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Wayne Hanson


Wayne E. Hanson served as a writer and editor with e.Republic from 1989 to 2013, having worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and Digital Communities. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education.

May 30, 2014

National Day of Civic Hacking: Opportunities in Civic Engagement

This weekend, events are being held in 103 cities in the U.S., Canada and abroad with the goal of inventing new solutions using publicly-released data to improve our communities and the governments that serve them.

May 23, 2014

Controller, CalVet to Reunite 95,000 Veterans With Unclaimed Property

The initiative compared names on the Controller’s Office list of unclaimed property with CalVet’s list of veterans.

May 20, 2014

What Robert Callahan's Move to The Internet Association’s California Office Means for the State

In this Q&A, Callahan discusses his new position a ITA, the issues on which he's currently focused and legislation the association is supporting this year.

May 19, 2014

CalPERS to Launch Health-Care Transparency Site, Other Innovations

The health transparency website, hosted by Castlight, will allow members to be smarter about medical choices.

April 30, 2014

California Conservation Corps to Replace its Data Collection and Reporting System

The Conservation Corps is in the very beginning stage of the project, and will be looking for a system integrator.

April 3, 2014

What Went Right: Gopal Kapur

And about retirement? Decades ago, retirees settled down to read the paper and disappeared in a few years with a little notice in the paper. But not anymore.

March 26, 2014

Does Ponca City Have the Fastest Free Wi-Fi in the Nation?

A small Oklahoma city claims it does -- and local officials did it themselves.

March 3, 2014

Michigan Tech Team Talks Change

CIO David Behen expects only minor tweaks and changes to the way things ran with John Nixon.

February 25, 2014

Jian Liu -- 2014 GT Top 25 Winner

CIO, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

February 4, 2014

Peter Marx Appointed Los Angeles' Chief Innovation Technology Officer

Marx, a Los Angeles native, is charged with improving the MyLA311 service, upgrading the city's websites and applying data sharing and analysis to upgrade city government performance.

January 3, 2014

Will Self-Driving Cars Rule Our Roadways?

A new study suggests that by 2050, nearly all cars will drive themselves.

December 6, 2013

Rethinking Your IT Workforce

Baby boomers are retiring again. But after years of cuts and hiring freezes, the talent pipeline is dry. Local governments need new strategies for getting the job done.

November 27, 2013

Cities and the Enlightened Tribe

Cities are the primary incubator of the cultural, social and political innovations which shape our planet.

October 22, 2013

Balloons for Emergency Communications: Not Just Hot Air

LTE based in balloons may help in future disasters and other emergencies.

September 20, 2013

NIST's Net Zero Energy House: How Efficient is It?

A promising pilot from the National Institute of Standards and Technology suggests that a typical household can produce more energy than it uses.

September 12, 2013

IT Workforce: How Can CIOs Fill the Gaps?

Corpus Christi CIO Michael Armstrong laments a common problem among IT administrators -- an aging workforce coupled with difficulty recruiting next generation staff with the proper skills.

August 30, 2013

Analytics’ Past and the Road Ahead

Baltimore and Maryland continue their CitiStat and StateStat progress.

August 29, 2013

Miami-Dade Partnership Uses Analytics to Improve Local Services

Analytics help Miami-Dade County thwart crime, detect water leaks and improve light rail service.

August 28, 2013

Analytics for Smarter Communities

For local governments drowning in data, analytics offers a way to make sense of it all.

August 26, 2013

Winnipeg 311 Goes Mobile

The city's 311 app adds photos and GPS coordinates that help work crews locate the trouble spot and prepare to respond.

August 23, 2013

Winnipeg 311 On the Move

The city's 311 app adds photos and GPS coordinates that help work crews locate the trouble spot and prepare to respond.

August 23, 2013

San Carlos Dangerous

"The San Jose Sharks are our Neighbors."

August 20, 2013

Going Horizontal on Problem-Solving

Cities you like to visit, cities with a vibe, cities that work.

August 1, 2013

At Issue: Why Oregon's Mileage Tax Doesn't Add Up (Opinion)

American streets may soon look like Havana, full of ancient cars that get 15 miles per gallon, predate pollution controls and don't require smog tests.

July 30, 2013

Florida Sheriff's Office Uses Appliance to Better Search Databases for Crime Information

Orange County uses the Google Search Appliance to crawl different law enforcement databases in search of suspects, fugitives and information.

July 26, 2013

NACo Tech Sessions Highlight Document Innovations

"This ain't my first rodeo, honey."

June 25, 2013

At Issue: Analytics

Analytics to solve civic problems is not -- in its simplest form -- anything new.

