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February 26, 2010

Broadband's Economic Impact (Opinion)

Faster broadband should help U.S. compete in world economy.

December 28, 2009

The Digital Community of the Future

Harnessing digital power is key to effectively tackling 21st-century challenges.

December 11, 2009

Students Seek to Improve 3rd World Communities Through Engineering Design

The D80 Center mobilizes university students to put the skills they are learning in college to work in the field in countries around the globe.

November 23, 2009

Computer Models for an Urban Nuclear Attack Need Significant Improvement

Emergency responders have to prepare for many different disaster scenarios. But when that involves what amounts to an unthinkable catastrophe, planning often falls short.

November 11, 2009

Online Campaign to Create Climate Change Doubts Appears to Be Ramping Up

According to Elizabeth May, head of Canada's Green Party and former executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, there now appears to be a concerted push in the U.S. to increase doubt among the general public concerning global warming and our role in causing this.

September 22, 2009

Broadband May Help Cities Compete in Economic Recovery

The nation's communities need more than an economic stimulus to address their challenges.

September 21, 2009

FCC Chairman Backs Extended Net Neutrality, Calls for Formal Rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will move to create formal net neutrality rules prohibiting Internet providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and applications, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today.

September 10, 2009

Twitter Becoming a Vital Tool for Many Businesses

20 percent of the tweets contain requests for product information or responses to the requests.

September 4, 2009

Recession Calls for Innovative Thinking (Opinion)

Local government leaders must collaborate during tough economy.

September 1, 2009

iPhone App Empowers Citizens to Track and Report Local Pandemic Outbreaks in Real Time

The MIT Media Lab in collaboration with researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have created a new iPhone application that enables users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 (swine flu), on the ground in real time.

August 28, 2009

Scientists Hone Technique to Safeguard Municipal Water Supplies

A new method to detect toxins and contaminates in municipal water supplies has undergone further refinements by two Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers according to a news announcement today.

August 27, 2009

Guidelines Issued for Mobile Biometric ID Devices

A new publication that recommends best practices for the next generation of portable biometric acquisition devices-Mobile ID-has been published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

August 24, 2009

Online Social Networks May Leak Personal Information to Tracking Sites

The leakage puts social network users at risk of having their identity linked with their browsing behavior.

August 21, 2009

Northern Michigan University Deploys New WiMAX Network

Northern Michigan University (NMU) has announced that it has deployed one of the largest active WiMAX networks in the U.S.

August 17, 2009

Jane Jacobs: Unraveling the True Nature of Economics

"Well, controlling always contains an element of prediction, because if you can successfully control something, you can predict what is going to happen to it."

August 12, 2009

Todd Sander, Digital Communities Director, Featured on Federal News Radio

Todd Sander, director of Digital Communities and deputy director of the Center for Digital Government was featured on Federal News Radio yesterday, discussing our Digital Counties annual survey.

August 11, 2009

Unmanned Aircraft Currently Mapping Alaska Wildfires

For much of the last week, staff from Poker Flat Research Range have been assisting fire personnel in mapping the Crazy Mountain Complex fires with unmanned aircraft. The mapping operation is using 40-pound Insitu ScanEagles equipped with infrared cameras.

August 6, 2009

GPS System Promotes Greener Rail Freight in Europe

Not only does the system provide full freight details for 23,000 stations in 40 countries, but also can instantly indicate the position and progress of individual wagons.

August 3, 2009

Report: Digital Divide Persists in Chicago

Nearly 40 percent of Chicago residents, especially Latinos and those aged 67 or more, have limited or no access to the Internet, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

July 30, 2009

Recovery Act-Funded Research Projects Impact Communities Across the Country

In the five months since passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), thousands of research-related awards have been made, supporting important scientific efforts across the country, according to a statement from the Science Coalition released today.

July 28, 2009

Wildfires Set to Increase 50 Percent as Climate Warms

The frequency of wildfires will increase in many regions as the climate warms in the coming decades, according to a new study by atmospheric scientists at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

July 27, 2009

Anthrax Attack Would Require Early Detection and Quick Response

A new study finds that in order for a response to be effective, quick detection and treatment are essential, and any delay beyond three days would overwhelm hospitals with critically ill people.

July 24, 2009

One in Six Public Health Workers Unlikely to Respond in Pandemic Flu Emergency

A new survey by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that approximately one in six public health workers said they would not report to work during a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity.

July 15, 2009

Blind Take the Wheel in Voice Interface Vehicle

A student team in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering has already built a "blind car" and is giving select blind participants the opportunity to drive.

