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.

October 22, 2018

Buffalo, N.Y., Offers Free Citizen Training for Open Data Portal

A four-week course starting in late November will give city residents the skills and tools they need to make the most out of Buffalo’s 40-plus open data assets.

October 18, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: New Directory Maps the Top Civic Innovation Labs

Plus, Philadelphia selects internal innovation grant recipients; The New York Times maps every building in America; and the Durham, N.C., iTeam looks to use human-centered design to improve city forms.

October 17, 2018

NYC Libraries Take the Lead for Digital Privacy Week

Libraries throughout the city this week are hosting more than 30 free data privacy workshops as part of New York's ongoing privacy efforts.

October 16, 2018

Louisville, Ky., Combines Digital Inclusion, Human-Centered Design Into One Jam Session

The Louisville Digital Inclusion Design Jam will help city technologists learn from design practices while helping designers use their skills to benefit the community.

October 11, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Google’s Waze Expands Carpooling App to All 50 States

Plus, Arnold Foundation RFP seeks to reimagine America’s crisis response system; Los Angeles expands its cybersecurity lab; Atlanta launches a new Fix-It ATL public request campaign; and Code for America’s Brigade Network responds to Hurricane Michael.

October 9, 2018

Startup in Residence Program Calls for Vendor Applications

The international collaboration initiative has posted a list of 80-plus startup-friendly challenges that present contract opportunities for gov tech entrepreneurs.

October 5, 2018

Illinois' New Education Cluster CIO Talks Training, Upcoming Work

After holding tech and innovation positions in government in Boston and Rhode Island, Kevin Parker discusses priorities for his new position in Illinois.

October 4, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Long Beach, Calif., Establishes Office of Civic Innovation

Plus, San Antonio hosts its first SmartSA Datathon; Washington D.C., Gigabit DC Challenge seeks mobility solutions; Chicago launches annual flu shot dataset; and political organizing tactics that are also useful in civic tech.

October 3, 2018

How New York City Tells the Story of Its Open Data Work

As open data work and availability continue to evolve, local governments are rolling out new ways to spread awareness.

October 1, 2018

Unrelenting Threats Inspire a New Model in Texas

A managed security services contract offers agencies presrceened cybersecurity tools — an arrangement that could take off across the country.

September 27, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Local Gov Leaders Criticize FCC’s Small Cell Order

Plus, Results for America releases new case studies about local government successes; Cook County, Ill., approves contract for new election equipment; federal lawmakers pass act to modernize grant reporting with open data; and New York state wins national procurement award.

September 25, 2018

NYU’s GovLab CrowdLaw Manifesto Aims to Boost Public Participation in Government

International experts and other government stakeholders issue 12 calls to action for individuals, legislatures, researchers and technologists.

September 24, 2018

Anti-Bias Toolkit Offers Government a Closer Look at Automated Decision-Making

The offering is a collaborative effort between GovEx, San Francisco, the Civic Analytics Network and Data Community DC.

September 20, 2018

Best of New York 2018: Winning Projects Focus on Cooperation, Breaking Down Silos

New York’s state and municipal governments face daily challenges often on a scale unlike those found elsewhere in the country, and this year’s award winners excelled at finding new and more efficient ways to tackle them.

September 20, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: New York City Releases Its Annual Data Report

Plus, NYC’s chief technology officer releases guide for civic tech challenges: Cincinnati Data and Analytics Office partners with police on daily stats report; and Code for America brigades collaborate on Hurricane Florence response

September 19, 2018

Sunlight Foundation Launches New Open Data Policy Hub

The resource serves as a one-stop shop for information about how to establish and write open data policies for local governments.

September 14, 2018

Pennsylvania's Code4PA Event Expands, Taking on the Opioid Crisis

The annual event now features four sites spread across three cities in the state, as well as a new focus on the opioid crisis.

September 13, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge Announces Winners

Plus, Washington, D.C., looks for volunteers to join website testing team, a new challenge offers $750,000 for projects that use AI in the service of public good, and this week’s gov tech jobs.

September 11, 2018

Philadelphia Nears ‘One Philly’ Finish Line

The singular system will replace outdated and separate functionalities for a wide range of internal tasks, including payroll, human resources, pensions, benefits and timekeeping.

September 10, 2018

After a Lengthy National Search, Philadelphia Names a Permanent CIO

Following a national search, the city looked inward to Interim CIO Mark Wheeler to head IT efforts on a more permanent basis.

September 7, 2018

Meet Riverside, Calif.'s Newest Chief Innovation Officer

Tech veteran George Khalil discusses using technology to bridge gaps and move the agency forward as he takes over the helm of technology and innovation in the city.

September 6, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Google Unveils Search Engine for Open Data

Plus, Syracuse, N.Y., debuts Performance Management Program Dashboard; Santa Clara, Calif., launches free health data portal; new report finds state CIOs see future in AI; and this week’s gov tech jobs.

September 5, 2018

Report: Most State Websites Need Work

A detailed review of 400 state government websites has found that 99 percent fail when scored on their foundational functionality.

September 4, 2018

San Francisco's CIO Gives Advice for New Startup in Residence Participants

Krista Canellakis has words of wisdom for the newest cohorts in a collaborative program that has proven novel, effective and extremely popular.

August 31, 2018

Sacramento County Sees Benefits from Online Family Homeless Shelter Reservation Portal

The system fits into ongoing efforts by the county to address a recent spike in unsheltered homeless amid California’s housing crisis.

August 30, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: National Science Foundation Funds Los Angeles Data Partnership

Plus, Code for America strengthens the brigade network with $2 million Knight Foundation grant; Results for America launches a new resources to bolster governmental human services contracting; Code4PA Codeathon spans three Pennsylvania cities; and this week’s gov tech jobs.

August 29, 2018

Code for America's Integrated Benefits Initiative Expands to Five States

The national civic tech group is partnering with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and with Nava Public Benefit Corporation to extend the scope of its ongoing work.

August 29, 2018

Ohio's Stu Davis Departs After Nearly 8 Years as CIO

One of the nation’s longest-serving state CIOs, Davis leaves behind a legacy of productive IT stewardship during a time of major technological change.

