June 1, 2015 What’s Rupert the Turtle up to? Answer: See for yourself. May 29, 2015 Susannah Fox Named HHS CTO After 14 years at the Pew Research Center, Susannah Fox will lead technology efforts for the nation's federal health department. May 29, 2015 Should Governments Trademark Twitter Hashtags? As public-sector agencies continue to invest more heavily in the marketing benefits of social media, they may want to consider legally protecting their slogans. May 29, 2015 Department of Energy Recognizes Green Leasers Green leases have the potential to save American business billions, so the federal government is highlighting those who lead the way. May 29, 2015 FCC Aims to Overhaul Phone Subsidy Program to Cover Broadband About 12 million households participated last year in the Lifeline program, which began 30 years ago to ensure that all Americans had access to basic telecommunications services. May 29, 2015 Lexington, Ky., Assesses Road Conditions Using High-Tech SUVs Officials unveiled two "digital survey vehicles" that use lasers and cameras to measure the surface condition of road pavement, including potholes, cracks, roughness and rutting. May 29, 2015 California Standardized Testing Scores May Not Meet Expectations The curriculum is new, the tests are new, the technology is new, and there are kids who haven’t spent a lot of time typing on a keyboard or manipulating a mouse. May 29, 2015 Emoji App Helps Teens, Kids Convey Abuse The app, called Abused Emojis, contains a set of emojis that were designed from already existing icons to demonstrate different types of difficult situations and psychological harm. May 29, 2015 Remote-Proctoring Helps Curb Cheating in Online Classes A recent incident at Ohio State University raises questions about whether the growth in online courses has led to a corresponding increase in cheating. May 29, 2015 North Carolina Green-Energy Freeze Gathers Opposition from Tech Giants In a joint letter to the Senatae and House, Apple, Facebook and Google predict the freeze would have “a significant negative impact” on the availability of green energy in the state. May 29, 2015 What Do Millennials Want from a Workplace? According to a recent survey, millennials highly value flexible work arrangements, as well as paid parental leave. May 29, 2015 Washington May See Satellite-Based Train Control Systems by 2016 Public worry over train safety is mounting in Washington state, where combustible Bakken crude rolls past two Seattle stadiums and dozens of busy industrial and suburban crossings. May 29, 2015 Albuquerque, N.M., Shows Benefits of Skills-Based Hiring for Tech Jobs A departure from more traditional hiring practices, which usually focus on formal education, could help employers in New Mexico fill their needs for STEM workers. May 29, 2015 Kentucky May Go From Defying EPA’s Clean Power Plan to Complying Cheap natural gas is flooding the market as environmental regulations take effect and because upgrading aging plants is cost-prohibitive, coal-fired power plants across Kentucky are shutting down. May 29, 2015 Nebraska Appoints Ed Toner as CIO The state has a new technology chief incoming. May 29, 2015 Google I/O 2015: 5 Things You Missed but Need to Know This year’s Google I/O was all about context; here are the important things you may have missed from yesterday’s event and what they mean for government. May 29, 2015 Mobile App, Responsive Site or a Little of Both? As governments scramble to please mobile users, hybrid apps might be a winning option. May 29, 2015 How Network Convergence Will Save Transportation The aging public transportation in many American cities is straining under increased use. New tools and technologies are needed to create new options for city planners and policy makers. May 29, 2015 What does the Light Phone allow people to do? Answer: disconnect (mostly) from your smartphone May 28, 2015 Are States Truly Laboratories of Public-Policy Innovation? All too often, policies are simply replicated from state to state with little attention to research showing that they work.