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Plus, Philadelphia groups launch digital equity helplines, experts issue a report on the IT components of Philadelphia’s new payroll system, and local stakeholders call for additional federal support of disrupted Census.
Reaching those on the other side of the digital divide and teaching the tech skills needed to participate in digitized society has long involved in-person interactions. Now, COVID-19 is changing the approach.
Plus, Pew Charitable Trusts pens letter to Congress emphasizing the importance of broadband expansion after the crisis and Bloomberg Philanthropies launches COVID-19 Management Metrics to support local response.
Officials in the San Rafael tech shop were able to build a mesh Wi-Fi network to connect students in the dense Canal Neighborhood with the help of volunteer expertise and funding from across sectors.
Plus, a Georgetown University center is emphasizing the importance of state CDOs during dual crises, Arkansas’ governor has created a new technology advisory board to address COVID-19, and more.
Plus, a technology SWAT team is supporting New York State’s COVID-19 response; NASCIO’s state IT recognition award submissions are now open; and New York City has now launched its text-to-911 capability.
Tech experts who work with county court systems have implemented a number of changes to help the justice system continue to function in the time of COVID-19, and some of those changes may become permanent.
Plus, Philadelphia’s Digital Literacy Alliance has fast-tracked its grant cycle during COVID-19, a new online exhibit explores the longtime history of bias in mapping, and Code for America’s tax project evolves.
Plus, the National Conference of State Legislatures’ COVID-19 bill tracker now records more than 1,300 bills, Code for Philly civic tech group looks to fill open leadership positions, and more.
Plus, Google’s $100 million investment in COVID-19 recovery may have community tech implications; Code for America helps Louisiana rapidly scale gov tech crisis response applications; and more.
Plus, IBM’s Call for Code content has now named three winners with projects related to the crisis, a new economic tracker is visualizing the impact of the ongoing crisis in real time, and more.
COVID-19 has thoroughly upended plans to support the Census that have been in the works for months or even years, and now stakeholders at all levels of government must stay flexible in finding creative ways to adapt.
The nonprofit and nonpartisan group at the forefront of the civic tech movement in the U.S. has picked as its next leader Renteria, who has more than two decades of experience in government.
Plus, the California Homeless Data System team is looking to hire new tech talent; a New York City group has rolled out a new Census messaging guide; and the Connecticut Data Collaborative is now hosting online events.
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is keeping an online running tally of the actions that state and local governmental organizations are deploying to keep their constituents connected during the crisis.
Plus, Detroit gets a giant digital inclusion boost from a $23 million cross-sector effort, and the FBI is warning of online scams amid the crisis.
Cities across the country are trying to get more of their citizens access to the Internet during the COVID-19 crisis, with essential services such as medicine and education moving online as residents stay home.
Local governments across the country have had to scramble to get work-from-home setups put in place during the COVID-19 crisis, and some say it may lead to permanent changes in staff policies.
Plus, University of Michigan launches an online guide to help stimulus check recipients; civic technologist creates free chatbots for health service; the New York State tech team attracts 6,500 volunteers; and more.
The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative has been digitally convening mayors from around the world for weeks to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, governmental response, and localized recovery efforts.
Plus, government support groups launch a new COVID-19 local action tracker, the Civic Innovation Challenge kicks off with $9 million in funding, and the New York State Digital Service is now hiring.
Work to bridge the digital divide has gained momentum in recent years in state and local government, and it may be boosted further by the novel coronavirus reinforcing the importance of having the Internet at home.
Advocates and government staffers in the broadband and digital equity space say there is a renewed interest in supporting their work, with shelter-at-home orders emphasizing the need to bridge digital divides.
Plus, executive government leaders are taking to social media to address constituent questions; the Census is online as of now; Seattle’s firefighters are dancing for social distancing awareness; and more.
Plus, Bloomberg expands the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative to help communities receiving federal aid, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation launches a new coronavirus resource site, and more.
Director, Mapping Service of the Center for Urban Research, City University of New York Graduate Center
Organizers say that the project has already fielded inquiries from more than 1,000 volunteer technologists who are interested in helping local, state and county governments respond to the crisis.