August 28, 2018

Newly Formed Partnership Will Better Train Cities to Use Data, Evidence

The National League of Cities and Results for America are slated to bring new training to cities to help them reach What Works Cities certification.

August 23, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: South Bend, Ind., Launches New Digital Inclusion Center

Plus, Louisville, Ky., technologist organizes hackathon with IFTTT; Raleigh, N.C., has a new startup map; Los Angeles’ CDO writes about ‘data angels;’ and Ohio prepares to announce prize recipients for the second phase of its opioid technology challenge.

August 22, 2018

Startup-in-Residence Grows to 31 Agencies, Welcomes Its First State

The San Francisco program, which embeds startup companies in local government to help them tap into tech expertise, is growing nationally and internationally.

August 17, 2018

A Plugged-In Populace: More Blessing than Curse for One Local Government

Douglas County, Colo., CIO John Huber discusses his first year on the job and the benefits and drawbacks that come with serving a tech-savvy part of the country.

August 16, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Philadelphia Officially Launches New Website

Plus, San Antonio debuts the new 311SA Mobile App; Pittsburgh seeks director of innovation and performance; Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder unveils plan to expand broadband access throughout state; and Restoreyourvote.org offers legal advice and guidance for voters with past convictions.

August 14, 2018

Next-Gen Tech Is Helping More than 1,000 Jurisdictions Improve Emergency Response

Maricopa County, Ariz., has already seen an increased ability to pinpoint the locations of 911 callers, especially those who are indoors, which used to be a significant challenge.

August 10, 2018

Philadelphia Works to Develop New Municipal ID Card

Following in the footsteps of jurisdictions like New York City and Chicago, Philadelphia is aiming to roll out a new way for residents to access services by early 2019.

August 9, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: USDS Injects Human-Centered Design into Government Policymaking

Plus, Baltimore’s i-team launches a new website, New York City approves a new tech training center, and civic technologists prep for National Day of Civic Hacking events.

August 8, 2018

Stanford Undergrads Build New Platform to Connect Citizens with Elected Officials

Pulse is a civic engagement platform that simplifies info about legislation, allows constituents to make their opinions known and gives elected leaders a simplified dashboard to process input.

August 2, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Boulder, Colo., Works to Develop Better City Website by Engaging Users

Plus, U.S. Department of Agriculture moves to invest $97 million in rural broadband companies, San Francisco’s environment department publishes data on healthy nail salons, GovEx publishes a guide to evidence-based policy, and Albuquerque, N.M., launches a new one-stop-shop app.

July 30, 2018

State Data Officers Provide Feedback on Federal Data Strategy

The State CDO Network — a newly formed group of government data leaders from 14 states — penned a letter offering support and feedback after the federal government released an initial draft of its own data strategy.

July 27, 2018

Designers Are Driving Culture Change in City Hall

The philosophies often used by designers to create human-centered products are generating a culture change within local government.

July 26, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Bloomberg Initiative Sends 40 Mayors to Harvard

Plus, Verizon brings 5G to Houston customers; Code for America expands its Clear My Record program; and Code for Louisville Looks for civic tech mentors.

July 25, 2018

Meet the New Director of Technology and Innovation for Long Beach, Calif.

Lea Eriksen discusses the challenges, priorities she faces in the new role and how her background in government budget and finance is helping.

July 19, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Local Groups Prep for National Day of Civic Hacking

Plus, civic technologists in Austin, Texas, host annual budget party; NYC Planning Labs celebrates its first anniversary; San Antonio concludes its first civic tech startup weekend; and the NYC CTO’s office releases a glossary of common civic tech terms.

July 17, 2018

Data for Democracy Works to Expand Its Crash Risk Model Nationwide

The civic tech group has already applied the model to Boston, but it is working now to build a system that can help make traffic safer across the country.

July 12, 2018

L.A. County Agency Gives Up On Paper, Embraces Process Automation

The Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County is just one of many local government agencies that are moving to update their workflow structures.

July 12, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Dashboard Gauges Local Government Representation

Plus, a federal government single-sign-on platform enters public bug bounty testing phase; Louisiana debuts digital drivers' licenses; and a new report highlights states’ use of data and evidence to improve life for constituents.

July 9, 2018

Providence, R.I., Launches Its New Municipal Identification Card Program

The card, which is available to any resident over the age of 14, can serve as proof of identity and residency, making it easier for its holders to engage with city departments and other services.

July 5, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: South Bend, Ind., Plans to Build New Tech Center

Plus, the University of Wisconsin-Madison debuts a neighborhood map to help inform medical decision-making; San Francisco releases its annual open data inventory; and the Startup in Residence Program extends its application deadline.

July 3, 2018

311 Launches in Richmond, Va., Along with a New City Department to Manage It

Officials say in addition to better customer service, the new data RVA 311 yields will lead to better decision-making.

July 3, 2018

Connecticut Creates Data Checklist to Track State’s Progress

With newly signed legislation requiring a government-wide commitment to organized data use, inventorying and planning, Connecticut’s chief data officer recently created a checklist to track the state’s efforts.

June 29, 2018

Fostering 'Massive Engagement'

A new best practices guide from messaging platform Twilio seeks to bridge the gap between constituents and elected officials.

June 28, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Create CDO Position

Plus, Austin hackathon leads to creation of anti-human trafficking app; civic tech project identifies 51 places where sewage flows into the Chicago River; executive director/founder departs from the open gov advocacy group the Data Coalition; and two major gov tech organizations look to hire visual designers.

June 25, 2018

Peter Ambs Departs Albuquerque for Phoenix

The former CIO of New Mexico’s biggest city has transitioned from that role to become the assistant CIO in Phoenix.

June 22, 2018

Opioid Crisis Mapping and Collaboration Effort Continues Expanding

As more jurisdictions begin to share data related to combating the opioid crisis, other agencies are encouraged to do the same.

June 22, 2018

Long Beach, Calif., Names New Director of Technology and Innovation

Lea Eriksen will start work in the position as of June 23, bringing 20 years of local government experience to the role.

