May 2011

Apps Contest Winners Need Better Government Data to Sustain Innovative Services

Apps for Democracy and other contests generated by government open data programs need continued support.

Enterprise Resource Planning Aids Streamlining, Transparency Efforts

Agencies ask ERP to help them solve transparency and business intelligence challenges.


Maine Gov. Paul LePage Stars in TV Show to Push Transparency

Inside the Blaine House is a 30-minute TV show prominently featuring Maine’s new outspoken governor.

County Jails Deploy Whole-Body Scanners to Detect Hidden Weapons or Contraband

Collier County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office among law enforcement using full-body scans to catch smuggled items on offenders.

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Could Impact Local Government Revenue

But experts are split as to what degree it may affect municipalities’ bottom line.

Four Questions for Alissa Black

Code for America Works to Help Cities Solve Problems

City Program Director Alissa Black discusses 2011 city fellowships. This year's partner cities include Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C.


State Spending Transparency Greatly Improved from 1 Year Ago, Survey Says

U.S. PIRG gives states higher marks on scorecard that measures how they’re making data available on transparency websites.


New Products From Atdec, Kyocera, Microvision

Motorized mobile cart, touchscreen smartphone, pocket projector.

Gov 2020

5 Social Media Missteps to Avoid

Tips include backing up records and setting guidelines.

Point of View

Making Media Social in the Era of Digital Content

Creating a better user experience via Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Securing GridSpace

The Power Grid Brings Cyber-Security Concerns

More control over the power grid means more efficiency for consumers and the electric industry, but also more vulnerabilities.

Public Safety

iPhone App Enables Citizens to Assist With CPR Emergencies

An innovative example of crowdsourcing alerts iPhone app users when an emergency requires CPR within walking distance.

Tech Support

Energy Ecosystem of the Future Hinges on Many Sources

New strategies include solar roadways, home fuel cells and piezoelectricity.


Experts: Data Security Paramount When Retiring Tech Assets

Security issues often arise after government computers’ end of life.