June 25, 2013

Ruling Could Erode Local Government Control over Broadband, Wireless Rollout

A webinar hosted by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors discussed what authority the FCC has as far as limiting state and local zoning authority over the placement of personal wireless service facilities.

June 12, 2013

Unified Communications Helps Localities Replace or Upgrade Aging Phone Systems

Cities and counties use unified communications to build a new playing field for contact centers, mobile communication, computers and networks.

June 4, 2013

Dublin, Ohio's Dana L. McDaniel Receives International Award

His mother was a community volunteer and McDaniel jokes that he and his brothers were "volun-told" to help out.

May 31, 2013

Dirty Jobs in Government: Snow Removal

The Dragon breathes diesel fire to melt snow, filter it and send it retreating into storm drains.

May 29, 2013

Dirty Jobs in Government: Water and Sewer

All water is just the same H2O recycled over and over.

May 15, 2013

California Cities Begin to Emerge from Recession, Brace for Pension Increases

Demonstrated savings and better service means the city of San Carlos won't go back to business as usual.

May 13, 2013

The Rural Imperative

"Those areas get into a cycle of decline where the smaller they get, the more drivers there are to get even smaller."

April 30, 2013

Talk to the Doohickey

That iPad is a long way from the hand-cranked phone hanging on the wall of our house in 1950.

April 18, 2013

North Carolina CIO Hones in on Collaboration, Training

Though Chris Estes comes from the private sector, he may be ahead of the game.

April 2, 2013

Technology Aids Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tornado Response

A citywide IP communications system helps the city implement two emergency action centers in just a couple of hours.

March 28, 2013

What Good Are Libraries?

The reason Western civilization has been so successful, is not necessarily because it had the biggest armies, but because it was able to catalog, organize and push knowledge out into communities.

March 26, 2013

Special Report: IT Tools for Safer Communities

As policymakers grapple with gun violence, technology may offer nonpartisan options for improvement.

March 19, 2013

Can Big Data Crack Fraud?

Governments and other entities can now get a better view and understanding of identity thieves, criminal networks and fraudsters who are taking them for billions.

March 19, 2013

Can Big Data Crack Fraud?

Governments and other entities can now get a better view and understanding of identity thieves, criminal networks and fraudsters who are taking them for billions.

March 7, 2013

Toilet to Tap: Where Water Comes From

There have been many advancements in sewage treatment since the days of outhouses. But in these recycling-conscious times, scientists are busily finding new uses for the stuff.

February 28, 2013

Louise Leakey: Time Traveler

Since few people visit Africa, a website allows visitors to tour the Turkana facility, and manipulate 3-D images of various skulls and fossils.

February 27, 2013

Ken Ulman -- 2013 GT Top 25 Winner

County Executive, Howard County, Maryland

February 6, 2013

At Issue: Rural Guns, City Guns

"I've often wondered if anything bad enough could happen to get Congress' attention on this -- and the jury is still out."

January 31, 2013

Education Standards Spur States to Create and Share Web-Based Curriculum and Portals

Some 45 states and four territories have developed a set of uniform standards for math and English that allows for curriculum materials to be traded, shared and improved by teachers, districts and states, regardless of location.

January 30, 2013

At Issue: Gunshot Detection and Reducing Gun Violence

Another use of the system is when a police officer is involved. The exact locations of each shooter and who shot first can be determined.

January 25, 2013

Community of the Week: Howard County, Maryland

The county will soon complete the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN), which will connect nearly 1,000 city halls, fire and police departments, courthouses, colleges and universities, libraries, and schools.

January 23, 2013

Top Seven Intelligent Communities Named

A U.S. rust-belt city takes its place among the intelligent communities of the world.

January 18, 2013

What Went Right: Internet Media

Even worse, muting the ad brings up the subtitles. There's no escape.

January 16, 2013

Gun Control Showdown Coming to Congress

President Obama's $4 billion proposal aims to "help keep 15,000 cops on the street in cities and towns across the country."

January 14, 2013

At Issue: 12-Step Program for Gun Violence

Some things we can't change and will have to live with. For example, guns in America.

January 9, 2013

What Went Right: A Boring Day Without Murder

"Mission accomplished, here's your walking papers."

January 7, 2013

At Issue: Technology and Preventing Gun Violence

One decade-old technology offers some assistance in preventing gun violence, as well as in locating and responding to shootings very quickly.

December 26, 2012

eVermont Leaves Legacy of Help, Tools

Physical "last mile" Internet connectivity goes hand-in-hand with demand.

