June 30, 2015

What kind of groups are using facial recognition to track their members?

Answer: churches

June 29, 2015

GovCombinator: Where Cities Collaborate With Citizens to Solve Problems

Four cities are preparing to launch the "GovCombinator" -- a co-working space where high-level city officials sit side-by-side with people from civil society, business groups and the other stakeholders needed to solve discrete urban problems.

June 29, 2015

Open Data for Citizen Engagement and Government Effectiveness

Open data can have a direct impact on internal government operations — Texas' Janet Gilmore explains how.

June 29, 2015

Despite Slow Beginnings, Hydrogen Cars Still Show Promise

Despite all of the ups and downs, hydrogen and fuel cell technology at large have not yet been counted out as the energy source of the future.

June 29, 2015

Could Fuel Cells, with Some Improvement, Alleviate Power Demand?

Fuel cells can run on different sources, including fossil fuels such and renewables, but all use electro-chemical processes to create electricity with an efficiency similar to large-scale power plants.

June 29, 2015

Local Governments Should Turn to Data to Determine Public Pay

Too few local governments are taking advantage of a valuable tool: benchmarking compensation among their public- and private-sector peers.

June 29, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska, Plans Overhaul of Emergency Dispatch Systems

Vastly improved mapping technology, more sophisticated laptops for patrol cars and new systems for writing police reports and processing evidence are all pieces of a planned upgrade project.

June 29, 2015

Minnesota Wrestles with Dumping MNsure HIX Website

Republicans have renewed their calls to drop MNsure in favor of the federal government’s online marketplace for health ­insurance, while MNsure supporters say the switch could be costly and a bad fit with Minnesota’s large public health insurance programs.

June 29, 2015

NextRequest Record App Supercharges Transparency

A new startup rethinks public records requests with an Amazon-like delivery and tracking system for government and citizens.

June 29, 2015

Where Open Data Meets Big Data

Are we parsing data — big, open, raw, refined — at the risk of losing sight of the forest for the trees?

June 29, 2015

St. Louis, Mo., Crime Strategies Unit Uses ‘Moneyball’ Crime Fighting

Social media analysis is only part of broad new efforts on the part of law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in St. Louis to address gun crimes.

June 29, 2015

Penn State Confirms Two New Cyberattacks

According to a statement by Penn State, “several systems in the College of the Liberal Arts have been the target of two cyberattacks by unknown, targeted threat actors.”

June 29, 2015

How does Blitab, the iPad for the blind, work?

Answer: with liquid

June 28, 2015

False Alert: Can You Really Trust that Tweet for Emergency Communications?

A recent article in The New York Times describes a highly coordinated disinformation campaign using social media. This scary development raises new questions about the reliability of alerts and other emergency communications that rely on social media platforms. Will disinformation campaigns become a growing trend that will undermine recent advances in spreading important information during emergencies?

June 26, 2015

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Vetoes State Broadband Fund

With only $500 committed, LePage called the legislation nothing more than a "feel-good" bill.

June 26, 2015

Data Analytics Will Help Texas Agencies Work Smarter

A combination of open data and big data ultimately will help state agencies.

June 26, 2015

Analytics Makes Travis County, Texas, More Proactive

County CIO Tanya Acevedo discusses making greater use of predictive analytics to help the county anticipate service demands so it can respond more quickly and effectively.

June 26, 2015

‘Traffic Stop’ Mobile App Improves Officer Safety, Efficiency

In Pennsylvania, a new app serves as "one-stop shopping" for officers when they're in a vulnerable situation.

June 26, 2015

$382,000 Tax Break Brings Auto-Tech Incubator to Portland

Jaguar Land Rover plans to have 120 small companies participate in its Portland incubator over 10 years, beginning late this year.

June 26, 2015

Santa Cruz, Calif., Takes First Step Toward Next-Gen Internet

A public-private partnership, dubbed The Santa Cruz Fiber Project, envisions improving Internet speed by an average 50-fold to start, primarily by replacing aging copper lines with new fiber optic lines.