September 16, 2014

Why is the FBI working with the International Game Developers Association?

Answer: To combat online harassment

September 15, 2014

White House Announces Latest Presidential Innovation Fellows

These 27 civic-minded innovators will help the federal government advance on issues such as big data and crowdsourcing.

September 15, 2014

Atlanta IT Requires New Foundation Before Innovation Can Occur

Atlanta CIO Samir Saini says that right now, the IT priority in the city is to make sure its infrastructure can support what it has today, and also can scale to support future solutions like citizen-facing applications.

September 15, 2014

Are People Too Trusting With Their Cybersecurity?

We don’t ask questions that we should ask about all the technology that's taking over our lives.

September 15, 2014

Is a California Community the Most Prepared in the U.S.?

Bel Air Crest, Calif., is preparing to be self-sustaining after a disaster.

September 15, 2014

When Citizens Decide How Public Money Is Spent

A few American communities are experimenting with participatory budgeting at the neighborhood level. Their experiences can help guide others interested in giving the idea a try.

September 15, 2014

Potential Vendors Ask for Changes in Tennessee’s Contract Bid Process for Radios

The state’s procurement process flared briefly into controversy during a conference with potential bidders, when one vendor suggested the current contractor appeared to have drafted some of the procurement documents.

September 15, 2014

Chief Resilience Officers: Coming to Your City?

Chief resilience officers begin to guide cities toward a future that’s better prepared for physical, social and economic challenges.

September 15, 2014

The Trouble With Chicago Transit

A recent study found a lack of coordination among the city's transit agencies and their separate boards, as well as insufficient accountability.

September 15, 2014

Google to Test Cars Without a Driver

The tests will take place on federal property, allowing Google to drive the cars free from California's self-driving vehicle regulations.

September 15, 2014

Lima, Ohio, Police Use Social Media to Alert Public on Prison Break

Lima Police Department has the biggest social media following in the area among law enforcement agencies, and Sgt. Andy Green knew it was the quickest way to get information to the public.

September 15, 2014

South Carolina Centralizes IT Oversight

Following a massive data breach in 2012, the state has taken steps to overhaul its decentralized IT governance model, giving the governor more control of technology policy.

September 15, 2014

Selfie + Hat = ?

Answer: the Selfie Hat

September 15, 2014

$23 Million Govtech Fund Opens for Business

A first-of-its-kind venture capital fund launches to aid a rising tide of government technology startups.

September 14, 2014

Mobile Technology Transforming Global Transportation: Highlights from ITS World Congress & Michigan Digital Summit

There were two very different events this past week in Michigan, but both offered similar messages. The Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress and the Michigan Digital Summit pointed to the radical transformation occurring right now in transportation. There is a paradigm shift occurring using smart transportation systems and mobile technology that enables 'realistic solutions to our global mobility, safety, and environmental challenges.'

September 12, 2014

California Takes Risks with Drought-Fighting Technology

Conservation groups worry that desalination intake pumps would kill natural life that’s a foundation for the underwater food chain and the excess salt desalination discharges back into the ocean.

September 12, 2014

A National Look at Student Data Privacy Legislation

Governors have signed more than 25 bills into law that deal with student data privacy.

September 12, 2014

A Flexible Path to LMR for Buncombe County, N.C.

A new land mobile radio system helps the county manage nearly 70,000 annual emergency calls across its rugged terrain.

September 12, 2014

For Cities Switching to LED Street Lamps, A Place to See the Light

The Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab is helping municipal officials see LED lights for themselves in a real urban environment.

September 12, 2014

Parking Sensors Malfunction in Downtown Walnut Creek, Calif.

While the sensors are designed to make it easier for city staff to monitor the parking system, big trucks rolling or cars parked nearby can trip the sensors, resetting the meters and falsely indicating the space was not paid up.