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Jason Shueh

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Jason Shueh is a former staff writer for Government Technology magazine.

October 4, 2016

Is 18F on Solid Financial Footing?

Leaked documents and public reports show the digital service's funding agency is coping with declining revenues and budget shortfalls.

September 29, 2016

Baton Rouge, La., Innovates with GIS Through Flooding Aftermath

Following tragic flooding in the area, the city is using new GIS apps that may assist officials in flood zones across the U.S.

September 29, 2016

What Obama Did for Tech: Transparency and Open Data went live in 2009 and was the first platform to deliver federal data to citizens, civic hackers, academics and anyone else seeking insights from government information.

September 28, 2016

What Obama Did for Tech: USDS and 18F

In 2014, Obama established the U.S. Digital Service and 18F, two tech outfits made up of Silicon Valley experts that would act as digital task forces to teach concepts like agile development and deploy modern tech.

September 28, 2016

What Obama Did for Tech: New Tech Roles

Of all of Obama’s tech strategies and programs, the White House roles of CIO, chief technology officer and chief data officer are the most susceptible to change.

September 22, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: California Launches Police Use-of-Force Database, Michigan Showcases Foster Care Analytics

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

September 21, 2016

Public Sector Needs a Mix of Tech, Policy Tools to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

The solutions start with data sharing, said Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources William Hazel at the IT Solutions Management conference.

September 19, 2016

2016 Startup in Residence Program Comes to a Close as Participants Showcase Inventions

Tech entrepreneurs partnering with San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro and West Sacramento reveal how they are reinventing city services in California and beyond.

September 18, 2016

How Digital is Your State?

Results of the 2016 Digital States Survey indicate that the effort states are putting into innovation, collaboration and aligning their investments with citizens' priorities has never been higher.

September 15, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: White House Computer Science Program Gains Momentum, California Capital City to 'Innovate Your State'

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

September 13, 2016

TechCrunch Disrupt: U.S. Defense Secretary Seeks Fresh Start with Silicon Valley Techies

Ash Carter reaches out to the tech industry with an open ear for feedback, a push for collaboration and an influx of investment dollars for defense solutions.

September 12, 2016

There’s No Turning Back on Digital Gov, U.S. CTO Says

White House CTO Megan Smith says that even though the Obama administration will soon come to an end, the work on digital government is only beginning.

September 9, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Social Users to Hunt for Banned Books, Sunlight Foundation Plans Open Data Census Revamp

A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

September 8, 2016

Smart Cities Are More Pragmatism than Pure Invention, Singapore CIO Says

Singapore CIO Chan Cheow Hoe reveals the aspirations and strategies within the city-state's aggressive smart city initiatives.

September 2, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: California Launches First True Open Data Portal, KC Takes Another Step Toward Innovation

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

August 29, 2016

Nextdoor Uses Algorithms, Outreach to Curb Racial Profiling

In a beta test, the algorithmic changes reduced racial profiling incidents by more than 75 percent.

August 24, 2016

Data Shows Trump’s Election-Rigging Claim is Unlikely

Officials and digital voting advocates say statistics, polling infrastructure and auditing laws make voter fraud highly implausible.

August 23, 2016

3 Advantages of Beta Testing City Websites

Cities are embracing the concept of beta testing, saying that the best thing to do before going live with a new website is to, in fact, launch a website.

August 22, 2016

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Talks Transparency, Civic Tech, State IT Reforms

In an exclusive interview with Government Technology, Newsom highlights his vision for civic tech and how it can fix a few of California’s more pressing pain points.

August 18, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Google Leads Voters to Polls, San Rafael Reveals Digital Plans

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

August 17, 2016

Startup Aims to Help Cities Separate Smart Hype from Solid Smart City Solutions

Serial entrepreneur and former Chicago Transit Commissioner Gabe Klein announces CityFi, a smart city consulting venture.

August 15, 2016

Bay Area Startup in Residence Program: A Potential Pipeline for Regional Innovation?

With the second iteration of the Startup in Residence Program, four Northern California cities are gaining valuable tools and resources for citizens while chosen startups are earning persuasive use cases to help them scale into the gov tech market.

August 11, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Restaurant App Cuts Food Waste, Mesh Networking Connects Refugees with Home

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

August 4, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Tesla Sets Time Frame for Transit Bus Release, Activists Turned Entrepreneurs on the Rise

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

August 4, 2016

Low-Cost Budget Visualization Tool Gains Momentum

Over the last year and a half, an open source budget visualization app called “Visual Budget” — which helps users understand figures with interactive and color-coded diagrams — has seen an increase in adoption rates.

July 29, 2016

Code for America's Quest to Save the Brigades

After a fundraising shortfall in 2015, the civic tech group seeks a new operating model to scale and support its volunteer efforts.

July 28, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Opioid Map Tracks Overdoses Nationwide, RFP Released for NYC Subway Upgrade

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

July 27, 2016

DATA Act Charts Tangible Path Forward

To enable financial transparency at the federal level, advocates of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act are rallying for more funding, political support and authority to implement key reforms.

July 21, 2016

Los Angeles Joins Google's Government Innovation Lab

The city has announced plans to launch five major projects using Google innovation methods, including one that will help tackle homelessness.

July 21, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Code for America Brigade Faces Funding and Structural Pivot, DATA Act Experiences Major Obstacles

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

July 15, 2016

San Francisco Opens Superpublic Innovation Lab

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth opened the lab intended to create solutions for cities by harnessing academic, private-sector and government partnerships.

July 14, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Obama’s Innovation Fellowship Gains Republican Support, Accela Crafts Sharing Economy Permitting Tool

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

July 12, 2016

The Case for 18F: Why Federal IT Procurement, Contracting Need to Change

In our exclusive interview, former GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini discusses the forces working against innovation — and why they should fail.

July 8, 2016

Former GSA Head: Internal Procurement Groups Were Against 18F from the Start

Innovators in 18F are also confronting resistance from internal groups within the General Services Administration.

July 7, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: IRS Publishes Nonprofit Tax Returns, Sunlight Foundation Releases Open Data Policy Playbook

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

July 5, 2016

Seeking ‘Techquity’: Preparing for Industry While Preserving Diversity

Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf uses the term “techquity” to represent the harmony the city seeks between business goals and resident interests.

July 1, 2016

IT Showdown: Tech Giants Face Off Against 18F

Tech lobbying groups are looking for more transparency from 18F, the group working to increase competition and decrease the costs of high-profile tech projects.

June 30, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Hillary Clinton Supports 18F and USDS, Obama Signs FOIA Improvement Act

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

June 24, 2016

4 San Francisco Projects Highlighted During the National Week of Making

The city partners with the White House to recognize initiatives from grassroots manufacturers in the makers movement.

June 23, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Tech Companies Commit to Diversity, Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge Launches in South America

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

June 16, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Civic Engagement Tools for Election Officials, White House Honors Makers

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

June 9, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Bloomberg Philanthropies Boosted Spending in 2015, San Diego Expands Crowdsourcing Partnership

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

June 9, 2016

Civic Tech Sees Strong Growth Despite Disunity, Report Says

Until civic tech generates more momentum, it will remain more of an aspirational movement than a movement in itself.

June 7, 2016

White House Challenges Artificial Intelligence Experts to Reduce Incarceration Rates

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy calls on technologists and innovators to help reform the criminal justice system with artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics.

June 2, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Colorado Connects with Startups, RNC Notes Trump's Disregard for Data

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

June 1, 2016

Video Analytics Platform Helps Cities Monitor Pedestrians, Vehicles

Smart city startup Placemeter's platform can be paired with sensors for increased accuracy, and identifies the number and trajectory of five types of moving objects: pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, cars and heavy-duty vehicles.

May 26, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Congress Voices Concern over DATA Act Pilot, Two Startups Help San Francisco

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

May 26, 2016

Investors Give $7 Million to Digital Document Startup

The New York-based gov tech startup SeamlessDocs continues its rapid expansion into government offering its city tools to the state and federal sector.

