Zack Quaintance

Staff Writer


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.

May 25, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Center for Data Innovation Details Federal Steps for Accelerated Innovation

Plus, Portland, Ore., leaders sign an open data ordinance and the FEC launches a new website.

May 23, 2017

NYC's 2017 BigApps Competition Announces Winners

DollarVan, OnBoard, nesterly and PASSNYC capture various prizes during the eighth year of the innovation competition.

May 19, 2017

South Dakota Becomes First State with Online Pardon Application

New site stands to make process easier for both applicants and state workers reviewing applications.

May 18, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Bi-partisan Senate Bill Would Require FCC to Collect Data on Wireless Broadband Coverage

Plus, Louisville plans to expand fiber network, and Missouri centralizes flood relief efforts online.

May 17, 2017

Kansas City, Mo., Maps Data Related to Digital Inclusion

Visualization shows poverty rates along with available Internet speeds.

May 12, 2017

National Digital Inclusion Week Helps Build Nationwide Momentum for Digital Equity

Local governments are taking an increasingly active role in providing equitable tech opportunities to all citizens.

May 11, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Facebook Preps UK Users for Fake News Spotting in Advance of Election

Plus, Chicago posts removed federal climate change data online, and Austin hosts competition for app builders with $38K of prize money.

May 11, 2017

West Virginia State Auditor to Combat Budget Deficit with Financial Data Transparency

The new platform being used is modeled after Ohio's recent budget transparency work.

April 21, 2017

New Orleans Uses Targeted Approach to Spread Tech Awareness, Improve Digital Equity

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.

April 20, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Philadelphia Blog Captures Stories of Residents Who Used Its Open Data Portal to Do Good

Plus, San Francisco's STiR director leaves for NYC, and Chicago's new open data portal keeps user-friendliness front and center.

April 18, 2017

'Listen Up Long Beach' Map Uses Crowdsourced Data to Update the City's Noise Element

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.

April 13, 2017

'Textalyzer’ Prototype Could Make Texting-While-Driving Laws Easier to Enforce

Advocates voice support for legislation in New York state to combat the distracted driving epidemic.

April 13, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Open Gov Groups Voice Concern Over Removal of Trump Transition Data

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.

April 11, 2017

Americans Say Government Should Invest in Stronger Cyber Defenses of their Data

Seventy-nine percent of those polled in a recent survey are worried about the security of their personal digital data.

April 6, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: NYC Funding Program Boosts Health Tech Startups

Plus, San Francisco enhances its Crime Data Portal, and Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority prepares to distribute 22 micro-grants.

April 5, 2017

Former Intel Exec Ready to Help Bring Broadband to Rural Colorado

Tony Neal-Graves talks about his plans for the state's broadband office and how he spent the first three weeks on the job.

March 31, 2017

Philadelphia Makes Innovation Academy Graduates Available as Consultants

Innovation Consulting program joins the city's Innovation Academy, Innovation Lab and Innovation Fund initiatives to encourage new ideas for civic tech.

March 30, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Will USDS, 18F Be Charged with Helping Gov Agencies Limit Cyberthreats?

Plus, a pair of reintroduced bills seek to bolster federal open data and transparency, and Baltimore puts its building permit application process online.

March 23, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Baltimore Innovation Team Looks to Hire Tech Talent

Plus, Philadelphia renames annual civic tech event to broaden engagement, and Boston makes its new open data portal official.

March 22, 2017

Data Can Help Local Governments Fight Corruption, Study Says

A data-driven approach can serve as an efficient and expedited starting point for agencies to identify and investigate fraud.

March 16, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Sunlight Foundation Guide Seeks to Improve Open Data Practices

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.

March 14, 2017

Report: How Governments Could Benefit by Coordinating the Data Structure They Use

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.

March 14, 2017

Sacramento, Calif., Will Be First of 11 Cities Nationwide to Test 5G Wireless Connectivity

Sacramento’s active efforts to streamline installation of 5G networks was likely part of the reason Verizon choose the city for its pilot.

March 9, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: NYC Releases RFP for First Publicly Funded Virtual Reality Lab

Plus, a new initiative commits to powering 100 million connections between politicians and constituents.

March 8, 2017

States Unconcerned About 18F's Previous Disregard for Security Procedures

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.

March 7, 2017

Culture Shift Sparked by Government Agencies Involving Users in Redesign Process

Directly involving users with the creation of better digital services is fostering an atmosphere of customer service.

March 6, 2017

'Analyze Boston' to Expand Data Sets, Enhance Data Literacy

Boston's chief data officer talks about the second iteration of city's open data platform.

March 3, 2017

Code for America Increases Recruitment Efforts to Meet Post-Election Demand

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.

March 2, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: 18F Disregarded IT Security Requirements

Also, the Defense Department launches an open source initiative, and Los Angeles creates a dashboard to visualize homeless shelter demand.

February 23, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Sunlight Foundation Launches Open Data Policy Wizard

Wheaton, Ill. becomes first city in state with an open data portal for its park district; Seattle Public Library releases data about checkouts.

February 21, 2017

Third-Party Software Verifies Tickets Issued by Red-Light Cameras

A UK-based company is bringing added accuracy to tickets issued in Winter Park, Fla.

February 16, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: White House Removes Open Data Info, Internet Archive Offers to Host PACER Data

Plus, Kansas City, Mo., and Fargo, N.D., both make significant strides in open data and civic tech.

February 15, 2017

U.S. Court Ruling Sparks Debate Over Access to Laws in the Digital Space

Civic technologists say copyrights for technical standards incorporated into law create unfair barriers between the public and regulations.

February 9, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: U.S. House Approves Email Privacy Protections, Seattle PD Deploys Data Analytics Platform

Plus, DataRescue SF Bay event strives to preserve publicly accessible data resources from the federal government.

February 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Hits the Streets for Resident Feedback on Data Mapping App

Burgh's Eye View analysts and developers will conduct meetings about their work in 14 neighborhoods, hoping for ideas to enhance the platform.

February 7, 2017

Digital Democracy Brings Legislative Transparency to New York

Plans include expanding to Florida and Texas by early 2018.

February 2, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Activism Sites, Apps on the Rise Under Trump

Plus, Marin County, Calif's new data portal seeks to fix challenges by improving open data.

February 2, 2017

Miami Website Redesign Puts Users First

The city is currently testing an alpha version of the website, preparing for a larger overhaul of its municipal online presence.

February 1, 2017

Seattle RFI Seeks Ideas for Providing Public Wi-Fi

City leaders want private companies to collaborate with the public sector as part of another effort to provide Internet access to all citizens.

January 26, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: USDS Is Here to Stay, NYC Council Email Alerts Now Available

Plus, a philanthropic foundation plans to help continue the Obama administration’s Data-Driven Justice Initiative.

January 20, 2017

For Civic Tech, Hope and Fear in the Age of Trump

Will government tech advancements progress under President Donald Trump? Few answers, many questions.

January 19, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: GovLab Pushes Data Collaborations, Trump Names Federal Chief Digital Officer

Plus, a sneak peek at the new federal Web design standards and further efforts to encrypt government Web domains.