Plus, government advocacy groups create coronavirus resources online; state governments build digital platforms to centralize response efforts; top local gov philanthropy group convenes virtual workshops; and more.
In the wake of large-scale event cancellations due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and resultant concerns, many scheduled events and panels are moving online to host virtual discussions instead.
For the first time ever, the nation’s decennial count of its citizens is enabling and stressing online responses, a method likely to be key as pandemic concerns limit public gatherings and keep people in their houses.
Plus, the cancelled Code for America Summit starts to move some of its programming to virtual events online; the Beeck Center announces three new projects and eight new team members; and more.
Plus, meet the 2020 Innovations in American Government Award finalists; check out these five tips for cities doing data inventories; and take a look at this pair of new digital U.S. Census tools.
Public servants who work with data in cities, counties and states have shared obstacles, including talent recruitment, converting complex ideas into simple language, synchronizing pilots with advance budgeting, and more.
Plus, Pew publishes its report on the status of broadband work within state government, IBM announces the theme for the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge, and a new report outlines civic engagement strategies.
The nonprofit and nonpartisan national civic tech group is working to help individuals and families that are eligible to receive the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, doing so by creating digital tools and more.
Plus, an AI-driven wire service aims to boost news coverage of local government; the Census Bureau is sharing information about its differential privacy plans; a rural Indiana county is working toward digital equity; and more.
There is an increasing number of guidebooks, manuals and informational events aimed at helping municipal governments, nonprofits and community groups support the Census Bureau conduct this year’s count.
Plus, Code for America and L.A. County dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions; Philadelphia’s Pitch and Pilot program tackles tap water with new challenge; and NYU calls on Congress to embrace citizen engagement tech.
As Pew Charitable Trusts prepares to release a report this month about state broadband support efforts, many in the space say a new momentum is building, giving rise to more productive work.
Plus, a tracker follows the progress being made with affordable housing in Atlanta, a New York City plan takes aim at the digital divide, Missouri lawmakers consider a bill that would add a CDO, and more.
Due to new technology’s inherent likelihood to leave segments of the population behind, experts and stakeholders say government must work to ensure small-cell network rollouts benefit the whole of communities.
Plus, Philadelphia has launched an open data survey; Missouri has built a new website to centralize state government job postings; Pew creates an interactive state debt comparison tool; and more.
An expert from each of the social media giants was on hand at the recent event in Washington, D.C., where mayors from the United States came to share tips, best practices and stories about the job.
Pahlka will remain on in an advisory capacity as two senior leaders from within take over as co-interim CEOs. The organization’s search for a permanent CEO will continue with a goal of finishing by the end of the year.
Plus, San Jose, Calif., reports strong results from text messaging app aimed at finding nontraditional housing residents for Census; Tennessee grant seeks to reward local gov Census projects; and more.
Plus, Code for America unveils the development process for a text message system for social service reminders in Louisiana; Bloomberg Philanthropies picks 21 European cities for innovation program; and more.
Plus, San Francisco creates a master housing data set; Code for America’s marijuana conviction expungement work expands to a new county within California; and a new map visualizes Census hiring needs.
Detroit’s Digital Inclusion Officer Joshua Edmonds explains what his role is within city government, why it matters and the creative solutions he’s working on to bridge the digital divide for residents.
As preparations for the first primarily digital U.S. Census ramp up in communities across the country, experts continue to caution that there will be misinformation campaigns designed to deter participation.
Plus, Los Angeles County unveils an interactive map aimed at addressing homelessness; Next Century Cities shares a toolkit to help communities support the 2020 Census; Detroit looks to expand its data team; and more!
The city is the latest of a growing number of jurisdictions across the country that have created formalized programs aimed at tapping private-sector expertise in order to help solve municipal challenges.
Plus, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, approves funding for a full-time digital inclusion staffer; Chicago launches a new data portal that details developer compliance with affordable housing rules; and more!
Stakeholders both inside and outside of the federal agency attended a recent demo day at the bureau's headquarters, discussing the roll that data maps, human-centric design and more will play in next year’s count.