July 14, 2009

Virtual Reality Now Aids Green Power Design

Researchers from the Fraunhofer nstitute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg have developed a method that visualizes the processes inside energy conversion plants such as photovoltaic, wind, biogas and hydroelectric power stations.

July 9, 2009

New Solar Energy System Soon Ready for Major Deployment

Four newly designed solar power collection dishes are unveiled at Sandia National Laboratories' National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF).

July 8, 2009

First Low Cost, Efficient Search Engine for Video Content

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS in Sankt Augustin, Germany, have developed a video speech recognition system that does not require expensive updating measures.

July 6, 2009

Cell Phone Towers Could Help Predict Next Big Flood

Researchers from Tel Aviv University say they have found a novel and reliable way to help predict the intensity of the next big flood, using common cell phone towers across the United States.

July 2, 2009

More Hurricanes May Make Landfall Along Gulf Coast

A new study in the July 3 edition of Science suggests that US communities along the Gulf Coast may have to deal with a growing number of hurricanes because of changing weather patterns.

July 1, 2009

Ground Penetrating Radar May Soon Help Secure the Southern Border

According to the Science and Technology Directorate, new technology is desperately needed to battle secret tunnels used by criminal enterprises.

June 30, 2009

New System Accurately Predicts Spread of H1N1

A new scientific system, designed to rapidly evaluate the world's air traffic patterns, accurately predicted how the H1N1 virus would spread around the world earlier this year.

June 29, 2009

Ecological Model Masdar City Taps European Expertise

The "city of the future," as it is described by Abu Dhabi officials, is currently planned as the cornerstone of a global cooperative effort to develop or improve sustainable technologies.

June 24, 2009

Disaster Management Conference Highlights Growing Global Complexities

The 19th World Conference on Disaster Management wrapped today in Toronto, Canada after a robust two-and-a-half-day program that covering the full spectrum of disaster management issues.

June 19, 2009

Nationwide Telemedicine Networks Essential for Successful Health Care Reform

According to a new white paper from the American Telemedicine Association to be published in the peer-reviewed journal, Telemedicine and e-Health, telemedicine, or information technology enhanced healthcare, must be a core component of any viable healthcare reform strategy.

June 18, 2009

Telemedicine Expands Reach of Care for Parkinson's Patients

One innovative telemedicine project, for example, is providing distant nursing home patients with Parkinson's disease access to neurologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

June 17, 2009

Pandemic Strategies: Vaccinating Children First When Vaccines Limited

Targeting children may be an effective use of limited supplies of flu vaccine, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the EU.

June 16, 2009

Climate Change Already Impacting the U.S.

Scientists and researchers representing 13 U.S. government science agencies, major universities and research institutes produced the most comprehensive report to date on national climate change, offering the latest information on rising temperatures.

June 12, 2009

Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs, Weapons and Humans in Containers

A new type of robot being developed will make it easier to detect drugs, weapons, explosives and illegal immigrants concealed in cargo containers.

June 11, 2009

Computer Modeling To Help Cities Prepare for Worst-Case Scenarios

A new and novel computer modeling platform can help hospitals and cities to be more prepared for catastrophic public health scenarios,

June 10, 2009

Houston Ship Channel Security District Plan Will Deter Terrorism

Harris County Commissioners Court has unanimously approved the creation of the Houston Ship Channel Security District, a public-private partnership that will fund enhancements to security technology, infrastructure and processes along the ship channel.

June 8, 2009

New Framework for Assessing the Environmental Impact of Travel

Researchers from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a framework to calculate the true environmental cost of travel.

June 5, 2009

Medical Bankruptcy and the Need to Reduce Health Care Costs

As described in an article to be published in the August 2009 issue of the American Journal of Medicine and released online yesterday, medical problems contributed to nearly two-thirds (62.1 percent) of all bankruptcies in 2007. Between 2001 and 2007, the proportion of all bankruptcies attributable to medical problems rose by 49.6 percent.

June 4, 2009

New Solution on the Horizon for Preserving Digital Records for a Billion Years

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have come up with a new memory storage medium that can pack thousands of times more data into one square inch of space than conventional chips and preserve this data for more than a billion years.

June 2, 2009

Do Epidemic Strategies Need to be Retooled for Rural Populations?

Not only does research show that rural residents may be more likely to maintain normal levels of social contact than urban residents, but the researchers said that the decreased access to hospitals and physicians also make rural areas especially vulnerable during an epidemic.

May 29, 2009

Helping Vulnerable Communities Adapt to Climate Change

Increasing sea levels, coastal erosion, changing sea ice conditions, and permafrost thaw threatens municipal infrastructure, such as transport links, the survival of Inuit subsistence hunting and fishing activities, and the fabric of Inuit culture and society.

