Faster broadband should help U.S. compete in world economy.
Harnessing digital power is key to effectively tackling 21st-century challenges.
The D80 Center mobilizes university students to put the skills they are learning in college to work in the field in countries around the globe.
Emergency responders have to prepare for many different disaster scenarios. But when that involves what amounts to an unthinkable catastrophe, planning often falls short.
According to Elizabeth May, head of Canada's Green Party and former executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, there now appears to be a concerted push in the U.S. to increase doubt among the general public concerning global warming and our role in causing this.
The nation's communities need more than an economic stimulus to address their challenges.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will move to create formal net neutrality rules prohibiting Internet providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and applications, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today.
20 percent of the tweets contain requests for product information or responses to the requests.
Local government leaders must collaborate during tough economy.
The MIT Media Lab in collaboration with researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have created a new iPhone application that enables users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 (swine flu), on the ground in real time.
A new method to detect toxins and contaminates in municipal water supplies has undergone further refinements by two Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers according to a news announcement today.
A new publication that recommends best practices for the next generation of portable biometric acquisition devices-Mobile ID-has been published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The leakage puts social network users at risk of having their identity linked with their browsing behavior.
Northern Michigan University (NMU) has announced that it has deployed one of the largest active WiMAX networks in the U.S.
"Well, controlling always contains an element of prediction, because if you can successfully control something, you can predict what is going to happen to it."
Todd Sander, director of Digital Communities and deputy director of the Center for Digital Government was featured on Federal News Radio yesterday, discussing our Digital Counties annual survey.
For much of the last week, staff from Poker Flat Research Range have been assisting fire personnel in mapping the Crazy Mountain Complex fires with unmanned aircraft. The mapping operation is using 40-pound Insitu ScanEagles equipped with infrared cameras.
Not only does the system provide full freight details for 23,000 stations in 40 countries, but also can instantly indicate the position and progress of individual wagons.
Nearly 40 percent of Chicago residents, especially Latinos and those aged 67 or more, have limited or no access to the Internet, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In the five months since passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), thousands of research-related awards have been made, supporting important scientific efforts across the country, according to a statement from the Science Coalition released today.
The frequency of wildfires will increase in many regions as the climate warms in the coming decades, according to a new study by atmospheric scientists at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
A new study finds that in order for a response to be effective, quick detection and treatment are essential, and any delay beyond three days would overwhelm hospitals with critically ill people.
A new survey by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that approximately one in six public health workers said they would not report to work during a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity.
A student team in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering has already built a "blind car" and is giving select blind participants the opportunity to drive.
Researchers from the Fraunhofer nstitute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg have developed a method that visualizes the processes inside energy conversion plants such as photovoltaic, wind, biogas and hydroelectric power stations.
Four newly designed solar power collection dishes are unveiled at Sandia National Laboratories' National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF).
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS in Sankt Augustin, Germany, have developed a video speech recognition system that does not require expensive updating measures.
Researchers from Tel Aviv University say they have found a novel and reliable way to help predict the intensity of the next big flood, using common cell phone towers across the United States.
A new study in the July 3 edition of Science suggests that US communities along the Gulf Coast may have to deal with a growing number of hurricanes because of changing weather patterns.
According to the Science and Technology Directorate, new technology is desperately needed to battle secret tunnels used by criminal enterprises.
A new scientific system, designed to rapidly evaluate the world's air traffic patterns, accurately predicted how the H1N1 virus would spread around the world earlier this year.
The "city of the future," as it is described by Abu Dhabi officials, is currently planned as the cornerstone of a global cooperative effort to develop or improve sustainable technologies.
The 19th World Conference on Disaster Management wrapped today in Toronto, Canada after a robust two-and-a-half-day program that covering the full spectrum of disaster management issues.
According to a new white paper from the American Telemedicine Association to be published in the peer-reviewed journal, Telemedicine and e-Health, telemedicine, or information technology enhanced healthcare, must be a core component of any viable healthcare reform strategy.
One innovative telemedicine project, for example, is providing distant nursing home patients with Parkinson's disease access to neurologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Targeting children may be an effective use of limited supplies of flu vaccine, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the EU.
Scientists and researchers representing 13 U.S. government science agencies, major universities and research institutes produced the most comprehensive report to date on national climate change, offering the latest information on rising temperatures.
A new type of robot being developed will make it easier to detect drugs, weapons, explosives and illegal immigrants concealed in cargo containers.
