Bill Schrier

Bill Schrier is the director of the Digital Communities program and deputy director of the Center for Digital Government at e.Republic.


Bill Schrier is senior policy advisor in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the State of Washington.  In this capacity he chairs the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), serves as the primary point of contact for the FirstNet effort in the state and advises the CIO on other matters.

In the past he served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Government.   He also retired in May, 2012, after over 8 years serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle and director of the city's Department of Information Technology (DoIT).  In this capacity he managed over 200 employees and budgets up to $59 million to support city government technology, and reported directly to Mayor Michael McGinn. 

Schrier was named one of Government Technology’s 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2008, and a Computerworld Premier 100 Leader for 2010.  He writes a blog about the intersection of information technology and government, how they sometimes collide but often influence and change each other.   He tweets at www.twitter.com/billschrier

Schrier is a retired officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

E-mail:       bill@schrier.org
Phone:      206-255-2156

 

April 21, 2015

FirstNet 'State Points of Contact' Hold First Meeting

An unofficial estimate of network deployments is sometime in 2018.

March 5, 2015

Will FirstNet Become the Next Healthcare.gov?

Another signature achievement of the Obama Administration – the First Responder Network Authority – appears headed down a path similar to the original Healthcare.gov. Can officials fix it?

January 6, 2015

5 Tech Wishes for 2015

Wise elected officials, video recognition software, more women coders, government embracing the cloud are all on Bill Schrier's tech wish list this year.

December 29, 2014

Schrier's Tech Wish List for 2015

Wise elected officials, video recognition software, more women coders, government embracing the cloud are all on my list

November 5, 2014

FirstNet Comes to the "Other Washington"

The First Responder Network Authority conducted its "initial consultation" with responders in the State of Washington on October 16, 2014. This is a report from that event.

September 26, 2014

FirstNet: Scandal and Resurrection

FirstNet has hired contractors at rates up to $300 an hour. What were the reasons for that and how does FirstNet resurrect itself?

September 25, 2014

FirstNet: Scandal and Resurrection

FirstNet has hired contractors at rates up to the $300 an hour. What were the reasons for that and how does FirstNet resurrect itself?

August 5, 2014

Another Seattle Internet Hoax? CenturyLink Vows Real Gigabit in Seattle

The company announced August 5 that Seattle is one of 10 new cities where they'll be rolling out super fast fiber to the home. We've heard that before.

June 2, 2014

Every Citizen Needs a Data Dossier

Governments, private companies and data brokers each collect a lot of data on individual citizens. A recent Federal Trade Commission report highlights over 200 data fields collected by data brokers alone. We each need a "data dossier" where we can see what data is being collected and how it is being used.

May 22, 2014

Mr. FirstNet Comes to the (other) Washington

Will FirstNet succeed? Today's forecast is definitely "fair and warmer". But there are also storm clouds on the horizon.

May 5, 2014

Government Employees: Bureaucrats or Entrepreneurs?

There is an entrepreneur in almost every government employee. But how do we unleash it?

March 12, 2014

Column: FirstNet Moves into First Gear

With a number of announcements and a new website this week, the $7 billion First Responder Network Authority appears to be in first gear moving forward to accomplish its mission of creating a nationwide public safety broadband network.

March 11, 2014

FirstNet Moves into First Gear

With a number of announcements and a new website this week, the $7 billion First Responder Network Authority appears to be in first gear moving forward to accomplish its mission of creating a nationwide public safety broadband network.

March 4, 2014

4 Reasons Why Seattle Will Never See Google Fiber

The "Seattle process" stands squarely in the way.

February 25, 2014

Column: Is FirstNet Stalled?

The First Responder Network Authority is now two years into its ten-year life. But it appears to be going through a reboot. What's happening?

February 22, 2014

Is FirstNet Stalled?

The First Responder Network Authority is now two years into its ten-year life. But it appears to be going through a reboot. What's happening?

January 12, 2014

Nobody Elected Me

Is the boss always right? If a Mayor or Governor is elected by the people, they receive a report card every two or four years in the form of a new election. It is the duty of the CIO to make the best recommendations possible, but ultimately it is the decision of the senior official in the government about what to do. "Nobod Elected Me".

November 21, 2013

Lee Harvey Oswald and 9/11

Lee Harvey Oswald's murder of John F. Kennedy stole my parents' youth. 9/11 stole the youth of many subsequent generations. Does the accelerating pace of technology change herald a better future for the next generation?

