July 2009

Cape Cod Broadband Network May Be Model Stimulus Project

OpenCape demonstrates a business model that local governments seeking broadband stimulus money may want to study.

Is Open Source Software More Secure than Proprietary Products?

Proponents say constant peer review creates more secure applications.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8: Is Your Site Ready?

Latest release of popular Web browser may wreak havoc with content written for earlier versions of Internet Explorer.

Big Picture

Livermore National Laboratory Unveils World's Largest Laser

$3.5 billion device will be used to study fusion reaction.

Point of View

Twitter Democratizes Social Networking (Opinion)

Although Twitter promotes vanity, it also gives everyone a say.


New York City Health Department Helps Doctors Adopt Electronic Health Records

New York City's Primary Care Information Project pays some costs of deploying EHR systems.


Utah Transit Riders Use Smart Cards to Pay Fares

Utah Transit Authority lets patrons pass contactless smart cards over electronic readers when boarding buses, trains or light rail cars.


Enterprise Technology: Web 2.0 Comes of Age (Opinion)

GIS mapping and Twitter -- once dismissed as toys -- are becoming platforms and platform extenders.

First Person

Four Steps for ERP Success

Los Angeles CTO Randi Levin talks about implementing enterprise resource planning in the nation's second largest city.

Electronic Government

How to Create Effective Government Blogs

Seattle Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier and others talk about their blogging experiences.


Beth Noveck on the Future of Government Transparency

Leader of President Obama's open-government initiative says performance measures are crucial.


San Francisco Residents Can Tweet 311

MIT engineers take the guesswork out of public transit.

Product News

New Products from Topcon, MSI Computer, Sprint, Novatel, Canon

GIS mapping system, netbook, mobile hotspot device, scanner