September 30, 2014

What’s the GDP benefit of community-wide gigabit Internet?

Answer: 1.1 percent per capita GDP

September 29, 2014

Data Discussion Dominates NASCIO Day One

State CIOs wrestle with big data, open data and overwhelming complexity.

September 29, 2014

How Cities Can Transform into Hubs of Innovation

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors fall meeting, President and Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson said cities must embrace technology in order to move forward.

September 29, 2014

North Carolina Names its First Chief Digital Officer

Erik Ross will hold the chief digital officer position while also leading the state's Innovation Center.

September 29, 2014

Missouri Shares Data with Healthy Results

After 10 years of inter-agency data sharing, state officials say they've finally cracked the code, saving millions and improving the health of the mentally ill.

September 29, 2014

NMWatch: Mapping Fires in Collaborative Fashion

During the Northern California King Fire, a fire mapping tool created for New Mexico proved its value.

September 29, 2014

Digital States Survey: Which States Are the Best of the Best?

Idaho and Connecticut take home "most improved" honors in the 2014 Digital States Survey, while other states are singled out for technology success in specific program areas.

September 29, 2014

Law Enforcement Grapples with iPhone's Enhanced Encryption

With its new iOS 8 software, Apple is locking itself out of users' smartphones -- and leaving cops and the courts out in the cold.

September 29, 2014

Analysis: Getting Legislative Permission to Do Business

When lawmakers are not working on all of the things you hear about — budgets, education, immigration and so on — they are often refereeing fights between businesses.

September 29, 2014

Driverless Cars: Lawmakers Shouldn’t Stymie Innovation

The authors of working paper Removing Roadblocks to Intelligent Vehicles and Driverless Cars argue that state policies should facilitate “permissionless innovation” as much as possible.

September 29, 2014

A New Industry Emerges in the Shadow of Twitter (Industry Perspective)

A small but vibrant industry is changing the way governments, elected officials and citizens communicate.

September 29, 2014

Turning the RFP Upside Down

A Philadelphia program is showing promise for engaging entrepreneurs in solving urban problems.

September 29, 2014

Crowdsourcing App Tracks Flu Activity

Users self-report symptoms in a weekly survey, which the Flu Near You app then analyzes and maps to show where pockets of influenza-like illness are located.

September 29, 2014

Use of Facial Recognition Technology Grows for Law Enforcement Purposes

The Raleigh, N.C., Police Department is the latest to choose the technology for criminal investigations.

September 29, 2014

Need an Absentee Ballot? There's an App for That

As absentee voting becomes a more popular option for Alaskans, one college student aims to get more residents to vote with an app built to ease the ballot registration process.

September 29, 2014

Movement Builds to Ensure Privacy for Internet Users

While total anonymity on the highly commercialized Internet is probably impossible, security experts and tech leaders say that one way or another, anonymity will be a bigger part of the digital future.

September 29, 2014

Why did someone launch a Kickstarter to make a toy called Yoga Joes?

Answer: to encourage military veterans with PTSD to take up yoga

September 29, 2014

Ferguson Police Officer's Body Camera Turned Off During Shooting

Local police continue to search today for a suspect who wounded a Ferguson police officer Saturday night, but now authorities say the incident involved only one person and that it appears no burglary took place.

September 28, 2014

The Secrets of Innovation: Government Leaders Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs

The speaker was Facebook VP Vaughan Smith. "We all know that innovation is key to success, but how do we innovate at Facebook? The first key to innovation is moving fast, very fast," he said.

September 26, 2014

Forecasting the Future for Technology and Policing

With funding spigots turning off, law enforcement agencies must find ways to operate more affordably, such as using technology in more efficient ways, which also means being smarter.