December 17, 2012

When Good Projects Go Bad

Risk-assessment strategy helps determine the severity of any problems and what resources should be brought to bear.

December 11, 2012

2012 Year in Review: BYOD

A look at the trends that shaped how we work and live.

December 10, 2012

Special Report: Cybersecurity Handbook for Cities and Counties

Cyberthreats are increasing in number and severity, but an ounce of prevention goes a long way toward protecting systems and information.

December 10, 2012

Mobile App Finds Available Parking

A map displays the user's location and the number and location of parking spaces available in downtown San Carlos, Calif., in real time.

December 5, 2012

Encryption Key Management in the Cloud: Basic Concepts

Take best practices for managing a city or county's most sensitive information into the cloud.

November 28, 2012

At Issue: County Opens Data Center to Private Startups

Howard County, Md., uses empty data center space to host an "innovation showcase."

November 14, 2012

California Celebrates GIS Day, Prepares to Launch Geoportal

California's geoportal will catalog state, city, county, federal, tribal and nonprofit data and operate based on "federated search."

November 12, 2012

Top Digital City in Transition as Mayor, Chief Innovation Officer Exit

"You can't do better than we did this past year, so we're going out on top," said Riverside, Calif., Chief Innovation Officer Steve Reneker.

November 7, 2012

Predicting Election Results: Who Knew?

For the most part, polls predicting the outcome of the 2012 presidential election were fairly accurate.

October 29, 2012

Issaquah, Wash., Submits Work Orders in Real Time

Instead of filling out a piece of paper, employees input maintenance and repair records on their mobile devices.

October 3, 2012

Counties Launch Cybersecurity Initiative

The Stop, Think, Connect campaign is the initial focus of the National Association of Counties’ attempt to help prevent the spread of viruses, phishing scams, malware and other security troubles.

September 21, 2012

White House Names Local ‘Champions of Change’

These 13 local, public-sector leaders have committed themselves to creating a more open and innovative government.

September 17, 2012

NIST Unveils Zero Net Energy House

The 2,700-square-foot house with 1,500-square-foot basement and garage equipped to charge electric vehicles produces as much energy as it consumes.

September 12, 2012

Have Hackers Won?

Buggy code and cyber security: a conversation with Steven Bellovin.

September 5, 2012

At Issue: 6 Things You Can Do to Defend Against Cyberattacks

A jurisdiction can reduce exposure significantly with a few simple actions.

August 31, 2012

Special Report: How Strategic Sourcing Helps Local Government Spend Smarter

Outsourcing and shared services help local governments in tough times.

August 29, 2012

Feds Rethink Public Safety Network While Locals Stew

With passage of new public safety broadband legislation earlier this year, the federal government is trying to put the brakes on these projects to ensure they fit in with the emerging national network – and in some cases that’s spurring frustration.

August 24, 2012

Why Farms Need Wireless Broadband (VIDEO)

Fresno, Calif., works to roll out wireless broadband across a landscape populated primarily with fruits and vegetables.

August 20, 2012

What Went Right: Digital Publishing

Book publishing is now a cottage industry, a democracy of ideas, producing works that range from incomprehensible to profound.

August 20, 2012

National Public Safety Network Begins to Take Shape

Harris County, Texas, rolls out the first pieces of what could become a nationwide broadband wireless network for public safety.

August 13, 2012

Objections to New York City’s Attempts to Prevent Crime and Terrorism

Did anyone notice what didn’t happen at the Olympics just concluded in London? No terrorist incidents.

August 8, 2012

Phoenix Launches Security and Privacy Website for the Public

"Protection against cyber threats and cyber crime is also a public safety issue.”

July 30, 2012

California County Tries to Roll Out Wireless Broadband to Farms

Fresno, Calif., the most productive agricultural region in the nation, works to roll out wireless broadband across a landscape populated primarily with fruits and vegetables.

July 23, 2012

At Issue: Surviving California Municipal Bankruptcies

Not all cities in California are going under. Some, like San Carlos, saw the financial cliff coming and took steps to fundamentally change service delivery — including for information technology.

July 16, 2012

Smart Home or Stupid Idea?

Public opinion is split about when the mythical ‘Home of the Future’ will arrive – if at all.

July 16, 2012

Harold Tuck Receives NACo Lifetime Achievement Award

"I’m wired in such as way that I believe life is in chapters so I can move on without any regrets."

July 11, 2012

At Issue: Cyberwar Declared, Local Governments Enlist

Local governments are under attack, and smaller cities and counties are especially vulnerable to cyberthreats.

July 2, 2012

At Issue: Who’s to Blame for Shoddy Security (Opinion)

Porous security at institutions we trust points to a systemic flaw in the Internet’s design, and within the industry that protects us.