May 19, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Why CIOs are Set Up to Fail, SF Maps Building Data

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

May 17, 2016

3 Highlights from the 2016 Gigabit City Summit

More than 75 city representatives convened at the 2016 Gigabit City Summit in Kansas City, Mo., highlighting do's and don'ts in civic tech.

May 5, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: GSA Restructures to Protect Tech Programs, Can Big Data Be Biased?

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

April 28, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: DOJ Balks at Open Records Reform, California Considers Deregulating Taxis

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

April 25, 2016

Startup Invents a Bench that Can Cut Air Pollution by Up to 30 Percent

Internet-of-Things startup Green City Solutions has engineered a street installation that uses biotech moss to combat pollution in urban cities.

April 21, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Tesla Investigates Self-Driving City Transit, Federal Bill Raises Open Data Expectations

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

April 19, 2016

14 Startups Chosen for San Francisco Regional 'Startup in Residence' Program

The California cities of San Francisco, Oakland, West Sacramento and San Leandro partner to embed startup solutions in city departments.

April 14, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Tax Prep Services Fight IRS on Free Filing, OpenGov Acquires Ontodia

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

April 13, 2016

Sacramento Hackathon Apps Fight Homelessness, Assist the Handicapped and Connect County Resources

Sacramento County’s Hack4Sac competition winners demo 13 apps to help citizens and departments.

April 12, 2016

Santa Clara, Calif.'s Multimodal Trip Planner Showcases the Power of the Cloud

The city's transportation authority has built an open source trip planning app that can be used by transit riders and cyclists.

April 11, 2016

'Smart Garbage' Startup Cuts City Trash Costs by 40 Percent

The Internet of Things cloud solution by Compology uses sensors that detect garbage levels in city trash bins and notifies waste removal trucks when it’s time to collect.

April 7, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Philly Releases Salary Data, John Oliver Uses Open Data to Attack Congressional Fundraising

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

March 31, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Digital Cards for City Fixes and NYC’s Participatory Budgeting App

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

March 31, 2016

Accela Bets Big on Cloud, Civic Engagement for 2016

Accela CEO Maury Blackman talks about his company's aggressive pursuit of new technologies and acquisitions as it broadens its reach with civic tech solutions for government services.

March 25, 2016

How One Startup Intends to Reshape Government Finance

Munetrix CEO and Co-Founder Bob Kittle explains how his company can act as an early warning system for cities in times of fiscal turmoil.

March 24, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Chicago Launches Civic Tech Startup 101, U.S. Department of Commerce Data Service Completes Major Projects

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

March 23, 2016

Maury Blackman

CEO, Accela

March 23, 2016

One Concern: Applying Artificial Intelligence to Emergency Management

One Concern CEO and Co-Founder Ahmad Wani explains how cities can save lives during disasters by applying analytical disaster assessments and calculated damage estimates.

March 22, 2016

White House Prescribes 12 Tech Remedies for Aging Baby Boomers

The president’s advisers are looking to technology to assist the rising wave of seniors requiring special care.

March 17, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: HHS Open Datafest Highlights Innovation, Nonprofit Launches New Urban Practice Toolbox for Cities

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

March 16, 2016

New Orleans Promotes Entrepreneurship at First Civic Innovation Summit

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu inaugurates the event, asking the tech sector to connect innovation with an understanding of regulations and local needs.

March 14, 2016

Taking a Peek Inside North Carolina's Government Data Analytics Center

The center's director, John Correllus, details the center’s current work and provide a few hints about what’s next.

March 11, 2016

Obama Asks Tech Industry to Compromise on Encryption

To protect national security and civil liberties, President Obama asked for technologist’s help to find a middle ground on the encryption debate.

March 10, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Analyzing 2016 Presidential Websites, White House Unleashes Wave of IT Initiatives

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

March 7, 2016

White House Helps Cities, Residents Improve Quality of Life by Opening Data, Offering Digital Services

The White House has partnered with agencies, tech companies and others to launch the "Opportunity Project" initiative, complete with an open data site that assists citizens with 12 new apps for jobs, housing and more.

March 3, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Google Fights the Zika Virus, 'City Web' Network to Serve as Civic Innovation Ecosystem

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

March 2, 2016

Top 3 Roadblocks to Data Transparency in California

State legislators and officials call out the problems and potential for state open data initiatives.

February 25, 2016

Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program Will Accelerate Cancer Research

It is estimated that in five years, patients could use their mapped genomes for one-day diagnosis and targeted treatment plans.

February 23, 2016

Feds Extend 18F’s Silicon Valley Expertise to Cities, States

In a partnership with federal agencies, digital service group 18F plans to assist city, county and state officials with federally funded IT projects.

February 18, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: California Releases Use of Force Data, Can an Ego-Boosting Text Promote Good Health?

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

February 18, 2016

Startup Looks to Modernize City Websites

ProudCity Co-founder Luke Fretwell reveals a cloud platform officials can use easily to customize and manage websites without technical expertise.

February 12, 2016

California to Pilot Statewide Open Data Portal

Officials announce plans for a next-gen open data portal for agencies and departments.

February 11, 2016

National Police Crime Database Houses Arrests, Shootings, In-Custody Deaths

The Sunlight Foundation has launched the "Hall of Justice," a state-by-state repository of criminal justice data that cumulatively indicates a need for major policy reforms.

February 11, 2016

Startup Helps Cities Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns

Citizenvestor helps local governments launch crowdfunding campaigns for everything from dog parks to bike racks.

February 4, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Report Your Horrible Employer App In the Works, Data Visuals Made Easy

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech, and a few upcoming civic hackathons to note.

February 2, 2016

5 Google Government Innovation Lab Projects Happening in San Joaquin County, Calif.

The initiatives are viewed as part of a dramatic turning point for innovation in the county.

January 28, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: LA Captures 'Universe of Transportation Options,' What are the Top Civic Engagement Challenges of 2016?

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

January 26, 2016

Revolutionizing Outdated but Promising Government Mapping Tools

AmigoCloud founder Ragi Burhum details how his next-gen mapping startup intends to improve the current state of mapping software.

January 21, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: NYC Launches Public Wi-Fi Beta, Nigeria Experiments with Sewage Mapping

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

January 20, 2016

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches $9 Million Mayors Challenge in Latin America, Caribbean

Bloomberg has offered $9 million for Latin American and Caribbean mayors to jump start innovation projects in their cities.

January 19, 2016

Financial Transparency Platform Works to Demystify City Budgets

ClearGov aims to decipher city budgets with interactive infographics, says CEO and Founder Chris Bullock.

January 14, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Top States for Innovation, Will Smart City Startups Get $10M in Funding?

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

January 13, 2016

U.S. House Approves Overhaul of Open Records Requests

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act into law, the House of Representatives has approved amendments to revamp it for the Digital Age.

January 9, 2016

New York to Provide High-Speed Broadband to All Citizens by End of 2018

A $500 million broadband program coupled with a merger between Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications aims to deliver access to high-speed Internet across the state.

January 7, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: Twitter Brings Back Politwoops, 18F’s Web Tool Expands

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

January 6, 2016

How Palo Alto, Calif., Brought the Amenities of a Startup to Government

The city’s new Civic Tech Center houses a consolidated IT department and doubles as a community innovation hub.

January 6, 2016

4 Govtech Trends to Watch in 2016

OpenGov Co-founder Zac Bookman identifies key drivers in government tech, including open data and local services.

January 4, 2016

Texting Helps in Fight Against Foodborne Illnesses in Evanston, Ill.

The city’s program pairs restaurant inspection scores with text message alerts for diners.

December 28, 2015

Demand for Transit Tech Fuels Startup's Rise in Local Government

Transit agencies seeking one-stop shop services and alternatives to expensive GIS software are helping Remix make its way into the local government market.

