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July 1, 2015

What is 'The New Town'?

Answer: an art project that uses a surveillance camera

June 30, 2015

Massachusetts CIO Bill Oates Resigns

After 18 months as state CIO, Bill Oates is moving on.

June 30, 2015

'Mathspace' Startup Collects and Responds to Student Data, Dominates at ISTE 2015

At the International Society for Technology in Education's Startup Competition, a new app that hopes to be one of the first that evaluates student work in place of multiple-choice questionnaires takes top honors.

June 30, 2015

Government Regulators Must Protect Citizens Without Impeding Innovation

To keep up with today’s rapidly changing technology environment, regulators must modernize their regulatory practices and increase efficiency, according to a new report.

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

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

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

Just How Green Are State Governments?

For years, governors and legislatures have ordered state agencies to save on energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The results are mixed.

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.