The state is reporting an 18 percent decrease in opioid-related deaths, attributing it in part to data work such as logging calls to support hotlines and using the findings to facilitate efficient resource distribution.
Plus, the CA.gov redesign is now underway; new tools created to help address online misinformation; Census State Data Centers are offering localized training resources for community groups; and more!
Plus, New Yorkers are battling bad landlords with open data; the Hard to Count Census map has added new contact strategy data; a grant from the Knight Foundation seeks data for civic engagement stories; and more.
After the successful creation of a new city website built with sophisticated human-centered design methodology, City Hall is now looking to apply the lessons learned to other projects across agencies.
Plus, Sidewalk Labs shares its Digital Innovation Appendix; Minnesota rolls out a plan to reduce bench warrants via text; Miami shows off new website upgrades; Pittsburgh uses innovation to support the Census; and more!
Experts in the local government privacy space say they are paying close attention to how the Census will share data about the population while making it so individuals can’t be identified.
The film, which is titled Code & Response, is part of a larger effort by IBM to help foster and support projects aimed at helping communities prepare for and recover from a global spike in natural disasters.
Plus, the Digital Equity Lab at the New School releases a new guide to help communities prep for the first high-tech Census; the Knight Foundation puts out a call for public data innovation work; and more.
Plus, California is working to make its website better serve residents; San Antonio is planning a codeathon for veterans; the 2020 Civic Digital fellowship is now open for interest; and more.
City tech leaders and cybersecurity experts confront the tension between elected officials beholden to the public and IT bosses whose primary concern is limiting the information available to bad actors.
Philadelphia has awarded digital equity grants to eight community groups that are working to foster Census completion in communities that are traditionally hard to count. The grants range in size from $13,000 to $40,000.
Plus, Cities of Service reveals three Engaged Cities Award winners at CityLabDC; a potential department merger in Chicago sparks a controversy within the civic tech community there; and more.
As government agencies and nonprofit groups help prepare communities for the nation’s first high-tech Census, digital inclusion advocates see a chance to bridge digital divides that span well past next year’s count.
Plus, a data competition aims to reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate; Code for America’s GetCalFresh program works to reach eligible self-employed residents; and Louisiana has a new Medicaid enrollment app.
Plus, Michigan launches an initiative to help residents transition to clean energy; Seattle opens applications for its long-standing technology matching fund grants program; and L.A. maps Latinx heritage sites.
Plus, Washington, D.C., preps for digital inclusion week; Florida relaunches and expands its commercial property search tool; and the National Digital Inclusion Alliances unveils two new tools for local government.
Plus, the annual Code for America Summit moves coasts in 2020, Pittsburgh’s Data Day event will focus on the upcoming 2020 Census, and this October is once again Cybersecurity Month across the country.
The Census 2020 Hard to Count Map, which was created within the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, is being used by public agencies, nonprofit organizations and community groups that help support the count.
Plus, Bloomberg Philanthropies is replicating an innovative early childhood development program in five new cities; MIT is giving $1.5 million in funding to tech entrepreneurs working to solve global problems; and more.
With the 2020 U.S. Census approaching, government organizations and community groups aimed at supporting the count have access to an unprecedented level of data. Understanding how to use that is vital.
Plus, Los Angeles hosts a Shark Tank-style pitch contest for startups with a $25,000 prize, and IBM partners with United Nations Human Rights for a coding challenge aimed at mitigating the impact of global disasters.
Plus, CDC provides $301 million of funding to opioid-related data work; the Urban Institute has published a new data catalog; California civic tech groups are prepping for a 23-hour hackathon; and more.
Plus, 10 cities form an innovation cohort that is looking for startup collaborators; Code for America evaluates public benefits applications across all 50 states; Virginia digitizes occupational licensing; and more.
Conversations about the Census tend to revolve around funding and political representation. But in its inaugural digital year, data gathered from the count could affect cities and citizens for the next decade.
Plus, a Los Angeles official calls for a data-driven approach to homeless outreach; NASCIO announces the finalists for its 2019 State IT Recognition Awards; and Louisville, Ky., repairs roads after Google Fiber’s exit.