June 21, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Gov2Go Expands to Colorado

Plus, Barbara Bush Foundation sponsors adult learning app competition; Sacramento’s Civic Lab celebrates its inaugural graduating class; City Innovate looks to hire a program director for its Startup in Residence Program; and civic tech continues to go to the dogs.

June 19, 2018

Philadelphia Works to Digitize Paper-Based Processes

Three technology projects seek to make City Hall more efficient by improving upon the speed of RFPs, position requisition and signature authentication, streamlining city services.

June 15, 2018

New Tax System to Take Pittsburgh "Out of the Dark Ages"

Users will be able to pay both individual property and business taxes online for the first time.

June 14, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: User-Centered Research Helps Guide Code for America’s Work in California

Plus, LinkNYC kiosks celebrate city’s famous Caribbean residents; California’s Humboldt County enhances website accessibility; and Nashville launches new app to improve government interactions with citizens.

June 12, 2018

Digital Equity Lab Launches in NYC

The effort, based out of The New School, is led by Maya Wiley and addresses equitable models of digital access, digital equity frameworks for online issues, and the ways that smart cities create both benefits and risks for vulnerable communities.

June 8, 2018

How Chicago's Tradition of Civic Organizing Inspired the Best in Civic Tech

Chi Hack Night has become a national model for sustainable and successful volunteer civic technology projects.

June 7, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: More than 50 Services Now Available on my.indy.gov

Plus, a new digital inclusion report ranks worst-connected cities in the U.S.; Boston deploys an interactive map for finding public restrooms; and San Antonio moves forward with innovation zones.

June 1, 2018

A Blueprint for Human-Centered Change

How redesigning Michigan's benefits application created a model for vast government transformation.

May 31, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: New Legislation in Connecticut Bolsters State’s Open Data Efforts

Plus, Albuquerque, N.M., launches new app for questions about recycling, San Francisco creates a data homage to former Mayor Ed Lee, California hosts safe drinking water challenge, and a rundown of available positions for civic technologists.

May 30, 2018

Montana’s New Chatbots Provide Major Benefits to Residents, Government

The program, which was largely created by a single government employee, guides the public through DMV services, simultaneously reducing the number of calls made to state agencies.

May 25, 2018

Oakland County, Mich., Names New CISO

Bridget Kravchenko is set to become the first woman to hold the Detroit-area county’s top information security position when she assumes the role on May 29.

May 24, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Bloomberg Announces $42 Million Addition to What Works Cities Initiative

Plus, 18F details efforts to improve state government RFP process, Code for Tampa Bay launches a second monthly meetup in nearby St. Petersburg, Fla., and Syracuse, N.Y., CDO shares the benefits of hosting civic hackathons.

May 22, 2018

Code for America Prepares for Annual Summit

Executive Director Jennifer Pahlka says the event gives the group a chance to "assess the landscape and reset the bar."

May 21, 2018

Chicago Turns to Human-Centric Design for City ID Cards

The CityKey project will provide residents with a unique, government-issued ID card that will open up access to municipal services for everyone.

May 17, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: U.S. Senate Passes Measure Repealing Changes to Net Neutrality

Plus, Long Beach, Calif., receives grant for lab to create innovation tools for first responders; Tulsa, Okla., wins Cities of Service’s inaugural Engaged Cities Award; and Portland, Ore., welcomes new Code for America brigade.

May 15, 2018

San Francisco to Pilot Digital Tool that Aids in Reducing Marijuana Convictions

The city is partnering with Code for America in an automation project that will clear eligible convictions under California's marijuana legalization law.

May 14, 2018

GovEx at Johns Hopkins University Launches Training Center for Government Data Skills

Online and onsite courses for government employees will begin in June.

May 10, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Upstate New York Summit Focuses on Region’s Local Government Data Wins

Plus, DATA Act marks first full year of collecting federal financial info, Pennsylvania’s Office of Administration open data team wins award for excellence and Detroit’s Department of Transportation teams with Lyft for pilot program.

May 8, 2018

Government CIOs Say It's All About Relationships

Ohio IT leaders discuss the evolving nature of the CIO position at Government Technology’s Ohio Public Sector CIO Academy.

May 7, 2018

Ohio CIOs Share Wisdom on IT Leadership

Ohio CIO Stu Davis and city of Columbus CIO Sam Orth both say they never planned to lead government tech agencies but have embraced the scope of possibilities within the work.

May 3, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Net Neutrality Item Heads to Congress Next Week

Plus, San Antonio seeks a smart city coordinator; San Francisco expands digital inclusion effort for public housing residents; and Philadelphia seeks input on city forms.

May 2, 2018

Meet the Los Angeles Power Team of Tech Leaders

Four members of Mayor Eric Garcetti's IT leadership team discuss the growing importance of data-driven city government and the projects that make the city a tech innovator.

April 26, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Miami Launches New Beta Website for Testing

Plus, Seattle releases annual report on city’s open data efforts; Vermont civic tech group launches app to coordinate volunteer cleanups; and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ summit on city communications emphasizes the importance of social media.

April 25, 2018

What Is Human-Centric Design?

A philosophy regarding the creation of websites, forms and services seeks to simplify and improve constituent interactions with government.

April 24, 2018

Texas Taps Deloitte as New Caretaker for Texas.gov, Aiming for a One-Stop-Shop Portal

The company is currently building new features into the site, including a personalized digital assistant.

April 20, 2018

Incubating Innovation: Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Profiles, Part 7

This is part seven of a series about the 34 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week we look at Ithaca, N.Y.; Los Angeles; Miami and Miami Beach, Fla.; and Phoenix.

April 19, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: New Report Finds 7,000 Startups, $71 Billion Ecosystem in NYC

Plus, Oakland event gates nonprofits and community groups to tackle pressing issues with tech, Cities of Service names 10 finalists for its Engaged Cities Award and Louisville, Ky., debuts informational kiosks in its downtown.

April 16, 2018

Kansas' Digital Services Platform iKan Pushes New Governor’s Focus on Tech

The platform enables users to renew vehicle registration online, and future plans call for expanding its functionality to include more areas of government service.

April 13, 2018

Incubating Innovation: Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Profiles, Part 6

This is part six of a series about the 34 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week we look at Detroit; Durham, N.C.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Lafayette, La.; and Oklahoma City.

