Explosions

Boston PD solicits video footage of finish line, while Massachusetts governor asks for those who may have seen something to call and share their tips.

April 15, 2013

Anti-Big Brother Act is Now Law in New Jersey

After students in Pennsylvania were monitored in their homes using school-issued laptops without knowledge or consent, a law was passed in New Jersey to ensure written notice of such activities is provided.

April 15, 2013

Is State Tax Info Accessible Online?

A think tank evaluates states on how quickly taxpayers can access state tax information on revenue department websites.

April 12, 2013

Boston Launches Transit Map Competition

To fix flaws and save public funds, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is asking graphic designers to revamp the city's transit map, or aspects of it.

April 11, 2013

Can Math Help Cities Make Greener Decisions?

A simulated social network could help cities understand the dynamic of green technology adoption and make better decisions.

April 11, 2013

IRS Can Search Email Without Warrant

A document released by the IRS suggests that Americans enjoy "generally no privacy" where online private communication is concerned.

April 10, 2013

Will 'Passthoughts' Replace Passwords?

Researchers from U.C. Berkeley say brain scan authentication is reliable enough to replace traditional passwords.

April 10, 2013

California Senate Committee Approves Earthquake Early Warning Bill

SB 135 was approved by a 10-0 vote by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee.

April 9, 2013

Photo of the Week - Split-Second Imagery

A new device incorporates light, sound and laser sensors, among other things, to capture any moment, no matter how brief.

April 9, 2013

5 Unspoken Reasons Tech Projects Fail

The failure rate for technology projects is anywhere from 37 percent to 75 percent -- and here are some of the reasons.

April 9, 2013

Seattle Survey Guides Tech Policy

To inform city decisions about technology outreach to the public, the city of Seattle is asking residents to take an online survey.

April 8, 2013

Chicago's 'Greenest Street in America' Eats Smog

The chemical reaction caused by sunlight and titanium dioxide in the pavement creates cleaner air on a two-mile stretch of Chicago's Cermak Road.

April 8, 2013

Google Fiber in Austin, Texas?

The fact that Austin lost out when Kansas City was named the official Google Fiber test bed in 2011 makes fiber's debut in the city highly likely.

April 8, 2013

States Vie for Chance to Test Drones

The federal government will select six locations to serve as drone testing sites, and states want related jobs to land within their borders.

April 5, 2013

Missouri App Hooks Fishing Fans

Missouri Department of Conservation launches multi-platform app to lead anglers to water.

April 5, 2013

DMV Social Media Efforts Attract Notice

The California agency is being acknowledged by an international magazine for its innovative social media efforts.

April 4, 2013

One U.S. City Makes "Most Intelligent" List

In a worldwide evaluation of municipalities, the Intelligent Communities Forum has decided that Columbus, Ohio, is the only American city that ranks.

April 4, 2013

E-Waste Explosion: A Growing Concern (Infographic)

The amount of e-waste produced in the United States is astronomical -- here are the numbers.

April 3, 2013

Personal vs. Professional Cloud: Is There a Difference?

A new report from NASCIO says state employees, buoyed by the ease of cloud use in their personal lives, think cloud has a place at work too.

April 3, 2013

Mapping Deficient Bridges Nationwide -- and the Cost to Fix Them

The ASCE's new app aims to solve one of the biggest problems in fixing our country’s infrastructure: the lack of knowledge on where problems exist.

April 2, 2013

Photo of the Week - NASA Drones Study Costa Rica Volcano

NASA researchers modified three repurposed drones acquired from the U.S. Marine Corps to study the sulfur dioxide plume of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano.

April 2, 2013

Obstacles to Innovation (Infographic)

A new survey reveals the numerous obstacles local governments face when attempting to innovate.

April 1, 2013

Goodbye Paper Boys, Hello Drones

One French province is planning to deliver newspapers using drone technology -- something that could prove useful in U.S. mail delivery.

April 1, 2013

BYOD By the Numbers (Infographic)

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is popular -- and growing.

March 29, 2013

Which States Aced the Spending Transparency Test?

For the first time, all 50 states made some checkbook-level spending information available online.

March 28, 2013

California Launches Interactive GeoPortal

The Web-based, interactive catalog of geographic information gives government, businesses and citizens direct access to the state’s geographic data.

March 28, 2013

Study: Impending Drones Need More Research

A recent study released by the National Center for Policy Analysis concluded that because drones are coming, increased technological research and development of public policy is needed.

March 27, 2013

SF's Golden Gate Bridge Gets High-Tech

Today, the bridge becomes the first in California to replace all human toll takers with an electronic system, ending the need for motorists to stop and pay cash.

March 26, 2013

Fastest- and Slowest-Growing Cities in America (Infographic)

One similarity in all of the fastest-growing areas is their relatively low population densities.

March 26, 2013

Photo of the Week - Bird's Eye View: Airports in America

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein's new series of airports from above is about "showing the patterns, layering and complexity of cities, and the circulation patterns for travel."

March 25, 2013

The 'Messy' Side of Innovation

Starbucks shares the "messy" details of innovation done the private-sector way -- but could such an approach in government yield results?

March 22, 2013

Alabama Gov. Signs Legislation to Streamline State IT

Under SB 117, the state will establish a Secretary of Information Technology, who will develop and implement a plan to coordinate purchasing, management and use of IT across state agencies.

March 22, 2013

Boston Looks to Get Greener

Mayor extends deadline for environmental awards that acknowledge local leaders in environmental awareness and sustainability.

March 22, 2013

CfA Cities Get Free Cloud for One Year

A collaboration between Red Hat and Code for America brings Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service to local government agencies at no cost.

March 21, 2013

Exploring the Transformative Power of ECM (Infographic)

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technology has been around for years, but many don't know just how transformative it can be.

March 20, 2013

Has the CIA Opted for Amazon Cloud?

Though neither Amazon nor CIA officials would confirm the contract, all signs point to its existence.

March 20, 2013

Another Kansas City to Get Google Fiber

Nearby Olathe, Kan., joins Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., as the third city to get Google's gigabit fiber network.

March 19, 2013

The Android Boom? (INFOGRAPHIC)

New statistics reveal that there are more than four times more Android devices activated each day than there are babies born.

March 19, 2013

Colorado OIT Sets the Pace

State technology officials in Colorado were chosen to participate in a national program encouraging women to pursue tech careers.

March 19, 2013

Photo of the Week - Steve Wozniak's Former Home Hits the Real Estate Market

The Los Gatos, Calif., home designed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1986 was listed for nearly $4.4 million.

March 18, 2013

5 Ways to Improve Citizen Engagement Initiatives

When citizen participation programs are implemented effectively, more citizens are brought into the decision-making process, making government more responsive and effective.

March 15, 2013

Bloomberg Names NYC Mayors Challenge Winners

Providence, R.I., will launch "Providence Talks" with its $5 million prize, while Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Santa Monica have other innovative plans for their winnings.

March 15, 2013

How Secure is Your Cloud? (Infographic)

While cloud security is said to be getting easier, one study study looked at just how cloud security has progressed over the past two years.

March 14, 2013

Los Angeles Fire Department to Enhance Interoperability

Fire Chief Brian Cummings says he'd like for a seamless network to connect dispatch systems across municipal borders.

March 14, 2013

Chattanooga, Tenn., Expanding 'Streetlight of the Future' Installation

Following a rash of crime in one of the city's parks, officials implement a network of wirelessly controlled streetlamps that police can use to catch criminals.

March 12, 2013

Solving Crime with Social Media (Infographic)

Law enforcement agencies at the state, local and federal levels use social media to gather evidence, solicit crime tips, and identify people and locations, among other things.

March 12, 2013

Cybersecurity Tops U.S. Threat List

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. warns Senate committee that a large-scale cyberattack could cause major service disruption in the next two years.

March 12, 2013

Photo of the Week - Solar Eclipse from Space

On March 11, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the sun being partially blocked by the moon.

March 11, 2013

New York Launches Open Data Portal

Open.ny.gov launched the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a new open data executive order.

March 11, 2013

A Live View of Global Cyberattacks

A German website maps details of millions of cyberattacks around the globe.

March 8, 2013

Who Runs the Internet? (Infographic)

According to ICANN, no one person, company, organization or government runs the Internet -- and the same goes for its governance.

March 8, 2013

How Will Technology Change Our Lives?

To coincide with the opening of Microsoft's Envisioning Center, the company released a video that envisions the world in five to 10 years.

March 7, 2013

Can Technology Replace City Inspectors?

A new start-up uses open data sets to target code violations missed by code inspectors to boost municipal revenue.

March 7, 2013

License Plate Readers Considered for Bay Area City

In an effort to combat a recent spike in crime, the Piedmont, Calif., police chief wants automatic license plate readers installed at its borders.

March 7, 2013

NYC Announces 'Reinvent Payphones' Design Challenge Winners

Five of the six finalists proposed an interactive information kiosk.

March 6, 2013

Top 10 Tech Cities in the U.S.

PrivCo has issued its list of the top 10 cities for technology, measured by the number of privately held tech companies acquired in 2012.

March 6, 2013

State-Run Tech Venture Fund for Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced that Colorado will soon launch a $150 million tech-focused venture capital endeavor.

March 5, 2013

Do Big Cities Avoid Muni Broadband?

Most of the 340 communities nationwide that control their own access to the Internet are small cities, and one expert cites arrogance as the reason most large cities haven't taken the muni broadband plunge.

March 5, 2013

How the Internet Has Changed the World (Infographic)

With more than 550 percent more Internet users in 2012 than in the year 2000, change is inevitable.

March 4, 2013

3 Challenges Faced by Google's Autonomous Vehicles

Though Google's autonomous vehicles have made progress in recent years, several large technological barriers stymie researchers.

March 4, 2013

More Than a Face-Lift: New Site for Maryland

A new portal offers Maryland residents responsive design, nearly 200 online services and integrated social media intended to maximize citizen engagement.

February 28, 2013

8 Tips for Getting Started with Big Data

Big data often comes with information overload, but these eight tips will help agencies get started.

February 28, 2013

Internet Gambling Now Legal in Atlantic City, N.J.

In an effort to help revive Atlantic City, N.J.'s economic downturn, Gov. Chris Christie signed a new law that has made it legal to gamble online in Atlantic City casinos.

February 27, 2013

Photo of the Week - New Battery Can Stretch By 300 Percent

Such a battery could mean that wearable solar cells and electric-eye cameras that make studio-quality photographs are on the horizon.

February 26, 2013

Early Results: International Open Data Day 2013

Cities worldwide hosted hackathons to encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world's local, regional and national governments.

February 25, 2013

Will California Counties Develop Public Voting Systems?

New legislation could allow counties in the Golden State to develop, own and operate public voting systems.

February 25, 2013

Connecticut Awards HIX Contract

The state has selected MAXIMUS to handle Access Health CT's customer contact center operations.

February 25, 2013

Can Big Data Save Lives?