A new and novel computer modeling platform can help hospitals and cities to be more prepared for catastrophic public health scenarios,
Harris County Commissioners Court has unanimously approved the creation of the Houston Ship Channel Security District, a public-private partnership that will fund enhancements to security technology, infrastructure and processes along the ship channel.
Researchers from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a framework to calculate the true environmental cost of travel.
As described in an article to be published in the August 2009 issue of the American Journal of Medicine and released online yesterday, medical problems contributed to nearly two-thirds (62.1 percent) of all bankruptcies in 2007. Between 2001 and 2007, the proportion of all bankruptcies attributable to medical problems rose by 49.6 percent.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have come up with a new memory storage medium that can pack thousands of times more data into one square inch of space than conventional chips and preserve this data for more than a billion years.
Not only does research show that rural residents may be more likely to maintain normal levels of social contact than urban residents, but the researchers said that the decreased access to hospitals and physicians also make rural areas especially vulnerable during an epidemic.
Increasing sea levels, coastal erosion, changing sea ice conditions, and permafrost thaw threatens municipal infrastructure, such as transport links, the survival of Inuit subsistence hunting and fishing activities, and the fabric of Inuit culture and society.
Researchers are developing the Standoff Patient Triage Tool (SPTT), a device that classic Star Trek fans will recognize for its resemblance to the medical diagnostic tool known as the tricorder.
The START Center at the University of Maryland releases a report looking at terrorist incidents against religious figures, institutions and military targets.
Information engineers in India and Japan have been working on a way for software to distinguish between personal web pages and commercial pages they say are designed to fool consumers.
The maximum award available under the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program will be increased from $20 million to $200 million.
A new study has found that 67% of the fatalities in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005 resulted from direct impacts of the flooding that occurred when the levees collapsed.
Organizations communicating health and safety information during a crisis need to respond quickly and in common terms when communicating to the public, otherwise audiences will seek information elsewhere.
Conventional smoke detection and sprinkler systems are important safety tools and help to save lives, but indiscriminately soaking an office building, home, or workplace with water can cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Classroom Toolbox for Green Retrofit of U.S. Schools
HealthMap began picking up informal reports of the influenza outbreak in Mexico as early as 1 April.
Now cyber-criminals are beginning to create their own search engines which lead users directly to pages designed to infect or defraud them.
With more than 9 million people incarcerated across the globe 2.25 million in U.S. jails and prisons alone, it is vital that correctional officials and health professionals be prepared for a worst-case scenario that involves pandemic influenza reaching inmates and staff.
The benefits of these prescribing systems for patients is not so clear cut according to new research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
A computer forensics expert has now developed a forensic toolkit that allows police and other investigators the chance to lay bare the contents of XBox hard disks,
Researchers have developed a Smart Charger Controller to manage peak demands in the electric grid.
Two different swine influenza infection computer models from Indiana and Northwestern Universities, generated on April 27, both predict about 1,000 cases in the United States within three weeks.
Computer scientists at UC San Diego and Microsoft Research have created a plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal computers that induces a new energy saving state known as "sleep talking."
No matter how large or sturdy new levees and floodwalls surrounding New Orlean are constructed, they cannot provide absolute protection against overtopping or failure in extreme events.
The Homeland Security Policy Institute has just released its latest Commentary that suggests that a joint threat assessment could be a powerful protective tool for both countries.
Public commenters who participate during the early phases of regulatory policymaking play an important agenda setting role.
Imaging device fits in the palm of a hand.
A team of University of Miami College of Engineering researchers are implementing a self-powered monitor system for bridges that can continuously check their condition using wireless sensors that "harvest" power from structural vibration and wind energy.
California's biggest energy utility announced a deal Monday to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a startup company that plans to beam the power down to Earth from outer space.
National Science Board recommends comprehensive, coordinated federal strategy needed to transform U.S. energy economy.
A Northeastern University physicist and his team tracked the spreading potential of Bluetooth and multimedia messaging service (MMS) viruses and predict that these viruses will become a real threat to users of smartphones.
NIST has contracted with the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. to help it develop an interim 'roadmap' for determining the architecture and initial key standards for an electric power Smart Grid.
Daylighting also represents the single largest 'new' opportunity for energy savings in commercial lighting today and for the foreseeable future.
Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. in collaboration with the Marion County Health Department (Indianapolis, Ind), have developed and tested a technology that allows public health officials to abandon a traditional, inefficient paper approach to alerting the medical community about public health crises.