May 27, 2009

Triage Technology Takes on a Star Trek Twist

Researchers are developing the Standoff Patient Triage Tool (SPTT), a device that classic Star Trek fans will recognize for its resemblance to the medical diagnostic tool known as the tricorder.

May 22, 2009

Terrorism Against Religious Targets in Perspective

The START Center at the University of Maryland releases a report looking at terrorist incidents against religious figures, institutions and military targets.

May 21, 2009

Web Data Mining: Automatic Distinguishing Personal and Commercial Opinions

Information engineers in India and Japan have been working on a way for software to distinguish between personal web pages and commercial pages they say are designed to fool consumers.

May 21, 2009

Funding Increases for Smart Grid Projects - Up To $200 Million

The maximum award available under the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program will be increased from $20 million to $200 million.

May 15, 2009

More Lessons From Hurricane Katrina

A new study has found that 67% of the fatalities in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005 resulted from direct impacts of the flooding that occurred when the levees collapsed.

May 14, 2009

Social Media and Speed Are Keys to Crisis Communication

Organizations communicating health and safety information during a crisis need to respond quickly and in common terms when communicating to the public, otherwise audiences will seek information elsewhere.

May 13, 2009

Smart Fire Sprinklers Could Prevent Unnecessary Water Damage

Conventional smoke detection and sprinkler systems are important safety tools and help to save lives, but indiscriminately soaking an office building, home, or workplace with water can cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

May 12, 2009

Classroom Toolbox for Green Retrofit of U.S. Schools

Classroom Toolbox for Green Retrofit of U.S. Schools

May 8, 2009

Online Surveillance Tool Tracked H1N1 Virus First

HealthMap began picking up informal reports of the influenza outbreak in Mexico as early as 1 April.

May 6, 2009

Cyber-Criminals Now Creating Malicious Search Engines

Now cyber-criminals are beginning to create their own search engines which lead users directly to pages designed to infect or defraud them.

May 5, 2009

Preparing for the Pandemic in Prisons

With more than 9 million people incarcerated across the globe 2.25 million in U.S. jails and prisons alone, it is vital that correctional officials and health professionals be prepared for a worst-case scenario that involves pandemic influenza reaching inmates and staff.

May 4, 2009

Electronic Prescribing Systems Boost Efficiency

The benefits of these prescribing systems for patients is not so clear cut according to new research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

April 30, 2009

XBox Forensics Toolkit Enhances Criminal Investigation Possibilities

A computer forensics expert has now developed a forensic toolkit that allows police and other investigators the chance to lay bare the contents of XBox hard disks,

April 30, 2009

Electric Vehicle 'Smart Charger' Will Make Smart Grids Smarter

Researchers have developed a Smart Charger Controller to manage peak demands in the electric grid.

April 28, 2009

Swine Flu: Statistical Model Predicts Spread in U.S.

Two different swine influenza infection computer models from Indiana and Northwestern Universities, generated on April 27, both predict about 1,000 cases in the United States within three weeks.

April 24, 2009

Greening PCs with 'Sleep Talking'

Computer scientists at UC San Diego and Microsoft Research have created a plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal computers that induces a new energy saving state known as "sleep talking."

April 24, 2009

Better Levees Cannot Fully Eliminate Risk of New Orleans Flooding Again

No matter how large or sturdy new levees and floodwalls surrounding New Orlean are constructed, they cannot provide absolute protection against overtopping or failure in extreme events.

April 23, 2009

Homeland Security Experts Recommend US/Canada Joint Threat Assessment

The Homeland Security Policy Institute has just released its latest Commentary that suggests that a joint threat assessment could be a powerful protective tool for both countries.

April 22, 2009

Early-bird CIO Commenters Better Positioned to Help Frame Public Policy

Public commenters who participate during the early phases of regulatory policymaking play an important agenda setting role.

April 21, 2009

Ultrasound Imaging Now Possible with a Smartphone

Imaging device fits in the palm of a hand.

April 16, 2009

Greening of Bridge Monitoring Technology

A team of University of Miami College of Engineering researchers are implementing a self-powered monitor system for bridges that can continuously check their condition using wireless sensors that "harvest" power from structural vibration and wind energy.

April 15, 2009

World's First Orbiting Solar Farm May Supply Power to Fresno County

California's biggest energy utility announced a deal Monday to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a startup company that plans to beam the power down to Earth from outer space.

April 15, 2009

National Science Board Seeks Comments on Green Energy Strategy

National Science Board recommends comprehensive, coordinated federal strategy needed to transform U.S. energy economy.