December 17, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Indianapolis PD Opens Use-of-Force Data, Machine Learning Leaps Forward

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

December 15, 2015

Boston's Permitting Platform Could Make its Way to Your City

Boston is serving as ground zero for an innovative platform that will be available to other cities once it's packaged into the company's suite of cloud services.

December 10, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Ride Hailing Standards, 18F Launches Agile Development 'Beta Deck'

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

December 9, 2015

Conflict Erupts Over Transparency in Washington, D.C., Procurement Reform

Two procurement reform bills have been introduced: one by City Council members that calls for transparency; another by Mayor Muriel Bowser that fights for efficiency.

December 4, 2015

SeamlessDocs Grabs $5 million in Series A Funding

SeamlessDocs CEO Jonathon Ende details the document digitizing service's current progress and future plans.

December 3, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: NYC Announces BigApps Challenge Winners, California Seeks to Reshape Child Welfare System

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

December 1, 2015

Year in Review 2015: Starting Off Strong

From the launch of Google’s Government Innovation Lab and the January preview of Microsoft’s Windows 10 to use of predictive analytics in Chicago and Indiana, the first quarter of 2015 was chock full of newsworthy happenings in the world of government IT.

November 19, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: 3 Startups for Politics, Outreach and Real Estate

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

November 17, 2015

6 Jurisdictions Named as 2016 Code for America Fellows

The civic tech organization returns to five previously-selected cities and one new county to jump-start apps and civic innovation initiatives.

November 16, 2015

GovNext: Massachusetts Tests Statewide Innovations Through Short-Term Projects

Massachusetts Deputy State CIO Karthik Viswanathan outlines how the state is embracing civic tech through its new GovNext initiative.

November 12, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Boston Rethinks City Hall, Redesign Doubles Traffic, GovDelivery Hits 100M Subscribers

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

November 11, 2015

Do's and Don'ts for Civic Engagement: A Q&A with the U.S. Federal SocialGov Community Lead

The General Services Administration's SocialGov Lead Justin Herman stresses citizen outreach and accountability for government civic engagement campaigns.

November 6, 2015

Cybersecurity: It's About Maximizing Trusted Routines, Resources

Kevin Burns, chief information security officer for the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology talks about his state's approach to cybersecurity.

November 5, 2015

Can Data Help Massachusetts Tackle the Opioid Crisis?

Massachusetts is aggregating the vast amount of data it holds to address the state's biggest challenges.

November 3, 2015

Silicon Valley Selects 5 'Hack My Ride' Transit App Winners

Winners of the Hack My Ride 2.0 App Challenge, run by the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority, created apps that featured augmented reality, crowdsourcing, social media and real-time information.

October 29, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Pollution-Tracking Smartphones, Mapping Presidential Election Conversations, LA Buys 52,100 Frozen Rats

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

October 28, 2015

OpenGov Offers Head-to-Head Budget Comparisons for Government

Civic tech startup OpenGov has released a tool to analyze budgets city to city, department by department, for financial strategy and policy making.

October 26, 2015

Can Cities Crowdsource the Chief Data Officer Position?

The city of Long Beach, Calif., is launching an experiment to crowdsource three open data services typically conducted by an official chief data officer.

October 22, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Google Rethinks Democracy, Redesigning, 'Improve Detroit' App Fixes 10,000 Issues

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

October 19, 2015

Civic Graph Charts the New World of Civic Tech

Microsoft’s innovation teams launch a map of crowdsourced insights for civic tech leadership and organizations.

October 16, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Remote First, Death by ZIP Code and City Lab Takes London

A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

October 13, 2015

Alameda County, Calif., Announces 7 Google Gov Lab Prototypes

These seven new projects are intended to drive exponential improvements to county services.

October 6, 2015

White House Plans to Grow U.S. Digital Services, 18F in 2016

White House Senior Adviser and former U.S. CTO Todd Park reports that despite potential funding cuts, staff at the two agencies will reach 500 by the end of 2016.

October 1, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: 4 Key Takeaways from Code for America's 2015 Summit

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

September 30, 2015

Code for America Awards 13 Civic Tech Solutions for Government

In its inaugural Tech Awards, Code for America honors civic innovations from governments, citizens and private-sector companies.

September 29, 2015

Microsoft Opens Private High-Speed Cloud Connections for Government

The company hopes to drive cloud usage with 10 GB connection speeds and hard-wired access to servers.

September 28, 2015

4 Gov-Friendly Startups to Watch

Can these companies make a difference in how governments share, conserve and connect?

September 25, 2015

TechCrunch Disrupt: Startups in Health, Virtual Reality and Internet of Things Take the Stage

A smorgasbord of startups showcased services ranging from education and health care to communications and travel entertainment.

September 24, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Remembering Jake Brewer, Using Data for Street Safety, Streamlining Federal Websites

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

September 23, 2015

White House, 18F Partner to Advance Genomic Health Research

The Silicon Valley crew at 18F has partnered with White House Chief Data Scientist D.J. Patil to provide a platform for genome-based research against cancer and other diseases.

September 21, 2015

Bitcoin Is Declining, but Is It Dead?

Two of Bitcoin's devoted opine on the state of Bitcoin's decline and possible opportunities to turn things around.

September 18, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Hacking Public Transit, Open Data Inhibitors, Philly Tinkers with Voting App

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

September 17, 2015

Dreamforce 2015: Analytics, IoT, Microsoft Mishaps and Uber's Future

At this year's Dreamforce conference, held in San Francisco, tech discussions reigned supreme.

September 15, 2015

Salesforce Launches Internet of Things Cloud

The company is diving head-first into the smart city market.

September 10, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Predicting Smog Levels with Data, $5 Million for Smart City Ideas, Philly Opens Property Data

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

September 3, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Google's Election-Rigging Drama, NYC Procurement, Smart City Startup Seed Capital

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

September 1, 2015

How Startups Are Transforming the Smart City Movement

Smart city technology is luring entrepreneurs hoping to embed themselves in an industry estimated to grow to $27.5 billion by 2023.

August 28, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: San Antonio's $14M Deal, Bluetooth Sensors and New York Hot Spots

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

August 25, 2015

Google Government Innovation Lab Reveals First Prototypes

Kern County, Calif., announces plans for two projects resulting from its work with the search giant.

August 20, 2015

This Week in Civic Tech: Boston Hackers, Obama’s Tech Library and 3-D Printed Glass

A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

August 20, 2015

Police Tech Problems Draw Interest from Venture Capitalists

The Govtech Fund has invested in a crime analytics app called Mark43, which has been deployed in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department.

August 17, 2015

PayPal, Commerce to Share U.S. Export Data for Economic Growth

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Chief Data Officer Ian Kalin and PayPal hope to design an open data platform that delivers export information for businesses.

August 13, 2015

Agencies Want Cloud, But Legacy Costs Hinder Progress, Survey Says

Respondents from local, state and federal governments say about 80 percent of software runs on in-house servers.

August 12, 2015

Civic Tech Collaboration Cuts Arrests in St. Louis, Adds Jobs in Boston

Two cities awarded $200,000 for open data projects aimed at improving social equity issues.

August 7, 2015

Food Inspection App, API Put Restaurants Under the Microscope

Food inspection app HDScores announces that it's opening troves of government inspection data to warn customers of shady restaurants — and aims to be the industry standard.

August 4, 2015

Obama Spotlights Diversity at Inaugural White House Demo Day

The president argued that embracing diversity is the answer to keeping high-paying tech jobs in American hands.

August 3, 2015

White House Tech Consulting Team Fights for Funding

Congress has pulled the plug on funding for the White House's Silicon Valley tech squad, raising doubts about the organization's future.

July 31, 2015

San Joaquin County, Calif., Joins Google Government Innovation Lab

The county, which is adjacent to Silicon Valley, is hoping to leverage the lab work to boost economic development, as well as figure out more flexible ways to deliver services.

July 28, 2015

GovDelivery Acquires Civic Tech Startup Textizen

The acquisition is expected to enhance and scale GovDelivery's citizen engagement offerings.