Vivek Kundra, chief technology officer of the District of Columbia, spoke with Digital Communities editor Blake Harris about his management approach, IT governance innovations, cost-cutting measures and the pace of innovation. Today, President Barack Obama named Kundra the "federal CIO."
In a changing landscape of new media on the web, do local governments need to address how their staff conduct themselves on many popular sites as the New York Times recently has done?
Nationwide emergency responder interoperability a priority.
Kansas State University engineers are developing an energy-harvesting radio that could transmit important data -- like stress measurements on a bridge, for instance -- without needing a change of batteries, ever.
Is Web 2.0 simply another hype storm created by technocrats and marketers in an attempt to generate new demand for products? Or do these technologies offer a real answer to some of the traditional shortcomings of citizen government interaction?
Web 2.0 lets local government organize and interact with citizens.
California community was Digital Cities Survey winner for 2007.
IT-powered productivity can help communities weather hard times.
An interview with John Davies, vice president of Intel's World Ahead program
An interview with John Davies, vice president of Intel's World Ahead program
Common themes ran through many of the presentations and roundtable discussions.
Municipal Wi-Fi and wireless projects are spreading like wildfire, but without a more holistic view in their planning and implementation, the benefits to communities will likely be limited.
Musings on the yearlong search for a full definition of digital communities -- something that will help to define the evolution of 21st century communities.
Musings on the yearlong search for a full definition of digital communities.
The city of Tempe boasts the largest ubiquitous border-to-border high-speed broadband network in North America (40 square miles) that provides Wi-Fi access to residents and the business community as well as to its municipal workforce.
While there may be other higher profile Wi-Fi initiatives, such as Philadelphia or San Francisco, Corpus Christi nevertheless continues to lead in the Wi-Fi arena.
Kristine Sigfridson, Acting CIO, City of Phoenix, talks about that city's perspective and the pilot Wi-Fi programs they have launched despite concerns.
Glenn Sangiovanni, former Mayor of St. Cloud (pictured) and Jonathan Baltuch, president of MRI discuss St. Cloud's municipal wireless initative.
MuniWireless Silicon Valley proved a varied and interesting forum to discuss many vital issues related to municiple wireless.
America is rapidly losing ground in the broadband race and this has a serious economic impact, hampering the ability to compete globally.
For the Washington County, MD, a new wireless permitting and inspections system has dramatically changed how building inspections are carried out in the county.
At a recent Digital Communities event in Los Angeles, CA, technology leaders from both the city and the county of Los Angeles presented what was in essence a call to action for wireless deployment.
Richard Lewis, CIO of the City of Houston, discussed some of the background and strategy behind their wireless initiative RFP.
W2i conference in Houston (Feb. 28 to March 2) offered a rich and iin-depth program to engage participants.
Two of the six proposals submitted to the city would offer free access -- the one from the joint forces of Google and EarthLink and one from SF Metro Connect, a collaboration between Cisco Systems, I.B.M. and SeaKay, a non-profit group involved in developing community networks.
Following the Sago coal mine explosion in Tallmansville, West Virginia, where 12 trapped miners died in the worst mine disaster in that state since 1968, U.S. experts have started to assess how new wireless technologies might mitigate such incidents in the future.
According to the non-profit organization Public Benefit Broadband Inc., communities may be best served when public private partnerships take a regional approach.
One small indication that wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and WiMAX are set to transform the digital landscape is the growing number of year-end top ten lists that now included wireless developments.
Holley Metering Ltd., China's largest meter manufacturer, is now rolling out a new wireless automated meter reading (AMR) system for China's public utilities.
In recent weeks Cisco Systems has unveiled what it described as the first "intelligent wireless mesh solution" that will make it easier for municipalities to provide high-speed wireless network and Internet connectivity services.
The Wi-Fi Alliance and market research firm In-Stat announced that sales of Wi-Fi chipsets had already passed the 100 million mark for 2005.
One of the high points of the World Summit on the Information Society, for both media and participants, was the unveiling of a "$100 laptop" by Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the MIT Media Lab and UN secretary general, Kofi Annan.
For the more than 17,000 participants who made their way to Tunisia last week to attend the World Summit on the Information Society, the chances are that the truly massive event was both more and less than they hoped for.
World Summit Seeks to Focus on Opportunity
Wireless Nomad, a new Toronto group launched at the beginning of this year as a member controlled, not-for-profit cooperative, believes it has found a way around the pitfalls experienced by other community wireless groups.