April 14, 2009

Study: Smartphone Viruses Could Become Significant Threat

A Northeastern University physicist and his team tracked the spreading potential of Bluetooth and multimedia messaging service (MMS) viruses and predict that these viruses will become a real threat to users of smartphones.

April 9, 2009

Interim Standards Being Developed for Smart Grids

NIST has contracted with the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. to help it develop an interim 'roadmap' for determining the architecture and initial key standards for an electric power Smart Grid.

April 3, 2009

Daylighting Lab Offers Greener Building Designs

Daylighting also represents the single largest 'new' opportunity for energy savings in commercial lighting today and for the foreseeable future.

April 3, 2009

Marion County Deploys Web Interfaced Health Alert System

Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. in collaboration with the Marion County Health Department (Indianapolis, Ind), have developed and tested a technology that allows public health officials to abandon a traditional, inefficient paper approach to alerting the medical community about public health crises.

March 5, 2009

Vivek Kundra: Engineering a Radical Transformation

Vivek Kundra, chief technology officer of the District of Columbia, spoke with Digital Communities editor Blake Harris about his management approach, IT governance innovations, cost-cutting measures and the pace of innovation. Today, President Barack Obama named Kundra the "federal CIO."

February 6, 2009

"New Media" Policy - A Tricky But Perhaps Needed Measure

In a changing landscape of new media on the web, do local governments need to address how their staff conduct themselves on many popular sites as the New York Times recently has done?

December 21, 2008

Changing 700 MHz Spectrum D Block's Organization for Public Safety Interoperability

Nationwide emergency responder interoperability a priority.

December 16, 2008

Energy-Harvesting Radios Could Make Monitoring Safety of Bridges Easier

Kansas State University engineers are developing an energy-harvesting radio that could transmit important data -- like stress measurements on a bridge, for instance -- without needing a change of batteries, ever.

October 15, 2008

New White Paper Explores Web 2.0 in Government

Is Web 2.0 simply another hype storm created by technocrats and marketers in an attempt to generate new demand for products? Or do these technologies offer a real answer to some of the traditional shortcomings of citizen government interaction?

September 24, 2008

Web 2.0 and Citizen Engagement

Web 2.0 lets local government organize and interact with citizens.

July 16, 2008

Jory Wolf, CIO of Santa Monica, Describes Fiber Network, Other Projects

California community was Digital Cities Survey winner for 2007.

June 22, 2008

Digital Tactics for a U.S. Recession

IT-powered productivity can help communities weather hard times.

September 18, 2007

Our Road Ahead

Our Road Ahead

June 19, 2007

Opportunity and Responsibility

An interview with John Davies, vice president of Intel's World Ahead program

May 31, 2007

Opportunity and Responsibility

An interview with John Davies, vice president of Intel's World Ahead program

May 23, 2007

W2i Chicago Highlights Evolving Wireless Strategies

Common themes ran through many of the presentations and roundtable discussions.

March 5, 2007

The Community 2.0 Mindset

Municipal Wi-Fi and wireless projects are spreading like wildfire, but without a more holistic view in their planning and implementation, the benefits to communities will likely be limited.

February 28, 2007

Lessons from the Past

Lessons from the Past

January 7, 2007

The Dimensions of a Digital Community

Musings on the yearlong search for a full definition of digital communities -- something that will help to define the evolution of 21st century communities.

December 27, 2006

Unifying Digital Neighborhoods

Unifying Digital Neighborhoods

December 27, 2006

Digital Dimensions

Musings on the yearlong search for a full definition of digital communities.

December 1, 2006

Tempe, Arizona: First U.S. Citywide Public Access Wi-Fi

The city of Tempe boasts the largest ubiquitous border-to-border high-speed broadband network in North America (40 square miles) that provides Wi-Fi access to residents and the business community as well as to its municipal workforce.

September 17, 2006

Corpus Christi Continues To Lead

While there may be other higher profile Wi-Fi initiatives, such as Philadelphia or San Francisco, Corpus Christi nevertheless continues to lead in the Wi-Fi arena.

July 25, 2006

Phoenix Takes a Cautious Approach to New Wireless Projects

Kristine Sigfridson, Acting CIO, City of Phoenix, talks about that city's perspective and the pilot Wi-Fi programs they have launched despite concerns.

July 7, 2006

Community of the Month: St. Cloud, Florida

Glenn Sangiovanni, former Mayor of St. Cloud (pictured) and Jonathan Baltuch, president of MRI discuss St. Cloud's municipal wireless initative.

June 20, 2006

MuniWireless Silicon Valley Attracts an Eclectic Mix

MuniWireless Silicon Valley proved a varied and interesting forum to discuss many vital issues related to municiple wireless.