June 29, 2012

What Went Right? Choices

Most ideas about the future are wrong.

June 28, 2012

How to Fix Voter Registration

These systems are the gateway to democracy. But in the U.S., registration lists are rife with errors. The answer is online.

June 25, 2012

At Issue: Prescription Problem, IT Solution?

Technology initiatives are showing results at combating pharmaceutical abuse and other drug-related social problems.

June 18, 2012

At Issue: US Ignite Draws Cheers and Jeers

What people are saying about the new public-private partnership aiming to develop new applications for ultra-fast networks.

June 18, 2012

"Federal Government" and "Entrepreneur" in the Same Sentence?

Baitman and four others ramped up "Innovation Pathway 2.0,” a sort of express lane to move deserving projects through federal hurdles.

June 15, 2012

3 Innovative Federal CIOs Respond to New Pressures

Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Marine Corps CIOs discuss their management approaches.

June 11, 2012

At Issue: Cellphone Hell

Governments are coming up with creative approaches to manage mobile devices — from account pooling to personal phone-only policies.

June 4, 2012

At Issue: IT Governance Done Right

King County, Wash., and San Diego County, Calif., are two examples of governance models that work.

May 30, 2012

Special Report: Can Governments Keep Up Their Open Data Initiatives?

Open data may be cool, but is it useful, sustainable and cost effective?

May 23, 2012

Bexar County Pilots Public Access GIS

System will grant novice users access to the wealth of geographic information contained in the county’s GIS database.

May 14, 2012

At Issue: Total Cost of Ownership and the $12,000 Dog

A spreadsheet used by Harris County, Texas, to calculate an IT system’s total cost of ownership is also being used by local Boy Scouts for educational purposes.

April 30, 2012

Is Outsourcing IT an Option for Your Government?

Four factors to consider from those who have done it.

April 23, 2012

Voting Information Project Takes Aim at Open Data, Social Media

The Pew Center on the States, other public and private partners hope more states and localities will utilize its multifaceted voting information tool for the November 2012 election.

April 19, 2012

City Clerks Meet, Digitize

The title “city clerk” should be changed, as it does not reflect the importance of the job.

April 16, 2012

Is the Internet of Things Finding Traction?

At Issue: Currently the infrastructure necessary for broad deployment is lacking. That soon could change.

April 9, 2012

At Issue: Dreamers vs. Visionaries

Visionaries build their own future. Dreamers sit on the couch and watch Star Wars.

April 6, 2012

San Diego County CIO Harold Tuck Retiring

Tuck first joined San Diego County in 1986.

April 3, 2012

What Went Right: Mobile Devices

I felt like a WWII radio operator set down in some post-war dream of the future, where cars flew and dishes washed themselves.

April 2, 2012

Will Affordable Care Act Uncertainties Affect Local IT?

The Supreme Court’s decision is not expected until summer, but some local health IT projects likely will be impacted if the law is struck down or the individual mandate is overturned.

March 30, 2012

Washington, D.C.’s Criminal Case Initiation Project Automates Court Processes

Multiple arresting agencies in Washington, D.C., collaborate and hammer out agreements to build a law enforcement and justice information network.

March 28, 2012

What Makes a Visionary?

The Intelligent Community Foundation honors Australia’s Stephen Conroy as its Visionary of the Year for 2012.

March 26, 2012

At Issue: Shut Up and Let Me Govern!

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says social media cause headaches when you’re the boss. Is he right?

March 23, 2012

Maricopa County's Recorder Kiosks Save Time

"There’s a scanner to scan your document, and our employee then looks at the document to make sure that it’s recordable."

March 23, 2012

Phoenix Update

BYOD and Sunny Award

March 19, 2012

At Issue: Dead Men Voting

Will Queen Elizabeth -- as a write-in candidate -- win a primary for county assessor or state senator on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee?

March 12, 2012

At Issue: Will NYC's Open Data Catch Fire?

New York City's new mandate takes openness to another level, and could tie in other big cities.

March 7, 2012

An Inside Look at North Port, Fla.’s Financial Transparency

How a bedroom and retirement community is posting easy-to-understand spending and salary data.

March 1, 2012

A Look at Personal Mobile Devices in the Office

Bring-your-own-device mentality means flexibility for workers and security concerns for agencies.

February 29, 2012

Debbie Conway

Recorder, Clark County, Nev.

February 27, 2012

At Issue: Open Data Is Cool, but Is it Sustainable?

Are they still "engaging citizens, driving transparency and ensuring we are lowering the cost of government operations" or are they doomed to fade off into the sunset like so many other cool ideas?