Under new policies and initiatives from its Ministry of Communications, Italy is turning to Wi-Fi and WiMAX to make broadband Internet access more universally available throughout the country.
Enforta BV and Moscow-based InfiNet Wireless, have concluded a deal that will create the largest WiMAX network in the Russian Federation, one that is expected to span 28 major cities within the next two years.
While many municipalities now have their sights on Wi-Fi, it is interesting to note that what is reportedly the largest Wi-Fi/WiMAX network up and running in the country isn't found in a major sprawling city like New York, San Francisco or Philadelphia. Nor does it stretched along a high tech corridor like Silicon Valley.
San Francisco city officials have publicly released the responses they received to their Request for Information and Comment (RFI/C) on the proposed construction of an affordable wireless Internet network to serve the entire city.
Yesterday, Oct.12, 2005, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, WI, announced a $20 million-plus initiative to create a citywide Wi-Fi network, one that would be built at no cost to the city or taxpayers. It is a move that he and other city officials believe positions Milwaukee to become the first fully wireless large city in America.
Following a renewed commitment on the part of the Indian government to build what will be the most extensive wireless network in the world, trainers from the many participating partner agencies in the initiative -- dubbed the National Alliance for Mission 2007 -- came together September 22-23, 2005 to develop a training plan and curriculum to support the undertaking.
Safety continues to be an overriding concern in New Orleans recovery efforts. Now, apart from all the obvious flood and wind damage from Hurricane Katrina, some residents are returning to find a red tag on their homes.
Free or low-cost broadband Internet access for lower income families is proving a significant factor in the Wi-Fi initiatives of key American cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco.
One of the highlights of the inaugural Muniwireless Conference, held in San Francisco September 28-29, was the release of what was described as the first comprehensive statistical analysis on the municipal wireless market.
Two of Canada's leading communication companies, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada, have announced an agreement to jointly build and manage a Canada-wide wireless broadband network that is expected to reach more than two-thirds of all Canadians in less than three years.
Last week (Sept. 15), the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bipartisan "staff discussion draft" of legislation that proposes to rework laws governing U.S. telecommunications to accelerate the deployment of broadband Internet services.
Corpus Christi, Texas, sees Wi-Fi not only as the technology to improve its own government operations, but also as a means for businesses and citizens to connect in new and innovative ways.
Taipei is well on its way to installing what some experts have called the world's largest Wi-Fi grid with more that 10,000 access points that will blanket the city's 272 square kilometers.
In recent weeks, Intel Corporation has started to publicly unveil the extent of its new global initiative designed to help communities use wireless technology and innovative applications to expand and improve municipal government services for businesses and citizens.
Overland Storage Announces Highest-Performing Disk-Based Backup and Recovery Appliance
New Report on 2003 Storage Management Software Market
Toppan and Sony Successfully Develop 25 GB Paper Disc
Iomega Brings Hard-Drive Performance to a Removable Disk
IBM Acquires the Business Continuity Services Unit of Schlumberger
IBM Introduces the Fastest Global Mirror for Disaster Recovery
Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
San Diego's Street Services Division creates the right blend of technologies to track work orders and staff response, all while saving money for the city.
Stearns County's integrated law enforcement solution makes believers out of police chiefs and sheriffs.
Florida takes a statewide approach to information and infrastructure security.
Missouri system lets users search docket entries, parties, judgments and charges online.
New York GIS data sharing cooperative proves key to 9-11 disaster recovery.
Recognizing the best in technological innovation and development.
Aging Workforce: No Natural Limit to Life Expectance, Says Duke Researcher
SkillSoft/SmartForce Merger Good for the E-learning Industry
California Offers Web-Based Professional Development Training
Pennsylvania Announces Stakeholder Group to Enhance Workforce
Sugar pills and placebos worked just as well as some anti-depressants, doctors found.
Pennsylvania officials working hard to help unemployed.
Fifty-three campuses will make use of learning software.
Managing just got a little easier.
The new tool helps match initiatives with employees.
The workshop was intended to help Asian-Pacific federal workers advance their careers.
Reform in IT workforce was the subject of a May conference.
The grants will help state agencies help unemployed residents.
Online-learning efforts will target at-risk youth and the working poor.
Discrimination claims continue to rise, and the federal government is worried.
Governments have hard time attracting workers.