April 21, 2006

SF Mayor Urges New Vision for Lagging US Broadband

America is rapidly losing ground in the broadband race and this has a serious economic impact, hampering the ability to compete globally.

April 7, 2006

Wireless Ushers In New Level of Service

For the Washington County, MD, a new wireless permitting and inspections system has dramatically changed how building inspections are carried out in the county.

March 24, 2006

Los Angeles Officials Present a Wireless Imperative

At a recent Digital Communities event in Los Angeles, CA, technology leaders from both the city and the county of Los Angeles presented what was in essence a call to action for wireless deployment.

March 9, 2006

Interview: CIO Richard Lewis on Houston's Wireless Initiative

Richard Lewis, CIO of the City of Houston, discussed some of the background and strategy behind their wireless initiative RFP.

March 3, 2006

W2i Houston Brings New Depth to Wireless Discussion

W2i conference in Houston (Feb. 28 to March 2) offered a rich and iin-depth program to engage participants.

February 23, 2006

Google and Earthlink Join Forces in SF Bid

Two of the six proposals submitted to the city would offer free access -- the one from the joint forces of Google and EarthLink and one from SF Metro Connect, a collaboration between Cisco Systems, I.B.M. and SeaKay, a non-profit group involved in developing community networks.

February 7, 2006

U.S. To Aggressively Test Wireless Safety Devices for Underground Mines

Following the Sago coal mine explosion in Tallmansville, West Virginia, where 12 trapped miners died in the worst mine disaster in that state since 1968, U.S. experts have started to assess how new wireless technologies might mitigate such incidents in the future.

January 13, 2006

Regional Consortia Provide Municipal Wi-Fi Alternative

According to the non-profit organization Public Benefit Broadband Inc., communities may be best served when public private partnerships take a regional approach.

January 3, 2006

Wireless Initiatives Make 2005's Top Ten Lists

One small indication that wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and WiMAX are set to transform the digital landscape is the growing number of year-end top ten lists that now included wireless developments.

December 21, 2005

ZigBee Joins Wi-Fi as AMR Alternative

Holley Metering Ltd., China's largest meter manufacturer, is now rolling out a new wireless automated meter reading (AMR) system for China's public utilities.

December 13, 2005

Dayton, Ohio, Tests Cisco's New Mesh System

In recent weeks Cisco Systems has unveiled what it described as the first "intelligent wireless mesh solution" that will make it easier for municipalities to provide high-speed wireless network and Internet connectivity services.

December 6, 2005

Wi-Fi Chipset Sales Expected to Double in Next Three Years

The Wi-Fi Alliance and market research firm In-Stat announced that sales of Wi-Fi chipsets had already passed the 100 million mark for 2005.

November 30, 2005

Will $100 Laptop Bridge the Digital Divide?

One of the high points of the World Summit on the Information Society, for both media and participants, was the unveiling of a "$100 laptop" by Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the MIT Media Lab and UN secretary general, Kofi Annan.

November 23, 2005

Growing Thirst for Technology Underpins World Summit

For the more than 17,000 participants who made their way to Tunisia last week to attend the World Summit on the Information Society, the chances are that the truly massive event was both more and less than they hoped for.

November 15, 2005

World Summit Seeks to Focus on Opportunity

World Summit Seeks to Focus on Opportunity

November 9, 2005

Toronto Co-op Develops Intriguing Business Model

Wireless Nomad, a new Toronto group launched at the beginning of this year as a member controlled, not-for-profit cooperative, believes it has found a way around the pitfalls experienced by other community wireless groups.

November 4, 2005

Italy Aggressively Pursues Wi-Fi and WiMAX

Under new policies and initiatives from its Ministry of Communications, Italy is turning to Wi-Fi and WiMAX to make broadband Internet access more universally available throughout the country.

October 25, 2005

WiMAX Broadband Network To Reach 28 Russian Cities

Enforta BV and Moscow-based InfiNet Wireless, have concluded a deal that will create the largest WiMAX network in the Russian Federation, one that is expected to span 28 major cities within the next two years.

October 20, 2005

Public Safety Key for Largest Wi-Fi Network in U.S.

While many municipalities now have their sights on Wi-Fi, it is interesting to note that what is reportedly the largest Wi-Fi/WiMAX network up and running in the country isn't found in a major sprawling city like New York, San Francisco or Philadelphia. Nor does it stretched along a high tech corridor like Silicon Valley.

October 18, 2005

SF Releases Proposals: Two Free Wi-Fi City Network Offers

San Francisco city officials have publicly released the responses they received to their Request for Information and Comment (RFI/C) on the proposed construction of an affordable wireless Internet network to serve the entire city.