For the third year, organizers welcomed mayors and their senior staff members to a three-day professional development program in New York City, during which participants examined famous case studies within local government.
Plus, Code for Philly preps for month-long civic tech event; Maryland-based nonprofit creates mobile learning labs from old shipping containers; and Illinois is recruiting a chief data officer.
Magnify Your Voice is a platform and mobile app that facilitates micro-volunteering in communities, allowing residents or nonprofit organizations to find volunteers for everything from in-person work to email campaigns.
Plus, a Brookings Institution report finds more than 19 million American households lack broadband; NYC picks cybersecurity finalists; Washington, D.C., announces three finalists for DCx contest; and more.
Plus, Pearland, Texas, launches a new hyperlocal mapping tool; Baltimore issues water bills for the first time since ransomware attack; California courts system looks to hire technologists; and more.
Plus, an audit at NYU assesses the privacy risks posed by a fast-spreading gunshot detection solution; Soofa deploys its local newsfeeds in three Boston neighborhoods; Wi-Fi 6 is coming to cities soon; and more!
The city’s use of social media and other communication channels has netted it the first-ever Sharman Stein Award for Storytelling Changemakers from Results for America, the lead What Works Cities partner.
Plus, Code for America adds a new Brigade in Eugene, Ore.; San Francisco Planning looks to hire a data and analytics manager; What Works Cities hosts a good governance forum next week; and more.
A new startup accelerator has chosen 10 companies for a two-year mentorship program to bring civic technology solutions to market, with a specific focus on enduring problems that face state and local government.
Plus, Pennsylvania data center makes Pittsburgh city parking data available to the public; Baltimore airport rolls out new tools for tracking flights and noise in great detail; and more.
Forced to compete with local tech companies, the city has issued an RFP for a major hiring modernization project within its Department of Human Resources, with the goal of hiring better tech talent, faster.
The city has selected Nicollette Staton, who has served as the interim chief performance officer and director of the Office of Performance and Data Analytics for Cincinnati since the role was vacated in February.
Plus, a new report finds that one-third of citizens are unaware of government digital services; Philadelphia's Digital Literacy Alliance receives a $500,000 grant to support immigrant-serving organizations; and more.
Plus, Arlington, Texas, has a new City at Work transparency dashboard with user experiences as a core goal and a new website called Citygrader.com wants to be Yelp for local government and other public agencies.
With support from some of the biggest philanthropies in the local government space, several cities across the country are bolstering their data-driven decision-making in the service of new economic mobility work.
Many tech companies that sell to government agencies are working to minimize the personal data their products collect — because in an increasingly connected world amid growing concerns around privacy, citizens demand it.
Plus, a look at state support for net neutrality; Boston overhauls its My Neighborhood Resources tool; Deloitte releases its Government Trends 2020 report; 18F publishes inclusive language guidelines; and more.
Building on lessons learned from the program’s past, this year’s iteration will see the national civic tech group more closely integrating its fellowship program with its network of hyper-local brigades.
Plus, Engaged Cities Award names finalist cities; Los Angeles unveils a new interactive map of local government property; a $12 million philanthropic endeavor supports economic mobility in 10 cities; and more.
A new study in Los Angeles County has found that simply giving eligible people who seek information about food benefits the chance to immediately schedule an enrollment call makes a quantifiable difference.
Plus, NYC’s deputy chief technology officer goes to work for the state; Grand Rapids, Mich., nets an accolade for data-driven governance; the White House OMB releases a federal data strategy action plan; and more.
The state has so far migrated roughly 80 internal agencies and 28,000 users to daily tools like Gmail and Google Calendar, with the remaining four agencies set to join the rest within the next 30 days.
Plus, Cities of Service publishes the last case study for its 2018 Engaged Cities Award; Louisville, Ky., publishes its full What Works Cities Certification reports; and more!
With the 2020 Census deadline growing closer, the city will use its digital inclusion grant-making program to educate citizens about the importance of being counted, and to help train census workers.
By embracing a digital low-code application development platform, the city has been able to combine 911 and 311 in a way that offers public servants more efficiency and citizens more functionality.