July 24, 2015

Knight News Challenge Injects $3.2 Million into Election Tech

The contest invests in 22 projects that seek to increase engagement and provide voters with richer information during elections.

July 23, 2015

Will Campsites Be Booked Like Hotels? USDA To Decide with RFP

National Park Service Program Manager Rick DeLappe speaks about the RFP, next steps and the participation of the White House’s U.S. Digital Services in the undertaking.

July 22, 2015

Can Food Inspection Data Standards Stop an Epidemic?

A new food inspection data standard hopes to cut through a patchwork of regulatory webs to provide for app creation and illness prevention.

July 15, 2015

9 Localities Commit to Open Data Standard for Construction, Building Permits

Can the Building and Land Development Specification standard do for city building and construction what standardized transit data did for the transportation sector?

July 15, 2015

Tennessee Pops Lid on New Alcohol Licensing Platform

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has signed a deal with Accela to digitize and automate the license renewal process state wide.

July 10, 2015

Cloud-Based Startup Connects City Forms with GIS Mapping

GovPilot startup launches with mappable forms and automated cloud services for cities and counties.

July 9, 2015

Atlanta CIO Samir Saini Talks IT Modernization, Civic Tech

With roughly a year heading up Atlanta's IT operations, Saini has worked to launch free Wi-Fi in various parts of the city while forming a partnership with Google and Waze to alert citizens to traffic delays to name a few. What else does he have in store?

July 8, 2015

How Digital is Your City? Many Residents Just Don't Know

A recent survey of 15 major cities highlights communications gaps separating citizens from civic tech.

July 2, 2015

Google Classroom Update Opens Platform to Education Developers, Publishers

Google adds a new API so that third-party education developers and publishers can add content into its education platform.

June 30, 2015

'Mathspace' Startup Collects and Responds to Student Data, Dominates at ISTE 2015

At the International Society for Technology in Education's Startup Competition, a new app that hopes to be one of the first that evaluates student work in place of multiple-choice questionnaires takes top honors.

June 29, 2015

NextRequest Record App Supercharges Transparency

A new startup rethinks public records requests with an Amazon-like delivery and tracking system for government and citizens.

June 25, 2015

Police App Helps Palm Springs, Calif., Cut Red Tape, Save Cash

Officials are leveraging a new mobile app that expedites and automates police reporting with officials estimating sizable savings.

June 22, 2015

Obama Talks Tech Jobs, Pacific Rim Trade Deal at U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting

In a speech at the 83rd annual meeting, President Obama voiced his calls to action about his economic and tech initiatives.

June 18, 2015

Mayors Report Innovation Challenges at City Innovate Summit

Mayors and IT officials convene to highlight challenges and showcase innovation solutions at the inaugural event.

June 16, 2015

Inaugural City Innovate Summit to Tackle 'SmartCity 2.0'

Innovators will gather June 17-18 in San Francisco to collaborate and look at co-creation — where the city is a platform.

June 15, 2015

Looking Within: GSA Leaders Focus on Efficiency, Emphasize the Customer Experience

The General Services Administration's Phaedra Chrousos talks of re-envisioning the agency from a user's perspective.

June 11, 2015

The Future of Civic Tech: 8 Localities Showcase Their Initiatives

Code for America highlights projects from its fellowship teams that are working to impact citizens in the areas of health, economic development, and safety and justice.

June 10, 2015

Can Cities Process Data Like a Utility Service?

Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago are among a host of localities attempting to process data within the same framework as water or any other natural resource — and it seems to be working.

June 8, 2015

HHS Looks to Genome Sequencing, Precision Medicine as Next Innovations in Health Care

Popular examples of success with precision medicine include curing cancerous tumors and in routine molecular testing for patients who suffer from various types of cancer.

June 5, 2015

Data Reinvents Libraries for the 21st Century

Libraries are proving that they’re more than mausoleums of old knowledge -- they’re in a state of progressive reform, rethinking services and restructuring with data.

June 3, 2015

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Unlocks Health Data

At Health Datapalooza 2015, CMS announced that it is opening up access to its digital archive, which previously was only available to researchers.

May 28, 2015

HHS Accelerator Solutions Improve Data Sharing, Reimagine Epidemic Prediction

Health and Human Services Ignite Accelerator gains momentum as it deploys a new lineup of innovations to disrupt services, some of which harness analytics and data visualizations to manage chronic health problems.

May 26, 2015

Los Angeles Tops U.S. City Open Data Census

The city tops a list of national jurisdictions that lead the nation when it comes to open data.

May 22, 2015

How to Successfully Harvest Value from Open Data

Experts offer advice on how civic tech firms, entrepreneurs and nonprofits — who are are pushing state and local governments to open up more datasets based on national standards — can best use the data they seek.

May 21, 2015

5 Startups Helping to Bring Government into the 21st Century

The rise of civic tech is helping bring innovation back to government. Here’s a handful of startups in the mix.

May 18, 2015

Want Value from Open Data? Think Platform, Not Portal

Socrata's Safouen Rabah, VP of product, offers four pieces of advice for governments launching open data 2.0 initiatives.

May 8, 2015

Google Innovation Lab Participants Hope to Reinvent Government Services

Google brings its audacious moonshot philosophy for invention to government.

May 7, 2015

Detroit Revitalizes City with 311 App

Motor City jumps on a wave of 311 apps to curb blight by connecting citizens with service departments.

April 30, 2015

Facebook Unveils Verified Government Pages, Offers Best Practices in Social Sharing

The company will soon roll out a verification system for all government pages, and offers tips on how to place higher in news feeds using the Facebook algorithm.

April 30, 2015

Google Government Innovation Lab Open for Business

Google officially opens its innovation lab to help government solve challenges, with six spots for jurisdictions available in 2015.

April 30, 2015

Let's Get Social: Practical First Steps, Making an Impact with Video

Day one of the Government Social Media Conference & Expo offered video techniques and steps governments can take to keep social media initiatives functional and affordable.

April 27, 2015

Procurement and Venture Capital: Expert Tips for Civic Tech Entrepreneurs

Day two of the Smart City Startups 2015 Summit highlights insider advice on government procurement and how civic tech startups can attract investors.

April 24, 2015

Miami Summit Showcases Civic Tech Startups

Entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at the 2015 Smartcity Startups Summit to showcase civic apps, prototypes and pioneering technology.

April 22, 2015

Ohio Offers Financial Transparency Statewide

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has teamed up with the civic tech startup OpenGov to put financial data from all Ohio cities, counties and government entities online in accessible, searchable form.

April 20, 2015

Long Beach Curtails 911 Overuse with App

Civic hackers have teamed up with Long Beach officials to reduce the high number of 911 calls made by a small group of "super-users."

April 16, 2015

Disaster Dashboard Nears Public Launch, Gets Upgrade

After a brief pilot with San Francisco, Appallicious' open data dashboard nears its official launch.

April 13, 2015

NASA Turns to Hackers for Innovations in Space

NASA's annual International Space Apps Challenge gave civic hackers and citizens 48 hours to craft solutions for space exploration and the world's most vexing social issues.

April 10, 2015

Los Angeles CIO Steve Reneker Circles Back to Riverside County

Reneker will vacate his position to fill his previous role as CIO of Riverside County, Calif.

April 9, 2015

Los Angeles Unveils Dashboard to Measure Sustainability Efforts

Chief Data Officer Abhi Nemani says the city's dashboard is connected to ambitious environmental conservation plan, and engages and impacts residents in various ways.

April 8, 2015

Accela Launches Finance, Administration Suite for Government

The company announced it has acquired two cloud-based financial software companies to add to its Accela Civic Platform.

April 8, 2015

White House Releases 150 Data Sets to Fight Climate Change

The Obama administration, Google, Microsoft and others announce a lineup of data projects and commitments in support of the federal Climate Data Initiative.

April 2, 2015

Chicago's Chief Data Officer Hones in On Predictive Analytics, Open Source

Tom Schenk plans to focus on Chicago’s citywide data repository WindyGrid and related predictive analytics pilots.