October 16, 2013

My Love-Hate Thing with Ballmer's Microsoft

Microsoft does technology extraordinarily well and can be quite innovative. But it also commits sins of omission and urination. Hence I have a love-hate affair with the biggest kid on the block in my Seattle neighborhood

September 25, 2013

Is FirstNet Open and Transparent?

The First Responder Network authority is charged by Congress to build a nationwide public safety wireless network. A member of its board has raised concerns about the openness and transparency of this Federal Government agency in doing its work. Is FirstNet open and transparent? Here's Bill Schrier's opinion, with some suggestions to improve.

August 22, 2013

Lessons from NG-311 for NG-911

Next Generation 911 is a plan to bring texting, images, photos and much more to 911 centers, which, today, operate stand-alone and really only accept voice telephone calls. However many cities have implemented 311 centers complete with web apps, smartphone apps, text to 311 and even social media links from Facebook and Twitter. What lessons can NG-911 learn from NG-311?

July 2, 2013

Apps Contests are Stupid

Many government agencies are holding apps contests and hackathons hoping to entice private developers to use their data to create cool and innovative apps. But few of those apps survive and get used. What's the problem?

May 12, 2013

Cyberhacked - Again

Yet another major breach in government data systems was reported on May 9, 2013. What's a government to do to protect its citizens' data from loss or exposure? Here are four specific suggestions.

April 7, 2013

No more Collisions, Speeding Tickets & Jobs

Driverless vehicles, intelligent transportation systems and widespread deployment of sensors foretell a time when humans no longer drive automobiles. In such a world there would be few car accidents, no speeding tickets and vast changes to government and private sector firms such as attorneys, insurance companies and hospital emergency rooms.

March 10, 2013

Are Government IT Departments and CIOs Irrelevant?

With the advent of smart phones and tablet computers as well as fast-to-deploy cloud services, many IT Departments find themselves offering products and services which are old, slow and increasingly irrelevant to the business of government.

February 4, 2013

Could a City be Hacked to its Knees?

The recent attack on the New York Times by the Chinese government is frightening. Could city and county governments be subject to similar attacks from criminals or "bad actor" nation states?

January 3, 2013

Will We Give up our Privacy to Keep our Guns

In the last week of 2012, Congress extended FISA, which allows the Government to eavesdrop on email and other communications. At the same time, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the NRA and others called for major databases of the mentally ill to prevent them from acquiring weapons. Are we willing to give up our privacy and personal data to government-owned databases just so we can keep other rights, such as gun ownership?

December 10, 2012

What Public Sector workers should say to their CIOs

Communications between employees and their supervisors, managers and CIOs could use improvement. In this blog post I suggest eleven things government workers should be saying to their supervisors.

October 11, 2012

I-Everything, the Death of Lawyers, and the Rise of Plumbers

Given the minaturization of electronics and storage, we soon might carry a single device which is a true "personal assistant". But such devices may very well replace most jobs, including professions like the legal profession. What does this mean for the economy in general and for government specifically?

October 2, 2012

Just Another Apps Contest? Evergreen Apps and the Future

The Evergreen Apps Challenge concluded in Seattle on October 1st, a contest for developers to use open data from the City of Seattle, King County and the State of Washington. There have been apps contests in other places, but this one is somewhat different. And where do we go from here for government transparency, open data, and apps?

September 30, 2012

CIO Champions and "Change"

We hear a lot - especially from politicians - about "Change". But most of our lives need to be stable and grounded. How do we make appropriate "changes"? The White House this past week honored 13 individuals - including a number of local CIOs - as local innovators and Champions of Change. They know exactly how to make bold change using information technology

September 9, 2012

A Datapalooza at the White House?

On September 14th the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is sponsoring a public safety datapalooza, featuring open data and applications which use that data to better inform the public.

August 27, 2012

FirstNet: For Every Network there is a Season

Rebecca Blank, acting Secretary of Commerce, has appointed the Board of Directors of the First Responders Network Authority. It is charged to build a nationwide public safety broadband wireless network, serving all city, county and state governments. But, for the 21 cities, regions and states who already started building, it means, for the most part, the end of the road.

August 22, 2012

Kids can be 911 Heroes, Too

The 911 For Kids Organization, sponsored by AT&T, recognizes children who use 911 in an heroic manner to save a life or report a crime. I attended such an awards ceremony at the APCO 2012 Conference in Minneapolis.