Government officials believe in the transformative power of big data, according to a new study, especially when it comes to public safety and health.

February 25, 2013

Apple and NYPD Team Up to Thwart Phone Thieves

The official police team that handles mobile phone theft in the city could help police identify organized phone theft and trafficking.

February 22, 2013

Detailed Parking App Helps Baltimore Drivers Avoid Tickets

Baltimore-based app developers used the city's open data to help citizens make better decisions when it comes time to park their vehicles.

February 21, 2013

Telework Savings in Government (Infographic)

Increased adoption of mobile technologies and teleworking could save governments a significant amount of time and money.

February 20, 2013

Broadband Providers Try to Block City Networks

Under proposed legislation in Georgia, just one house with Internet access would prevent a city from offering broadband service to its residents.

February 19, 2013

Auto-Tweets Mimic Police Scanner

Cambridge, Mass., police introduce a real-time crime notification system that sends out auto updates via Twitter.

February 19, 2013

Photo of the Week - Sahara Desert of Mauritania

This prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of Mauritania forms a conspicuous bull’s-eye in the otherwise featureless desert.

February 19, 2013

What do peacock feathers have to do with everyday technologies?

What do peacock feathers have to do with everyday technologies?

February 19, 2013

Top 10 Time Killers -- and How To Fight Back (Infographic)

The best way to combat time killers? Gain awareness of the time wasted and its value.

February 15, 2013

NYC's Code Corps Enlists Volunteer Techies in Emergency and Disaster Recovery

Launched in response to needs that arose from Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the city, Code Corps will likely develop new Web and mobile applications and emergency-related information maps using city data.

February 15, 2013

What technology helped a sea turtle recover from a shark attack?

What technology helped a sea turtle recover from a shark attack?

February 15, 2013

Interest in Shared Services on the Rise

Local governments like Kent County, Mich., benefit from collaborative agreements like a reverse auction system.

February 14, 2013

What book was finally returned to the New York Public Library more than 55 years late?

What book was finally returned to the New York Public Library more than 55 years late?

February 13, 2013

Washington Faces Hefty Data Center Price Tag

State's "overbuilt" facility proves difficult to lease, leaving the legislature with a $34 million shortfall to cover.

February 13, 2013

What did one YouTube user create to help his disabled pet goldfish float around its tank?

What did one YouTube user create to help his disabled pet goldfish float around its tank?

February 12, 2013

Hackers Broadcast Zombie Emergency Alert on TV

The bogus alert cautioned Montana TV viewers to “not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous.”

February 12, 2013

E-Waste and Us: 17,000 Tons Trashed Each Year (Infographic)

Can we combat e-waste and create a recycling culture?

February 12, 2013

Seattle Mayor Nixes Drone Program

Mayor Mike McGinn's decision to return the city's drones to the vendor puts Seattle in the center of discussions about the role of such technologies in government.

February 12, 2013

Photo of the Week - Cathedral of the Northern Lights an Architectural Landmark

The significance of the northern lights is reflected in the architecture of the cathedral.

February 12, 2013

How did California Gov. Jerry Brown describe Texas Gov. Rick Perry's radio ad encouraging businesses to relocate to Texas?

How did California Gov. Jerry Brown describe Texas Gov. Rick Perry's radio ad encouraging businesses to relocate to Texas?

February 11, 2013

12 Predictions for Tech in Government in 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Digital Communications Division and the Federal Web Managers Council teamed up to draft big ideas and predictions for technology in government in 2013.

February 11, 2013

What new part of the human body may be used as biometric identification?

What new part of the human body may be used as biometric identification?

February 8, 2013

California Kills $90 Million Contract With SAP

When test runs of approximately 1,300 paychecks contained about 100 types of errors, State Controller John Chiang canceled the contract.

February 8, 2013

Lawmakers Promote a Free Internet

Responding to international support for increased UN authority over the Internet, an official U.S. policy in favor of Internet freedom is circulating in Washington, D.C.

February 8, 2013

What new technology could help cut down on traffic congestion?

What new technology could help cut down on traffic congestion?

February 7, 2013

Citizenville Challenge Pushes Local Governments to Transform

Five local governments have committed to taking steps toward building a government for the 21st century, using technology to transform the way government and citizens interact.

February 7, 2013

Upgraded Websites Produce Happier Citizens

A new survey reveals that government investments in online portals bring results, in the form of improved customer satisfaction.

February 7, 2013

How much did the 'bionic man' on display at Britain's Science Museum cost to create?

How much did the 'bionic man' on display at Britain's Science Museum cost to create?

February 6, 2013

'Potential Fraud' Discovered in NYC Technology Contract

NYC Comptroller John Liu raises concerns about an $11.5 million technology contract between the city's Department of Consumer Affairs and Gartner Inc.

February 6, 2013

Will USPS Cancel Saturday Delivery?

Unless Congress objects, the United States Postal Service plans to discontinue Saturday delivery, which will save the agency $2 billion per year.

February 6, 2013

What is one U.C. Riverside researcher using to improve solar cells and batteries?

What is one U.C. Riverside researcher using to improve solar cells and batteries?

February 5, 2013

Outdated Infrastructure Gets New, Digital Life

Major U.S. cities are finding digital uses for physical assets many thought had outlived their useful life.

February 5, 2013

Avoiding Hidden Costs Of The Cloud (Infographic)

Cloud computing is a way to reduce waste, increase efficiency and cut cost -- but that doesn't mean it's without challenges.

February 5, 2013

Photo of the Week - NASA's Super-Tiger Balloon Breaks Records

A large NASA science balloon flew over Antarctica carrying an instrument that detected 50 million cosmic rays.

February 5, 2013

In 1967, how many pieces of equipment did Walter Cronkite say would be key in the 21st century home office?

In 1967, how many pieces of equipment did Walter Cronkite say would be key in the 21st century home office?

February 4, 2013

'Super Wi-Fi' Pits Tech Giants Against Telecom Companies

Google and Microsoft are among the big-name technology companies supporting the FCC's plan for a free nationwide Wi-Fi network, to the chagrin of the wireless industry.

February 4, 2013

What is a Chinese millionaire selling in his country to combat air pollution?

What is a Chinese millionaire selling in his country to combat air pollution?

February 1, 2013

California Takes the Lead in Transparency

The Sunshine Review's 2013 Transparency Report Card graded every state on the availability of information on government websites, and California and Washington came out on top.

February 1, 2013

Why Governments Fess Up to Breaches

While some organizations may benefit from a headline-grabbing story on how they got hacked, others are reluctant to go public with the news that their network was compromised.

February 1, 2013

What item could, in a sense, potentially bring 3-D printing to the masses?

What item could, in a sense, potentially bring 3-D printing to the masses?

January 31, 2013

Watch Tweets in Real Time (Infographic)

Tweetping displays visually all the tweets in the world -- in real time.

January 31, 2013

Bill Gates: Effective Measurement is Key to Global Problem-Solving

Moving away from previous themes like innovation, Gates' 2013 letter stresses the importance of measurement in making real progress on global issues.

January 31, 2013

What California politician, businessman and restaurateur is now also an author?

What California politician, businessman and restaurateur is now also an author?

January 30, 2013

Online Exchange Meets Flu Vaccine Needs in Minnesota

State Health Department responds to flu outbreak by creating an online bulletin board to match vaccine supplies with clinics in need.

January 29, 2013

Is Government Abusing Personal Information?

Creation of a new 'Fair Data' logo is meant to help protect personal data from misuse.

January 29, 2013

Likely and Unlikely Techs in the Future (Infographic)

BBC Future has made some predictions about what we can expect from technology for the next 150 years.

January 29, 2013

Photo of the Week: Hand-Carved City Skyline Could Fit in Your Living Room

Artist James McNabb describes his micro-lumber-cityscapes as being done by “sketching with a band saw."

January 28, 2013

Opinion: Can Google Analytics Replace Public Health Workers?

With the development of data analytics tools like Google Flu Trends, some experts wonder what the role of such technologies play in the future of predicting and monitoring public health.

January 28, 2013

The Golden State Launches Government Leadership Program

California's new training series has two goals: developing leaders and sparking cultural change in the state workplace.

January 28, 2013

What child star from the 1930 and '40s reportedly joined Twitter last week?

What child star from the 1930 and '40s reportedly joined Twitter last week?

January 25, 2013

Using Big Data for Dog Mapping in NYC

Using data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a local public radio station has mapped the names, addresses and breeds of nearly 100,000 city canines.

January 25, 2013

What's the latest threat to the BYOD movement?

What's the latest threat to the BYOD movement?

January 24, 2013

Kansas City, Mo., Hires City's First Chief Innovation Officer

Ashley Z. Hand will help drive innovative strategies to improve how city government serves citizens through creative problem solving and citizen engagement.

January 24, 2013

Federal IT Priorities in Obama's Second Term

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel is focused on cutting technology expenses, opening data and innovating using technology-as-a-service.

January 24, 2013

Limitations on Liability in IT Procurement (Infographic)

Research from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers indicates that subtle changes in IT procurement policy regarding limitations on liability have occurred in the states.

January 24, 2013

What is the only thing a Harvard Medical School researcher says would be needed to create a Neanderthal baby?

What is the only thing a Harvard Medical School researcher says would be needed to create a Neanderthal baby?

January 23, 2013

Seattle Uses Software to Improve Writing

Seattle officials have adopted a new technology for several departments that suggests ways to make government documents easier to read.

January 23, 2013

Houston's Amnesty Program for Citations Allows Online Payments at Lower Rates

Houston's amnesty program lets residents pay traffic and non-traffic citations at Texas.gov at a lower cost.

January 23, 2013

What are researchers suggesting people do to increase password security?

What are researchers suggesting people do to increase password security?

January 22, 2013

300-Year-Old Humans and the 'Internet of Everything'?

Industry experts offer startling predictions about life expectancy, and adding computing power to, well, everything.

January 22, 2013

ALA Honors Five Libraries for Offering 'Cutting-Edge' Technologies

Winning libraries created solutions around BYOD, augmented reality, e-government, crowd-sourcing, and online learning.

January 22, 2013

The Social Help Desk Revolution (Infographic)

One out of every 5 minutes online is spent on a social network. How can governments use that to improve customer service?

January 22, 2013

What iconic video game maker filed for bankruptcy over the weekend?

What iconic video game maker filed for bankruptcy over the weekend?

January 21, 2013

Obama's Inauguration Live-Tweeted by the White House

Members of the White House's new media team took to Twitter during the president's inaugural speech.

January 21, 2013

7 Ways to Succeed with Big Data

An industry specialist offers a list of action items to keep pace with the three V's of big data -- volume, variety and velocity.

January 21, 2013

Google Offers Possible Solution to Website Password Problems

Google researchers have proposed "physical" passwords, such as a USB key or finger ring, to solve website password problems.

January 21, 2013

Parking signs in New York City are taking a cue from what popular social media platform?

What new device has a German designer created to charge batteries?