April 2, 2015

What Role Will Startups Play in Boston's Economic Landscape?

Boston’s new startup manager will connect with the city’s startup scene to promote economic growth and incentivize local entrepreneurs, working to ultimately get innovation out to the neighborhoods.

April 1, 2015

GSA Innovates Services with Chief Customer Officer

Phaedra Chrousos, the GSA's new chief customer officer, is rethinking the agency's multitude of services through a better customer experience.

March 30, 2015

Multi-City Innovation Campaign Improves Upon Traditional Hackathon

Twenty-five localities and one accelerator have launched a $220,000 campaign to seed civic health apps for residents, with the ultimate goal of taking good ideas and giving them a platform to scale up and be sustainable as a solution.

March 24, 2015

Ron Bouganim

Managing Partner, Govtech Fund

March 24, 2015

Theresa Reno-Weber

Chief of Performance and Technology, Louisville Metro Government, Kentucky

March 24, 2015

Sarah Leary

Co-founder, Nextdoor

March 19, 2015

Startup Offers Free Access to API Creator for Governments, Civic Hackers

InstantAPI's offer of free API hosting and tools for one year aims to support open data efforts in the public sector.

March 19, 2015

California Critiques State's Open Data Health Portal

Federal and state officials reviewed California's ground-breaking data portal for health care and discussed possible improvements at Open DataFest.

March 17, 2015

4 Tenets of a Successful Open Data Plan

Los Angeles Chief Data Officer Abhi Nemani and San Francisco's Open Data Program Manager Jason Lally provide pointers for cities planning open data initiatives.

March 16, 2015

What's Next for Nextdoor After $110 Million Investment?

Co-founder Sarah Leary talks about what's coming for her rapidly growing social media platform that's valued at more than $1 billion.

March 12, 2015

From Debt to Data: Detroit Launches Open Data Portal

The city, which emerged from bankruptcy last year, has received a grant from the Socrata Foundation that will allow it to publish data on finance, crime, economic development and blight remediation.

March 9, 2015

Using Mappable Data App to Change Transit Routes On the Fly

A new app called Transitmix will let transportation agencies route buses and other transit based on mappable data.

March 6, 2015

Behind Philly311: Six Steps to Innovative Customer Services

Philadelphia has created a blueprint for developing 311 services that are both innovative and supportive for the people who use the hotline app.

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 25, 2015

California Public Sector CIO Academy Recognizes Top IT Leaders

The annual awards ceremony recognized achievements of the greatest public IT leaders in one of the largest and most influential economies in the nation.

February 19, 2015

'Living Lab' for Transit Innovation Opens in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority showcases new tech and partnerships at its innovation center grand opening.

February 18, 2015

Philly Unveils New 311 Service with Blueprint for Innovation

Mayor Michael Nutter showcases new 311 platform alongside a new city strategy for civic tech and citizen engagement.

February 12, 2015

Baton Rouge Mayor Talks Open Data Portal Launch

What does it really take to launch an open data portal for the first time?

February 11, 2015

Chicago Fights Food Poisoning with Predictive Analytics

Chicago has discovered a way to use restaurant and neighborhood data as red flags for food inspections.

February 10, 2015

Open Data App Visualizes U.S. Budget for 2016

Socrata showcases its open data suite through the White House's annual budget report.

February 10, 2015

Additional Guidelines Needed for Expedia-Like Campsite Bookings?

Tech and recreation groups say that for private companies to book and receive commissions from camping destinations on federal lands, some missing details must be provided.

February 6, 2015

5 Mobile Parking Apps to Help Cities Ease Traffic Congestion

With traffic congestion and roadway space at a premium, these apps hope to ease burdens on cities by getting drivers off the streets and into parking lots.

January 30, 2015

Crowdsourced Data Service Saves Michigan Father

Smart911, a new emergency data service, assisted first responders in locating a person during a near-fatal home fire.

January 23, 2015

Google Reveals its Innovation Lab for Government

Google plans to institutionalize innovation through a mobile innovation lab that combines its suite of apps with motivated government innovators.

January 22, 2015

Data Innovation Day 2015: Methodologies Behind Analytics Success Stories

Experts from the public and private sectors provide tips on issues of data privacy, education, culture, hiring and the many obstacles impeding development.

January 21, 2015

5 Civic Tech Startups to Watch in 2015

These innovative companies could have a big impact on citizens and government in 2015.

January 16, 2015

Yelp, Socrata Partner to Make Restaurant Inspections Public

Though this behind-the-scenes data integration will help millions of people benefit from better health information, it likely will take some time for governments to get on board.

January 14, 2015

Can Citymart Open Up the U.S. Procurement Process?

With $398,000 in funding from the Knight Foundation, the Barcelona-based global procurement platform aims to bring greater government transparency and accountability.

January 9, 2015

FCC Commissioner to Tech Industry: It’s Time to Reinvent Textbooks, Teaching

After increasing spending by $1.5 billion on Internet broadband projects for schools FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel asks the tech industry to innovate for education.

January 8, 2015

4 Cities Jumpstart Civic Tech Solutions with CityCamp

The event, billed as an "unconference," will bring together citizens, hackers and city officials to discuss ways civic tech partnerships can address community challenges.

January 7, 2015

3 Lessons from New York's Website Redesign

After 10 months and hundreds of hours, New York state offers insights into what made its newest website a major success.

December 18, 2014

Data Fuels Bloomberg Model for Urban Innovation

Jim Anderson explains the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Program to 12 new cities.

December 17, 2014

GovDelivery Acquires NuCivic for Open Data Addition to its Engagement Tools

The government Web traffic provider GovDelivery purchases the Drupal-based open data startup NüCivic to enhance its SaaS offerings.

December 10, 2014

Boston Overhauls Licensing and Permitting System with Civic Tech

The two-year project will result in a simple and user-friendly app to guide residents through Boston’s 60 varieties of permits.

December 9, 2014

USDA Considers Expedia-Like Campsite Booking

After years of having one online option for reserving a campsite on federal lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers opening campsite bookings to third parties, igniting a dispute between open data advocates and traditional tech providers.

December 5, 2014

Turning Public Transit into Smart City Hot Spots

Veniam, a new civic tech startup headquartered Mountain View, Calif., aims to supply cities with affordable and infrastructure-friendly hot spots using public transit.

December 3, 2014

Open Data Goes Mainstream, Accelerates Success for Socrata

With an additional $30 million in funding, Socrata strategizes to spur open data usage with its new products and government-centric services -- its founder and CEO shares how in this Q&A.

November 25, 2014

IDEA Lab Injects Entrepreneurial Tactics into Federal Health Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services creates new lab to test startup techniques with federal health and safety services.

November 21, 2014

Is Ride Sharing's Next Stop a Bus?

Gabe Klein, the former head of transportation in Chicago and D.C., talks about Bridj, his new bus ride-sharing venture and what's next for transit.

November 20, 2014

Palo Alto Maps Planning Permits and Construction Activity

City officials have launched a GIS app for citizens who want to track permit project status and discover details about construction activity in their neighborhoods.

November 14, 2014

SeamlessDocs Wants to Take Some Paper Out of Government

Startup launches services to take PDFs and turn them into easily signable and secure Web docs for governments.

November 13, 2014

$750,000 Invested to Pioneer Open Lawmaking Tools for Citizens

New funding is expected to bring easy-to-use open-government tools to cities and states.

November 11, 2014

How Microsoft Word Hopes to Resurrect Itself on Your Smartphone

Microsoft's Office's new mobile Word app is positioning itself to be a leader in the race for top typing and productivity apps. But will it work?

November 7, 2014

San Francisco Pilots Disaster Preparation Dashboard

The cloud-based platform is a multi-purpose, disaster preparation and recovery program that serves citizens, businesses and government.

November 6, 2014

Nutrition App Slices Red Tape for Low-Income Moms

A federally run nutrition program for women, infants and children is complex and difficult to use. But now there's an app to fix all that.