August 14, 2012

My Mother-in-Law's Maiden Name is Btfsplk

Gizmodo/Wired writer Mat Honan's accounts where hacked, aided and abetted by Amazon and Apple, and all his devices were zeroed out and his Twitter account compromised. What can the regular old government employee do to avoid such a hack? Tongue-firmly-in-cheek advice.

July 31, 2012

Government at the Speed of Life

Mobile devices - smart phones and tablets - are taking the consumer world by storm. Increasingly governments are trying to deploy apps for their employees and for constituents. What are some examples of such apps and what issues need to be overcome?

July 28, 2012

3 Minutes, 38 Seconds

Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz is a visionary chief. At the IJIS Institute summer briefing he described how he is implementing that vision in Albuquerque. It starts with gathering a lot of information and getting it to police offiicers in the 3 minutes and 38 seconds it takes them to arrive at a priority one call.

July 15, 2012

The Outside Consultant

Cities, counties and states often employ outside consultants to render advice on controversial issues. Why don't elected and senior officials listen to their CIOs? Are there alternatives to always using an outside consultant instead of the local on-staff expert?

July 8, 2012

CIO as City Cheerleader

City, County and State Chief Information Officers usually run an internal-to-the-government technology operation. Increasingly, they need to be outward focussed, helping elected officials attract and nuture new businesses - especially technology-based businesses, in their communities.

July 1, 2012

FirstNet Public Safety Network - Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks

FirstNet will shortly be constituted as an independent agency in the Federal government to start building a nationwide public safety 4G LTE wireless network. But many companies and telecommunications carriers have built LTE networks - what can their experience teach us about constructing FirstNet?

June 28, 2012

FirstNet - Cats and Dogs Living Together

Congress authorized and funded a nationwide public safety wireless broadband in February, 2012. Building the network will require cooperation and collaboration between city, county, state and federal governments. It will require public safety agencies to cooperate with utilities, transportation, transit and public works departments. It will require departments and agencies which have historiclally competed with each other to "live together" to build it and make it work.

June 15, 2012

Does Walla Walla (or any City) Need its own Domain Name?

ICANN just received 1930 applications for new top-level Internet domains. But just a few of them are for cities, such as dot-NYC or dot-Boston. Does it make sense for a City to have its own Internet domain

March 18, 2012

Overpromise and Underdeliver

Why do we consistently promise too much and then fail to deliver on information technology and other government projects? The project mantra is clear: "scope, schedule, budget". But how we actually do the planning, estimating and getting approval to start a project well that's the horse of a different color.

January 21, 2012

Tech Lessons from the Seattle Snowstorm

The Seattle Area experienced a severe snow and ice storm in January, 2012. Emergency Operations Centers were activated and disaster preparedness plans invoked. What lessons about the use of information technology in emergency management can we learn from this storm

January 3, 2012

A Private-Public Radio Network?

Traditionally governments have built their own public safety networks to dispatch police, fire, utilities and transporation workers. Cell phone networks are just too unreliable for such uses. But such networks cost hundreds of millions of dollars, which governments don't have. Is there a way to create a private-public partnership to combine commercial cell networks with government networks and get a win-win?

November 13, 2011

Ghosts of Government Tech

Ghosts and wraiths inhabit the data centers of both private companies and governments. They persist for many reasons, and often are hard to exorcise.,

October 14, 2011

The Miracle of Government Regulation

Does government regulation hobble the United States economy? In most cases, regulation keeps airplanes safe and flying, safeguards water and air quality, and puts nasty people in jail who do insider trading of stocks or manipulate the accounting of their companies, harming every American and the entire economy.

September 24, 2011

Best of the Web - Seattle's Secret Sauce

The City of Seattle's website www.seattle.gov and its open data feed data.seattle.gov received 2011 "Best of the Web" and "Digital Government Achievement Awards" from the Center for Digital Government. What's the "secret sauce" behind creating a great city government web portal?

August 11, 2011

Why don't Cops Use Smart Phones?

Almost every one young and old seems to have a smart phone these days. Those smart phones have cameras and Internet access. Yet Government still rarely gives smart phones to responders such as police and firefighters. Why not? One reason is that responders have no priority on cellular networks, Congress needs to act to create a nationwide public safety wireless broadband network.

July 4, 2011

The Selectric Desktop Computer

The latest fad in 2011 tech news is to announce the death of the desktop computer in favor of the tablet. But are desktops, laptops and netbooks really dying and going the way of the slide rule and abacus? I think not, and here's why ...