Plus, the Philadelphia Department of Revenue uses tech to reduce tax delinquencies; electronic IDs are coming; Washington, D.C., helps seniors use smartphones; the challenge of the first online census; and more.
After garnering a silver certification award from What Works Cities earlier this year, Memphis continues to develop its efforts to solicit public feedback as it builds a culture of data-driven governance.
Plus, senators introduce AI in Government Act; San Antonio hosts event to help attendees learn about its smart city data sets; Syracuse University announces its Autonomous Systems Policy Institute; and more.
Geographic Information Officer Henry Garie is also taking on the city’s chief data officer position in an expanded role that includes managing open data, analytics, data infrastructure, GIS and more.
The New York City-adjacent county now has a number of initiatives and other new systems in place aimed at bolstering transparency and accountability following years of questions related to integrity.
Plus, New Orleans launches a device repair clinic; the National Digital Inclusion Alliance has a website supporting the Digital Equity Act; 2019 Innovation in American Government Award open for nominations; and more.
The new organization essentially consolidates the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), the Center for Applied Public Research and the new GovEx Academy all under one umbrella at the university.
The Assessor’s Office published its assessment code and models, and officials say they fully expect to do the same for commercial properties in the future.
Plus, Philadelphia smart city leader is named the Knight Foundation’s local director; Boston makes accessibility updates to its website; and Syracuse, N.Y., celebrates inaugural Tech Week.
A new company has grown out of academic work at Virginia Tech and is now working to develop innovative ways to help high school students benefit from VR lessons, beginning with Spanish classes and branching out.
The Johns Hopkins University-based organization that works to help cities better use data in governance has taken its teachings on the road, holding one- or two-day workshops in a number of locales.
Plus, Chi Hack Night introduces its first ever board of directors; Chicago also releases a wide swath of transportation data; start learning GIS right now with 17 free online lessons; and more.
By creating a public API, the city has made it easier for public and private organizations to help individuals determine which public benefits programs they qualify for at the local, state and federal levels.
Plus, the U.S. Web Design System 2.0 has arrived; Washington, D.C., launches a new engagement platform for urban forestry; Girls Who Code program comes to Arkansas; a data map for Game of Thrones; and more!
Nick Hart will lead both organizations. He brings a robust open data resume that includes serving at the White House Office of Management and Budget as a senior analyst and special assistant.
Plus, Illinois Gov. Pritzker sets April as Innovation and Technology Month; Washington, D.C., forges new ride-share partnership; national civic tech leaders urge support for Digital Service Act, and more.
The civic tech group will follow up similar work in San Francisco by partnering with the district attorneys' offices in Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties.
Newly appointed Charleston, S.C., Chief Innovation Officer Tracy McKee spent nearly two decades years working in GIS for the city, rounding out her resume with a stint as the chief data officer in Baltimore.
Plus, civic technologist details the best way to map the nation’s broadband speeds, Code for America is conducting its first Brigade Census, Digital Inclusion Week is now set for the first week of October, and more.
A recent impact assessment has found that since Civic Bridge began back in 2015, the program has brought in nearly 24,000 total volunteer hours and an estimated $3.7 million of pro bono services.
Michael Brennan, Samuel Brennan, Rachael Carson, Gaby Dorantes, Scott Everett, Rachel Rosenbaum, Adam Selzer, Lena Selzer and Alan Williams
As recently as five years ago, many thought Google Fiber might be a path to citywide high-speed Internet connectivity, but as Google’s plans have changed, government must now look to other options.
Plus, Michigan to host its first state procurement summit; Boston launches new birth certificate app; and 18F reflects on its first five years of existence in a new blog.
Those involved with the development and use of online dispute resolution platforms see opportunities for the systems that extend well past divorces and small claims court.
Plus, Stanford University policy lab releases data on millions of U.S. traffic stops; three takeaways from Open Data Day 2019; and San Antonio passes a new cross-agency data-sharing agreement.
A panel from varied sectors discuss the potential of tech — from the companies that profit from it to the institutions that teach it in schools — to facilitate social impact in the years to come.
