March 2, 2015

How much does Uber cost in Seoul, South Korea?

Answer: it's free

March 1, 2015

FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality: What's next?

By a 3 to 2 vote along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new rules on Net neutrality last week. The rules establish the Internet as a utility, but court battles loom before the FCC actions can take effect. Here's what happened, a summary of the news coverage, what it all means, reaction from different sources and what is likely to happen next.

February 27, 2015

Why Government Has to Get Social

A panel of social media practitioners from the public and private sectors gathered to highlight why social media is vital for government.

February 27, 2015

Annapolis Taxis Unaffected by Maryland’s Agreement with Uber

Uber agreed to allow the state to regulate its limousine and sport utility vehicle divisions but not the one opponents say competes with taxicabs.

February 27, 2015

3 Tips for Incoming IT Leaders

Veteran CIOs offer advice on how to hit the ground running.

February 27, 2015

Illinois Eyes More Secure Driver’s License to Avoid Flying Restrictions

Currently, Illinois licenses and identification cards do not meet minimum standards mandated by the Real ID Act, which passed in 2005.

February 27, 2015

Net Neutrality Decision Cheered by Tech, Decried by Telecoms

While tech firms large and small urged regulators to take action, telecoms said reclassifying broadband as a utility could stunt innovation.

February 27, 2015

States Seek to Shore Up Electric Grid Vulnerabilities

Congress has commissioned reports and held hearings over the years on bills focused on protecting the grid from catastrophic disturbances, but lack of action has led state legislators to file their own grid-related measures.

February 27, 2015

Floating Solar Panel Project Due in 2016 from California Power Company

Sonoma Clean Power unveiled a plan to install a 12.5-megawatt solar farm on floating dock, providing enough electricity to power 3,000 homes.

February 27, 2015

Broadband Bailout Bill Saves Idaho Schools

The measure allows school districts to negotiate their own broadband contracts for the rest of this school year to replace the Idaho Education Network system.

February 27, 2015

OurCycle LA Turns E-Waste Into Societal Gain

Nearly 10,000 computers will be either refurbished for use in disadvantaged neighborhoods or recycled as part of broader job training program.

February 27, 2015

Mobile Passport App Cuts Travel Time through Miami Customs

When traveling internationally, passengers can submit passport and customs declaration information via the Mobile Passport app and go through lanes set aside for them.

February 27, 2015

How Open Is University Data?

States should push public universities to adopt open data policies.

February 27, 2015

Which human body part could be transplanted as soon as within two years?

Answer: the head

February 26, 2015

Landmark Investment Shows GovTech Market Heating Up

$143.5 million in financing for California-based Accela will help firm expand its cloud platform.

February 26, 2015

FCC Votes for Net Neutrality, Expanded Local Broadband Choice

The Federal Communications Commission reclassified Internet connectivity as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act on Feb. 26, preserving an open Internet. The commission also vacated state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that restrict expansion of local broadband networks.

February 26, 2015

Apps to Track Massachusetts’ Transportation in Real Time

The MBTA Ninja app, built as part of last weekend’s Code Across Boston hackathon, is modeled after the GPS-based app Waze -- so riders can submit train issues and delays in real time.

February 26, 2015

Want to Avoid Procurement Missteps? Learn from Someone Else’s Mistakes

A new online workshop from the GovLab Academy targets government procurement officials looking for a boost.

February 26, 2015

High-Tech Council Creates Data Dashboard to Keep Massachusetts on Right Road

The Massachusetts’ Technology, Talent and Economic Reporting System is a dashboard that can compare states by a number of metrics, including hiring difficulty for employers and workforce information.

February 26, 2015

Oakland Police Test Cloud Storage for Body Camera Video

The city, which has the largest deployment of police body cameras in the world, will use a data storage system that meets the FBI's standards for security.