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Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen is the former editor of FutureStructure.


March 24, 2015

Kirk Steudle

Director, Department of Transportation, Michigan

December 17, 2014

What Does it Take for a City to Become Truly Smart?

In this Q&A, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer talks about what defines a smart city and what it takes to achieve smart city status.

December 5, 2014

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things – Do Policymakers Help? Or Hurt?

The Center for Data Innovation hosted a forum to examine how – or if – regulators and bureaucrats are part of the solution or part of the problem.

June 6, 2014

A Glimpse into the Future of Fleet Management

The technology of the “sharing economy” may be the next great leap for fleet managers.

June 4, 2014

The Blue Economy: New Strategies for Optimizing Our Most Precious Resource

Many stressors are threatening current water systems. Fundamental changes must be made that align technology, policy and infrastructure so that people can do more with less water.

June 2, 2014

The Unseen City: How What We Can’t See Shapes Our Future

The sum of a city’s components -- together with the connections that exist, or can be made to exist, between the myriad bits of infrastructure -- are what make a city.

May 12, 2014

Why Smart Parking is a Cornerstone of Smart Cities

Rachel Yoka, editor of the new book Sustainable Parking Design and Management, says that in many ways, smart cities start with where you park.

May 1, 2014

Could this Invention Be the Future of Solar Power?

A German architect claims his spherical solar collector improves photovoltaic efficiency by 35 percent - and even works using moonlight.

March 31, 2014

Reinventing America City by City

A summit organized by Forbes took on the tall order of figuring out how the promise of a new industrial revolution might put U.S. cities at the forefront of innovation, industry and infrastructure.

February 21, 2014

Work Begins on Blueprint for Connected Vehicle Architecture

Public and private sector experts met in San Francisco to lay the groundwork for a transportation revolution.

February 13, 2014

Desalination Making a Splash in California

California has grappled with water scarcity for generations and now the San Diego Water Authority is betting on desalination.

February 4, 2014

Wearable Tech Is Set to Take Off

The wearables market is poised to grow to as many as 171 million units shipped by 2016.

January 24, 2014

From Farm to Fork to Fuel

In the world’s most productive region of agriculture, food waste is being transformed into natural gas.

October 30, 2013

Why Do We Still Use Passwords?

They’re simple and cheap, but usually not all that secure. Why haven’t we moved to something better?

October 18, 2013

Massachusetts Police Chief Discusses Trends in Law Enforcement

William G. Brooks III, of the Norwood Police Department talks drones and predictive analytics.

September 19, 2013

Low Tech Solution Helps Indiana DOT Solve Serious Traffic Hazard

A video camera setup provided important details on repeated collisions with interstate overcrossings.

September 4, 2013

Top Law Enforcement Officials to Convene Over Latest in Police Technology

The inaugural Police Innovation Conference will showcase the best in crime fighting tech.

August 15, 2013

Jacksonville’s Gigabyte Network Yields $200,000 in Savings

City CIO Usha Mohan aimed to deliver on Mayor Alvin Brown’s vision for technology.

July 11, 2013

Drone Technology Advancements Yield New Education Opportunities

As unmanned aircraft take up a more permanent place in society, some schools are starting to get serious about drone degrees.

March 11, 2013

NYC Targets Teen Pregnancy with Mobile Phone Game

New campaign features interactive text game to warn teens about the challenges of unplanned pregnancies.

March 5, 2013

Photo of the Week - Flashback: Atari Home Computer Circa 1979

The Atari 800 is being marketed using an eye-catching display booth -- a booth that is not very different from display booths found at tech conferences and in electronics stores today.

January 31, 2013

What It Takes to Be a No. 1 City

Winners of the 2012 Digital Cities Survey offer glimpses of what it takes to be the very best.