October 30, 2014

6 Cities and a County Share 311 Data, Best Practices

Local government officials team up to develop standards and a data repository for 311 centers.

October 29, 2014

Startup Launches Expedia for California Campers

A startup firm uses open data to create an easy-to-navigate website for booking campsites in California. But future access to information about camping in national parks is unclear.

October 27, 2014

Gaming: A New Way to Engage Citizens in Problem-Solving

Using gaming to increase engagement was propelled by the Engagement Lab, a research unit housed at Boston’s Emerson College that focuses on the development and study of games, technology and new media to improve civic interaction.

October 24, 2014

DATA Act: OMB, Treasury Require Support to Bolster, Sustain Agency Adoption

The law's verbiage leaves a fair amount of flexibility for agencies, and there is no mandate for an agency-specific pilot program — where much of the valuable data is generated.

October 22, 2014

New Orleans Cuts Murder Rate Using Data Analytics

City officials have amassed a significant amount of crime statistics to identify high risk individuals, criminal social networks and the neighborhoods that foster them.

October 20, 2014

The White House's Digital Fixit Man Talks Culture Change in Government

Mikey Dickerson, the former Google site reliability manager, speaks out about leading the U.S. Digital Service agency and how he and his team are working to usher in a culture change in the public sector.

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 15, 2014

Dreamforce 2014: Hillary Clinton Talks Tech Philanthropy, Net Neutrality

The former secretary of state shares the pros of Net Neutrality, and asks that industry leaders and entrepreneurs guide tech toward social good as they dive deeper into the national landscape.

October 13, 2014

3 Ways to Choose Valuable Open Data

Mark Headd, Philadelphia's former chief data officer, and others offer practical steps any government can use to start or improve open data programs.

October 9, 2014

12 Startups Poised to take on the Latest Cybersecurity Threats

The market is prime for a new class of startups that can decipher tomorrow’s cybersecurity threats.

October 8, 2014

San Francisco Cements Homesharing with 'Airbnb Law'

City officials have formally passed a measure that legitimizes Airbnb in the city while placing limits on high users.

October 6, 2014

Is Data the Best Preparation Against Natural Disasters?

Open data and analytics have become fundamental tools in disaster preparedness, experts say. But public officials aren't using them enough.

October 2, 2014

How Are Cities Tackling Transportation and Civic Innovation?

With systemic problems to the nation’s transportation infrastructure and cities needing to do more with less, speakers at the 2014 CityLab event highlighted projects that are making a difference and ideas that may have a large impact.

October 1, 2014

Using Data to Combat Gun Violence

Experts explain how data from social network maps, acoustic sensors and research can be used in the fight against gun violence.

September 26, 2014

Crowdsourcing Offers Gov Funding Option for Civic Tech

Online crowdfunding platforms are a growing alternative route to support civic projects by citizens.

September 25, 2014

Code for America Shifts Strategy for 2015

Founder points to the areas of Health, Economic Development, and Safety and Justice as key areas for advancement.

September 24, 2014

Homeless Tech Education Program Eyes Official Launch

The Learning Shelter homeless program unveils plans to assist struggling San Francisco residents with industrial trade skills in technology.

September 23, 2014

7 Code for America Cities Named for 2015

Founder outlines goals for partnerships at annual summit in San Francisco.

September 19, 2014

NYC BigApps Winners Poised to Improve New York

Seven winners grab honors for civic tech solutions from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

September 18, 2014

7 Startups Unveil Plans to Answer Urban Challenges

The San Francisco-based Tumml civic tech accelerator debuts its third cohort of community-minded entrepreneurs.

September 16, 2014

City Concerns Halt Airbnb Law in San Francisco

Issues over insurance, enforcement and taxation spur supervisors to revise short-term rental legislation for Airbnb hosts.

September 15, 2014

$23 Million Govtech Fund Opens for Business

A first-of-its-kind venture capital fund launches to aid a rising tide of government technology startups.

September 10, 2014

Earthquake App Underscores Vulnerable Housing in Oakland, Calif.

A new mobile and Web app, called SoftStory, maps and highlights seismically vulnerable housing.

September 9, 2014

California Controller Unveils First Open Data Portal

Yearly tax revenues and expenditures are on display for all cities and counties with the launch of the state's new interactive portal.

September 5, 2014

10 Need-to-Know Lessons for Government Innovation Teams

A new Bloomberg study of 20 civic tech groups around the world offers tips on how to institutionalize innovation into a working framework.

August 28, 2014

Oakland App Sheds Light on Campaign Finance

An app called Open Disclosure will automate campaign finance for an upcoming mayoral election.

August 22, 2014

Ferguson Protests Propel Teens to Create Police Rating App

Inspired by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., a family of teens releases an app to keep police accountable.

August 21, 2014

Los Angeles Undertakes Massive Website Relaunch with Drupal

The City of Angels has cemented a deal with Acquia to use its open source CMS to manage 20-plus websites.

August 20, 2014

MonkeyParking App to Debut in Southern California

After operations were halted in San Francisco, the auction parking app heads to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.

August 15, 2014

Maker Movement Rescues San Francisco Tech Entrepreneur

One man's story shows why cities are nurturing local innovation communities.

August 12, 2014

White House U.S. Digital Service Aims to 'Identify and Fix Problems'

The private-sector-inspired consulting department's core mission is to improve and simplify IT operations across the federal government.

August 10, 2014

California HHS Open Data Portal Paves Way for State Health Data

California officially releases a health portal to display high value data sets for residents and developers.

August 8, 2014

Social Networking Platform Ties Neighborhoods and Government Together

Nextdoor, the neighbor-to-neighbor social media platform, is growing fast -- and especially fast for having a yet-to-be-determined business model.

August 5, 2014

Video Inspection App May Save Contractors Thousands

Startup leverages real-time video inspection to save contractors and cities money during the construction permitting process.

July 30, 2014

San Francisco Demos Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Results

At the city's conclusion of its inaugural program, departments and startups showcased fresh pilot programs, prototypes and fully developed products.

July 30, 2014

3 Ingredients to Making Civic Tech Apps Stick

Experts weigh in on ways governments and civic technologists can make apps and technologies last.

July 29, 2014

Appallicious Launches FEMA Disaster Dashboard

The Disaster Assessment and Assistance Dashboard pairs local resources with open data to improve local resiliency.

July 25, 2014

Socrata's Open Data Network: A Hub to Connect the Public and Private Sectors

San Francisco is collaborating with Socrata on a new open data network that intends to be a hub for data sets across industries.

July 23, 2014

Aneesh Chopra on Open Data, Innovation in Government

The first federal chief technology officer discusses misconceptions about public-sector innovation and his new book, Innovative State.

July 23, 2014

California Department of Public Health Soft Launches Open Data Portal

The department expects to integrate data from multiple departments as the portal develops.

July 18, 2014

Cities Use Civic Tech Tool that Maps Zoning Codes for Potential Businesses

Entrepreneurs, real estate developers, architects and city planning departments can use the new tool to expedite the business application procedure.

July 17, 2014

Sacramento County, Calif.'s Data Portal Promotes Transparency, Innovation

The portal complements the region's sister portal, and features information on utilities, transportation, finance and more.

July 15, 2014

San Francisco Sees Potential End to Parking App Dispute

Due to heavy public opposition, the short-lived experiment with peer-to-peer parking to relieve congestion in the city appears to be over for now.

July 11, 2014

3 Ways Cities Can Grow Open Data Projects

At an open data roadshow in San Jose, Calif., one official emphasized three things cities can do to increase open data initiatives at the local level.

July 9, 2014

Eco-Analytics Dashboard Helps San Francisco Measure Neighborhood Sustainability

The city's Sustainable Systems Framework -- a collaboration with the University of Chicago -- will help officials gather feedback and make forecasts for urban development programs and construction.

July 3, 2014

San Francisco Spars with Developers over New Parking Apps

One developer releases a free version of his app to spotlight city 'parking crisis.'