February 17, 2012

How-To Videos Help Local Candidates Get in the Race

The Sacramento, Calif., City Clerk’s Office makes a video tutorial for its Candidate Instructional Guide to cut down paperwork errors submitted by office seekers.

February 8, 2012

Oakland County, Mich., Taking Shared Services National

The county is scaling up with the National Association of Counties to offer subscriptions for hosted applications to localities nationwide.

February 6, 2012

At Issue: Totally Mobile — Are We There Yet?

The Sacramento, Calif., City Clerk’s Office is pushing the envelope on mobile devices to keep pace with the digital world.

January 30, 2012

Are iOS and Android Devices Good Enough for Government Work?

There are real concerns about the suitability of the new generation of consumer devices for front-line government use.

January 23, 2012

Vermont's Digital Development Starts on the Front Porch

“When I go to town meeting it makes me more tolerant of different viewpoints and more appreciative of how difficult it is to govern. It makes us better ‘small d’ democrats.

January 16, 2012

The Cloud Builders: City and County of El Paso, Texas

The city and county of El Paso transitions to a shared cloud with the help of some new approaches to IT.

January 9, 2012

The Cloud Builders: Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, Mich.

Ann Arbor, Mich., CIO Dan Rainey details the many benefits the city and Washtenaw County have seen from sharing data centers and systems.

January 2, 2012

Can Cities Solve the Energy Conservation Penalty?

As the smart grid and other technologies help customers reduce their consumption, cities will be hard-pressed to avoid rate hikes when their revenue decreases.

December 19, 2011

The Community Information Network in the Facebook Era

St. Louis hopes to redefine neighborhood engagement within the changed world created by social media.

December 12, 2011

At Issue: Has the Citywide Wireless Train Left the Station?

“I think if you’re going to go into a system like this, you’ve got to focus on government services, because that’s the only place you’re going to get payback.”

December 9, 2011

What Went Right? Meth Busts Drop 96 Percent

December 5, 2011

At Issue: DNA Delayed is Justice Denied

While thousands of untested rape kits sit on evidence room shelves, DNA testing is used to catch tree thieves and dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

November 28, 2011

Is Smarter Transportation a Slippery Slope to Public Transit?

Traffic deaths are at their lowest levels in decades, so will Americans be willing to turn driving over to automated systems?

November 21, 2011

Will the Illinois Utility Hack Impede Smart-Grid Rollout?

Tallahassee, Fla., Mayor John Marks and other smart grid experts discuss the benefits and real-world vulnerabilities of the emerging technology.

November 14, 2011

iPads Get Cautious Support from City Governments

CIOs and public officials in Modesto, Calif.; Independence, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; and Honolulu discuss how they’re utilizing and supporting mobile devices.

November 7, 2011

At Issue: How Gunshot Detection Prevents Future Crime

Rocky Mount, N.C., a city of about 60,000 people, has used a gunshot detection system to thwart planned criminal acts.

October 31, 2011

At Issue: How to Protect the Smart Grid From Cyberattacks

What local governments can do to lessen the vulnerability of public utilities and other systems managed by Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

October 24, 2011

At Issue: Has Voting Machine Integrity Improved?

Researchers find machines can be hacked with just a few dollars’ worth of parts, renewing old worries about system security.

October 24, 2011

How Voting Equipment Varies in the U.S.

The Verified Voting Foundation is examining the newest data on electronic voting systems and election trends.

September 30, 2011

Drinking Water and Sewage -- May They Never Meet

People take old pharmaceuticals and dump them in the toilet or -- to be delicate about it -- "excrete" them.

September 2, 2011

Have-It-All Sustainability

The humble lifestyle of the homeless who recycle water bottles, urinate in the doorways of the affluent and get plenty of exercise and sunshine.

August 23, 2011

A Bridge or Tunnel to Somewhere

There's something about big projects that awakens excitement within the breast of engineers, builders and visionaries.

August 12, 2011

Health Care "Hot Spotting"

The "Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers" began to visit the worst patients in terms of costs, to see what could be done.

July 25, 2011

Counties Share IT Survival Strategies for Declining Budgets

IT plays a large role as county executives find survival strategies for declining budgets

July 25, 2011

Kotaku Wamura Saves his Town

How many "things that went right" are never noticed, much less celebrated?

July 22, 2011

Counties Convene, Share Survival Strategies

"Wayne County, Mich. lost 50 percent of their IT people in the last three years. That's slash and burn."

August 3, 2008

Site Reveals Salaries of New York State Employees, Other State Financial Data

"The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations is basic to our society."