January 25, 2013

NBA Drama Has California Legislator Questioning Microsoft’s Foothold in Golden State

California State Senate President pro Tem calls for report on state’s technology dealings with Microsoft following Seattle’s pitch to buy and relocate the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

February 29, 2012

Chicago's Digital Trio

Brett Goldstein Chief Data Officer, Chicago; John Tolva CTO, Chicago; Kevin Hauswirth, Social Media Director, Chicago

January 31, 2012

Evaluating the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Three years after the federal stimulus act became law, CIOs assess its impact on state IT.

January 13, 2012

Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Pictures

Exhibitors showcase new phones and tablets, refuse to give up on 3D TV.

January 11, 2012

Federal CIO Unveils Mobile Road Map

U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel aims to drive efficiency across federal government, asks for ideas.

January 9, 2012

Steve Ballmer, Ryan Seacrest Christen 2012 CES, Reveal More Windows 8

Keynote speech marks last time Microsoft will open at the Consumer Electronics Show.

November 29, 2011

A Christmas Story

Seeing the Silver Lining

November 21, 2011

The Top 11 Tech Turkeys of 2011

Half-baked lowlights from the year gone by.

October 3, 2011

What contest did aerospace engineer Burt Rutan win today in 2004?


September 28, 2011

Reflecting on Priorities After 9/11

Terror attacks put true priorities into perspective.

September 13, 2011

What crashed into the moon today in 1959?


September 9, 2011

What did Texas Instruments employee Jack Kilby create today in 1958?


August 30, 2011

5 Emerging Technologies Soon to Hit the Government Market

Government users and industry analysts chime in on motion-controlled video games, augmented reality and vertical GPS.

August 25, 2011

Georgia CIO Calvin Rhodes Discusses Outsourcing and Cloud Computing

State budget priorities and improving government processes are among challenges Rhodes is facing.

August 10, 2011

Today in 1942, who patented technologies that make Wi-Fi possible?


July 28, 2011

iPhone or Android? Governments Ponder App Development Strategies

Governments deciding where to start in the wild world of apps and the mobile Web.

July 8, 2011

What 170,000-pound object crashed to Earth today in 1979?


June 30, 2011

Amazon, Overstock Flee California in Wake of New Tax Law

Industry opinion seems to back move by the state.

June 1, 2011

North Carolina CIO Discusses Infrastructure and Cloud Computing

Jerry Fralick talks about managing expectations and supporting more federal-state collaboration.

May 20, 2011

What percentage of the mobile advertising market does Android now control?


May 10, 2011

Microsoft to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion

Costly acquisition of Skype by Microsoft has many wondering about the future of the popular service.

May 2, 2011

Making Media Social in the Era of Digital Content

Creating a better user experience via Facebook, Twitter, etc.

April 22, 2011

Energy Ecosystem of the Future Hinges on Many Sources

New strategies include solar roadways, home fuel cells and piezoelectricity.

April 22, 2011

Friend or Phone? Apple and Google Are Watching You

Smartphones are tracking — and reporting — where users take them.

April 21, 2011

What has driven an 18 percent rise in grand larceny this year on the New York City subway?


April 19, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook: A Contender or Pretender?

What critics are saying about RIM’s new tablet.

April 19, 2011

By what percentage did CIOs say their organizations were understaffed in terms of the ratio of IT support staff to employees?


April 15, 2011

What world famous video game recently received a modern - and massive - makeover?


April 14, 2011

This May BMW and Siemens are set to introduce what innovation that may radically change the electric car industry?


April 11, 2011

CES Leader Gary Shapiro Says U.S. Should Look to Innovation for Economic Growth

CEO of Consumer Electronics Association says America must command in innovation to restore being a global leader.

April 8, 2011

If you were to gather all of the tweets ever created, how much hard drive space would they fill?


April 7, 2011

California Considers ‘Do Not Track’ Legislation for Online Privacy

California state Sen. Alan Lowenthal says California would lead the nation on online privacy rights if bill is passed.

March 30, 2011

Amazon Makes Play for the Consumer Cloud Crowd

Amazon has riled competitors with new service that stores music and other media in “your hard drive in the cloud.”