Report by FLETC shows dramatic cost savings and increased participation in online courses for e-learning program.
GeoLearning, Inc. selected to deliver online training to federal agencies.
New York expands support services program for state workers.
The Partnership for Public Service makes recommendations to increase applicant pool.
National Information Technology Workforce Convocation will feature new data on demand for high tech workers.
Positive results for E-Learning programs reported.
Gov. Gray Davis proposing consolidation of agencies.
The General Services Administration is studying the barriers to telecommuting.
New federal legislation targets shortage of IT managers.
Andre van der Meer heads an intergovernmental project
Economic development used to be about industry, infrastructure and material resources. In the global Information Age, it's about attracting the human kind of resources.
The Internet and TVW have your full-access pass to the legislative hearings and court proceedings of Washington state.
While state and local governments shoulder their increased responsibilities under welfare reform, the feds have not gone away.
As a representative of Washington state's First Congressional District since 1995, Rick White gained national attention for his efforts on issues related to the Internet and technology. He was also one of a handful of members selected to develop the final Telecommunications Act of 1996. As the founder of the Congressional Internet Caucus, he has not only worked to educate other members of Congress about the Internet but also to create -- through its use -- a more open and participatory government. White talked with Editor at Large Blake Harris about his past efforts and new initiatives.
Jeffrey Eisenach is president and co-founder of The Progress & Freedom Foundation located in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1985, and since 1995 has served on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has also held policy positions in government at both the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. Editor at Large Blake Harris spoke with him about the changing role of government in the digital age.
Ira Magaziner is senior advisor to the president for policy development, where he chairs a joint National Economic Council/ National Security Council initiative that is working to increase U.S. exports. He recently supervised the administration's development of "The Framework for Global Electronic Commerce," which outlines the U.S. government strategy for promoting global electronic commerce on the Internet. He now co-chairs the task force charged with implementing this strategy worldwide. Editor at Large Blake Harris spoke with Magaziner about his role as "point man" of the digital commercial revolution.
Cyber-guru and best-selling author Don Tapscott answers questions about the looming impact of the Net generation and how it will transform the way society works, plays and communicates.
A new generation of mobile data systems-cuts access time to national law enforcement databases.
Denver Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Craig Cook tells how his district has been using technology to reengineer educational processes from top to bottom.
How can local governments develop and maintain power in a virtual global economy? Saskia Sassen, professor of urban planning, author and scholar, discusses tomorrow's cities.
"There will never be enough jobs in the knowledge sector of America or any country to accommodate the millions and millions of people let go in the traditional industrial sectors, blue- and white-collar manufacturing and service." -- Jeremy Rifkin on information technology and the end of wage labor.
John M. Eger -- former advisor to Presidents Nixon and Ford, director of the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy, and a former vice president of CBS -- is today helping define the new role of cities within the global information economy.
"We didn't set out to have [our fiber-optic network] state-owned. We put it out for bid. The problem was we didn't have anybody who wanted to build it to every part of the state."
Edwin Meese III served as counselor to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1985, making him the President's chief policy advisor and manager of the administration of the Cabinet, policy development and planning. He was then appointed the 75th Attorney General of the United States, a position he held from February 1985 to August 1988. He currently holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy research and education institution. Meese recently keynoted Government Technology's conference on Justice and Public Safety in the 21st Century, where he was interviewed by Staff Writer Blake Harris.
William Greider is an award-winning author and reporter who has covered politics from the nation's capitol for more than 30 years. His best-selling books include "Secrets of the Temple" -- on the inner workings of the Federal Reserve -- and "Who Will Tell The People: The Betrayal of American Democracy," an eye-opening and tough-minded account of how accountability and responsibility have decayed in the American political system.
According to Marshall McLuhan's successor, government buildings will be replaced by networks, and large administrative sectors will begin to disappear.
The Bangemann Challenge -- an information technology contest -- is pushing European cities to strive for better technology developments and applications.
A state government department runs its internal networks on Internet technology with surprising results.
Many cyberspace enthusiasts believe hyperdemocracy can help empower voters and revitalize democracy. Others insist it could undermine democratic practices.
The new Electronic Policy Network puts a world of information at the fingertips of anyone involved or interested in government and social policies
The future of cyberspace will rely not on our ability to police it, but on what we collectively build there that is of real public assistance and social value.
Community networks can provide valuable information and services for citizens, but also pose several difficulties. Before you plan yours, hear what other communities have learned along the way.