June 18, 2011

S.911: Profiles in Courage

For the first time ever, the United States may be able to build a nationwide network to serve public safety. On June 8, 2011, the Senate Commerce Committee passed bill S.911 by a bi-partisan vote of 21-4. This is courageous action by Republican and Democratic Senators working together under the leadership of Senators Rockefeller and Hutchison. President Obama endorses in his 2012 budget the almost $12 billion allocated in S.911 to build the network. On June 16th Vice-President Biden and other leaders encouraged the full Senate and House to pass the bill, so the President can sign it this year. But will the rest of Congress have the courage to do so?

May 27, 2011

How Osama bin Laden Changed Technology in Government

Osama bin Laden's death is welcomed by many around the world and especially in the United States. But his life and many terrorist attacks have significantly altered what technology investments we've made in local and State governments. Interoperable communications for responders, especially, is receiving more attention as the anniversary of September 11th approaches.

March 25, 2011

An Inception Event - Code for America

Code for America is a non-profit organization dedicated to building Web 2.0/Gov 2.0 applications to improve the way cities, counties and other governments operate. These applications will be open source, freely available for any government to use. In March 2011, Seattle, Philadelphia and Boston worked with Code for America to define the first of these applications to be developed. This is the story of the inception - the birth - of these first Code for America applications.

February 21, 2011

Bright Shiny (Shifting) Objects

Many people - and governments - are attracted to Bright Shiny Objects (BSOs). They try to adopt the latest technologies, including Facebook and Twitter and Blogs and smart phone applications. But without a coherent plan, this is confusing to employees and the public.

January 12, 2011

A Chicken in Every Pot, a Smartphone in Every Pocket

"A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage" - election slogan for Herbert Hoover, claiming that everyone will be prosperous under a Hoover presidency. Maybe the day will come when a politician promises a "computer on every desk, fiber broadband in every house and a smartphone in every pocket."

November 25, 2010

Thanks and Turkeys 2010

CTO Bill Schrier has a lot for which to give thanks on this Thanksgiving, 2010, especially skilled and dedicated technology employees. But I've also got a few turkey awards to give and turkeys to carve

November 16, 2010

ePark, gooPark, noPark

Forward-thinking city transportation departments are installing intelligent transportation systems which include interactive maps of traffic flows and parking.

October 30, 2010

The 2010 Tech Terror Watch List

There is plenty to scare a CIO on Halloween 2010. Here's my list of technologies and issues which need to be put on the Technology Terror Watch List.

October 18, 2010

Dang Guvmint Bure-crats

The Government takes far too much of our hard earned dollars in taxes and wastes it - or does it?

September 29, 2010

CIO Loners and Joiners

Why do many government CIOs join groups and collaborate, while others remain on their own - "loners"?

August 19, 2010

Hackathoning Government

"Hacking" has a bad connotation. We're going to change that in Seattle this weekend with the Open Government Hackathon. The Hackathon is the culmination of ...

August 5, 2010

Citywatch

This past Tuesday night, there were 1,219 parties in the street all around Seattle. Kids, hot dogs, drinks, cops and firefighters and neighbors everywhere. It was ...

June 26, 2010

Web 2.0, Gov 2.0, Society 2.0

The whole two-dot-oh thing seems so "contrived". Like a marketing gimmick. Or selling the "new improved" laundry soap, that is, the "new, stickier, more connected, ...

June 1, 2010

PITS Computing

There are fads and trends in information technology, just like in the world of clothing or hairstyles. One of the latest fads is pie-in-the-sky computing (...

May 9, 2010

Net Neutrality? How about Net "Affordability"

The FCC and a large portion of the nation are wringing our collective hands about net neutrality. But the real issue is not "neutrality" but "...

April 22, 2010

Improving Government Health with a Fiber Diet

I was honored to be in Lafayette, Louisiana, this past week for Fiber-Fete. Lafayette is just finishing a City-owned fiber optic network which reaches every ...

April 7, 2010

FUD

For people who work hard to make government work, we live in frightening, uncertain times.   Even small messages and signals to the ...

March 16, 2010

FCC's Broadband Plan and Cities, Counties

So the FCC has published its national broadband plan.   This plan has many implications for cities and counties and local government.&...

March 2, 2010

Data Data Everywhere

  Seattle just became the latest City to start posting its government data on the Internet in an open format. Open Data publishing may very ...