March 28, 2011

Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome: Choosing the Best Browser

Three new browsers are on the market. But which one reigns supreme?

March 24, 2011

Does 4G Deliver?

Wireless carriers are quick to market their latest devices as 4G, but none deliver true 4G speed. Take a look at what's available now and where 4G is headed in the future.

October 20, 2010

New York City, Microsoft Announce Cloud Computing Agreement

The agreement is expected to save the city $50 million over five years.

July 27, 2010

Virtual Beverly Hills 2

Virtual Beverly Hills was recently challenged when a crowd of over 20,000 ran through town.

March 1, 2010

Gov. Dave Heineman, Nebraska

Gov. Dave Heineman, Nebraska

July 31, 2009

Well-Timed Phone Call Leads to Cover Story

Maryland governor uses GIS to Map Crime, Traffic, Infrastructure, Spending

May 1, 2009

ESRI's Jack Dangermond: GIS Brings Better Government Transparency

Dangermond explains role of GIS in smart grid, stimulus tracking and open government.

March 31, 2009

Cloud Computing Survey Shows Growing Acceptance

IDC cloud computing survey finds increased spending, but also obstacles to deployment.

March 31, 2009

Stimulus Package May Bring Golden Age for Technology in Government (opinion)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may fund smart grids, smart buildings, truly intelligent transportation systems.

March 23, 2009

David Clark: State Lawmaker Launches Utah IT Consolidation

David Clark: State Lawmaker Launches Utah IT Consolidation

March 3, 2009

Dominic Nessi: CIO Pushes Sweeping IT Improvements for LAX

Dominic Nessi: CIO Pushes Sweeping IT Improvements for LAX

January 19, 2009

Google Flu Trends Gives Early Warning of Influenza Outbreaks

Tracking Google searches gives public health officials a new tool to combat flu outbreaks.

July 7, 2008

E-Discovery: Texas Ahead of the Game

Texas Attorney General's Office managing changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

June 2, 2008

A Vote for Sensible Elections

A Vote for Sensible Elections

May 31, 2008

Cloud Computing, Microsoft Surface and Other Disruptive Technologies

New interfaces, infrastructure and intelligence will reshape jobs and lives.

May 15, 2008

Gov. Schwarzenegger Addresses Huge Crowd at GTC 2008

"People always say bringing Democrats and Republicans [together] is the biggest challenge. I sleep with a Democrat every night."

May 6, 2008

California CIO Teri Takai Discusses Her Approach to New Post

Takai and former astronaut Sally Ride appear at California CIO Academy.

April 22, 2008

Centralized Records Management Helps Washington Handle Electronic Documents

E-discovery and public records issues drive Washington state's centralized document management strategy.

April 11, 2008

The Library of Congress Experience

Interactive technology sheds new light on ancient treasures.

April 8, 2008

Presidential Candidates Fail to Exploit Power of the Web

Obama, Clinton and McCain struggle to develop an effective online presence.

March 17, 2008

Opinion: California Capital Airshow Runs Smoothly Thanks to Efforts of Local Officials

While the mobile command center definitely impressed, I was more profoundly struck by the reality that Sacramento County officials had indeed lived up to their promise of correcting mistakes of the past.

March 5, 2008

Google Earth Offers 3-D Modeling for Smaller Cities

Cities in 3D service uses city data sets to render building in Google Earth.

March 3, 2008

DHS Extends Real ID Deadline, but Funding and Privacy Questions Remain

DHS announcement addresses some concerns about controversial driver's license measure, but it may not quell state rebellion. 

February 29, 2008

CES Showcases High Def Displays, Storage and Gadgets; Green Gov Event Discusses Economy

HDTV, waterproof HD screens, HD monitors, HD video cameras rule massive electronics show. California Green Government event calls for action to growing environmental needs.  