April 12, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Transparency Groups Support Honest Ads Act

Plus, Sacramento, Calif., is accepting applicants for $1 million in innovation grants, San Antonio announces 2018 CivTechSA Residency Program winners, and Aurora, Ill., works to create a smart park.

April 9, 2018

SF Tax Portal Nets Unprecedented Filings

Residents filed roughly $241 million in property taxes within two weeks at the end of last year.

April 6, 2018

Incubating Innovation: Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Profiles, Part 5

This is part five of a series about the 34 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week, we look at plans from Boston; Lincoln, Neb.; Moreno Valley, Calif.; New Rochelle, N.Y.; and Princeton, N.J.

April 5, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Code for Atlanta Urges City to Publish Post-Mortem Following Ransomware Attack

Plus, Code for America launches new Community Fellowship program; the ACLU looks to hire data scientists; and the U.S. Treasury launches a data lab on its revamped USAspending.gov site.

April 4, 2018

San Leandro, Calif., Innovation Officer Deborah Acosta Exits to the Private Sector

The trailblazing CIO will be focusing on a for-profit organization aimed at helping women entrepreneurs launch business ideas in the Bay Area.

March 30, 2018

Incubating Innovation: Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Profiles, Part 4

This is part four of a series about the 35 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week, we look at plans from Cary, N.C.; Chelsea, Mass.; Huntington, W.V.; South Bend, Ind.; and Washington, D.C.

March 29, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Sunlight Foundation Workshop Will Help Residents Understand Open Data

Plus, Boston launches new death certificates Web app, 18F looks to hire a user experience design lead, and the Durham, N.C., i-team works to help ex-offenders re-assimilate.

March 28, 2018

LA Councilmember Proposes Municipal Broadband Feasibility Study

The city is the latest jurisdiction to contemplate making high-speed Internet a utility, joining a diverse group of cities and states that includes the likes of San Francisco and Colorado.

March 28, 2018

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March 23, 2018

Incubating Innovation: Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Profiles, Part 3

This is part three of a series about the 35 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week, we look at plans from Danbury, Conn.; Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Pittsburgh; and Vallejo, Calif.

March 22, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: What Do State Chief Data Officers Do?

Plus, mayors across the country unite in support of net neutrality; Chicago’s Cook County seeks a chief data officer; Indiana uses software to connect drug addicts with treatment; and Austin, Texas’ civic tech group changes meetup name to foster inclusivity.

March 19, 2018

San Francisco's Jay Nath Leaves City Hall to Focus on Startup in Residence

Nath has joined nonprofit City Innovate Foundation as its co-executive director. His former deputy Krista Canellakis has replaced him as chief innovation officer.

March 16, 2018

Social Media Helps Public-Sector Labor Organizing Efforts

Teachers in West Virginia — and now Arizona and Oklahoma — are using Twitter and Facebook to crowdsource ideas, convene groups and amplify messages about pay grievances after years of education cost cutting.

March 15, 2018

What's New in Civic Tech: Grants Now Available Through Seattle's Technology Matching Fund

Plus, Los Angeles seeks participants for its 2018 DataLA Summer Academy; Washington, D.C., vastly expands its number of open data sets; and Seward County, Neb., works to attract public-private investments for broadband infrastructure.

March 13, 2018

Back from the Brink, Detroit Looks to Increase Innovation

As CIO Beth Niblock begins her fourth year with the city, its IT infrastructure is stronger than ever, creating new opportunities for change and progress.

March 9, 2018

Incubating Innovation: Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Profiles, Part 2

This is part two of a series about the 35 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week, we look at plans from Boulder, Colo.; Charleston, S.C.; Coral Gables, Fla.; and Georgetown, Texas.

March 7, 2018

Tech and Innovation Work Takes Hold in Anchorage, Alaska

A series of philanthropic partnerships has been key as Anchorage uses gov tech to improve life for its citizens.

March 2, 2018

Incubating Innovation: Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Profiles, Part 1

This is part one of a series about the 35 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition to create innovative solutions for shared problems faced by municipal governments.

March 1, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: New York City Prepares an Open Data Week

Plus, Buffalo, N.Y., creates a new open data portal, Baton Rouge, La., launches a new website, San Antonio forms a committee to address tech issues, and Ohio moves to a second phase of its Opioid Technology Challenge.

March 1, 2018

The Quest for Digital Equity

A look at the evolution of the challenge to ensure advances in technology bring benefits to everyone.

February 28, 2018

The Evolving Nature of State Data Work

States have emphasized data work more lately — but where do they go from here?

February 23, 2018

Grand Rapids, Mich., Nears a Completely Digital City Hall

In addition to publishing entirely new and conversational content, the city’s Web presence now includes access to dozens of municipal services that were not previously online.

February 22, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Finalists for Mayors Challenge

Plus, New York City updates its “Ready NYC” mobile app that encourages users to make disaster plans; Nashville launches NashView community data map; and what’s happening for Open Data Day 2018?

February 21, 2018

When You Call Your Congressperson, Do They Listen?

The OpenGov Foundation has conducted human-centered research to identify pain points in communications between constituents and congressional representatives, and is using tech to make sure voicemails matter.

February 16, 2018

The Importance of Celebrating Data Wins

Former and current gov tech leaders say talking about successful projects is key to advancing innovation work.

February 15, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Connecticut CDO Works to Create State Data Officers Network

Plus, 10 city leaders launch “Mayors for Smart on Crime” initiative, 18F warns public agencies against building native mobile apps and Detroit seeks to hire a director of emerging technology.

February 14, 2018

Sunlight Foundation Overhauls U.S. Data Census, Adds Sets That Speak to Social Issues

The open data advocacy group is now tracking which cities open information about emergency calls, employee salaries, police use of force and traffic crashes.

February 8, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Bloomberg Cities Highlights 'Data-Driven Women to Watch'

Plus, New Jersey joins multistate coalition suing FCC over its net neutrality rollback; Code for America launches an apprenticeship program; San Francisco looks to hire eight for its digital services team; Oakland, Calif., launches a civic design lab; and Indiana updates its Alexa skill to include travel advisories.

