February 2013

Will the Chief Innovation Officer Transform Government?

When the concept first started taking hold in 2008, the focus was on education reform and sustainability. But once the recession hit, that focus changed to how to deal with budget cutting, economic development and job creation.

Education Standards Spur States to Create and Share Web-Based Curriculum and Portals

Some 45 states and four territories have developed a set of uniform standards for math and English that allows for curriculum materials to be traded, shared and improved by teachers, districts and states, regardless of location.

DIY Government

Engaging volunteers delivers big results – if you do it right.


10 Ways that Design Thinking Can Save Government

Observing human behavior in order to lead to breakthrough innovations that solve problems.


Hawaii Embarks on a Tech Transformation

A transparent process and public support drive a technology overhaul 30 years in the making in the Aloha State.

Four Questions

CIO Jon Walton Wants to Bring Cloud and Mobility to San Mateo County

The former San Francisco CIO discusses his legacy in the City by the Bay and his plans for San Mateo County.

Point of View

Competition Is Everywhere

Living in a hyperconnected world means that your competition is everywhere.

Public Safety

Catching Criminals on Pinterest?

The widely used, visually-oriented platform is helping social media-savvy law enforcement agencies drive up arrest rates.

Case Study

Comparing Hospital Infection Rates via Interactive Map

The California Department of Public Health's interactive map displays more than 300 hospitals in the state with symbols representing surgical infection rates for about a dozen procedures.

Product News

New Products from Samsung, Logitech and Timbuk2

Notebook/tablet PC, illuminated keyboard and messenger bag.


Spectrum: Texting While Walking a High Risk to Pedestrians

Harvesting tornado energy, Kickstarter cities