February 29, 2008

Bob Riley, Governor, Alabama

Bob Riley, Governor, Alabama

February 29, 2008

Teri Takai, California's New CIO, Meets with State Technology Leadership

Takai discusses her findings so far and plans for the future.

February 14, 2008

Electronic Health Records: Can Microsoft and Google Help?

As Congress and doctors dither on electronic health records, industry heavyweights unveil another - more personal -- option.

February 8, 2008

Climate Change Generates Near-Religious Fervor

Climate Change clergy demands we live to as-yet undefined green standards.

February 8, 2008

Utah and Virginia Beach, Va., Provide 24/7 Online Support for Citizens

Jurisdictions expand live 24-hour support as number of online citizen services grows.

February 5, 2008

Web-Based Mapping Tools Help Governments Transform GIS into New Services

Online 3-D mapping tools combine with GIS to deliver better location information.

January 28, 2008

CES Showcases High-Def Displays, Storage and Gobs of Gadgets

Surface is a touchscreen tabletop PC that users control with their hands and fingers. One demonstrator showed how easy it is to place a digital camera on Surface and, using one finger, drag images to and from the camera and the hard drive.

January 13, 2008

From Clinton and Obama to Rudy and Romney, Presidential Candidates Disappoint.

2008 presidential candidates are virtually interchangeable, except one: Ron Paul.

January 11, 2008

ESRI Founder Jack Dangermond Predicts the Future of GIS

New tools like Google Earth and Virtual Earth complement traditional GIS.

December 28, 2007

Game On

Axion Racing's autonomous car runs on Linux and a PlayStation 3.

December 19, 2007

A Visit From St. Internet

A Visit From St. Internet

December 10, 2007

Building Better Government: Finance

Will Schwarzenegger's proposal for a privately managed California lottery pay off?

December 4, 2007

Government in the Age of YouTube: A Report on the eC3 Symposium Executive Summary

"The more information you put out there, the more opportunities you give for citizen engagement. You really must loosen the grips of control. Nobody wants to collaborate with a control freak."

November 27, 2007

On the Map

The Texas Historic Overlay sheds new light on Texas.

November 9, 2007

Robot Race Yields Champion

Teams from Stanford, Virginia Tech and Carnegie Mellon took the top three spots, with Carnegie Mellon's bot "Boss" winning the event overall.

November 7, 2007

Idiocracy, Inaction

Idiocracy, Inaction

October 2, 2007

Free Me from Freeway Gridlock

Free Me from Freeway Gridlock

September 26, 2007

Special Report: State CIOs Speak Out

If states are considered laboratories for democracy, then state CIOs are the lab directors of digital government.

August 31, 2007

The Net Generation

Have you ever visited, or even heard of, these Web sites: Flickr, Digg, IMDB,, Fark, Slashdot, Something Awful, YTMND, I-Mockery or Fazed? If not, you're neglecting the epicenter of the Internet-as-a-community phenomenon.

August 1, 2007

Fast Track to Nowhere

Supporters try to connect U.S. cities with high-speed railroads. But is government in the way?

July 31, 2007

Wayback Machine

Revisiting 20 years of Government Technology magazine.

July 23, 2007

Online GIS: Microsoft Virtual Earth

Digital cities benefit urban planners. Virtual Earth uses GIS to replicate cities with enough detail to guide urban planners and emergency responders.

July 5, 2007

Outer Limits

Where science and technology meet.

July 1, 2007

Reality Check

As millions of people flock to online alternate worlds, can government afford to be virtually nonexistent?

July 1, 2007

Government Technology's Wayback Machine

Revisiting 20 Years of Government Technology magazine

July 1, 2007

The Plot Thickens

The Plot Thickens

May 31, 2007

Identity Crisis

Real ID comes under fire from a growing number of states.

May 3, 2007

Outer Limits

Where science and technology meet.

April 25, 2007

Fit to be Tied

Our overreliance on technology is one of my favorite subjects to harp on. From Roombas to GPS-enabled cars, there are countless examples of technology making our lives ridiculously easy. 