January 18, 2013

Another Data Leak Plagues Utah

Notification is under way for thousands of Medicaid patients whose privacy was jeopardized at the hands of a pharmacy claims processor.

January 18, 2013

What new device has a German designer created to charge batteries?

What new device has a German designer created to charge batteries?

January 17, 2013

Rise of the Mobile Strategist (Infographic)

Companies are starting to hire mobile roles, and government is never too far behind the private sector.

January 16, 2013

Trimming the Fat: How to Right-Size Your IT Portfolio

A well-run IT operation, no matter the size, requires a solid foundation for effective technology pruning.

January 16, 2013

NASCIO Releases Federal Priorities for 2013

Modernizing regulations, cybersecurity and collaboration are essential for states, according to the association.

January 16, 2013

How many Americans have their identity stolen each year?

How many Americans have their identity stolen each year?

January 15, 2013

The History of the Internet (Infographic)

A look at the most important milestones from 1969 through 2012 -- when Internet users reached 2.4 billion.

January 15, 2013

Photo of the Week: Aerial Panorama of Manhattan

As part of a small team called AirPano, Russian Photographer Sergey Semonov travels around the world creating 360-degree, 3-D aerial panoramas.

January 14, 2013

Texas County To Open Bookless Library

Bexar County, Texas' bookless library, called BiblioTech, was inspired by Apple founder Steve Jobs' biography.

January 14, 2013

39 Countries Targeted by Coordinated Espionage

A campaign spanning five years, dubbed Operation "Red October," aimed to illegally obtain sensitive information from key government sources across the globe.

January 14, 2013

Which of the five senses have researchers restored in mice?

Which of the five senses have researchers restored in mice?

January 11, 2013

The Best of CES 2013 (Infographic)

When it comes to new and emerging technologies, the Consumer Electronics Show, which ran this week in Las Vegas, is the place to be.

January 11, 2013

Pennsylvania State Police Launch Suspicious Activity App

The department's 'See Something, Send Something' app lets citizens capture and send suspicious activity to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center.

January 10, 2013

Infographic: The Car of the Future

Will the steering wheel, brakes and gas pedal be replaced with sensors and software?

January 10, 2013

What unborn animal freezes to avoid predators?

What unborn animal freezes to avoid predators?

January 9, 2013

4 Ways Tech Can Make Guns Safer

Last month's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., stirs debate about smart technologies that restrict the circumstances in which guns can be fired.

January 9, 2013

Texas Judge Rejects Student's Appeal over School-Issued RFID Tag

After just a few months, Judge Orlando Garcia determines the student's freedom of religion had no been violated.

January 9, 2013

What's the newest way to deduce how you got the flu?

What's the newest way to deduce how you got the flu?

January 8, 2013

Google Gives Free Wi-Fi to a Piece of NYC's Chelsea District

The Wi-Fi network will cover more than eight blocks in the neighborhood and will be the largest contiguous free public Wi-Fi outdoor network in the city.

January 8, 2013

Social Media Giants Debut on Worst Customer Service List

The latest ranking by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index lists the 15 worst U.S. companies when it comes to customer service.

January 8, 2013

What is NASA thinking about doing to create a space station?

What is NASA thinking about doing to create a space station?

January 7, 2013

Romanian Town Nicknamed Hackerville

The central city of Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania, is a major source of coordinated online crime networks, prompting action from the FBI.

January 7, 2013

Infographic: Mobile Highlights from 2012

What threshold in device sales did Apple reach last year? An infographic answers this question and offers insights into other mobile milestones from 2012.

January 7, 2013

What industry is starting to implement a pay-per-use model?

What industry is starting to implement a pay-per-use model?

January 4, 2013

Paying Taxes Using PayPal?

The U.S. Postal Service will serve as the testing ground for a federal program that will allow users to conduct online transactions with the government using established digital identities.

January 4, 2013

What new invention could help residents of war-ravaged countries avoid the surprise and devastation of landmine detonation?

What new invention could help residents of war-ravaged countries avoid the surprise and devastation of landmine detonation?

January 3, 2013

Windy City Takes Email, Apps to the Cloud

Cited as one component of Chicago's infrastructure modernization plan, the move offers significant savings.

January 3, 2013

Amherst, Mass., Launches Fastest Muni Wi-Fi Network in State

Using in-house custom made access points, Amherst is delivering robust contiguous Wi-Fi coverage to the entire downtown region.

January 3, 2013

Which city became the first in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving water bottles?

Which city became the first in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving water bottles?

January 2, 2013

Why Does NYC drop an 11,875-pound ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve?

Why Does NYC drop an 11,875-pound ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve?

January 1, 2013

Photo of the Week: A Glimpse at the International Ice Sculpture Festival in Poznań, Poland

The world's best ice carvers gather annually to showcase their work.

December 28, 2012

8 Pass and Fail U.S. Transportation Projects Taking Shape

The Atlantic Cities sums up the four of the best and four of the worst U.S. transportation projects to roll out in the near future.

December 28, 2012

What new technology might one day allow people to feel like they're "walking in someone else's shoes?"

What new technology might one day allow people to feel like they're "walking in someone else's shoes?"

December 27, 2012

Arlington National Cemetery Offers Mobile App

The GPS-enabled app helps visitors locate loved ones' gravesites.

December 27, 2012

Are Driving Laws Fit for Driverless Vehicles?

As self-driving vehicles come to public roadways, legal fellow Bryant Walker Smith questions whether existing driving laws can adequately apply to this new form of driving.

December 27, 2012

How much money would pay-per-mile car insurance save our nation each year?

How much money would pay-per-mile car insurance save our nation each year?

December 26, 2012

Security is Only a Heartbeat Away

One new startup uses a person's unique cardiac signal to secure digital devices.

December 26, 2012

What did Boeing use in place of humans to test the effects of Wi-Fi on an airline cabin packed with passengers?

What did Boeing use in place of humans to test the effects of Wi-Fi on an airline cabin packed with passengers?

December 25, 2012

Photo of the Week: Alien Star Moves at 54,000 Miles Per Hour

This massive star is moving so quickly, it breaks the sound barrier in space.

December 21, 2012

Join the Government Technology HIX TweetChat on Jan. 10

GT and industry experts discuss the role Health Insurance Exchanges will play in helping states enhance service delivery.

December 21, 2012

Online Clues to Gun Violence?

One major city convenes officials to investigate how the Internet might yield information that can prompt early intervention and potentially prevent mass shootings.

December 21, 2012

Raleigh Hires First-Ever Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager

As the city's first-ever Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager, Derrick Minor will work to retain companies in Raleigh, N.C., and help them grow.

December 21, 2012

How many downloads did Google Maps for iOS get in its first two days?

How many downloads did Google Maps for iOS get in its first two days?

December 20, 2012

Innovation Prevails at City Hall

Top elected officials at the municipal level are credited with bold programs helping America's cities confidently emerge from the recession.

December 20, 2012

10 Transformational Impacts of the Cloud in 2013

The cloud's impact will transform business and government in the biggest disruption IT has experienced in 25 years.

December 20, 2012

How many more hours per week do telecommuting employees work?

How many more hours per week do telecommuting employees work?

December 19, 2012

Better Living Using Open Data

The 10 best tools built with metro data sets in 2012.

December 19, 2012

When It Comes to Big Data, Should You Save Everything?

The answer is no; the record-everything approach wastes both resources and money.

December 18, 2012

Tech Ideas Whose Time Has Come ... and Gone

A new list has BlackBerrys, mobile apps and traditional desktops fading into obscurity in 2013.

December 18, 2012

Google Fiber Network Expands in Kansas (Again)

Five additional communities were added to Google's 1 gigabit fiber network.

December 18, 2012

Photo of the Week: Swarm Robotics Harnesses the Productivity of an Insect Colony

If one robot can accomplish a singular task, how much could hundreds of them accomplish?

December 17, 2012

DARPA to Develop High-Speed Surface to Air Wireless

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced plans to create technology capable of transmitting data to aircraft 60,000 feet in the air at speeds of 100 Gbps.

December 17, 2012

Virginia Passes on State-Run HIX

Citing a lack of cooperation from the federal government, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the commonwealth would default to a federally run health insurance exchange.

December 17, 2012

Super Wi-Fi Proposed by FCC

A detailed proposal outlining how 100 MHz of wireless spectrum could be repurposed for a national "super Wi-Fi" system was released by the FCC.

December 17, 2012

IBM: Five Predictions for 2017

IBM announced its annual list of five technology predictions for 2017, consisting of one for each of the five senses.

December 17, 2012

What city has proposed turning off the majority of lights at night to save energy?

What city has proposed turning off the majority of lights at night to save energy?

December 14, 2012

Startup Offers Free Wireless Internet

Startup FreedomPop is offering free wireless Internet service aimed at casual Internet users and those who, due to cost, have not yet upgraded to broadband.

December 14, 2012

FCC Health Care Initiatives Gain Momentum

A new health care director position and agency website support the FCC's increased focus on connectivity for the health care industry.

December 14, 2012

Infographic: Big Data and Your Health

This visual gives an idea of how data flows through health-related entities and organizations -- and how big data, when used to its potential, could help improve outcomes and reduce costs.

December 14, 2012

Broadband Health Care Fund Launched by FCC

The FCC announced a broadband fund that will take what was learned from past pilot programs and potentially cut health care broadband costs in half.

December 14, 2012

NYC Votes on Taxi Hailing Apps

A New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission vote on Dec. 13 gave the green light to taxi-hailing apps in a pilot program.

December 13, 2012

10 Smartest Cities in North America

Website Co.Exist recently published a list of the top 10 smartest cities in North America based on metrics such as smart mobility and smart governance.

December 13, 2012

Study: Most Employees Cavalier About BYOD Security

A study by Fiberlink revealed that 68 percent of employees didn't secure the data of an old BYOD device after upgrading, despite probably having an organizational policy requiring such a measure.

December 13, 2012

Infographic: IT Planning and Cities of the Future

A recent survey found that effective IT planning and implementation by city governments could result in better quality of life.

December 12, 2012

Would Splitting the Data Scientist Role into Two Positions Solve the Shortage?

One possible solution to the data scientist shortage is splitting big data duties in two: data management specialist and data scientist.

December 12, 2012

"Brickstarter" Explores Democratic Architecture

Architecture and public planning were left behind in the crowdfunding revolution, according to one blog post.

December 12, 2012

Detroit Opens Police Mini-Stations

Mayor Dave Bing announced the installation of 13 police mini-stations around Detroit in an effort to lower the homicide rate.

December 12, 2012

Audio Surveillance Comes to Public Buses

Public buses in major cities around the country are being equipped with microphone-enabled surveillance systems capable of picking up passenger conversations.

December 12, 2012

What new idea does Nokia have to alert you that you're receiving a call or text message?

What new idea does Nokia have to alert you that you're receiving a call or text message?

December 11, 2012

Crowd-sourced Traffic Apps Ease Drivers

A study conducted in San Jose, Calif., found that drivers connected to each other via traffic apps have a better time coping with the stresses of traffic.

