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June 30, 2015

Austin’s Open Data Evolution

Although it’s still an important transparency tool, the portal now supports a thriving civic hacking community

June 30, 2015

Obama Revisits Push for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

While America didn't buy as many fuel-efficient vehicles as Obama wanted, ambitious goals are necessary in the face of finite fossil fuel resources and climate change.

June 30, 2015

New App in Santa Cruz, Calif., Connects Citizens with Government

The mobile application, called Citizen Connect, allows users to directly alert municipal departments of their concerns and then monitor progress through emailed updates.

June 30, 2015

Legislation Looks to Bolster Police Accountability in Connecticut

The measure mandates state police equip troopers with body cameras and gives a financial incentive for municipal departments that choose to wear them.

June 30, 2015

Do Google Search Results Discriminate Against Competitors?

A recent study, funded by competitor Yelp, found that Google favors search results that direct users to Google content over results that point to rivals.

June 30, 2015

San Francisco Public Library to Increase Broadband Speed to 10 Gbps

According to stakeholders, the library accesses city-owned fiber for the connections, which is a 10 gigabit connection to its main library and 1 gigabit at seven branch libraries.

June 30, 2015

Georgia Building Authority Works to Keep Drone Tech at Bay

The authority’s board unanimously passed a resolution banning the use of drones in or around the statehouse building and within five miles of the Capitol Hill heliport.

June 30, 2015

Obama Administration Violated Federal Privacy Laws, Employee Union Alleges

A class action lawsuit from the American Federation of Government Employees alleges the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has failed to heed warnings about its cybersecurity defenses.

June 30, 2015

How Abandoning MNsure Could Produce More Upheaval

While the strategy should be on the table as a state task force weighs Minnesota’s next health reform moves, calls to make that switch happen swiftly are premature.

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.