July 1, 2014

Top 5 Things Millennials Consider in Job Searches

A new study lists the challenges -- and opportunities -- government faces when it comes to attracting talent from the millennial generation.

June 26, 2014

San Francisco Makes Collaborative Effort Toward Civic Tech

At the inaugural CivicMakers Salon event, civic tech advocates begin collaborative talks in San Francisco.

June 25, 2014

Advocacy Groups Push Coding as a Core Curriculum for Schools and other groups say students must learn how to create technology along with math and science to prepare for a computer-driven workforce.

June 13, 2014

Does the Rise in Wearable Health Sensors Signify the Start of a New Era in Biometrics?

A major milestone for the wearable biosensors is likely to come when insurance companies can offer discounts based on the technology’s health data statistics.

June 12, 2014

Hacktivists Decry State Governments’ ‘Secret Laws’

State legal codes are under fire for copyright walls.

June 5, 2014

4 Data Insights from Health Datapalooza

The 2014 Health Datapalooza finished this week, leaving behind a wealth of new information and observations on data's emerging role in health care.

June 3, 2014

Despite Criticisms, Outgoing HHS Secretary Chronicles Successes

Seeing the need for improvement, Kathleen Sebelius said the president made it clear that priority was to be given to opening up the government’s massive databases of health-care information, and that data should be used as a vehicle to stimulate economic growth.

June 2, 2014

Federal CTO Todd Park Announces FDA Open Data Portal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launches openFDA, a pilot open data portal that will publish product recalls and adverse event reports for consumers.

May 28, 2014

Minneapolis Launches Citywide Analytics Platform

The city will collaborate with IBM to deploy a department-by-department analytics system that harnesses human problem-solving skills.

May 23, 2014

Top 10 Apps to Increase Your Productivity

In today's world, smartphones are a large part of the daily nine-to-five -- even if we have to BYOD. And it's these smartphones and their apps that present new outlets for efficiency.

May 19, 2014

San Francisco Deputy Innovation Officer Announces Resignation

Shannon Spanhake leaves the city to join the earth imaging startup Planet Labs.

May 13, 2014

How to Make Analytics Work for Your Government

A California pension and health services executive highlights tips and progress in analytic initiatives.

May 12, 2014

The DATA Act Passes: 3 Takeaways and Interactive Timeline

President Obama signs bill to turn all federal expenditures into open data. Implementation will be phased into a year-by-year approach.

May 8, 2014

What Open Data is Doing for Denver Dogs

A new Twitter bot gathers up doggie data from the Denver Animal Shelter's website and works to find potential adopters.

May 7, 2014

Colorado Medicaid Goes to the Cloud with $116 million Claim System

The state is two months into its 32-month development cycle for the project, that when finished, will house a system with client and provider portals to support real-time access to benefit and claim information.

May 5, 2014

Accelerating the Internet of Everything

An enterprise-level accelerator seeks 13 startups to champion Internet infused gadgets for institutions and business.

May 2, 2014

National Day of Civic Hacking Widens Reach in Second Year

The civic hacking celebration goes international for 2014.

May 1, 2014

Pushing Open Data onto the Global Stage

The U.K.’s Open Data Institute works under the premise that government open data projects worldwide should be driven by private-sector businesses built around open data.

April 29, 2014

San Francisco Partners with Nextdoor for Emergency Alerts

The city first used the platform during a five-alarm fire at a construction site in March.

April 28, 2014

What’s In Store for the Future of Measuring Civic Tech?

The Knight Foundation's Jon Sotsky sheds light on the next steps for civic tech research.

April 25, 2014

Smart City Pointers and Best Practices from San Francisco

Private and public officials gather to offer smart city insights.

April 23, 2014

California's MyCalVet Portal Connects Veterans to Benefits, Streamlines Claims

The department's interactive tool took two years and $500,000 to develop, and aims to be a user-friendly guide to bypass complexities and application hurdles for state veterans.

April 22, 2014

Lessons Learned from Boston’s Move to the Cloud

Google App and SalesForce deployments are transforming city IT.

April 16, 2014

Predictive Analytics Aboard the London Underground?

And the rail system's online dashboard allows the company to remotely monitor equipment vibration, video cameras, HVAC equipment, temperature, humidity, system alerts and fault warnings.

April 14, 2014

Palo Alto, Calif., Expedites Permit and Inspection Process through Apps

Officials put building permits and inspection process online using a civic cloud platform and innovative apps.

April 10, 2014

New Apps Make Government Wallets Transparent

Socrata announces new budget and spending transparency apps for government, and Montgomery County, Md. prepares to go live.

April 8, 2014

Georgia Dislodges Massive Paper Jam with Captricity Enterprise Platform

The Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission deploys Captricity Enterprise solution to process thousands of election financial disclosure filings.

April 7, 2014

Philly's Mark Headd Joins Accela as Tech Evangelist for Civic Apps

Accela has hired Philly's former Chief Data Officer Mark Headd to be a 'tech Evangelist' to grow civic app platform

April 3, 2014

Massachusetts' Solution for Digital Voting History Records is 'Plug and Play'

The state uses a new civic tech solution that can convert election results from any state into friendly machine readable formats.

April 2, 2014

Appallicious Preps for FEMA Disaster Dashboard Launch

The Disaster Assessment and Assistance Dashboard offers states and localities a comprehensive tool for response and recovery efforts.

April 1, 2014

3 Reasons Chicago’s Analytics Could be Coming to Your City

Chicago CIO Brenna Berman discusses the city's SmartData platform, which provides a template for local governments to craft predictive analytics systems of their own.

March 28, 2014

Philly Hackers Map Home Listings to Neighborhood Crime

Women's hacker group, LadyHacks, creates app that maps crime and property listings together.

March 26, 2014

Amazon to Award $150,000 in Credit to Innovative Governments

Amazon Web Services announces the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge for government customers.

March 25, 2014

IBM Chooses 16 Cities and Counties for SmartCity Projects

In previous SmartCities Challenges, the company has helped Syracuse, N.Y., create a land bank that enabled it to reclaim and work with the private sector to revitalize vacant properties, and helped Providence, R.I., simplify and shorten the process of permit and construction plan applications.

March 21, 2014

How Does Your City Rate in the U.S. Open Data Census?

More than 30 cities have been scored on their open data efforts, and more will be reviewed and added in the coming months.

March 21, 2014

Open Data Event Draws Lawmakers, Startups and City Officials

Proponents say public data drives better government and economic growth.

March 19, 2014

D.C. Takes an Open Data Approach to Muni Code

A new open data portal for Washington D.C.'s municipal code intends to offer free access through a user-friendly interface.

March 18, 2014

Philly Takes 10 Startups for its FastFWD Civic Tech Accelerator

Philadelphia's FastFWD urban accelerator hopes to boost public safety with startup ingenuity and collaboration.

March 17, 2014

Open Data: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

An explanation of open data, why it's important and how you can do it yourself.

March 13, 2014

San Francisco Picks 6 Startups to Partner with City Agencies

San Francisco's Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program focuses on civic engagement, location-based services and urban planning.

March 10, 2014

San Francisco's Chief Data Geek Prepares to Roll Up Her Sleeves

Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro christens her new role with big plans and collaborative thinking.

March 9, 2014

Why Government Analytics is Still a Work in Progress

Author Anthony Townsend explains that most local governments don't use sophisticated analytics -- but there is a lot of near-term promise.

March 6, 2014

Sociologists Discover 6 Game-Changing Crowd Maps for Twitter

Use of these six fundamental structures for Twitter conversations will likely be ubiquitous, with businesses, governments and organizations all using analytics and mapping to be more competitive.

March 4, 2014

San Francisco Announces Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro

Bonaguro is described as a policy expert who has worked closely with both the National Lab’s CIO Council and the Department of Energy Information Management Advisory Group “to help develop Department of Energy information policy.”