February 6, 2018

Seattle Pushes Forward as Data Privacy Leader

Seattle’s citywide privacy program is often recognized as a current leading effort among municipal governments to guard collected data, but the city isn’t content to stop there.

February 5, 2018

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Award-Winning Data-Driven Governance

Los Angeles recently become the lone recipient of What Works Cities’ Gold Certification, ostensibly making it the American city most adept at using data to improve its residents’ lives.

February 1, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: A Range of Exciting Work is Under Way in Alaska

Plus, San Francisco announces Internet as a utility effort; New York City announces three finalists for its NYCx Governors Island Connectivity Challenge; Louisville, Ky., applies for a pilot program to use drones in response to shootings; and Memphis, Tenn., launches an open data portal.

January 31, 2018

Michigan Scales Back Massive Applications Process with Human-Centric Design

The state, which once had the longest health and human services applications in the nation, has cut the size of paper copies by 80 percent and is now working with Code for America to do the same online.

January 29, 2018

Data Privacy Day: Seattle Posts Series of Blogs with Privacy Tips for Citizens

Seattle’s chief privacy officer covers universal rules, prevention tips and other best practices residents should know to keep personal info safe online.

January 26, 2018

Philadelphia’s Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation Works to Overhaul City Services

While working on a new city website, technologists within city hall have their sights set on the bigger goal of making all that the municipal government does easier to find and simpler to understand for constituents.

January 24, 2018

Upstate New York Cities Collaborate with Tech to Combat Blight

Four local governments have partnered with the Center for Technology in Government to develop a platform that will share data and stem the rising tide of blighted buildings.

January 19, 2018

Michael Mattmiller Resigns as Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer

Mattmiller’s last day will be Feb. 2, and IT Chief of Staff Tracye Cantrell will serve as his replacement while the city conducts a national search.

January 18, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Could Better Design Have Prevented the Hawaii False Alarm?

Plus, Bloomberg’s What Works Cities program achieves 100-city milestone; CivTech St. Louis expands YourSTLCourts to include all of St. Louis city; NASA tool allows users to estimate population size for any area; and CincyInsights lets users check out past winter storms.

January 13, 2018

Charles Brennan Out as Philadelphia CIO

Deputy CIO Mark Wheeler will serve as the interim replacement as city conducts a national search for his permanent successor.

January 12, 2018

Cities of Service Organization Reports Increased Interest in Gov Tech

The nonprofit group, which helps a coalition of mayors leverage the skills, knowledge and creativity of citizens in order to improve local government, is more involved in tech projects than ever before.

January 11, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Where Are the Code for America Brigades Headed in 2018?

Plus, San Jose PD puts use-of-force data online; San Antonio seeks tech participants for its new CivTechSA program; NYU Tandon and NYC Cyber Command launch a new cybersecurity master’s program; and Outreach Grid launches free tools for cities.

January 8, 2018

Little Rock, Ark., Takes on Open Data

Little Rock's performance and innovation coordinator, Melissa Bridges, talked to GT about using data to improve internal efficiency and increase citizen engagement.

January 8, 2018

South Bend, Ind., Could be a Glimpse at the Future of Mid-Sized Cities

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his staff have formed a partnership with the University of Notre Dame that has made South Bend a magnet for talent and new businesses.

January 4, 2018

What’s New in Civic Tech: Boston Seeks Applicants for Soon-to-Be Vacant CIO Position

Plus, deadline to apply for Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award approaches; Tucson Police Department looks to create data-heavy crime analyst superintendent position; and Cook County launches a new map hub and county clerk website.

December 21, 2017

Martin O’Malley Reflects on Gov Tech Legacy, Future of America’s Cities

The former governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore says major cities will lead American government into the future, with sensors and predictive analytics that allow for unprecedented service and accountability.

December 18, 2017

Public Opinion Often Sets Privacy Standards for Smart City Tech

City officials, law professors and corporate privacy directors discuss the tension between open data work and privacy at the second day of the MetroLab Annual Summit in Atlanta, citing smart cities tech as an increasingly relevant part of the discussion.

December 15, 2017

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed: Tech Is Vital in Leading Cities

At day two of the MetroLab Annual Summit, Reed said mayors must work with collaborators to create tech-friendly cities that appeal to businesses and residents.

December 14, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Open Data Saves Connecticut $500,000

Plus, Atlanta throws a smart city coming-of-age party; Palo Alto, Calif., explores using drones to bring blood samples to hospitals; and a new project builds on Cincinnati’s opioid data work to predict heroin overdose risk.

December 13, 2017

Nobody Loves Government Procurement, but How Can It Be Fixed?

Mixed panel of vendors and municipal technologists discuss problems with procurement, potential fixes and what everyone stands to gain from getting it right.

December 13, 2017

Connecting Talent with Purpose: Why Cities Must Collaborate with Academia on Gov Tech Innovation

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Harvard's Stephen Goldsmith shared their insights and experiences at the MetroLab Network Summit in Atlanta on Dec. 13.

December 12, 2017

Boulder, Colo., Innovation Chief Shares Hopes for Participating in Startup in Residence

The city’s chief innovation and analytics officer is optimistic that joining STiR’s inaugural national class will facilitate cooperation between local government and the thriving startup ecosystem in Colorado.

December 7, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Gilbert, Ariz., Launches Open Data Portal with Guiding Avatar

Plus, Philadelphia’s fire department looks to hire a senior lead GIS analyst to create an analytics team; Facebook civic hackathon participants share winning ideas with Seattle; Platteville, Colo., adopts use of nonprofit’s video archive software; and Minnesota IT launches new employee intranet.

December 6, 2017

Louisville, Ky., Works to Foster Institutional Innovation

To make innovation thinking more accessible and commonplace across departments, the city has deployed analog and internal hackathons along with a badges system inspired by the Girl Scouts.

December 4, 2017

New Orleans Digital Equity Award Goes to Youth Art Programs

Advocates seek to enhance digital skills in the community by giving young people opportunities to use tech in service of art, using their passion and the city’s rich artistic fiber to help bridge the digital divide.

December 4, 2017

Going National: Code for America’s Integrated Benefits Initiative to Roll Out Across the Country

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s donation will help the group design a re-imagined integrated benefit enrollment service that will soon be piloted in select states.

