Zack Quaintance is a staff writer for Government Technology. Prior to that, he spent five years working in daily newspapers, and another five years working in the tech sector. He lives in Northern California.
Plus, Code for America brings Californians human-centered access to food assistance, 18F and the FBI build Crime Data Explorer, and Austin, Texas, donates used government computers to underserved residents.
The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.
Plus, Chattanooga joins Kansas City in adopting a Facebook chatbot, DARPA invests $65 million in developing two-way brain-computer interface, and NYC launches a pair of tech initiatives in Brownsville.
Now in its second year, the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge looks to build upon 2016's success.
Plus, Georgia lays out online content strategy advice for state agencies, Pittsburgh debuts online database of for-sale city properties, and Naperville, Ill., launches new open data portal with police incidents and other info.
The model creates simple conditional statements called applets, which the city is using to create warnings about poor air quality and other emergencies.
PlaceSpeak, a location-based civic engagement tool, is designed to prevent interference from bots and trolls that have plagued online discourse as of late.
Plus, Atlanta CIO to deliver keynote about strategic partnerships in innovation, Kansas City launches open data Facebook chatbot and a new handbook details mayors’ roles in the rise of innovation districts.
Civic innovators find diverse applications for using technology to care for street trees.
Plus, Boston adds broadband access to its development review process, What Works Cities releases report about tangible ways local governments are changing lives, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture uses tech to improve service.
The city has issued an RFP for its Next Generation 911 project, while installing interim text-to-911 capabilities slated to go live in early 2018.
Plus, 12 cities join Chicago's effort to preserve deleted federal climate change research data, Seattle's open data portal gets a new look, and the FCC weighs whether to strip local governments of siting authority as 5G tech becomes more common.
Transparency advocates hope tech-based collaborations will become a permanent part of the lawmaking process.
The tech platform used is not only comprehensive, it’s also ideally suited for use in the field.
The chief digital officer in Gilbert, Ariz., is using digital media savvy to communicate with citizens and show the world what the community has to offer.
The county tagged at 526 individuals in January, up from 420 at the same time last year. The difference, officials say, was likely not as much in the actual population as it was in the technique used to collect data.
Plus, Chicago expands beach data in time for summer, LA maps its marijuana dispensaries, and Alaska's data goes to the dogs.
Plus, Boston mayor hosts city’s first innovation courtyard festival, and NYC Civic Hall adds a new managing director.
These efforts increasingly fuel hopes that private-sector expertise can truly impact government.
From Austin to Kansas City, an increasing number of governmental agencies are incorporating digital inclusion into their services.
The center seeks to provide a comfortable coffee shop experience for the Russell neighborhood, where residents often lack access to high-speed Internet.
Plus, Portland, Ore., leaders sign an open data ordinance and the FEC launches a new website.
DollarVan, OnBoard, nesterly and PASSNYC capture various prizes during the eighth year of the innovation competition.
New site stands to make process easier for both applicants and state workers reviewing applications.
Plus, Louisville plans to expand fiber network, and Missouri centralizes flood relief efforts online.
Visualization shows poverty rates along with available Internet speeds.
Local governments are taking an increasingly active role in providing equitable tech opportunities to all citizens.
Plus, Chicago posts removed federal climate change data online, and Austin hosts competition for app builders with $38K of prize money.
The new platform being used is modeled after Ohio's recent budget transparency work.
Often the people digital equity programs were designed to help assumed the initiatives were for someone else. So officials reached out to underrepresented populations and spread awareness that they, too, deserve a place in tech.
Plus, San Francisco's STiR director leaves for NYC, and Chicago's new open data portal keeps user-friendliness front and center.
After 42 years, officials are turning to tech-based solutions to address the city's noise element update. They are also hopeful the approach will bring new voices to the local conversation.
Advocates voice support for legislation in New York state to combat the distracted driving epidemic.
Plus, San Francisco looks to hire project manager for voting system overhaul, Hawaii launches new geospatial data portal and Indianapolis County emphasizes commitment to better digital services.
Seventy-nine percent of those polled in a recent survey are worried about the security of their personal digital data.
Plus, San Francisco enhances its Crime Data Portal, and Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority prepares to distribute 22 micro-grants.
Tony Neal-Graves talks about his plans for the state's broadband office and how he spent the first three weeks on the job.
Innovation Consulting program joins the city's Innovation Academy, Innovation Lab and Innovation Fund initiatives to encourage new ideas for civic tech.
Plus, a pair of reintroduced bills seek to bolster federal open data and transparency, and Baltimore puts its building permit application process online.
Plus, Philadelphia renames annual civic tech event to broaden engagement, and Boston makes its new open data portal official.
A data-driven approach can serve as an efficient and expedited starting point for agencies to identify and investigate fraud.
Plus, Democracy Works increases efforts to connect voters with election info, and Syracuse partners with Code for America to launch new info portal for businesses.
The Netherlands and Australia created common guidelines to report government financial regulation compliance to save on costs — and U.S. governments could benefit by doing the same.
Sacramento’s active efforts to streamline installation of 5G networks was likely part of the reason Verizon choose the city for its pilot.
Plus, a new initiative commits to powering 100 million connections between politicians and constituents.
The GSA's Office of Inspector General found that 18F disregarded several security rules and other governmental procedures, but the states it has recently contracted with say they're not concerned about similar issues.
Directly involving users with the creation of better digital services is fostering an atmosphere of customer service.
Boston's chief data officer talks about the second iteration of city's open data platform.
Now that Code for America has so much company in the civic tech space, the group is calling upon those who have voiced interest to get to work with them.
Also, the Defense Department launches an open source initiative, and Los Angeles creates a dashboard to visualize homeless shelter demand.
Wheaton, Ill. becomes first city in state with an open data portal for its park district; Seattle Public Library releases data about checkouts.
A UK-based company is bringing added accuracy to tickets issued in Winter Park, Fla.
Plus, Kansas City, Mo., and Fargo, N.D., both make significant strides in open data and civic tech.
Civic technologists say copyrights for technical standards incorporated into law create unfair barriers between the public and regulations.
Plus, DataRescue SF Bay event strives to preserve publicly accessible data resources from the federal government.
Burgh's Eye View analysts and developers will conduct meetings about their work in 14 neighborhoods, hoping for ideas to enhance the platform.
Plans include expanding to Florida and Texas by early 2018.
Plus, Marin County, Calif's new data portal seeks to fix challenges by improving open data.
The city is currently testing an alpha version of the website, preparing for a larger overhaul of its municipal online presence.
City leaders want private companies to collaborate with the public sector as part of another effort to provide Internet access to all citizens.
Plus, a philanthropic foundation plans to help continue the Obama administration’s Data-Driven Justice Initiative.
Will government tech advancements progress under President Donald Trump? Few answers, many questions.