July 31, 2014

Smart Cities on the Rise, Report Says

According to a new report, the number of smart cities is expected to increase four fold over the next 11 years.

July 31, 2014

San Jose Police: First Bay Area Law Enforcement Agency With Drone

Department officials got the unmanned aircraft in January for the purpose of aiding the department bomb squad in assessing threats, according to police spokesman Officer Albert Morales.

July 31, 2014

Procurement: Short-Term Approaches to a Long-Term Challenge

There’s no question that addressing procurement effectively is a long-term challenge. In the short-term, however, there are some approaches that human services agencies can consider to begin bending existing processes in their favor.

July 31, 2014

U.S. DOT Hails Streetcar Service in Tucson

The Sun Link is a good example of modern streetcar services that are bringing a new transportation option to communities across the country – or in some cases, bringing back an old one.

July 31, 2014

AT&T Unveils Plan to Bring High-Speed Broadband to Charlotte, N.C.

AT&T, like Google, says its fiber-optic network will offer upload and download broadband speeds up to 100 times faster than current broadband service.

July 31, 2014

A State-by-State Look at Where Each Generation Lives

Millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers' different needs and wants lead them to flock to different places.

July 31, 2014

Tucson to Tesla Motors: Your Building Permit is Ready

Tucson, one of several sites that Tesla is considering for a “gigafactory,” issued the permit for a one-story building of up to 5 million square feet in size.

July 31, 2014

The Quiet Revolution: Open Data Is Transforming Citizen-Government Interaction

On May 9, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) became law. There were very few headlines, no Rose Garden press conference. The bill with the nerdy name has the potential to revolutionize government.

July 31, 2014

UC Davis Online Calculator Helps Car Buyers Pick Electric, Hybrid or Gasoline

The University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies has developed an online tool called EV Explorer that aims to make that tough choice at least a little bit easier.

July 31, 2014

Rural New York Towns Get $3.7M for Faster Internet

The funds, part of a $6 million broadband grant, are for a public/private partnership between the state, Slic Network Solutions and Older Adults Technology Services, a press release from the Governor's Office said.

July 31, 2014

Feds Admit Cooperation Remains an Obstacle With Corporations and Cyber threats

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said investigators don't just need to know how cyber criminals breached a system, but also figure out what businesses are doing to attract threats.

July 31, 2014

Carnegie Mellon University Engineers Aim to Unmask Surfing Software

Governments in the United States, Russia and Great Britain have worked for years to identify users of Tor, a software program that provides online anonymity. But it seems university researchers may have cracked it.

July 31, 2014

Ride-Sharing Companies Should Accept Taxicab Status (Opinion)

Transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft need to admit that peer-to-peer rides are commercial transportation services and submit to existing regulatory demands.

July 31, 2014

MNsure Adds $3.2M to the Tab for Its Website

The new contract with Deloitte Consulting will add experts to work with the state government’s technology office, known as MN.IT, as well as the Department of Human Services to do more in-depth testing and design work.

July 31, 2014

What new invention could one day improve a vehicle’s gas mileage?

Answer: smart morphable surfaces

July 31, 2014

Online Tool Tracks Shoreline Shifts

The USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal shows changing sea levels, retreating shorelines and vulnerability to extreme coastal storms.

July 31, 2014

The Public Sector Considers Mobile-First Approaches to Citizen Interactions

More states and cities are announcing “mobile-first” strategies, but what does that really mean?

July 30, 2014

San Francisco Demos Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Results

At the city's conclusion of its inaugural program, departments and startups showcased fresh pilot programs, prototypes and fully developed products.

July 30, 2014

U.S. Senate Ponders Student Data Privacy Bill

Two senators introduce a federal bill designed to protect student education records with an update to existing FERPA legislation.

July 30, 2014

3 Ingredients to Making Civic Tech Apps Stick

Experts weigh in on ways governments and civic technologists can make apps and technologies last.