October 13, 2005

Milwaukee Enters Race to Become First Major Wi-Fi City in U.S.

Yesterday, Oct.12, 2005, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, WI, announced a $20 million-plus initiative to create a citywide Wi-Fi network, one that would be built at no cost to the city or taxpayers. It is a move that he and other city officials believe positions Milwaukee to become the first fully wireless large city in America.

October 12, 2005

Training Seen as Essential for India's Rural Connectivity Plans

Following a renewed commitment on the part of the Indian government to build what will be the most extensive wireless network in the world, trainers from the many participating partner agencies in the initiative -- dubbed the National Alliance for Mission 2007 -- came together September 22-23, 2005 to develop a training plan and curriculum to support the undertaking.

October 7, 2005

Accela Takes On Vital Role in New Orleans Recovery

Safety continues to be an overriding concern in New Orleans recovery efforts. Now, apart from all the obvious flood and wind damage from Hurricane Katrina, some residents are returning to find a red tag on their homes.

October 4, 2005

Bridging the Digital Divide Key to SF and Philly Wireless Plans

Free or low-cost broadband Internet access for lower income families is proving a significant factor in the Wi-Fi initiatives of key American cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco.

September 29, 2005

U.S. Municipalities to Spend Nearly $700M on Wireless in Next Three Years

One of the highlights of the inaugural Muniwireless Conference, held in San Francisco September 28-29, was the release of what was described as the first comprehensive statistical analysis on the municipal wireless market.

September 27, 2005

Collaboration to Develop Canada-wide Wireless Broadband

Two of Canada's leading communication companies, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada, have announced an agreement to jointly build and manage a Canada-wide wireless broadband network that is expected to reach more than two-thirds of all Canadians in less than three years.

September 22, 2005

Proposed Broadband Legislation Gets Positive Response

Last week (Sept. 15), the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bipartisan "staff discussion draft" of legislation that proposes to rework laws governing U.S. telecommunications to accelerate the deployment of broadband Internet services.

September 20, 2005

Corpus Christi Seeks Wi-Fi Partners

Corpus Christi, Texas, sees Wi-Fi not only as the technology to improve its own government operations, but also as a means for businesses and citizens to connect in new and innovative ways.

September 13, 2005

Taipei Determined to Become First Wireless Cyber City

Taipei is well on its way to installing what some experts have called the world's largest Wi-Fi grid with more that 10,000 access points that will blanket the city's 272 square kilometers.

September 1, 2005

Intel Leads Global Initiative: Thirteen "Digital Communities" Just the Beginning

In recent weeks, Intel Corporation has started to publicly unveil the extent of its new global initiative designed to help communities use wireless technology and innovative applications to expand and improve municipal government services for businesses and citizens.

April 28, 2004

Overland Storage Announces Highest-Performing Disk-Based Backup and Recovery Appliance

Overland Storage Announces Highest-Performing Disk-Based Backup and Recovery Appliance

April 28, 2004

New Report on 2003 Storage Management Software Market

New Report on 2003 Storage Management Software Market

April 28, 2004

Toppan and Sony Successfully Develop 25 GB Paper Disc

Toppan and Sony Successfully Develop 25 GB Paper Disc

April 28, 2004

Iomega Brings Hard-Drive Performance to a Removable Disk

Iomega Brings Hard-Drive Performance to a Removable Disk

April 28, 2004

IBM Acquires the Business Continuity Services Unit of Schlumberger

IBM Acquires the Business Continuity Services Unit of Schlumberger

April 28, 2004

IBM Introduces the Fastest Global Mirror for Disaster Recovery

IBM Introduces the Fastest Global Mirror for Disaster Recovery

November 20, 2003

Rolf Jensen: Beyond the Information Age

Rolf Jensen: Beyond the Information Age

November 20, 2003

Marc Levy: Indexing Sustainability

Integrating data for clearer vision.

November 20, 2003

Robert Kates: Making the Transition

Moving toward sustainable development.

November 20, 2003


Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

October 15, 2003

Finding Synergy

San Diego's Street Services Division creates the right blend of technologies to track work orders and staff response, all while saving money for the city.

October 15, 2003

Sharing Works Wonders

Stearns County's integrated law enforcement solution makes believers out of police chiefs and sheriffs.

September 26, 2002

The Big Picture

Florida takes a statewide approach to information and infrastructure security.

September 26, 2002

Justice Served

Missouri system lets users search docket entries, parties, judgments and charges online.

September 26, 2002

Responding to the Unthinkable

New York GIS data sharing cooperative proves key to 9-11 disaster recovery.