March 3, 2014

Why Spreadsheets Stink — and 4 Ways to Improve Them

Data scientist Felienne Hermans explains the fickle problems of spreadsheets and how to make them user friendly in the long term.

February 26, 2014

New App Calls 911 and Notifies Family in Two Taps

Mobile app developer Minh Tran launches an application to simultaneously call 911 and notify family members with GPS coordinates via SMS.

February 25, 2014

Ex-CIA Analyst Tells How Data Caught Osama bin Laden

At the Public Sector CIO Academy in Sacramento, Calif., Nada Bakos explains how small yet actionable data tactics led to bin Laden's capture.

February 25, 2014

Bruce High -- 2014 GT Top 25 Winner

CIO, Harris County, Texas

February 18, 2014

How to Jump-Start Analytics in Your City

New York City’s former Chief Analytics Officer Michael Flowers offers some basic pointers on what and what not to do when starting a city analytics program.

February 14, 2014

Strata Highlights: San Francisco to Announce Chief Data Officer, Appifying Data and More

The 2014 O'Reilly Strata Conference wrapped up its final day and here are the highlights.

February 12, 2014

4 Secrets to Launching a Successful Civic Tech Startup

A panel of civic tech companies offer insights into how they're breaking into the new space of community and city problem solving.

February 11, 2014

Why Everyone is Watching the Sharing Economy

Enthusiasts tout peer-to-peer sharing as a revolution; existing businesses are steamed; regulators are scratching their heads.

February 11, 2014

Nevada Sites Go Mobile and Social in Major Revamp

The state is working on a sweeping effort to modernize its antiquated online presence with a uniform, modern look across agencies and more than 140 websites.

February 5, 2014

Philly Teaches Officials with New Innovation Academy

Philadelphia officials invent a city Innovation Academy to put structure and longevity behind innovative government.

February 3, 2014

Palo Alto Proclaims Open Data as Default for City

Palo Alto signs proclamation establishing open data as the default practice for all city data.

January 31, 2014

U.K. Open Data Institute Looks to Create International Ecosystem

The U.K.-based Open Data Institute is taking its quest stateside.

January 23, 2014

How to Make Your City Data Smart

A panel organized by the Center for Data Innovation offers tips on implementing big data and open data in local government.

January 23, 2014

Open Data is Inevitable

Speakers at the 2014 HHS Open DataFest envision open government data as a standard practice of the future.

January 22, 2014

HHS CTO Bryan Sivak Unveils New Initiatives in Open Data

At Open DataFest 2014, Sivak unveiled the department's most fundamental shifts since 1965.

January 20, 2014

App Helps Boston Parents Track School Buses through Blizzards

The Where's My School Bus app allows parents to track a student's school bus through their smartphone.

January 12, 2014

Want Better Answers from Your City? Honolulu Can Help

Former Code for America fellow Sheba Najmi discusses the Honolulu Answers Web app, which offers city residents a new question-and-answer search tool based on a search box and Google Analytics.

January 7, 2014

How Bay Area Transit Survived a Site Launch in a Traffic Storm

The Bay Area Rapid Transit service launched website redesign in only five months while also battling a 20,000-visitor traffic spike. How did they do it?

December 20, 2013

Startup GOVonomy Aims to be Next Amazon for Government

GOVonomy plans to be the next online retailer for government tech solutions, working to connect the private sector startups with federal, state and local agencies.

December 20, 2013

New York City Crime Map Adds to Interactive Data Trend

NYC debuts a new interactive crime map that helps residents -- and represents a continued push nationally for more open data through mapping.

December 16, 2013

In Memory of Sandy Hook, Tech Companies Continue Push for Gun Control

The Sandy Hook tragedy's anniversary spurs the San Francisco IT community and city officials to continue a push for gun safety measures nationwide.

December 12, 2013

10 Surprising Things Connected to the Internet

Here are 10 things you may not have known were connected to the Internet, that also link to a trend in smart products hitting the marketplace.

December 10, 2013

Startup Opens City Offices 24/7 for New Businesses

OpenCounter, a startup created to help cities with business permits and applications, has deployed in multiple cities throughout California, saving money while cutting municipal employees' workloads.

December 9, 2013

New App Puts Political Engagement in Your Pocket

The new iCitizen mobile app combines live news feeds, polling and legislation tracking in an attempt to be an all-in-one platform for political engagement.

December 5, 2013

Data Chronicles the Rise of a New Industry: Civic Technology

A new report from the Knight Foundation attaches some hard numbers to the emerging civic technology industry.

December 4, 2013

Looking for Better Camping Info? Ideation Nation Winner Can Help

Ideation Nation awards $5,000 to competition finalist Alyssa Ravasio of San Francisco to build her new campsite and recreation website, Hipcamp.

November 26, 2013

25 Tech Ideas for Improving Your Community

Ideation Nation, a technology brainstorming competition for civic solutions, announces its 25 top ideas for government technology projects.

November 25, 2013

Webcams Slash Prison Costs in New York

The Westchester County Department of Correction has turned to video conferencing to save staff time and cut costs, and the technology may change the way new prison facilities are constructed.

November 21, 2013

Government Talks Cloud and Data at Dreamforce

At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, many government IT leaders spelled out why cloud technology is a must.

November 20, 2013

Dreamforce Conference: Products and Protests

The Dreamforce conference gets under way in San Francisco with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff promoting his company's new customer platform.

November 19, 2013

App Takes on Emergency Alert Duties in Mississippi

MS Ready offers Mississippi residents alerts and a game plan for natural disasters and man-made threats.

November 15, 2013

FDA Shows How to Cut Costs and Reduce Paperwork

The FDA and document extraction specialist Captricity team up to speed up data entry while cutting costs.

November 14, 2013

Does the Launch Make the Case for Open Source?

5 benefits government could be reaping from open source.

November 13, 2013

5 Ways Government Can Engage Small App Developers

Developer Minh Tran, known for his Fix311 app, offers five suggestions for governments to cut costs by leveraging the talents of independent app developers in IT projects.

November 11, 2013

Microsoft Ups Ante in Cloud Security

Microsoft announces an agreement with the California Department of Justice indicating compliance with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) standards.

November 6, 2013

2013 Digital Cities Winners Announced

Boston; Irving, Texas; Avondale, Ariz.; and Palo Alto, Calif., take top honors in the annual Center for Digital Government contest.

November 1, 2013 Calls Out for Google, Private-Sector Help

Attempting to stabilize by the end of November, federal officials are calling on private-sector IT companies for help.

November 1, 2013

Kansas City Measures Performance through Online Dashboard

In a push for accountability, Kansas City has launched a public dashboard to demonstrate progress on city goals with live metrics.

October 30, 2013

Will Your Site be Hacked on Nov. 5?

As the traditional day of Anonymous cyberattacks nears, an IT security specialist offers tips and tricks to help agencies protect sensitive data.

October 29, 2013

Does Your Cloud-Based Data Need Forensic Protection?

Two entrepreneurs aim to pioneer a new frontier in cloud security using forensic data, profiling and real-time alerts.

October 25, 2013

Seattle Video Voters’ Guide Offers Raw Look at Local Politics

Due to their success in engaging voters, Seattle and King County are bumping up the frequency of their video voters' guides.

October 24, 2013 First New Look in a Decade

The 35 million unique visitors per year to will notice an online makeover that tops off Mayor Bloomberg's Digital Roadmap.

January 16, 2013

Tumml's Clara Brenner Points to the Power of Civic Good

Tumml Co-Founder Clara Brenner explains how her non-profit aims to put the financial power behind civic startups and cultivate a new industry aimed at social good.

January 14, 2013

Knight Foundation Awards $2.2 Million for Health-Care Tech Projects

The seven Knight News Challenge: Health winners were chosen from nearly 700 submissions.

January 9, 2013

Techperts Predict Virtual Reality in Near Future

Tech experts say virtual reality has become a very real proposition as it clears R&D hurdles and opens breakthroughs in science, learning and human interaction.

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