December 11, 2012

Philadelphia Mayor Formally Creates Office of New Urban Mechanics

Mayor Michael Nutter issued an executive order to officially create a new agency that aims to spur civic innovation and encourage civic involvement in government projects.

December 11, 2012

Washington State Joins HIX Club

Washington is the sixth state to receive conditional approval for its plans to run a state health insurance exchange.

December 11, 2012

White House Steps Up Open Source Activities

White House website developers become more engaged in open source communities, offering new resources to others wishing to emulate sites like 'We the People.'

December 11, 2012

What University of California campus recently had confusion surrounding a drone crash?

What University of California campus recently had confusion surrounding a drone crash?

December 10, 2012

FirstNet Faces Major Obstacles

The nationwide interoperable emergency network could be as far as 10 years away and require an additional $10 billion in funding.

December 10, 2012

New California Bill Protects Public-Sector Employees' Social Media Accounts

Assembly Bill 25 would prohibit public-sector employers in California from asking employees or job applicants for access to personal social media accounts.

December 10, 2012

Study: Tech Job Growth Strong

Job growth in technology and STEM fields is significantly outperforming other sectors, driving growth in regional economies.

December 10, 2012

Infographic: Tablets in the Workplace

According to a CDW survey, tablet users gain 1.1 hours in daily productivity by using their device.

December 10, 2012

9 Ways Social Media Benefits Police

A new report discusses in depth just how social media can be used to support law enforcement.

December 10, 2012

IBM Announces Cloud Software Offerings

Joining Google and Microsoft in the cloud-based business productivity suite market, IBM's SmartCloud Docs offers a new alternative for online collaboration.

December 10, 2012

What are NYC officials planning to use to combat homelessness?

What are NYC officials planning to use to combat homelessness?

December 7, 2012

FTC Scams 'Windows Tech Support' Scammers

As Windows tech support scams became increasingly common, investigators at the Federal Trade Commission began setting traps that eventually led to legal action.

December 7, 2012

Text-to-911 Available Nationwide in 2014

The four big cellular carriers agree to start rolling out Text-to-911 service in 2013, with nationwide implementation the following year.

December 7, 2012

6 Ways to do "Extreme Collaboration"

In an effort to inspire teamwork on the job, Gartner developed what it calls "extreme collaboration."

December 7, 2012

South Carolina Must Release More Data Breach Info, Lawmakers Say

While the Haley administration says it has released all the breach-related data it can, many say the state is hiding embarrassing information.

December 6, 2012

Mobile Browsers Wholly Unsafe

The lack of graphical indicators in the URL field of mobile browsers presents a major security risk, according to researchers.

December 6, 2012

Which State Has Highest Broadband IQ?

A recent study ranked all 50 states based on broadband adoption, network speeds and economic structure.

December 6, 2012

Florida County Uses Video Game Simulation to Teach Teens About Drunk Driving

Lee County, Fla.'s teen education program uses simulation to show young drivers how being drunk, distracted, drugged or even drowsy behind the wheel affects the ability to drive.

December 6, 2012

What is the Canadian city of Vancouver, B.C., using in pavement for new roads?

What is the Canadian city of Vancouver, B.C., using in pavement for new roads?

December 5, 2012

Infographic: NYC Tech Scene No. 2 in Nation

New York City falls between San Francisco and Boston when it comes to cities with the most tech companies.

December 5, 2012

GPS System Polarizes Workers in Baltimore County, Md.

While some praise the use of vehicle-installed GPS devices, others dispute the benefits and employee groups cry "Big Brother".

December 5, 2012

Data Analytics Go Public in Boston

Boston recently overhauled its back-end data analytics system and is making the data public with a new mobile app and website showcasing the city's performance.

December 5, 2012

Which tech company has launched a TV commercial that references former President Martin Van Buren?

Which tech company has launched a TV commercial that references former President Martin Van Buren?

December 5, 2012

California Senator Calls for Drone Regulations

Sen. Alex Padilla introduced a bill calling for regulations on commercial and public drones before the flying robots become too common.

December 4, 2012

Drone Does Double Duty as Dad

Parents may take inspiration from one father who built a drone to save him from a hilly walk to the bus stop with his son.

December 4, 2012

FDA, Industry Form Nonprofit for Medical Devices

The recently announced Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) intends to speed development, assessment and review of new medical devices.

December 4, 2012

Study Finds Antivirus Software Ineffective

A study commissioned by Imperva found that it took up to three weeks for the best-performing antivirus solutions to begin detecting malware.

December 4, 2012

Senate Approves Bill Requiring Warrants for E-mail Searches

An update to the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act will require law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant before searching electronically-stored data.

December 4, 2012

MODOT Eyes $500 Million in Innovation Savings

Officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) said they're on track to meet a $500 million savings goal and they're doing it through technology and innovation.

December 3, 2012

Surcharges to Pay for Health Insurance Exchanges

Federally-run health insurance exchanges as well as some some state-run exchanges will be paid for using insurance premium surcharges, not separate taxes.

December 3, 2012

DOE Launches Innovation Hub to Improve Battery Performance

The U.S. Department of Energy aims to make batteries five times more powerful and cheaper than they are now within five years.

December 3, 2012

D.C. Agencies Are Graded via Aggregated Social Media (INFOGRAPHIC)

Washington, D.C., commissioned a startup to monitor Twitter, Facebook and the government's own websites to evaluate their performance based on public sentiment.

December 3, 2012

GSA: Apps.gov Will Go Dark

After three years of limited activity, the cloud services portal intended to streamline purchasing will go offline.

November 30, 2012

Researchers to Study Low-Frequency Wind Turbine Sounds

The goals of this three-year project include promoting public-sector support of alternative energy technology.

November 30, 2012

Davenport, Iowa, PD Uses 3D Scanner for Crime Scenes

This new scanner allows police officers to take in and measure a crime scene in 40 minutes to an hour, compared to the typical three to four hours.

November 30, 2012

Church Bell Towers Double as Cell Towers

Cellphone providers and churches are entering into unlikely partnerships that increase cell coverage in neighborhoods and make money for local churches.

November 29, 2012

CMS' Oversight of EHR Incentives Flawed

A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that the conversion to electronic health records is vulnerable to fraud and abuse.

November 29, 2012

Study: City Planners Unprepared for Future

The U.S.'s major urban centers have a long way to go when it comes to technology, according to a recent report.

November 29, 2012

Researchers Capture Energy from Trains in Motion

Using energy from moving trains, researchers have found a way to power track lights, cross gates and switches, and this alternative energy source could save millions.

November 29, 2012

NARA Making the Switch to Google Apps for Government

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will spend five years transitioning to the cloud-based platform.

November 28, 2012

Air Force Takes Cybersecurity Training in Virtual City

A detailed virtual city complete with people, businesses and infrastructure is a test bed for Air Force network security scenarios.

November 28, 2012

5 Big Questions Raised by Big Data

More than 90 percent of the world's recorded information was generated in the past two years alone, and so much data presents equally large problems.

November 28, 2012

BYOD Game Changer? Two Phones in One Device

Software makers VMWare and Red Bend have forged deals with device makers to produce dual-identity smartphones that separate a user's personal and work information on the same device.

November 28, 2012

5 Infrastructure Trends to Prepare for in 2013

Technology consulting firm Microdesk predicts how technology will help shape sustainable U.S. infrastructure development in 2013.

November 28, 2012

What newly developed robot will study autonomous underwater navigation?

What newly developed robot will study autonomous underwater navigation?

November 27, 2012

I Spy: 5 Tech Tools Getting CIA Money

Along with investments in big data and cloud computing, In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of U.S. intelligence agencies, also lent support to innovations like quantum computing and wearable video cameras.

November 27, 2012

Texas School: Judge Overturns Student's Expulsion over RFID Chip

A judge has prohibited the school district from expelling the high school sophomore, and ruled that the RFID system is "a clear violation of her constitutional rights."

November 27, 2012

Killer Robots? Cambridge University to Examine the Threat

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk will examine the dangers of artificial intelligence, runaway nanotechnology and extreme weather events.

November 27, 2012

2013 IT Trends Predicted

Eleven executives from IT firm EMC share their predictions for 2013, with big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity topping the list.

November 27, 2012

Where does a new wearable microchip that monitors vital signs get its power?

Where does a new wearable microchip that monitors vital signs get its power?

November 27, 2012

Officials Tout Smart Meters, Some Texans Balk

Although the benefits of a scalable smart grid are becoming more apparent to government officials, some citizens don't want to trade in their old meters.

November 26, 2012

Senate to Reconsider Warrantless Cell Phone Searches

A Senate committee will consider limited changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which could alter how courts interpret the use of cell phone data.

November 26, 2012

Data Breach: Where Did South Carolina Go Wrong?

A security firm's analysis showed the attack was likely caused by an employee who "unwittingly executed malware" after clicking an email link.

November 26, 2012

Report: Only One DHS Employee Can Use Common Radio Channel

An internal investigation found that out of nearly 500 Homeland Security employees surveyed, only one knew how to use the department's $430 million interdepartmental radio program.

November 26, 2012

Texas School: Wear RFID Chip or Get Expelled

A Texas high school student's family is suing the school after the student was expelled for refusing to wear an RFID chip as part of the school's mandatory surveillance program.

November 26, 2012

Where have more than 38 million Americans been while doing their shopping this year?

Where have more than 38 million Americans been while doing their shopping this year?

November 21, 2012

Kansas City Startup Weekend Spawns Zoo App

Kansas City hosted its sixth Startup Weekend event, leading to the creation of several new ideas, including an mobile app that helps people navigate a large area, such as a zoo.

November 21, 2012

Twitter Exchanges Get Mayor to Go on Food Stamps

Following a Twitter battle between Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and a follower, the mayor said he would live on food stamps and challenged his opponent to do the same.

November 21, 2012

South Carolina Official Resigns After Security Debacle

A security breach that cost the state $14 million and compromised personal data of millions of residents also cost one official his job.

November 21, 2012

Bill: Feds Can Read Email Without Warrant

A Senate bill originally touted as a guardian of American privacy has been rewritten to allow federal agencies access to Internet accounts without a warrant.

November 21, 2012

What new app shames people who park their cars horribly?

What new app shames people who park their cars horribly?

November 20, 2012

Google Hires NHTSA Official

Ron Medford, deputy administrator for NHTSA, will join Google as the director of safety for self-driving cars in January.

November 20, 2012

3 Renewable-Energy Nanotech Projects to Watch

Nanotechnology being developed by researchers in Florida could be the key to increased energy efficiency across applications ranging from harnessing ocean waves to growing plants indoors.

November 20, 2012

Startup Targets Foster Child Health Records

Paper-based health records are sometimes lost or out-of-date as foster children are moved around, but a startup is looking to the cloud for a more coordinated solution.

November 20, 2012

Where does Google's new alternate reality game take place?

