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?

Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Pictures

Photos from the annual gadget extravaganza show tablets, electric vehicles are poised to be hot products in 2011.


Governments Save Money Using Managed Competition

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


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.


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.

Four Questions

Harris County CIO Bruce High Discusses Local Collaboration

Texas county CIO discusses new initiatives including enterprise technology.


New Products from iKey, Lenovo, Garmin

Mobile keyboard, tablet computer, GPS locator.

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.

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.

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.


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.


Ground Zero Reconstruction Facilitated by Mapping and Visualization Technology

The Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center keeps the public informed about post-9/11 rebuilding through its website.


IT Trends: MySpace Layoffs, British Library iPhone App

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