May 2007


Darren Bates wiggled his way out of the unfriendly confines of Hancock County Jail in Georgia last summer and fled to Philadelphia. The escaped auto-theft convict hung out on MySpace, the social networking site, free from law enforcement - or so he thought.


Forgotten Coroners

Coroners' offices struggle to find 21st-century information systems.

Full Disclosure

California lawmakers consider legislation that would require convicted sex offenders to provide their e-mail addresses to law enforcement.

Tech Focus

Locked Tight

Computer users concerned about security breaches might consider DigitalPersona's U.are.U optical scan fingerprint reader.

Local Government

Stealth Mode

Taking a cue from the private sector, Mayor Richard Daley launched a secret shopping program in late 2005.

Big Picture

Big Picture

In December 2006, a Sunderland primary school, for children ages 5 to 11, linked up with Garfield Elementary School in sister city Washington, D.C., as the British ambassador and Sunderland officials were visiting the district.

Point of View

We Got Web

For the past six months, many of us at Government Technology have been working to fundamentally restructure our Web presence. The result is, which launches this month.

Geo Info

Race Tracking

How a city of 35,000 manages a quarter million visitors.



Real-time intelligent traffic systems now help cities conduct light-rail and side-street traffic, resulting in a harmonious flow.

Up Close

Up Close: Influenza

More people perished from the influenza pandemic of 1918 than were killed during World War I. 


A Remembrance

Farewell to a modern Tom Sawyer.

The Last Mile

Fit to be Tied

Our overreliance on technology is one of my favorite subjects to harp on. From Roombas to GPS-enabled cars, there are countless examples of technology making our lives ridiculously easy. 

Electronic Government

Contracting E-Mail

Local Connecticut government adopts software-as-a-service approach to e-mail and groupware applications.


GT Spectrum

Reports from the IT horizon