PAST ISSUES / February 2011

Web 3.0 Could Lead to E-Government That Anticipates Citizens’ Needs

‘Machine-to-machine’ Internet communication enabled by microformatting will help citizens get more targeted information.

The Economics of E-Government Services Are Far From Simple

Do citizens — and governments — benefit from e-government services?

Gov 2020

Become a Money-Saving Hero (Opinion)

Three ways that our newly elected executives can use technology to achieve a leaner and more responsive government.

E-Government

Touch Navigation Is Tops in Oakland County, Mich.

Oakland County, Mich., launches new Web portal version designed specifically for smartphone touchscreen navigation. Is Internet TV next?

Alabama Cracks Down on Fishing Violations With Text-a-Tip Program

The public can anonymously send text messages to report saltwater fishing violations on Alabama’s coast.

Online Signup for Recycling Bins Saves City Millions

Fort Wayne, Ind., estimates it will save $2 million by giving recycling bins only to households that register for them online.

Education

High-Tech School Bus Teaches Students on the Road

Students at a rural Arkansas school district ride a wired bus that can play educational TV programs and is capable of student-teacher video conferencing.

Digital Literacy Stars in California YouTube Videos

California tries to prove its point digitally about the significance of incorporating technology into everyday life.

Products

New Products from iKey, Lenovo, Garmin

Mobile keyboard, tablet computer, GPS locator.

Point of View

IPads Are Likely the Device for the Next Decade (Opinion)

IPads and other touchscreen tablets are already finding their way into local governments.

Spectrum

IT Trends: MySpace Layoffs, British Library iPhone App

First YouTube movie, DARPA works on visual intelligence for the military.

Procurement

Governments Save Money Using Managed Competition

Governments reduce costs by letting the public and private sectors compete for the same contracts.

Social Media

Government Execs Discuss Strategies for Updating Social Media Accounts

Government officials discuss the challenges of keeping social media accounts refreshed and their ongoing strategies for maintaining them.

GIS

NASA Aeronautics Lab Takes GIS to New Heights

A NASA research center uses precise positioning and high-accuracy GIS to support operations and facilities management.

Four Questions

Harris County CIO Bruce High Discusses Local Collaboration

Texas county CIO discusses new initiatives including enterprise technology.