February 16, 2010

What's Google Trying to Do?

The nation's e-mail and blogging and twitter engines worked overtime on Wednesday February 10th when Google announced its intent to fund ultra-high-speed Internet access for 50,000 ...

January 27, 2010

A Peek at the National Broadband Plan

On January 26th Admiral Jamie Barnett of the FCC spoke about the National Broadband Plan, which is now due out on March 17th (and I ...

January 12, 2010

CES: The Time Machine

We have a Time Machine. It is one way, moving 60 seconds an hour, 24 hours a day, into The Future. The Consumer Electronics Show is a ...

December 30, 2009

1999 - An Odd Odyssey

It was just ten short years ago that many of us were preparing to celebrate New Year's Eve - by working all night! Anyone over 30 ...

December 13, 2009

Translucent to the User

  On Monday night, December 8th, the Seattle Police Department started to use Microsoft Exchange/Outlook for electronic mail. This culminated moving more than 11,000 City ...

December 1, 2009

Kurmudgeons and Kids

Oh gee, I think I've become a Kurmudgeon. Or maybe a naysayer. Or maybe just a Buttoned-Down Corporate IT Technocrat. Or maybe, and this is ...

November 18, 2009

A Cop Killer and Broadband

On Friday, November 6th at 1:00 PM, five thousand people gathered in Seattle to grieve for Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton who was murdered in his ...

October 28, 2009

Open Cities

In 1940 the French declared Paris an "open" city so the invading Nazi Army would not destroy it while capturing it. Today modern cities are starting ...

October 19, 2009

Great Recession? Not for this Tech!

In my previous blog entry, I discussed some of the "downswing" trends in IT in local government. This column will be about trends on the ...

October 5, 2009

DownTrends in City Tech

MIX, the Metropolitan Information Exchange, recently concluded our annual conference in Albuquerque. MIX is a group of about 55 CIOs of major cities and counties. The ...

September 18, 2009

Politics and Technology

On Friday August 21st, Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle conceded defeat in our 2009 primary election. In an eight-way race for Mayor, he came in third. ...

August 26, 2009

Fibering and Un-Fibering America

On August 25th I had a chance to participate in a workshop at the Federal Communications Commission discussing what should be in the National Broadband ...

August 2, 2009

Higher Tech Policing

A long time ago in a city far far away I was a street cop. A police officer working the beat. It wasn't a large ...

July 18, 2009

Gray - Not Green - Technology

No, "Gray" technology doesn't refer to the color of my hair (what little remains of it) nor does it refer to the aging of the ...

June 28, 2009

My Biggest Failure: Consolidation

Everyone likes to tell success stories, particularly if the success occurred under your own leadership. But we all have failures and make mistakes. Few of ...

June 12, 2009

E-Mail Mangling

Most people complain fervently about how electronic mail they get. My opinion: electronic mail is the best invention since sliced bread - or, at least ...

May 24, 2009

Tough Times, Tough Decisions

I just finished one of the most difficult tasks a manager can perform - making preliminary decisions on budget cuts for next year. This is ...

April 27, 2009

The Translucent Government

Making government "transparent" is in vogue in 2009, whether by doing map mashups of crimes or twittering by Mayors and public agencies. But I often wonder ...

April 7, 2009

What I'd Say to the FCC about a National Broadband Strategy

This morning the FCC will start a year-long process to craft a "National Broadband Plan for our Future". The agenda is here and here's Ars ...

March 22, 2009

Twitter, Facebook not ready for Government 2.0?

"Web 2.0" is taking the Internet by storm. Use of Facebook (and similar sites) has exploded and may even have become passé for some people. Even ...

March 16, 2009

The "P-I Test"

Technology projects scare the hell out of me. And I'm a Chief "Technology" Officer! Tech projects are full of risk - there are two dozen ...

March 13, 2009

Third World Broadband - in the United States?

The new fedgov stimulus bill was signed into law and it contains $6.3 billion to expand broadband in the United States. Hooray! The problem of Internet ...

March 2, 2009

Microsoft vs Open Source

This week is the Microsoft Public Sector CIO summit in that village named Redmond "across the pond" from Seattle. It's also a week of continuing ...

February 16, 2009

Death to Newspapers!

Print newspapers are dying. The evidence is everywhere and was recently highlighted on a Time Magazine cover. Local government officials should be ecstatic about this ...

February 10, 2009

Sugar Rush Stimulus

The Federal economic stimulus package is at the top of the news. Everyone is looking to Washington DC to spend our way out of a ...

