September 2, 2014

Bloomington, Ill., Codifies Website Transparency Policy

The Bloomington City Council has expanded the amount of public documents it posts online.

September 2, 2014

Cash Injection Fuels Next Phase for Code for America Alum MindMixer

CEO Nick Bowden says the novelty of his product is wearing off and it's time to expand.

September 2, 2014

How the Sharing Economy is Strengthening Emergency Response and Recovery

Governments are recognizing that sharing economy platforms can provide a vital link between needs and resources in times of disaster.

September 2, 2014

Federal CTO Todd Park Shifts Roles

Once back in Silicon Valley, federal CTO Todd Park will begin his role as a technology adviser to the White House.

September 2, 2014

Next-Gen 911 Planning Bill Gets California Legislature’s Approval

In particular, the bill would require OES to coordinate infrastructure with FirstNet, and give advance notice of the 911 customer surcharge and projected costs of text-to-911 and Next-Gen 911 capabilities.

September 2, 2014

Facing Climate Change, Cities Embrace Resiliency

Lacking substantial state or federal support, local governments throughout the country are using natural disasters as a way to get their infrastructure, personnel and budgets better prepared for the next.

September 2, 2014

California Legislature Passes U.S. Bill to Protect K-12 Students' Online Data

If signed by Gov. Brown, Senate Bill 1177 would prohibit targeted ads based on school information and creating student profiles when not used for education purposes.

September 2, 2014

Driverless Vehicles Are in the Army's Future

Work is underway at the Combined Armed Support Command to develop autonomous and semi-autonomous systems so soldiers can focus on defending convoys instead of steering them.

September 2, 2014

Boston City Hall in Dire Need of Major Digital Upgrade, Mayor Says

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said some tech investments are contained in the current budget, and next year’s will contain a larger commitment based on departmental assessments by new Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge.

September 2, 2014

Dallas Lagging in Efforts to Allow Text Messages for 911 Emergencies

Last month, the FCC ordered all cell carriers to accommodate text-to-911 systems by the end of the year, but cities in Texas and across the country have been slow to invest in the upgrades needed.

September 2, 2014

After 15 years, which piece of software is being discontinued?

Answer: MSN Messenger

September 2, 2014

West Virginia to Start Charging People to View Public Documents Online

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's Office will start charging the public to obtain documents that were previously available free and online.

August 31, 2014

Robots are Coming: Even to the Cloud

Just as mobile technology and cloud computing became a normal part of our lives, along comes the next set of disruptive innovations that will radically change the way we work and play. Get ready for robots to appear in virtually every area of life. But just as with the Internet, there will also be a dark side.

August 29, 2014

New York City Tackles Rising Lawsuit Costs with Data and Maps

ClaimStat is a data-driven risk management tool that can spot patterns in lawsuit claims and help find ways to reduce the costs of settlements and judgments.

August 29, 2014

Hard-Won Experience: Lessons from America’s Biggest Disasters and Emergencies

Public officials who’ve been at the center of response and recovery efforts reminisce on what went wrong and right, what works and what doesn’t, and how their experiences might be useful for others.

August 29, 2014

Government vs. Private-Sector Procurement: An Unfair Comparison

In part one of this three-part series, we look at why we can't always point to the private sector as the model for best practices in government.

August 29, 2014

New App Allows BART Riders to Discreetly Report Crime

The app will encourage riders to report suspicious activity, with the slogan “If you see something, say something.”

August 29, 2014

Are Governments Neglecting Planes and Trains?

Even though airports and public transportation systems are in need of upgrades, all anyone ever talks about is roads and bridges.

August 29, 2014

California Legislature Approves New Insurance Requirements for Ride-Sharing Companies

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla called the legislation “a testament to good public policy” that ensures consumers and drivers will be protected “while also allowing this innovative business model to thrive.”

August 29, 2014

Education Exchange Hooks Up Students Online in 30 Georgia Counties

The Education Exchange, a 3,600-mile network that will deliver access to textbooks, classroom resources and instructional material through its own 10-gigabit connection.