December 19, 2014

How is one police department cracking down on illegal guns?

Answer: by asking for volunteers

December 18, 2014

Can a New Map Simplify Parking in Chicago?

This new tool, made possible by open data, could also be used to help people decide where to live.

December 18, 2014

Searchable Legislative Video Archive Gets Funded in California

Former California Sen. Mark Blakeslee’s “Digital Democracy” platform will receive $1.2 million to launch in 2015.

December 18, 2014

Mississippi Governor Highlights Oceangoing Drone as One Tech from BP Spill Money

The drone was created in the National Oceans and Applications Research Center, which aims to capitalize on the "space to sea floor environmental technologies" the state has to restore the state's coastal natural resources in the wake of the BP oil spill.

December 18, 2014

Dozens of Municipalities Join Connecticut's Brigade Against Big Broadband

Details on how Connecticut's public-private gigabit network will run are still unsettled, but with more than half of the state joining the network, the project has support.

December 18, 2014

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses

Satellite data reveal the severity of California’s drought on water resources across the state.

December 18, 2014

Peer-to-Peer Economy Could Benefit from Better, Not More, Regulation

Instead of shutting down carpooling, the California PUC should study how it can create a regulatory framework allowing for innovative business models that are good for entrepreneurs.

December 18, 2014

New York Awarded Health Innovation Grant

Given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the grant will support the Governor’s State Health Innovation Plan, an ambitious blueprint that works to give New Yorkers access to high quality, coordinated care.

December 18, 2014

A 5-Part Test for Public-Private Partnerships

To get a P3 proposal to the finish line, public officials need to keep some important principles in mind.

December 18, 2014

Uber Cleans Up Under Shower of Cash from Investors

Uber is on a march toward world domination, doing business in 250 cities in 50 countries — up from 60 cities and 21 countries a year ago.

December 18, 2014

Can Continuous Delivery Help Government IT? (Industry Perspective)

Continuous delivery will keep growing in popularity in the private sector, and government agencies should take notice.

December 18, 2014

A Streetcar Named Confusion: Assessing Success of Portland’s Streetcar System

The work of the city's audit division demonstrates that Portland Streetcar needs to sort out its governance and bureaucratic problems so it can establish appropriate benchmarks and provide reliable information.

December 18, 2014

Data Fuels Bloomberg Model for Urban Innovation

Jim Anderson explains the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Program to 12 new cities.

December 18, 2014

University of Wisconsin Students Use Smart Technology in Football Helmets to Detect Injuries

During the past two semesters, teams of students brainstormed dozens of devices in the university's Internet of Things Lab.

December 18, 2014

Behind Sydney Siege: Cops and Hostage-Taker Struggle Over Social Media

The hostage crisis at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney, Australia, unfolded in a way impossible a decade ago.

December 18, 2014

Pittsburgh Public Data Center Work Underway with Help from Foundation’s $1.8M

Officials hope the center will eventually include information and statistics from municipalities, nonprofits, civic organizations and universities from across the region.

December 18, 2014

What is the interspecies Internet?

Answer: a theoretical way for non-human animals to communicate remotely

December 17, 2014

How to Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data: Part II

As the open data movement spreads to smaller jurisdictions, the opportunities and challenges to extracting economic value become more pronounced.

December 17, 2014

GovDelivery Acquires NuCivic for Open Data Addition to its Engagement Tools

The government Web traffic provider GovDelivery purchases the Drupal-based open data startup NüCivic to enhance its SaaS offerings.

December 17, 2014

Year in Review: Making Sense of 2014

2014 may not have been the year, but there are definitive signs that we’re pointed in the right direction.