Where does Google's new alternate reality game take place?

November 20, 2012

Powering Data Centers with Biogas

Microsoft will invest $5.5 million to attempt to harness biogas from a water reclamation facility to power a data center.

November 19, 2012

What tests are being conducted to encourage residents to return public seating?

What are some cities doing to encourage residents to share public seating?

November 19, 2012

Will Smart Cars in the Future Read Lips?

A Swiss research laboratory is developing vehicle technology that could someday read lips, track eyes and monitor eye fatigue to make humans more integrated with their vehicle's interface.

November 19, 2012

Investigators Say Los Angeles Fire Data Severely Flawed

After a glitch was revealed in the Los Angeles Fire Department's computer systems, a task force found the problems went much deeper.

November 19, 2012

SF Launches Tax Credit App

To make it easier for local businesses to operate and grow jobs in San Francisco, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee launched San Francisco Enterprise Zone Web App.

November 16, 2012

Health Insurance Exchange Deadline Extended

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote a letter to Republican governors extending the deadline to Dec. 14, 2012.

November 16, 2012

Infographic: Are You an Email Hoarder or Filer?

A study by Varonis reveals three different styles of email management.

November 16, 2012

Big City Metrics Go Local

A new startup is offering data analytics software for small municipalities normally only seen in big governments.

November 16, 2012

Nebraska Measures Broadband Speeds

Nebraska has its eye on broadband upgrades, but first, officials need to gather data from citizens in order to effectively pursue funding.

November 16, 2012

What new human-powered device can reclaim yarn from old clothes?

What new human-powered device can reclaim yarn from old clothes?

November 16, 2012

Study: Social Networks Influence IT Decision Making

A Forrester study commissioned by LinkedIn found that a majority of IT decision makers use social networks regularly to assist in making decisions.

November 16, 2012

Cybersecurity Bill Does Not Pass Senate

Sen. Joe Lieberman's new, more modest version of his cybersecurity bill was rejected in a 51-47 vote.

November 15, 2012

Editorial: Advancing an Innovation Agenda

Technology journalist Alex Howard outlines policy suggestions for Pres. Obama that he feels will help unlock innovation in the U.S. economy.

November 15, 2012

NY Public Safety Systems Remained at 100% During Sandy

While many commercial cell towers went down during Hurricane Sandy, police and fire systems stayed at full operation.

November 15, 2012

Study: Terrorist Attacks Could Devastate Power Grid

Amid cybersecurity bills in Congress and talk of a presidential executive order, a study conducted in 2007, but only recently released, found that much of the nation's power grid is vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

November 15, 2012

NASA Encrypts Laptops After Breach

Following the second data breach this year, NASA updated its security policy, requiring all laptops to encrypt their data.

November 15, 2012

Seven Cybersecurity Predictions for 2013

Malicious mobile apps, government-sponsored attacks and sandbox avoidance are expected.

November 15, 2012

How many smartphone owners use their phones to search for health information?

How many smartphone owners use their phones to search for health information?

November 14, 2012

iPads are Useless, Says Local Councilman

A councilman in Myersville, Md., doesn't see how an iPad will help him better govern.

November 14, 2012

Google: More Governments Requesting Content Removal

From January to June, government requests to block or remove Google content rose 71 percent over the previous reporting period, the company reports.

November 14, 2012

New Cybersecurity Bill Stirs Congress

After failed attempts to pass cybersecurity legislation that both parties could agree on, Sen. Joe Lieberman is trying again.

November 14, 2012

Top 8 Threats Facing the Nation

Members of the National Homeland Security Consortium outlined the country's top health, safety and security concerns.

November 14, 2012

How many photovoltaic panels allowed the Pacific Island territory of Tokelau to become the world's first solar-powered nation?

How many photovoltaic panels allowed the Pacific Island territory of Tokelau to become the world's first solar-powered nation?

November 13, 2012

Survey: State CIO Priorities for 2013

State CIO's top priorities for 2013 are cloud computing, consolidation and optimization, according to NASCIO.

November 13, 2012

Carson City Proceeds With Tech Incubator

Voters said 'no' to a Knowledge and Discovery Center project in Carson City, Nev., but officials found a way to build a smaller business accelerator anyway.

November 13, 2012

Chicago App Development Goes In-House

Chicago Public Schools launched a new mapping tool for parents, but unlike a similar tool launched nine years ago, this one was created without the help of a contractor and yielded a better result.

November 13, 2012

Entrepreneurs Drawn to Kansas City Fiber

Google continues to build out fiber in Kansas City as communities of startups and developers with ideas gather.

November 13, 2012

What new strategy did scientists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem create for fingerprint visualization?

What new strategy did scientists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem create for fingerprint visualization?

November 13, 2012

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Moves to the Cloud

The department's 600,000 employees will securely exchange information from any location via the cloud.

November 12, 2012

Program Benefits Veterans, Saves States Millions

A program in Washington state uses data sharing to help veterans access proper benefits, and saves millions in state Medicaid funding.

November 12, 2012

Opinion: Government Should Encourage 4G Network Build-Outs

More Internet access leads to job growth, according to a recent study, so it follows that the government should do more to encourage wireless data network coverage, one analyst says.

November 12, 2012

Social Media Monitoring May Detect Biological Outbreaks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is beginning a yearlong biosurveillance program to spot public health trends using data available in open social networks.

November 12, 2012

The Apps That Sandy Built

As problems fell in Hurricane Sandy's wake, New Yorkers found technological solutions.

November 12, 2012

How many smart devices does Gartner predict will be purchased worldwide in 2013?

How many smart devices does Gartner predict will be purchased worldwide in 2013?

November 9, 2012

Bloomberg Ranks Top 50 Community-Minded Companies

IBM, AT&T, Microsoft and Intel are being honored for their corporate citizenship in a list released by Bloomberg called The Civic 50.

November 9, 2012

Gunshot Detection with Facial Recognition Instantly IDs Shooters

A shooter’s image is checked against a biometric database to determine identity, and if one isn't found, the software creates a new record.

November 9, 2012

Boston Invests in Hackers

The city opened a physical space downtown to promote big data projects and host educational events and hackathons.

November 9, 2012

Seattle Mayor Touts City's Tech Future

The future may not be all flying cars and jetpacks, but Seattle is a technological hub, Mayor McGinn told locals during a recent talk series.

November 8, 2012

Massachusetts State Police May Test Rubber Ball Camera

A customizable camera ball that can instantly transmit 360-degree images to a smartphone may help emergency responders assess a situation's safety from afar.

November 8, 2012

Sandy Supports Smarter Electric Upgrades

Electric grid upgrades in many cities are taking a flexible, adaptive approach rather than trying to build a system that is too strong to take down.

November 8, 2012

Report: San Francisco IT Inefficient, Siloed

A recent grand jury report found several major problems with IT in a city known for tech innovation.

November 8, 2012

Secretaries of State Honor Poll Worker For 75 Years of Service

California's longest-serving poll worker was awarded a medal for her participation in almost every election since 1937.

November 7, 2012

Smart Highways Glow in the Dark

Five new technologies in development by Dutch design firms show what highways in the future could look like.

November 7, 2012

Technology Malfunctions in 2012 Election

Broken and malfunctioning voting machines and confusion about how new technology works caused problems in this year's presidential election.

November 7, 2012

Baltimore Fire Fleet Can No Longer Tweet

A new social media policy restricting what Baltimore firefighters are allowed to post online has drawn the ire of union representatives and First Amendment activists.

November 7, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Local Government Website Edition

A local government website developer will award a state-of-the-art website to one cash-strapped municipality.

November 7, 2012

What have German scientists created from tree bark?

What have German scientists created from tree bark?

November 6, 2012

Smart911 Heightens First Responder Situational Awareness

Emergency response personnel can use data entered into Smart911 to make better decisions and improve response time.

November 6, 2012

Tablets Make Election Debut

While not yet widespread, tablets are being used in several counties around the country as balloting devices.

November 6, 2012

Online Voting Isn't Ready, Says Panel

Speakers at a recent Princeton University symposium said there are too many security risks to allow Internet voting.

November 5, 2012

South Carolina Encrypts Records After Breach

A breach of tax data for 3.6 million South Carolina residents dating back to 1998 could cause prolonged problems in the state, experts say.

November 5, 2012

Does Citizen Journalism Foster or Impede Law Enforcement?

The tendency for citizens to record everything on their smartphones can lead to conflicts between police and the people they are sworn to protect and serve.

November 5, 2012

Infographic: Employees Want Better Collaboration

About 96 percent of public-sector workers polled said they thought improved collaboration in their organizations would lead to improved decision making, efficiency and better service to the public.

November 5, 2012

What are German researchers using to generate energy?

What are German researchers using to generate energy?

November 2, 2012

Report: Smarter Tech Could Cut $220 Billion from Federal Deficit

Establishing better standards and following private-sector technology best practices could help reduce the deficit, says American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council report.

November 2, 2012

DHS Wants to Develop ‘Cyber Reserve’ After Observing Sandy’s Impact

Hurricane Sandy provides a look into what a successful cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure could be like.

November 2, 2012

Cameras Are Stars of Toledo PD's ORION Project

Toledo Police installed 40 new surveillance cameras around the city as part of an intelligence-led policing initiative.

November 1, 2012

Post-Sandy, Payphones Make a Comeback

With approximately 25 percent of people in the Northeast lacking cellphone service, folks are lining up at New York City payphones.

November 1, 2012

Voting Machines Need Paper Trail, Watchdogs Say

Election watchdog groups have concerns about electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail and are difficult to audit.

November 1, 2012

Opinion: Government and Technology Are Made for Each Other

Technology companies don't just have a civic responsibility to engage government, their relationship is a natural inevitability.

November 1, 2012

Promoting EHR Standards and Interoperability

In a departure from traditional approaches to electronic health records, one of the oldest EHR vendors is working to break down barriers between disparate systems.

November 1, 2012

How many Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year?

How many Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year?

October 31, 2012

Judge OKs Police Cameras With No Warrant

Cameras placed by police without a warrant were found not to violate the Fourth Amendment rights of two suspected marijuana farmers.

October 31, 2012

Smart Cities Strategies to Help Local Government

Cities looking for help in launching new technologies like next-generation 911 or advanced parking management systems have a new service to turn to.

October 31, 2012

What are researchers using to teach children with anger issues how to temper their emotions?

What are researchers using to teach children with anger issues how to temper their emotions?

October 31, 2012

Best Spooky Halloween Apps

You know what's really scary? Your workload. Why not take a break with some of this year's best Halloween apps?

October 31, 2012

Code for America Names Seven Civic Startups

These startups, which are developing real, sustainable solutions for challenges faced by government, received $25,000 and four months free access to local workspace to build their ideas.

October 30, 2012

Massachusetts HIE Enters Phase 2

Rather than come up with excuses not to proceed with its health information exchange, the state is moving forward with an aggressive timeline to complete phase two in 12 to 18 months.