December 1, 2017

Preparing for the End of Net Neutrality, City Tech Leaders Warn of Widening Digital Divide

As municipal governments in New York City, Seattle and elsewhere vocally oppose a repeal, leaders also say they are preparing resources to monitor its impact once it happens.

December 1, 2017

Smart City Pioneers: Where Are They Now?

Smart city projects in Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., were early efforts at the Internet of Things, analytics and other connected tech. Here's what they're up to today.

November 30, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: 324 Applicants Vie to Win Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge

Plus, the Sunlight Foundation is changing its U.S. City Open Data Census, the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab aims to accelerate civic innovation, Syracuse, N.Y., creates a data-driven pilot program to enhance code enforcement and Boulder, Colo., becomes the latest city to launch an accountability dashboard.

November 28, 2017

GovEx Launches First International Open Data Standards Directory

The project aspires to give city governments a resource for identifying suitable data standards based on popularity, reliability and other criteria.

November 27, 2017

Louisville, Ky., Expects Google Fiber to Boost Economic Development, Digital Inclusion

City leaders say they have seen an increase in businesses interested in relocating to Louisville in the weeks following the service's launch.

November 22, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: City Gov Tech Leaders Protest as FCC Prepares to Repeal Net Neutrality

Plus, Connecticut’s chief data officer ponders value of network for state CDOs, Philadelphia releases police complaints data set, Code for America adds Sacramento to list of counties eligible for its food assistance app, and newly launched 500 Cities Data Challenge asks for cross-sector project ideas.

November 20, 2017

Section 508 Gets an Update: New Web Accessibility Guidelines for Government Sites Take Effect in January

People with hearing and sight disabilities using screen readers and other assistive tech must be able to access content on government websites, but getting and staying compliant is a challenge.

November 16, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Participants Reflect on Code for America’s Brigade Congress Event

Plus, NYC Economic Development Corporation RFP aims to create city’s first cybersecurity accelerator; Startup in Residence Program unveils civic challenges for first nationwide cohort; Harvard’s Ash Center restructures flagship award program; CincyStat collaborates with local police on interactive crime dashboard; and Philadelphia picks internal departments for its new customer-centric design lab.

November 14, 2017

Startup in Residence Program Expands to 12 Jurisdictions Nationwide

The San Francisco-born program now includes Boulder, Colo., Houston and Washington, D.C, among others. A fresh set of challenges to lure startups to participate will go live Nov. 15.

November 13, 2017

Startup Partnerships Drive Open Data, Citizen-Centric Service Efforts in San Leandro, Calif.

The city's new public-facing digital efforts were made possible by relationships developed through the San Francisco-based Startup in Residence Program.

November 10, 2017

Nudging Citizen Behavior Can Drive Positive Community Change

The United Kingdom's Behavioural Insights Team is helping U.S. municipalities improve outcomes by fostering initiatives centered around real human behaviors rather than long-held presumptions.

November 9, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: New York City Announces Crowdfunding Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Plus, Illinois announces move to new data management platform, civic tech group creates new source for California elections data and the USDA invests $16 million in South Dakota's rural broadband infrastructure.

November 9, 2017

Summit on Data-Smart Government Day Two Shows How Fast the Discipline Has Grown

Packed rooms listen as chief data officers and others working with municipal analytics describe the strides local governments have made toward better serving communities through predictive analytics, data visualizations and other work.

November 8, 2017

Summit on Data-Smart Government Day One Focuses on Tangible Successes

Government data experts come to Harvard University for training and workshop sessions about how to best leverage data in order to transform city services in a wide range of areas, including public safety, mobility, inspections and more.

November 6, 2017

New Wyoming CISO Sets to Work Amid Increased National Cybersecurity Concerns

For first time, state technologists have asked the Legislature to include specific funding for cybersecurity in the budget.

November 3, 2017

How Can Government Deliver an Amazon-esque Service Experience to Constituents?

States at the forefront of developing a unified, customer-centric digital government experience share some of their top insights.

November 2, 2017

Boston Launches New Crowdsourcing Model for 311

The system takes a description of the user’s issue and suggests the case types that are most likely to fit the description.

October 31, 2017

Report: Civic Tech Struggles with Sustainable Funding Despite Gains

A recent increase in public desire to strengthen democracy has not yet translated into more funding for civic tech, but the authors of a new report see it as a reason for hope.

October 30, 2017

Pennsylvania's State Hackathon Gears Up for Pitch Day

Code4PA features statewide data sets, collaboration and reach.

October 27, 2017

‘Opioid Mapping Initiative’ Shows Impact of National Crisis, Fosters Collaboration

New effort is bringing together government innovators from across the nation to visualize the opioid crisis and share best practices.

October 26, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Cybersecurity Expert Calls for Creation of ‘Cyber Peace Corps’

Plus, PayNearMe helps NYC residents pay parking tickets with cash, OpenDataSoft and Amazon partner on free data portal for 500 mid-sized cities, Newark, N.J., works with private partners to launch a gigabit wireless Internet connection, and Sunnyvale, Calif., taps archiving platform to bolster digital transparency.

October 24, 2017

West Sacramento, Calif., Uses New Tech Platform to Address Homelessness

Through the Startup in Residence Program, city workers collaborated with developers to create Outreach Grid, a program designed to improve municipal efforts to address homelessness.

October 20, 2017

California Open Data and Transparency Efforts Continue Progressing Despite Challenges

Speakers at the Data Coalition’s annual Data Demo Day say tech improvements and culture changes are coming, but much room for progress remains.

October 19, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Bipartisan Honest Ads Act Targets Online Political Ads

Plus, Chicago launches redesigned website aimed at being more accessible, NYC Launches New Muni Tech Program and Facebook hackathon uses Seattle’s vast open data for civic tech projects.

October 18, 2017

Code for Philadelphia Hosts Hackathon Aimed at Reducing Recidivism

Weekend event brings together technologists, public servants, journalists, and newly paroled members of the community, among others.

October 16, 2017

Wyoming's Approach to Cybersecurity

Chief Information Officer Tony Young talks about how recent breaches impact the state’s data privacy strategy.