January 27, 2009

Cyber City, Cyber Secure?

Is City-Cyber-Armageddon just around the corner? Today City governments depend upon technology - more than ever - to operate.   But, gee, how secure ...

January 22, 2009

Microsoft Job Cuts: FUD in Pugetopolis

Microsoft's announcement today of 5,000 job cuts - many of them layoffs here in the Puget Sound Region - will send waves of Fear Uncertainty and ...

January 9, 2009

Newspapers

I'm saddened today, to hear of the potential demise of the Post-Intelligencer, one of the two daily dead-tree newspapers here in Seattle, and a paper ...

December 12, 2008

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, to learn ...

... that an senior official of the Bush Administration would abuse his power, withhold information from the public and members of his agency, and attempt to ...

December 4, 2008

You-Ah-Zee (UASI), Bureaucracy and Terror

This week I was, in turn, amused, maddened and fasincated by disaster. I had the opportunity to do both leadership and followership as officials from ...

November 26, 2008

A City Tech Thanksgiving

As many of us sit down to the average American Thanksgiving 3000 calorie meal tomorrow, we'll be in uncertain and frightening times. But I'm also counting ...

November 23, 2008

When it's 108 degrees - in your Data Center

November in Seattle is always cool and rainy and sometimes stormy - windstorms, that is. Seattle's all time high temperature - for any day of ...

November 18, 2008

Dial Tone comes from God

Or so says the manager of telephone services for the city of Seattle, Stephanie Venrick. What she's referring to, of course, is that when you ...

November 14, 2008

Two Way Presidential Debates

A highlight of the recent Presidential campaign were the three Presidential debates. In my neighborhood, our good friends Teresa and Joe (the marketeer, not the ...

November 9, 2008

The Digital Fireside Chat

President-elect Barack Obama made groundbreaking use of technology to win the 2008 election. Can he now use technology to lead the nation and communicate with the ...

November 3, 2008

High Tech Election Dismay

Election night will grow into an agonizing election week as King County (Seattle) slowly and painfully counts its ballots. Almost a million ballots will be ...

October 29, 2008

Tech Nightmares to Frighten a CIO

Sometimes my job as a City CIO keeps me up at night. There are some pretty horrible things which can happen to the technology which ...

October 23, 2008

Budget Crunch Opportunities

What challenges do towns, cities and counties - large and small - face in 2009? I'm at the fall conference of Washington State City/...

October 18, 2008

Awarding the Police

The Seattle Police Foundation's annual awards banquet was last night, October 17, 2008. Almost 200 Seattle police officers and civilian employees received awards for excellence, valor and ...

October 15, 2008

Hiring Felons

Should local governments be hiring felons? Or, more to the point, should government technology workers undergo background checks? San Francisco found itself locked out of ...

October 9, 2008

Budget Time for City Technology

Seattle - like most cities and counties - is now deep in the middle of its 2009 budget process. A looming recession, the housing crisis, decreasing ...

October 5, 2008

MIXing Cities, Counties and Web Two-Oh

The Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX), an association of City and County CIOs, met in Seattle this week. MIX is a select group of 55 forward-thinking technology ...

September 28, 2008

Internet Pin-up Girls (and Guys)

Is it acceptable for City government employees to use the City government's Internet connection at work for personal web browsing? At first I'm tempted to ...

September 25, 2008

WAMU and the City

A few hours ago WAMU (Washington Mutual Savings Bank) ceased to exist, seized by Federal regulators, and partially sold to J. P. Morgan.  WAMU ...

September 21, 2008

Emmys for Government TV?

Tonight (Sept. 14th) I watched The Daily Show receive an Emmy for Outstanding TV Series. Last night (Sept. 13th) I watched - in person - ...

September 17, 2008

Keeping up with the Gateses

  Internet Explorer Version 8 Beta is released! So proclaim the headlines over the past 10 days on the Internet ether and in the tech trade rags ...

September 15, 2008

A CTO for the USA?

Barack Obama states he will appoint the nation's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) . And, indeed, his own campaign even has (had?) its own CTO. Blogger ...

September 11, 2008

Everything Important is "Local"

Tip O'Neill, late and former speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives, famously said "All politics is local". He meant, of course, that no ...

September 9, 2008

Seattle Averts Downtown Power Outage

Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated Friday, August 15th, for a downtown Seattle power emergency - several banks of transformers failed at City Light's&...