October 30, 2012

Study: Unencrypted Smart Meter Signal Easy to Read

By reverse-engineering the meter's transmission technology, researchers could obtain access to meter usage data.

October 30, 2012

Online Access to State Services Grows in NY

A sweeping proposal would create a NY App Store, put more state services online and change physical office hours.

October 30, 2012

What marine mammal can imitate the voices of humans?

What marine mammal can imitate the voices of humans?

October 30, 2012

Book Mountain Public Library Opens in the Netherlands

In the digital age, Book Mountain is a trip to the past, and was designed to be an advertisement and an invitation for reading.

October 29, 2012

Smart Cameras Predict Human Behavior

Carnegie Mellon University researchers are developing a cognitive software engine that could someday replace humans monitoring video footage.

October 29, 2012

Philly Announces $6.5 Million Startup Accelerator

In an effort to support new businesses and innovative ideas, Philadelphia created a startup accelerator composed of two initiatives.

October 29, 2012

2012 Election: There's an App for That

New technology tools engage voters, help politicophobes avoid election content.

October 29, 2012

$2.5 Billion Cloud Services Competitors Announced

The U.S. General Services Administration announced the 17 companies that will compete to provide email, collaboration, office automation and electronic records management services to the government.

October 29, 2012

What sort of buildings in the future would never need to be painted?

What sort of buildings in the future would never need to be painted?

October 26, 2012

Tree Signage Gets Digital Update in Union County, N.J.

To spur public interest, trees in one New Jersey park got new signs with QR codes that link to an online field guide.

October 26, 2012

Chicago Deploys Gun Shot Detection Technology

Windy City officials give the go-ahead for gun shot detection system installation in three neighborhoods around the city.

October 26, 2012

DHS Deploys Data-Rich Emergency Maps

Dynamic, data-rich maps drawn from a wide variety of disparate sources are the Department of Homeland Security's newest tool in the urban emergency preparedness arsenal.

October 26, 2012

Top 10 Federal Websites Ranked

A quarterly study ranks 106 federal websites according to user satisfaction rates, and the Social Security Administration tops the list.

October 26, 2012

What up and coming app will prompt all users around the globe to take a photo at the exact same second?

What up and coming app will prompt all users around the globe to take a photo at the exact same second?

October 25, 2012

Electoral College Alternatives Discussed at MIT

About 20 speakers suggested modifications and alternatives to the existing presidential voting system at a recent event.

October 25, 2012

Police Buy $1.7 Million Paper Weights

Routers purchased by West Virginia State Police two years ago lack critical components and licenses needed for use with the state's voicemail system, rendering them useless as-is.

October 25, 2012

What's being developed to get every last drop out of product bottles?

What's being developed to get every last drop out of product bottles?

October 24, 2012

Dick Clark Awarded for Meritorious Service

Montana CIO Dick Clark recognized by NASCIO for his innovative ideas, leadership and commitment.

October 24, 2012

24-Hour Webcam Shows Downtown Salt Lake City

The cameras provide a 180-degree view of Main Street that officials hope will increase interest in the city.

October 24, 2012

What new invention can alleviate motion sickness faster than swallowed medications?

What new invention can alleviate motion sickness faster than swallowed medications?

October 24, 2012

Feds Swap BlackBerrys for iPhones

A $2.1 million contract was awarded to Apple that will switch thousands of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers to iPhones.

October 23, 2012

New Spam Scam Uses .Gov Links

Traditionally viewed as a symbol of trustworthiness, spammers have found a workaround to use .gov URLs as part of email scams.

October 23, 2012

Constitutionality of Stingrays Debated in Texas

The use of fake cellphone towers by federal investigators to solve crimes is facing opposition from a Texas judge and the American Civil Liberties Union.

October 23, 2012

Weigh Station Tech Could Make Roads Safer

Two technologies that could reduce wrecks and increase efficiency at commercial truck weigh stations will be inspected by officials in Indiana.

October 23, 2012

First U.S.-Based ICEGOV Kicks Off in Albany, N.Y.

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance convened on Oct. 22 with the goal of advancing transparency, participation and accountability in government.

October 23, 2012

What new gadget can help those who like to micromanage?

What new gadget can help those who like to micromanage?

October 22, 2012

Crush Robocalls, Win $50K

Despite a no-call-list that essentially makes telemarketing illegal, the Federal Trade Commission receives millions of complaints each year regarding automated phone messages and so they're offering a reward for a solution.

October 22, 2012

San Bernardino, Calif., $5.3 Million Behind in State Pension Payments

The California city has a simple reason for why it stopped making required payments to the state pension system — the city ran out of money.

October 22, 2012

Opinion: Big Data Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

While it has its uses, blogger Adam Hanft writes, big data has some big problems.

October 22, 2012

Voting By Mail More Prone to Errors, Study Says

Technology has improved the accuracy of in-person voting, but absentee voting is another story, a new study finds.

October 19, 2012

Code for America Names 2013 Fellows

Twenty-nine fellows are selected to participate in next year's program.

October 19, 2012

NYC Pumps $12 Million Into Local Business Infrastructure

City businesses with fewer than 100 employees can apply for a piece of a $12 million broadband upgrade.

October 19, 2012

Louisiana First to Launch Ballistic Information Network

The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network has already linked 600 shootings.

October 19, 2012

Study: Top 10 Federal Websites Ranked

Federal websites were ranked in three categories: accessibility, search engine optimization and usability.

October 19, 2012

What will one day kill weeds on farms with 98 percent accuracy?

What will one day kill weeds on farms with 98 percent accuracy?

October 18, 2012

Virginia "Socializes" Public Safety

Gov. Bob McDonnell launches new Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep the public better informed about public safety issues and increase communication.

October 18, 2012

Which Presidential Candidate Is More Emotionally Expressive?

Facial recognition technology finds that President Barack Obama showed a wider range of emotions and made a better emotional connection with the audience than his GOP opponent.

October 18, 2012

Study: Government Websites Fall Short

With 99 percent of citizens using the Internet at least once a week, two studies suggested that governments aren't doing enough to cater to the expectations of their citizens.

October 18, 2012

Texas Buys High-Tech $7.4 Million Aircraft

Similar to aircraft uses by the U.S. airforce for wartime operations, the Texas Department of Public Safety ordered a custom Pilatus PC-12 complete with a $1.3 million imaging and downlink system.

October 18, 2012

Sam Segran Named Texas Public Sector CIO of the Year

Segran was selected for his innovative leadership as Texas Tech University's CIO and associate vice president.

October 18, 2012

Top Tech Community Colleges of 2012

The Center for Digital Education names the winners of the 2012 Digital Community Colleges Survey.

October 18, 2012

CIOs' Top 10 Tech Priorities

In the 2012 Digital States Survey, state CIOs identify top of mind technologies for next 2 years.

October 17, 2012

Chicago Mayor Seeks Tech Talent with New Council

ChicagoNEXT will attempt to foster economic development and job growth.

October 17, 2012

UberTAXI Waits For New York City

New York City changed its rules for hailing cars last month, prohibiting car-hailing service Uber from operating in the city until next year, and Uber founders said they will wait.

October 17, 2012

NY Digital Health Accelerator Names Inaugural Participants

The eight companies will work with senior-level health-care providers and get access to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York.

October 17, 2012

Google Reveals Data Center Photos

Users can view 54 colorful photos of Google's data centers around the world, explore the facilities with Street View, and gain insight into how one of the most influential companies in technology operates.

October 16, 2012

Real-Time Traffic Data Program Expands to 14 States

A traffic data program led by Inrix provides real-time vehicle speed data accurate within 2.5 mph.

October 16, 2012

Photo of the Week - Living Hobbit-Style in Swiss Earth Houses

In The Lord of the Rings, hobbits live in the hillsides -- and so can the Swiss, if they choose to take up residence in the Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse in Dietikon, Switzerland.

October 15, 2012

Obama, Romney Share Tech Policies

In response to a request from NY Tech Meetup, both presidential candidates shared their visions for the future of American technology.

October 15, 2012

Biden, Ryan Debate Evaluated in Real-Time

Blow by blow, reaction to the vice presidential debate was polled in real-time using a new app that students used to agree or disagree with comments, or call "dodge" and "spin."

October 15, 2012

Bikers Share Routes with City of Atlanta

Using a new app developed by researchers at Georgia Tech, bikers can share their routes with the City of Atlanta to help city planners make more informed decisions.

October 12, 2012

Georgia Tech’s MacGyver Robot Will Solve Problems

The robot will have human-like cognitive decision-making capabilities, allowing it to pick up items and determine how best to use them.

October 12, 2012

Rhode Island Names its First Chief Digital Officer

After a three-month, nationwide search, the state has selected Thom Guertin to be its first chief digital officer and launch the Office of Digital Excellence.

October 12, 2012

Bike-Sharing Program Launches in Tampa, Fla.

In a move to make Tampa more bike friendly, city officials plan to add 30 bike-sharing stations by fall 2013.

October 12, 2012

What are cybercriminals now hacking to gain access to another aspect of our lives?

What are cybercriminals now hacking to gain access to another aspect of our lives?

October 12, 2012

EPA Promotes Clean Diesel with $30 Million

As part of the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, the EPA is awarding millions in funding to upgrade old engines around the country to use clean diesel fuel.

October 11, 2012

Anne Frank to Apartheid, Google Curates World History

In its latest effort to document the planet, Google has published detailed historical exhibits of 42 major events with never-before-released photos and video.

October 11, 2012

Esri Joins Amazon in the Cloud

Esri’s ArcGIS technology will now be available via the Amazon Web Services GovCloud in the U.S.

October 11, 2012

Study: Email Encryption Concerns the Feds

Following high-profile information leaks, federal agencies are looking to email encryption but finding that the technology isn't a silver bullet.

October 11, 2012

What percentage of physicians say electronic health records have not improved quality of care?

What percentage of physicians say electronic health records have not improved quality of care?

October 10, 2012

11 Governmental E-Records Tips to Share

The Council of State Archivists recognizes Electronic Records Day on October 10.

October 10, 2012

New App Opens Up Presidential Documents

Searchable records reveal activities and official communications.

October 10, 2012

NASCIO Launches New Collaboration Website

New website will promote and highlight examples of collaborative initiatives in state and local government.

October 10, 2012

Government and Wireless Carriers Need to Partner on Cybersecurity, Survey Says

A new survey of IT professionals indicates a majority feel government should allow information exchange between public entities and wireless providers to improve mobile cybersecurity.

October 10, 2012

How fast can Utah State University's cheese-powered race car go?

How fast can Utah State University's cheese-powered race car go?

October 9, 2012

Street-Level Maps of Carbon Dioxide Emissions Show Potential

University researchers have unveiled a new mapping tool that shows building-by-building carbon emissions in a major U.S. city.

October 9, 2012

Tech Leaders Seek Innovative Solutions for Basic Problems

San Francisco might be one of the innovation capitals of the world, but it’s plagued with basic issues like a lack of public Wi-Fi.