April 25, 2007

Race Tracking

How a city of 35,000 manages a quarter million visitors.

March 23, 2007

Two Cents: Black Box

Is the Gateway E-2600D up to the grueling task of simultaneously word processing and surfing the Net?

March 23, 2007

Small Wonder

Nanotechnology is on the verge of changing everything -- from cancer treatment to water desalination.

March 9, 2007

Taxes Through Time

Taxes Through Time

March 1, 2007

Campaign Season

Campaign Season

March 1, 2007

Profile: Earth to Google

Meet the man who fit our planet inside your desktop.

January 29, 2007

Predicting the Future

Predicting the Future

January 29, 2007

How Much to Tip?

An online tool to report suspicious activity anonymously in Colorado raises fears of racial or cultural profiling.

January 29, 2007

3D You

A team of researchers may bring the ultimate sci-fi fantasy to life.

January 23, 2007

Michael Griffin, Administrator, NASA

Michael Griffin, Administrator, NASA

January 23, 2007

Bill Richardson, Governor, New Mexico

Bill Richardson, Governor, New Mexico

January 22, 2007

Rafael Mena, CIO, Orange County, Fla.

Rafael Mena, CIO, Orange County, Fla.

December 27, 2006

The Technology Devolution

The Technology Devolution

December 26, 2006

Second-Chance Points

North Carolina Deputy CIO Bill Willis talks about tackling statewide ID management ... again.

December 26, 2006

The New Space Race

Some states are betting on spaceports to bring in jobs and build an industry.

November 6, 2006

Tangled Web?

Net neutrality activists say the Internet is doomed without regulation. Are their fears justified?

September 7, 2006

Procuration Nation

Left for dead after the dot-come bust, e-procurement makes a comeback.

July 6, 2006

Voting Made Easier

Putnam County, Ohio, moves election information online.

June 2, 2006



June 1, 2006

Technology and the Three R's

Can high-tech tools really improve academic performance?

May 2, 2006

Virus Hunters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention propose a plan for tracking airline passengers electronically to contain the spread of infectious diseases.

May 1, 2006

Meal Ticket

Outdated law reroutes Texas' plans for modernized food stamp services.

April 28, 2006

Open Enrollment

March 9, 2006

Douglas Waldron: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

Manassas residents are getting connected

March 8, 2006

Terri Lynn Land: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

Charging ahead despite the potential hidden obstacles.

March 8, 2006

Mike Huckabee: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

"Being online means the message is clear and pure."

March 8, 2006

P.K. Agarwal: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

"History tells us that the word 'impossible' does not exist in California's lexicon -- the Golden State is a place for dreamers, and the dreams are big"

March 2, 2006

Under the Sea

Wireless gets much better down where it's wetter.

March 1, 2006

Phone Home

Tele-Town Hall helps a legislator connect.

February 28, 2006

Quantifiable Improvements

DCStat helps the District of Columbia get to the root of problems.

February 2, 2006

Off the Chart

A little-known GIS program might play an expanding role in policymaking.

February 1, 2006

P.K. Agarwal

Director, California Department of Technology Services

January 2, 2006

Sale of the Century

Sale of the Century

January 2, 2006

Richard Vandenberg

Director of Communication and Technology, Reno, Nev.

January 2, 2006

Zeroing In

How microtargeting is transforming political campaigns.

December 4, 2005

Healthy Transition

Texas' decision to consolidate 12 health and human services agencies into just five means dealing with a hodgepodge of equipment.

November 4, 2005

Papers Please

The Real ID Act: A national ID card in disguise? Or necessary 21st-century security?

September 30, 2005

Breaking Barriers

Regional IT initiatives prove the value of shared applications.

July 27, 2005

American ITIL

The British blockbuster finally finds an American audience.

June 27, 2005

Witnessing an Evolution

The combination of grid computing and utility computing just might be the next big thing.

May 26, 2005

Try Your Luck

Two states consider selling lottery tickets online.

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