October 20, 2014

How can you help the blind navigate a city?

Answer: with 3-D-printed maps

October 19, 2014

Job Change Checklist: Seven Things to Consider Before Elections

Once every four years, most state and local governments go through a multi-month period of major upheaval. Regardless of which political party wins in the November midterm elections, major executive turnover usually occurs at the highest levels of government. This fall and winter is one of those times. How can you prepare?

October 17, 2014

New Bedford, Mass., Mayor Jon Mitchell Champions Smart Cities

Mitchell – who is garnering increased national attention for smart city innovation – tells forum that brainpower and creativity is key.

October 17, 2014

4 Projects that Make City Life More Fun and Engaging

From projects that assist visually impaired pedestrians to games that motivate residents to exercise more often, these deployments emphasize the beauty, fun and tranquility in a bustling urban environment.

October 17, 2014

Three Connecticut Cities Pursue Gigabit Network

When it comes to high-speed broadband, meeting demand isn’t always in the incumbent's business model -- so Connecticut is taking matters into its own hands.

October 17, 2014

Facebook Debuts Safety Check Feature for Disasters

Users within the vicinity of an emergency will get a notification from Facebook asking if they’re safe.

October 17, 2014

Sean Parker Must Create Beach-Mapping App for California Coastal Commission

Parker agreed to do the high-tech form of community service in order to make amends for his environmental blunder at his Big Sur wedding last year.

October 17, 2014

Officials Urged to Take Care With Social Media

As more government agencies and elected officials scramble to put the word out on social media some are learning the hard way that they might need to take a step back and rethink the way they use the sites.

October 17, 2014

California Releases ‘Report Cards’ on Health Insurance Options

This year, the state aggregated claims and electronic medical record data and patient satisfaction surveys.

October 17, 2014

Internal Logistics and Form of Government are Key to Resilient Cities Grant Jumpstart

Portland, Ore., is among the locations hoping for a Resilient Cities grant as Alameda, Calif., goes its own way.

October 17, 2014

Austin Plan for Renewable Energy at Odds with Utility

The city council has called for a dramatic expansion in solar power generation, earning accolades from environmental advocates. But the city-owned utility, Austin Energy, has balked at the proposal.

October 17, 2014

Younger Generation Prefers Transit to Cars, Report Says

The report groups the reasons into three categories: socio-economic shifts, lifestyle preferences, and technological changes.

October 17, 2014

Data Analytics and the Soup that Made You Sick

How can 32 Chicago inspectors monitor 1,500 restaurants? Figuring out which ones aren't likely to pass inspection is a good start.

October 17, 2014

University of Texas Looking to Make More of Massive Online Courses

At the university, "massive open online courses" are being reimagined, and leaders believe that the shift will provide them with a more effective tool in meeting their goals.

October 17, 2014

How much is the National Science Foundation spending on bridging the digital divide in Hawaii?

Answer: $500,000

October 17, 2014

Incident Response: Don’t Rush the Security Breach Notification Timeline

Despite the expectation to report findings almost immediately, officials should use caution and avoid communicating information too quickly.

October 17, 2014

States Approach Federal Data Breach Law with Caution

With 47 different state laws on what companies are supposed to do when they become victims of cyberattack, is it time for federal legislation?

October 16, 2014

Deploying and Managing Public Sector Apps in the Cloud (Industry Perspective)

Government organizations need to get more comfortable with this addition to their IT strategy.

October 16, 2014

Dreamforce 2014: What Salesforce Analytics Means for Government

A new offering could be government's "easy button" for data analytics and data-driven decision-making.

October 16, 2014

Apple's iPad Air 2: Faster, Thinner, But Maybe Not Enticing Enough

Apple's keynote brought new iterations of the iPad Air and iPad mini to market, but it may not be enough to drive continued growth in the market.