September 26, 2002

Following the Leaders

Recognizing the best in technological innovation and development.

June 19, 2002

IT Best Practices "Boot Camp"

IT Best Practices "Boot Camp"

June 19, 2002

Aging Workforce: No Natural Limit to Life Expectance, Says Duke Researcher

Aging Workforce: No Natural Limit to Life Expectance, Says Duke Researcher

June 19, 2002

Creating a Culture That Fosters Innovation

Creating a Culture That Fosters Innovation

June 19, 2002

SkillSoft/SmartForce Merger Good for the E-learning Industry

SkillSoft/SmartForce Merger Good for the E-learning Industry

June 19, 2002

E-Learning a Maturing Market

E-Learning a Maturing Market

June 19, 2002

California Offers Web-Based Professional Development Training

California Offers Web-Based Professional Development Training

June 19, 2002

Software to Improve Business Processes

Software to Improve Business Processes

June 19, 2002

Building a Better e-Gov Workforce

Building a Better e-Gov Workforce

June 19, 2002

Pennsylvania Announces Stakeholder Group to Enhance Workforce

Pennsylvania Announces Stakeholder Group to Enhance Workforce

June 19, 2002

Yahoo! Launches "Hiring Manager Web"

Yahoo! Launches "Hiring Manager Web"

May 13, 2002

Workplace Blues Got You Down? Take a Sugar Pill

Sugar pills and placebos worked just as well as some anti-depressants, doctors found.

May 13, 2002

New CareerLink Center Opens in Lycoming County, Penn.

Pennsylvania officials working hard to help unemployed.

May 13, 2002

Ohio State Agency Deploys Saba Learning to Promote Local Business Growth

Fifty-three campuses will make use of learning software.

May 13, 2002

Maryland Public Libraries Select Ninth House for Statewide Libraries Management Training

Managing just got a little easier.

May 13, 2002

GeoLearning Releases Competency Management Tool

The new tool helps match initiatives with employees.

May 13, 2002

Summit Encourages Advancement of Asian Pacific Americans in the Federal Workforce

The workshop was intended to help Asian-Pacific federal workers advance their careers.

May 13, 2002

U.S. Under Secretary of Education to Keynote ITAA National IT Workforce Convocation

Reform in IT workforce was the subject of a May conference.

May 13, 2002

Michigan Awards Adult Training Program Grants

The grants will help state agencies help unemployed residents.

May 13, 2002

IC2 Institute Launches E-Learning and Training Collaboration

Online-learning efforts will target at-risk youth and the working poor.

May 13, 2002

Workplace Bias on Rise Since Sept. 11

Discrimination claims continue to rise, and the federal government is worried.

May 13, 2002

E-Government Failures Reflect Changing Workforce Needs

Governments have hard time attracting workers.

April 19, 2002

Florida E-Learning Pilot Highly Successful

Report by FLETC shows dramatic cost savings and increased participation in online courses for e-learning program.

April 19, 2002

E-Learning Platform Selected by HUD

GeoLearning, Inc. selected to deliver online training to federal agencies.

April 19, 2002

New York State Extends Work-Life Solution

New York expands support services program for state workers.

April 19, 2002

New Study Shows Looming Government Recruiting Crisis

The Partnership for Public Service makes recommendations to increase applicant pool.

April 19, 2002

ITAA's Workforce Convocation Scheduled for May 6-7

National Information Technology Workforce Convocation will feature new data on demand for high tech workers.

April 19, 2002

E-Learning The Next Killer Application

Positive results for E-Learning programs reported.

April 19, 2002

New California Labor Agency Planned

Gov. Gray Davis proposing consolidation of agencies.

April 19, 2002

Telework Report Expected Soon

The General Services Administration is studying the barriers to telecommuting.

April 19, 2002

New Tech Partnership Legislation Passes

New federal legislation targets shortage of IT managers.

April 15, 2002

The Day the Future Changed

The Day the Future Changed

November 30, 1999

Economic Development

Economic Development

January 31, 1999

Telecities Propels Local Government into Information Age

Andre van der Meer heads an intergovernmental project

November 30, 1998

The New Model It's Now About People

Economic development used to be about industry, infrastructure and material resources. In the global Information Age, it's about attracting the human kind of resources.

May 31, 1998

Democracy on Demand

The Internet and TVW have your full-access pass to the legislative hearings and court proceedings of Washington state.