October 9, 2012

Subway, Light-Rail Systems to Receive Federal Oversight

Following an increase of high-profile crashes, new legislation prompts transportation officials to draft federal safety standards.

October 9, 2012

What are the top three drivers of cloud adoption?

What are the top three drivers of cloud adoption?

October 9, 2012

Photo of the Week - Astronauts' View of Earth at Night

A stitched-together time-lapse of images taken from the International Space Station window shows what astronauts see after the sun sets.

October 9, 2012

Community Web Projects Gain $1.3 Million Boost

A grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will fund the development of four websites that intend to improve citizen participation in government.

October 8, 2012

America's Richest Cities Are Tech Centers

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the economy continues to do poorly, but cities with a high concentration of workers in the technology sector are doing best.

October 8, 2012

Houses: Researchers Gonna Make You Sweat

Swiss researchers found an inexpensive way to allow houses to collect rainwater and sweat it out when the weather gets warmer.

October 8, 2012

Report: U.S. Opposes Major Changes in Global Telecom Treaty

A conference scheduled for this December was called by the UN to update global telecommunications regulations more than 20 years old, and the US has said the country is ready to cooperate, but doesn't want big changes.

October 8, 2012

Social Media Users Say 'No Politics Please'

A new browser extension that filters out political discussions on Facebook based on keywords has experienced sudden popularity.

October 8, 2012

What are the primary causes of a 50 percent reduction in coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef?

What are the primary causes of a 50 percent reduction in coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef?

October 5, 2012

7 Characteristics of Weak Passwords (Infographic)

It might be obvious, but adding characters and complexity improves security.

October 5, 2012

What have scientists invented to study root structures of plants?

What have scientists invented to study root structures of plants?

October 5, 2012

Report: Google Warns Users of Possible Government Cyberattacks

A new warning message issued by Google warns users of malicious, state-sponsored emails coming from countries that Google declined to identify.

October 5, 2012

Philadelphia Launches Innovation Office with a Nod to Boston

The Office of New Urban Mechanics will explore innovative, low-cost projects in an environment where failure is accepted.

October 5, 2012

Hawaii Plans for 12-Year Tech Transformation

A 12-year plan set to change the way Hawaii approaches technology and business practices across the entire enterprise was announced by the State Office of Information Management and Technology.

October 4, 2012

Will FCC Money Improve 3G and 4G Coverage?

Covering 83,000 road miles in 31 states, $300 million in contracts awarded to carriers by an FCC program will close service gaps in mobile data service.

October 4, 2012

The Bar Code Turns 60 (Infographic)

See how bar codes and scanners have evolved since President Dwight Eisenhower was in office during the 1950s.

October 4, 2012

Report: Uncovered 1983 Steve Jobs Tape Predicts Future

The late Apple co-founder had a cult-like following while alive, but in death and now with the release of a new recording full of predictions from 1983, he's might be elevated to the status of a modern-day Nostradamus.

October 4, 2012

Will You Make Cellphone Calls While In-Flight?

The FAA is looking at bringing domestic airline regulations up to speed with the rest of the world.

October 3, 2012

Researchers discovered bacteria that produce what valuable commodity?

Researchers discovered bacteria that produce what valuable commodity?

October 3, 2012

Cybersecurity Resource Center Created to Help Governors

A new organization aimed at helping states fight against cybersecurity threats was announced by the National Governors Association.

October 3, 2012

Optical Device Could Increase Internet, Computing Speeds

A micro-scale relay switch makes that makes use of light signals, rather than electronic signals, could be the stuff future computers are made of, university researchers say.

October 3, 2012

New Explosives Scanner Keeps People Moving

A new scanner developed by Japanese researchers may someday return travelers to pre-9/11 security wait times.

October 3, 2012

Study: Police Are No Longer Social Media Skeptics

What began as a diversion primarily used by teenagers has grown into a useful tool used by most law enforcement agencies, according to a new report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

October 2, 2012

What percentage of Americans have been the victim of a data breach in the past 12 months?

What percentage of Americans have been the victim of a data breach in the past 12 months?

October 2, 2012

What seat belt proposal does New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie say he won't sign?

What seat belt proposal does New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie say he won't sign?

October 2, 2012

Internet 'Uncaucus' Planned for Iowa

Thousands of Iowans are expected to show up to a new kind of live political event in Des Moines, and even more are expected to watch and participate in discussion online.

October 2, 2012

Seattle Police Take Tweeting to Another Level

Each of the city's 51 police beats now reports crimes using Twitter, informing residents by neighborhood of what's happening around them.

October 2, 2012

Tsunami Safety Pod to Enter Production

Inspired by images of the devastating Japanese tsunami in 2011, an Australian boat builder invented a pod that could save lives when the next big tsunami comes.

October 2, 2012

Report: False Alarm in Tulsa Puts CIO on Leave

After a routine test was mistaken for a hacker attack, a mass-email was issued to tens of thousands of customers warning of leaked personal information, costing the city $20,000.

October 1, 2012

L.A. County Calls For Trash-to-Fuel Legislation

As many of Los Angeles County's landfills near capacity, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion calling for modern solutions to waste management.

October 1, 2012

LightSquared Hitches Hopes to Weather Balloons

The multibillion dollar satellite 4G LTE carrier has gone bankrupt, but hasn't given up.

October 1, 2012

Rumor: White House Military Office Network Breached

Cyberattackers operating from a Chinese network reportedly breached one of the U.S. government's most sensitive computer networks.

October 1, 2012

What kind of electronic device could one day be placed beneath the skin's surface and gradually disappear once it's no longer needed?

What kind of electronic device could one day be placed beneath the skin's surface and gradually disappear once it's no longer needed?

September 28, 2012

Virginia Internship Program Connects Students with Employers

The new program will create a centralized online application center for college students looking for internships in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

September 28, 2012

California Stops Employer, University Social Media Snooping

Two new laws were signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that prohibit employers or universities from requesting access, user names or passwords to applicants' social media accounts.

September 28, 2012

New Jersey Mulls Ad-Powered Websites

A bill that would create a pilot program for allowing advertising on government agency websites has been withdrawn after concerns about privacy and conflict of interest were raised.

September 28, 2012

Finding a Home in Delaware Just Got Easier

A new property listing website provides landlords, property owners and house hunters a free online and phone-based tool.

September 27, 2012

Police Scan Windows to Identify Illegal Tinting

Using a light transmittance meter, many police departments are finding an easy way to crack down on illegal window tinting that can endanger driver and officer safety.

September 27, 2012

Waterloo’s Building a Safety Net to Help Laid Off RIM Employees

As BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion prepares to lay off 5,000 workers, Waterloo, Ontario, is expected to launch a tech jobs center to help its residents.

September 27, 2012

Nextdoor: An Emerging Social Network for Government to Connect with Residents

Government leaders in Davis, Calif., are finding that the free, online social network is an easy way to distribute information.

September 27, 2012

City Council Tech Upgrades to Benefit the Public

The Santa Rosa, Calif., City Council chambers is receiving a tech makeover, complete with high-definition cameras and a new technology backbone.

September 27, 2012

What are researchers studying to help find more flexible ways to deal with problems in computer science?

What are researchers studying to help find more flexible ways to deal with problems in computer science?

September 27, 2012

Harvard's Best Ideas for Government

Harvard University names innovative government programs.

September 26, 2012

America: Land of the Free, Home of the Internet

Despite controversial piracy bills, the U.S. is second-best in the world when it comes to Internet freedom, according to a new report.

September 26, 2012

Drone Dogfight Illuminates Potential Threats

The Lawfare Drone Smackdown explores the security implications of the increasingly popular technology.

September 26, 2012

California Gets Green Light on Autonomous Vehicles

Gov. Jerry Brown set in motion a law that will require the creation of controls and safety and performance standards for the operation of autonomous vehicles in California.

September 25, 2012

Photo of the Week - Mankind's Deepest-Ever View of the Universe

The universe is 13.7 billion years old, and this photo reveals galaxies that span back 13.2 billion years in time.

September 25, 2012

Public Safety: Have You Converted to Narrowbanding Yet?

Agencies can take these three steps to meet the Jan. 1, 2013, deadline to convert land mobile radio functionality to narrowbanding.

September 25, 2012

BYOD Taxes Some Public-Sector IT Departments

New study reveals a deepening divide between government workers using mobile devices and the IT departments that support them.

September 25, 2012

Report: States Should Switch to Digital Resources Within 5 Years

Digital resources should be pervasive in five years, says the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

September 25, 2012

How many residents has the state of California lost through migration since 1990?

How many residents has the state of California lost through migration since 1990?

September 24, 2012

Cameras Watch Cameras in Prince George’s County, Md.

The county adds cameras to curb vandalism of traffic cameras.

September 24, 2012

Chicago Mayor Issues Broadband Challenge

Free Wi-Fi to come to all public spaces in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel says.

September 24, 2012

What Will the Web Look Like in 2020?

A new report from the United Nations’ Broadband Commission for Digital Development looks at global trends that will shape the future.

September 24, 2012

‘Call Me Maybe’ Parody Announces Payday Loan Restitution (VIDEO)

The San Francisco City Attorney’s office riffs on a pop song to get the word out about a loan scam settlement.

September 24, 2012

What have scientists started using to improve pharmaceuticals?

What have scientists started using to improve pharmaceuticals?

September 21, 2012

Cargo-Sniffing Robo-Fish Go Places Others Can't

Modeled after the tuna fish, the DHS is looking to nature for its next anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling effort.

September 21, 2012

Obama Campaign Adopts 'Wet Signature' to Entice New Voters

Citizens use their mobile devices to control a mechanical pen miles away so they can register to vote.

September 21, 2012

Cybersecurity Executive Order Almost Ready

The president will soon review an order that would create a voluntary information sharing program, says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

September 21, 2012

What sort of shoes will one day guide their wearer back home?

What sort of shoes will one day guide their wearer back home?

September 20, 2012

California Launches Statewide Online Voter Registration

More than 3,000 new voters registered in the website's first 12 hours.

September 20, 2012

How Much Does Your Commute Cost?

A new online calculator developed by Hewlett-Packard and Govloop shows government workers how much they could save in time, money and CO2 emissions by staying home instead of driving to the office.

September 20, 2012

Report: Feds Exposed 94 Million Records in 3 Years

Government exposes far fewer records than private enterprise through hacker attacks, accidental exposure and the like, but the number of records exposed totals in the millions, according to a new report.

September 20, 2012

Study: Cloud Services Could Save Feds Billions

If every federal agency moved three mission-critical applications to the cloud, the benefits would be huge, according to a recent study, but security concerns have leashed widespread adaptation.

September 20, 2012

What element of the human body did a UC San Diego professor print in 3D?

What element of the human body did a UC San Diego professor print in 3D?

September 19, 2012

Government Social Network Could Replace Emails, Phone Calls

The National Nuclear Security Administration will adopt an internal social network that could pave the way for other agencies and replace traditional lines of communication.