October 12, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: FCC Proposal to Lower U.S. Broadband Standards Raises Concerns

Plus, Nashville launches one-stop website to better serve residents, encouraging tech growth in Detroit is an ongoing project, and technologists in Anchorage work with city’s treasury department to improve fine collection process.

October 12, 2017

Chicago Civic Tech Group Invites Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates to Sign Open Data Pledge

Organizers hope to improve digital information sharing and other transparency efforts throughout the state government.

October 10, 2017

3 Cities Point Hacking Efforts Toward Recent Hurricanes

After recent storms delayed National Day of Civic Hacking Events in Florida and Georgia, local Code for America brigades are using the response to the disasters as a case study to focus their projects.

October 6, 2017

Memphis Welcomes CIO Mike Rodriguez to Lead First Open Data Policy

The former FedEx IT pro will be focusing on making the city’s wealth of data more accessible to citizens as well as hiring a chief data officer to maintain the momentum.

October 5, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Data from USASpending.gov Contributed to Reporting that Led to Cabinet Secretary’s Resignation

Plus, Code for America searches for data engineer to work on its flagship effort, San Jose’s smart city lead says city’s broadband ‘significantly lags’ behind U.S. peers, and GeorgiaGov Interactive becomes Digital Services Georgia.

October 3, 2017

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Begins During Year of Major Breaches

Increased public concern has raised interest in the month-long slate of events meant to promote the importance of safeguarding digital information.

October 1, 2017

Beyond the Headlines: Breaking Down the Year's Biggest Cyberevents

As new breaches are reported with increasing regularity, we look at how they impact state and local government.

September 29, 2017

Startups Deliver Gov Tech Pitches at STiR Demo Day 2017

This year’s class of Startup in Residence entrepreneurs is the last to work exclusively with Northern California cities as the program prepares to expand nationwide in 2018.

September 28, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Bloomberg Philanthropies Holds Hundreds of Idea Accelerator Workshops as 2017 Mayors Challenge Ramps Up

Plus, disaster relief is the dominant focus of TechCrunch's Disrupt SF 2017, Indiana taps Amazon Alexa to enhance state government, and five new participants join Bloomberg’s What Works Cities initiative.

September 27, 2017

Washington State CIO Michael Cockrill to Depart for Private Sector

Cockrill will leave state service on Oct. 20 for a position with the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences, a nonprofit research group.

September 27, 2017

7 State or Local Governments Using Amazon Alexa

Uses range from giving advice on driver’s license exams to traffic updates, as the list of municipal government skill sets available on the platform continues to expand.

September 22, 2017

Las Vegas to Launch Municipal Roku and Apple TV Channels

The move will enable residents and others interested in the city to access streaming municipal content on demand.

September 21, 2017

National Day of Civic Hacking Events Aim to Be More Inclusive

From Portland, Maine, to Sacramento, Calif., the fifth year of the nationwide event sees more organizers looking to include participants who aren’t traditionally thought of as civic technologists.

September 21, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: U.S. Senate Passes OPEN Government Data Act

Plus, Sunlight Foundation releases A Guide to Tactical Data, NYC Planning Labs launches its first project and tech continues to prove useful in the aftermath of major hurricanes.

September 21, 2017

New Report Details Gaps in Broadband Subscription Rates Across Country

The Brookings Institution has mapped broadband availability and subscription rates at the neighborhood level. The digital resource highlights the need for better connectivity across the United States.

September 15, 2017

Seattle Looks to Tech to Make Life Better for Aging Citizens

City officials will work with the Age-Friendly Seattle Initiative to create a hackathon with a specific focus for technologists to address.

September 14, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Top 10 Most Popular Types of Open Data

Plus, Next Century Cities releases best practices for leveraging civic engagement with tech; Louisville, Ky., continues to embrace Amazon’s Alexa by offering mayoral podcast through the platform; and Baltimore Innovation Team’s First Assignment is Police Recruitment.

September 13, 2017

Report: Governments Should Adopt One Unique Non-Proprietary Identifier for Companies

Supporters say nonprofit identification system would increase transparency and make government more efficient in several areas, including procurement practices.

September 8, 2017

Major City Tech Leaders Fight for Net Neutrality, Other Issues in Washington, D.C.

A coalition of CIOs and CTOs from New York, San Francisco, Austin and Seattle presented a letter supporting net neutrality rules currently under consideration for rollback.

September 7, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Amazon Seeks Proposals for Where to Build Its Second North American HQ

Plus, Grand Rapids, Mich., shares wide-spanning tech progress update, and Baton Rouge, La., Launches GiS Web map to monitor heavy rainfall.

September 5, 2017

Are SuperClusters the Future of Gov Tech Collaboration?

A growing number of stakeholders are participating in a new concept aimed at sharing solutions to common governmental challenges.

September 1, 2017

Tech, Open Data Are Crucial in Long-Term Recovery Following Hurricane Harvey

Data possess a number of useful functions for non-profit and government groups, from determining where to deploy anti-mosquito measures to helping assess how many people still need aid.

September 1, 2017

Charlottesville, Va., Launches Its First Open Data Portal

New platform features more than 70 data sets, integrated city planning goals and a capacity for expansion.

September 1, 2017

Getting Smarter about RFPs

We look at a few companies working to help government get better at purchasing.

August 31, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: SF Mayor Encourages Cities Nationwide to Apply for Expanded Startup in Residence Program

Plus, Philadelphia becomes first U.S. city to map urban trails via Google Street View, Code for America developer emphasizes importance of design for the public good, and Uber begins sharing some transportation data with cities.

August 25, 2017

Tech Tools, Dashboards Help Boston Spark Citizen Interest in Open Data

Future efforts may involve predictive analytics as city contemplates the future of putting public information to work for a better quality of life.

August 24, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: NYC Looks to Fill Two Data-Related Leadership Positions

Plus, Louisville, Ky., hosts its first internal hackathon, Peoria, Ill., hosts its first ever hackathon period, and 30 jurisdictions join a nonprofit aimed at increasing connectivity rates inside HUD housing.