February 28, 1998

Joel Kotkin: The Renaissance of Cities

Joel Kotkin: The Renaissance of Cities

November 30, 1997

Rep. Rick White: Congress' Internet Guru

As a representative of Washington state's First Congressional District since 1995, Rick White gained national attention for his efforts on issues related to the Internet and technology. He was also one of a handful of members selected to develop the final Telecommunications Act of 1996. As the founder of the Congressional Internet Caucus, he has not only worked to educate other members of Congress about the Internet but also to create -- through its use -- a more open and participatory government. White talked with Editor at Large Blake Harris about his past efforts and new initiatives.

October 31, 1997

Filling Up the Think-Tank Interview: Jeffrey Eisenach

Jeffrey Eisenach is president and co-founder of The Progress & Freedom Foundation located in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1985, and since 1995 has served on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has also held policy positions in government at both the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. Editor at Large Blake Harris spoke with him about the changing role of government in the digital age.

September 30, 1997

Ira Magaziner: A Framework for Global Electronic Commerce

Ira Magaziner is senior advisor to the president for policy development, where he chairs a joint National Economic Council/ National Security Council initiative that is working to increase U.S. exports. He recently supervised the administration's development of "The Framework for Global Electronic Commerce," which outlines the U.S. government strategy for promoting global electronic commerce on the Internet. He now co-chairs the task force charged with implementing this strategy worldwide. Editor at Large Blake Harris spoke with Magaziner about his role as "point man" of the digital commercial revolution.

August 31, 1997

Don Tapscott -- Main Street Tomorrow

Cyber-guru and best-selling author Don Tapscott answers questions about the looming impact of the Net generation and how it will transform the way society works, plays and communicates.

July 31, 1997

Goin' Mobile

A new generation of mobile data systems-cuts access time to national law enforcement databases.

June 30, 1997

Reengineering Education

Denver Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Craig Cook tells how his district has been using technology to reengineer educational processes from top to bottom.

May 31, 1997

Saskia Sassen on The 21st Century City

How can local governments develop and maintain power in a virtual global economy? Saskia Sassen, professor of urban planning, author and scholar, discusses tomorrow's cities.

April 30, 1997

Jeremy Rifkin

"There will never be enough jobs in the knowledge sector of America or any country to accommodate the millions and millions of people let go in the traditional industrial sectors, blue- and white-collar manufacturing and service." -- Jeremy Rifkin on information technology and the end of wage labor.

March 31, 1997

John M. Eger

John M. Eger -- former advisor to Presidents Nixon and Ford, director of the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy, and a former vice president of CBS -- is today helping define the new role of cities within the global information economy.

February 28, 1997

Iowa Gov. Branstad

"We didn't set out to have [our fiber-optic network] state-owned. We put it out for bid. The problem was we didn't have anybody who wanted to build it to every part of the state."

January 31, 1997

Ed Meese

Edwin Meese III served as counselor to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1985, making him the President's chief policy advisor and manager of the administration of the Cabinet, policy development and planning. He was then appointed the 75th Attorney General of the United States, a position he held from February 1985 to August 1988. He currently holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy research and education institution. Meese recently keynoted Government Technology's conference on Justice and Public Safety in the 21st Century, where he was interviewed by Staff Writer Blake Harris.

December 31, 1996

William Greider

William Greider is an award-winning author and reporter who has covered politics from the nation's capitol for more than 30 years. His best-selling books include "Secrets of the Temple" -- on the inner workings of the Federal Reserve -- and "Who Will Tell The People: The Betrayal of American Democracy," an eye-opening and tough-minded account of how accountability and responsibility have decayed in the American political system.

November 30, 1996

Derrick de Kerckhove

According to Marshall McLuhan's successor, government buildings will be replaced by networks, and large administrative sectors will begin to disappear.

October 31, 1996

European Cities Rise to the Bangemann Challenge

The Bangemann Challenge -- an information technology contest -- is pushing European cities to strive for better technology developments and applications.

September 30, 1996

Intranet: One States Success

A state government department runs its internal networks on Internet technology with surprising results.

July 31, 1996

No Stamps in Cyberspace

No Stamps in Cyberspace

April 30, 1996

The Cyberspace Constituency

Many cyberspace enthusiasts believe hyperdemocracy can help empower voters and revitalize democracy. Others insist it could undermine democratic practices.

January 31, 1996

Policy Research on the Web

The new Electronic Policy Network puts a world of information at the fingertips of anyone involved or interested in government and social policies

September 30, 1995


The future of cyberspace will rely not on our ability to police it, but on what we collectively build there that is of real public assistance and social value.

July 31, 1995

Hometown Networks

Community networks can provide valuable information and services for citizens, but also pose several difficulties. Before you plan yours, hear what other communities have learned along the way.

May 31, 1995

Electronic UCC Filing Faster and Cheaper

Texas will implement online UCC services by next year.

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