September 19, 2012

What Does the Twitterverse Think of You?

Social Sentiment Index uses analytics to measure public opinion on Twitter.

September 19, 2012

Virginia Hopes Cyber Challenge will Develop its Security Workforce

A new competition in Virginia will test the cybersecurity knowledge of high school students and offer scholarships to three winners.

September 19, 2012

Do Federal Managers Have Their Heads in the Cloud?

A recent study suggests that federal managers, like much of the public, do not understand what cloud computing is.

September 19, 2012

What are a team of researchers developing to help save coral reefs?

What are a team of researchers developing to help save coral reefs?

September 18, 2012

Public Safety Network Gets Real-World Test at RNC

In a preview of what could come out of the planned nationwide public safety broadband network, police used iPhones over a private network while securing the 2012 Republican National Convention.

September 18, 2012

Never Stop at a Red Light Again?

A new app being developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers may help drivers avoid red lights and reduce car pollution.

September 18, 2012

Live Video of Earth from the International Space Station Coming

Like Google Earth, but streaming in near-real-time, a Canadian startup will soon mount cameras on the International Space Station and broadcast the video on an open source Web platform.

September 18, 2012

County Builds Legal Help Website for Low-Income Residents

As a resource for low-income residents in Macoupin County, Ill., the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation initiated funding for a legal self-help website.

September 18, 2012

What's the newest way for 'overworked America' to catch some much-needed Zs?

What's the newest way for 'overworked America' to catch some much-needed Zs?

September 17, 2012

Study: Wind Power a Viable Option on East Coast

A grand total of 140,000 wind turbines placed offshore in the Northeast could power one-third of the U.S., according to a recent study by Stanford researchers.

September 17, 2012

Report: Used Software Market Might Heat Up

With a recent ruling in Europe that frees up the sale of second-hand software, American organizations could look to overseas purchases as a way to save on software.

September 17, 2012

What is the top online sharing pet peeve in the U.S.?

What is the top online sharing pet peeve in the U.S.?

September 14, 2012

Social Media Finds New Role In Politics

A new study verifies that many people use Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about political news and craft their opinions on key issues.

September 14, 2012

NYC Cab-Hailing App Put on Hold

The Big Apple stopped taxi app developer Uber from connecting drivers directly to passengers, at least until next year.

September 14, 2012

How many video minutes does Cisco predict will traverse the Internet per second by 2015?

How many video minutes does Cisco predict will traverse the Internet per second by 2015?

September 13, 2012

E-Government for Undertakers

The Oklahoma Funeral Board’s new online license renewal process allows funeral directors and embalmers to skip the old paper-intensive procedure.

September 13, 2012

What percentage of parents these days can't understand text messages from their teens?

What percentage of parents these days can't understand text messages from their teens?

September 12, 2012

Software Devs Must be Honest About Apps, Feds Say

In a publication released this month, the Federal Trade Commission outlined its expectations for software developers as many enterprises prepare investments in mobile technology.

September 12, 2012

What is considered the most stressful college for students to attend?

What is considered the most stressful college for students to attend?

September 11, 2012

How It Works: Inside New York City's 311 System (VIDEO)

City officials explain how technology is making government-to-citizen communication faster and more efficient.

September 11, 2012

County Government Learns to Catch Online Predators

Law enforcement in Eddy County, N.M., monitors online activity to stop the distribution of child pornography.

September 11, 2012

Google Fiber Brought to You by Higher Taxes?

Experts discuss the costs of paying for large-scale broadband projects and how governments should best approach service providers.

September 11, 2012

L.A. County's Most Tech-Savvy 100-Year-Old

Los Angeles County's public library system turned 100, and it delivers information much differently today than it did in 1912.

September 11, 2012

What have researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University recently developed to more quickly diagnose diseases?

What have researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University recently developed to more quickly diagnose diseases?

September 10, 2012

More Enterprises Choosing Solid-State Drives for Storage

As prices continue to drop on solid-state drives, more organizations are looking into the storage medium that speeds up their systems.

September 10, 2012

Fire Chief Pushes For Super-Powered Hose

Taking a page from Europe's book, a fire chief in Florida is taking steps toward installing a fire hose that can blast through walls and concrete like a sandblaster.

September 10, 2012

DARPA Shows Four-Legged 'Pack Mule' Robots (VIDEO)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency showed off prototypes of new robots that climb rough terrain by mimicking the gait of pack mules.

September 10, 2012

What sort of implantation has one national consortium of researchers recently completed?

What sort of implantation has one national consortium of researchers recently completed?

September 7, 2012

Space Station Astronauts Save the Day with a Toothbrush

Using a makeshift device composed of spare parts, a can of nitrogen and a toothbrush, astronauts reattached a crucial component to the International Space Station.

September 7, 2012

Report: Executive Order on Cybersecurity Drafted

A draft executive order is making its rounds and President Barack Obama will soon decide whether to complete a task that Congress has repeatedly failed.

September 7, 2012

Virginia Names the Region's Best Tech Projects of 2012

The Governor's Technology Awards recognize great achievements in public-sector information technology.

September 7, 2012

Redwood City Gets Graphic with Economic Data

Redwood City, Calif. has a new tool available to businesses or curious citizens that visualizes the city's financial data with a variety of charts, graphs and maps.

September 6, 2012

FCC Plans to Measure Mobile America

Following a broadband program that held service providers to their speed claims, the FCC announced a new, similar program for wireless data networks.

September 6, 2012

Drunk Face Algorithm Developed by Researchers

Police may one day make use of thermal imaging technology that identifies how drunk a person is simply by taking a picture.

September 6, 2012

Report: Alabama Starts Scanning Prison Visitor Fingerprints

Alabama's new policy to scan prison visitor fingerprints to verify identification has drawn the ire of the ACLU.

September 6, 2012

Washington State Tests New Website

The Evergreen State is launching a new website with a more modern appearance and easier access to information its citizens want.

September 6, 2012

How many drivers would feel comfortable operating self-driving automobiles?

How many drivers would feel comfortable operating self-driving automobiles?

September 5, 2012

2012 Best of New York Winners Honored

The best and brightest public-sector IT personnel and projects of 2012 were recognized at the annual GTC East conference in Albany.

September 5, 2012

Report: Cybercrime Costs Consumers $110 Billion Annually

The 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report claims that 18 adults become victims of cybercrime every second.

September 5, 2012

Dallas Names New CIO After Hiring Scandal

One year after a former city CIO hired eight members of his church, Dallas named Bill Finch its new CIO.

September 5, 2012

Harris County, Texas, Continues on 700 MHz While Feds Plan

The county received a 180 day extension to continue operating on the 700 MHz band while details for the National Public Safety Broadband Network are sorted out.

September 5, 2012

Missing Children Report Procedure Getting Overhaul

In an effort to improve interagency communication, several public safety organizations are teaming up to promote best practices that could save lives.

September 5, 2012

When do most U.S. residents typically plan vacation travel according to a new survey?

When do most U.S. residents typically plan vacation travel according to a new survey?

September 4, 2012

Boston Tests Subway Biological Sensors with Bacteria

As part of a DHS early detection program to prepare for bioterrorism, non-hazardous bacteria will be sprayed in Boston's subway system to test new sensors.

September 4, 2012

Web Surveillance Companies Pitch Their Tools to Police

Detecting suspicious behavior online could get a boost from companies that tout advancements in social media and Internet monitoring.

September 4, 2012

Report: Zero-Day Exploits Catch Regulators' Attention

Some officials have expressed interest in regulating trades of software exploits, but others say it would be a futile effort.

September 4, 2012

Photo of the Week - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Stars on National Geographic

LLNL stars in an upcoming National Geographic documentary about the sinking of the British passenger ship Lusitania during the early part of World War I.

September 4, 2012

Memphis Deaths Put Police Technology in Limelight

A press conference following the deaths of two civilians had the mayor of Memphis asking for new police technology that could prevent future accidents.

September 4, 2012

What did two women from Sweden recently launch to protect bicycle riders?

What did two women from Sweden recently launch to protect bicycle riders?

August 31, 2012

Colorful Internet History Chronicled on Facebook

Internet education company Grovo used the Facebook timeline to outline a history of the Internet that goes back to May 4, 1536.

August 31, 2012

Better Supercomputers Improve Hurricane Readiness

Officials in New Orleans have access to more accurate information about Hurricane Isaac than they did in 2005 with Katrina.

August 31, 2012

Executive Order on Cybersecurity Gets More Support

Following repeated failures by the Senate to pass a new cybersecurity law to protect national infrastructure, a former White House cybersecurity chief offered the president advice.

August 31, 2012

Apple Says No to Drone Strike App

An app that notifies iPhone users whenever a U.S. military drone strike occurs was rejected from the App Store for a third and possibly final time.

August 31, 2012

What did a recent survey reveal about most people's understanding of "the cloud"?

What did a recent survey reveal about most people's understanding of "the cloud"?

August 30, 2012

Is a CIO Less Expensive than an IT Consultant?

One county recently discovered that retaining a permanent CIO is much cheaper.

August 30, 2012

In-Car System Prevents Police from Typing While Driving

To prevent distracted driving, a new system will be deployed in Fort Wayne, Ind., that prevents officers from driving and typing.

August 30, 2012

Japanese Toilet Maker Shows Poop-Powered Motorcycle

Toilet maker Toto is publicizing what it claims is the first vehicle powered by animal waste.

August 30, 2012

This Rest Area Is Brought to You By Geico

A new Virginia program uses private-sector funding to subsidize the cost of maintaining 43 rest areas geared toward preventing distracted driving.

August 30, 2012

What new invention could help keep picked bananas fresh for more than two weeks?

What new invention could help keep picked bananas fresh for more than two weeks?

August 29, 2012

Stealthy 'Frankenstein' Malware Developed

University of Texas at Dallas researchers created a new type of malware that avoids detection by traditional scanners.

August 29, 2012

New York Spends $27 Million Spreading Broadband

The state will spend funds from "Connect NY" and a Regional Council initiative to bring high-speed Internet to some of the state's reported 6 million underserved citizens.

August 29, 2012

Pressure Builds for Presidential Action on Cybersecurity

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s open letter to President Barack Obama urges him to take action to secure America’s computer networks.

August 29, 2012

Autonomous Vehicles May Soon Drive California Roads

A Senate bill calling for safety standards for autonomous vehicles was approved by the California State Assembly on Aug. 28.

August 28, 2012

Future Looks Bleak for Mobile Spectrum (Infographic)

New infographic shows the growing crunch on the available mobile device airwaves.

August 28, 2012

Stop the Arms Race, Win $10,000!

The U.S. Department of State is inviting technology innovators to find loose nukes and win cash.

August 28, 2012

How Much Energy Does Your Home Really Consume?

In a nod to the value of car manufacturers' mile-per-gallon ratings, researchers at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science published a study that led to a color-coded map of the five boroughs of New York City that displays energy cost and consumption data.