August 22, 2017

‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Dashboard Seeks to Bolster City Government Accountability

Platform condenses 472-page plan into simple progress metrics that cover all of the goals within Boston’s first citywide project in 50 years.

August 18, 2017

Austin GigaTECHs App Competition Bridges Gap Between City and Local Innovators

Judges announce list of 11 finalists as Aug. 31 end-date approaches.

August 17, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Hawaii Launches Month-Long Innovation Competition

Plus, Arkansas' governor announces actions aimed at fostering tech employment growth in state, and judge dismisses AT&T lawsuit against Louisville related to clearing city infrastructure for broadband providers.

August 17, 2017

Los Angeles Launches Cybersecurity Lab to Aid Local Businesses

The city aims to share its extensive cyberdefense efforts with businesses throughout the region.

August 15, 2017

Seattle Increases Financial Commitment to 20-Year-Old Digital Equity Program

Now in its 20th year, the city's Technology Matching Fund will receive $430,000 this year.

August 10, 2017

Chicago-Based Civic Tech Fellowship Gives Fledgling Government Data Scientists a Head Start

The beyond.uptake program pairs service-oriented data scientists with industry experts for a six-month course of learning.

August 10, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: California DMV Kiosks Now Available in Los Angeles Grocery Stores

Plus, San Leandro, Calif., STiR participants seek residents to test tech, Massachusetts’ comptroller expands transparency and open finances efforts, and Cincinnati launches a series of new dashboards.

August 4, 2017

Rise of the Government Chatbot

Increasingly diverse group of public agencies are deploying automated chat platforms to assist users online.

August 3, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: DataSF Updates Long-Term Plans, Reviews Annual Achievements

Plus, Congress seeks to establish basic IoT security standards, and Boston introduces Snapchat filters to show off city landmarks.

August 1, 2017

Philadelphia's Procurement Overhaul Includes Reverse Bidding, Open Data Practices

The new system is rife with enhancements that also include fully automated processing procedures, among other things.

July 27, 2017

San Francisco’s Startup in Residence Program Seeks to Expand Across North America

If the program continues its successes, it could change how startups and government work together, leading to an increase in civic innovations. All interested cities must RSVP before Aug. 4 to be eligible to apply.

July 27, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Washington, D.C., Forms New Data Science Team

Plus, Bloomberg Cities offers 10 tips for innovators, Syracuse launches city’s first open data portal, and Boston’s City Hall lobby renovation features self-service kiosks.

July 26, 2017

Las Vegas Looks to Expand Computer Vision Technology Pilot Program

Potential benefits for the city include reduced traffic fatalities, increased walkability and more efficient use of services.

July 25, 2017

Louisville’s Award-Winning Redlining Map Helps Drive Digital Inclusion Efforts

The map visualizes instances of systematic oppression through history, drawing correlations between neighborhoods that lack digital equity.

July 25, 2017

Austin Uses 'Speed Dating' with Summer Interns to Spur Innovation

Teams of high school students develop tech-based solutions for city government problems with help from local tech companies.

July 20, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: Seattle Wins National Awards for Digital Equity Efforts

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.

July 19, 2017

Digital Counties Survey 2017: Winners Focus on Knowing When, How to Introduce New Tech

The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.

July 13, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Harvard Students, U.S. Government Partner to Address Digital Skills Gap

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.

July 10, 2017

Hawaii Plans Prize Money, Tool Enhancements to Month-Long Annual Hackathon

Now in its second year, the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge looks to build upon 2016's success.

July 6, 2017

What’s New in Civic Tech: ‘Why I’m Staying at 18F’ Author Departs Over Concerns About Direction Under Trump

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.

June 30, 2017

Louisville, Ky., Looks to 'IFTTT' as Future of Open Data, Among Other Services

The model creates simple conditional statements called applets, which the city is using to create warnings about poor air quality and other emergencies.

June 30, 2017

New Resident-Facing Platform Seeks Public Input, Minus the Trolls

PlaceSpeak, a location-based civic engagement tool, is designed to prevent interference from bots and trolls that have plagued online discourse as of late.

June 29, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Washington, D.C., to Publish Traffic Crash Data Daily

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.

June 23, 2017

How 3 Jurisdictions Are Using Tech to Bolster the Health of Trees in Their Communities

Civic innovators find diverse applications for using technology to care for street trees.

June 22, 2017

What’s New In Civic Tech: Code for America's Jennifer Pahlka Attends Trump’s Tech Meeting

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.

June 20, 2017

NYC Looks to Make Its 911 System Fully Digital

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.

June 15, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: Amazon Announces ‘City on a Cloud' Innovation Challenge Winners

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.

June 13, 2017

Cities Turn to Public Input to Shape Open Data Policy

Transparency advocates hope tech-based collaborations will become a permanent part of the lawmaking process.

June 9, 2017

How Tech Helped Bergen County, N.J., Become First Jurisdiction to End Chronic Homelessness

The tech platform used is not only comprehensive, it’s also ideally suited for use in the field.

June 9, 2017

Gilbert, Ariz., Capitalizes on Viral Innovation and Justin Timberlake

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.

June 9, 2017

Aurora, Colo., Deploys New Tech to Get More Accurate Homeless Population Count

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.

June 8, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: App Fosters Support for Kentucky Fiber Initiative

Plus, Chicago expands beach data in time for summer, LA maps its marijuana dispensaries, and Alaska's data goes to the dogs.

June 1, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: U.S. Drops in Worldwide Open Data Rankings

Plus, Boston mayor hosts city’s first innovation courtyard festival, and NYC Civic Hall adds a new managing director.

June 1, 2017

Jurisdictions Can Work with Entrepreneurs — But the Process Isn’t Without Hurdles

These efforts increasingly fuel hopes that private-sector expertise can truly impact government.

May 31, 2017

Cross-Departmental Collaboration Increasingly Vital to Digital Inclusion

From Austin to Kansas City, an increasing number of governmental agencies are incorporating digital inclusion into their services.

May 26, 2017

Louisville, Ky.’s Gigabit Experience Center Brings Fiber Connection Speeds to ‘Network Connectivity Desert’

The center seeks to provide a comfortable coffee shop experience for the Russell neighborhood, where residents often lack access to high-speed Internet.

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.