One of the longest-serving chief innovation officers in government known for his passion for making Kansas City "smart," Bennett is returning to the private sector as Mayor Sly James nears the end of his second term.
The concept of online dispute resolution started years ago as a way to manage disagreements between users on eBay, but now it's making civil court in the United States easier to navigate and more accessible for all.
From Lockheed Martin to the National Science Foundation, government entities and private companies showed off a diverse set of new applications for virtual reality technologies in the SXSW exhibition hall.
Experts from the United States and Europe say new tech and innovation initiatives aimed at digital equity hold vast potential to reduce excessive urbanization and ultimately bolster rural communities.
As the federal government prepares for its inaugural tech-first census, stakes are high for local leaders. Experts say targeted campaigns to combat misinformation and civic technologists will also be essential.
Philadelphia — like many cities, states and countries — has set up an outpost in Austin this weekend. Sponsored by tech companies and other local stakeholders, the idea is to promote the city as a tech hub.
Public safety leaders from Seattle and Boston discuss how tech can and will assist with law enforcement during the years to come, touching on challenges for adoption, artificial intelligence and more.
Kami Griffiths of the Community Tech Network moderated a discussion Friday morning at South by Southwest, offering talking points and soliciting input from city leaders on the future of digital inclusion.
Plus, Code for America details its human-centered benefits administration work in Colorado; Miami releases 30 new data sets for Open Data Day, a new data visualization knows where your cat lives and more.
With the tech, media and entertainment world descending upon Austin, Texas, for the annual mega-conference, there are a number of panels, installations and speakers of interest to those in the public sector.
The Arkansas city’s Data Academy found dim or blocked streetlights to be a major concern among residents, so officials set up volunteer events aimed at walking the streets and reporting lighting issues for repair.
Plus, a new report shows Seattle has increased citywide Internet connectivity to 95 percent; Washington, D.C., launches a new demographic data dashboard; Hipcamp shares federal camping availability in real time; and more.
A new platform, which is now being beta-tested by users, is essentially a single place where citizens can find simple links to the online services offered by local governments.
Interline and the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission are working to create a single platform where people can find all the information they need to travel seamlessly using multiple transit operators.
As jurisdictions across the nation continue to battle a worsening opioid crisis, data scientists in Tempe are working to give first responders more nuanced information to help them adjust their work.
Plus, Honolulu launches a new performance dashboard; NYC city planning creates a digital platform for a lengthy zoning resolution; major jurisdictions prep for Open Data Day; a host of gov tech jobs are available; and more.
With a former county executive currently on trial for financial malfeasance, the New York City area county’s new comptroller is using technology to promote transparency and establish open data best practices.
Plus, San Jose, Calif., looks to approve initial funding for broad digital equity work; Indiana’s Management Performance Hub releases its annual report; new Code for America brigades to launch; and more.
The city has nearly tripled the size of the fund that supports programs aimed at increasing digital resources available to Boston residents.
Tami, who spent four years helping Cincinnati build its data and analytics work into some of the most robust of any mid-sized U.S. city, has accepted a similar position with the New York City parks department.
The consulting program is an internal version of a service that government has long had to contract from the outside, and it fits in with Philadelphia’s extant Innovation Academy, Lab and Fund programs.
Plus, Baton Rouge, La., launches new open checkbook; Twilio.org announces $1.4 million in grants for nonprofits using tech to strengthen communities; NYC launches The Grid network aimed at growing its urban tech ecosystem; Deloitte and Georgetown University collaborate on CDO playbook for local gov; and Arc GIS app uses data to create artsy sketches of cities.
After a poor response rate in the 2010 Census, Detroit is developing a data-driven campaign to increase the accuracy of the city's population count, with an eye on expanding federal support and increasing civic pride.
Though he will return to the private sector after nearly a year of service, Jack King spoke highly of the direction of tech work in Illinois state government, encouraging support for customer-centric digital services.
Within this year’s Startup in Residence cohort, Civis Analytics is teaming up with the city to help residents there get a better understanding of what could happen to their homes during a major flood.
Plus, meet San Francisco’s Civic Bridge program; New York City’s kiosks feature historical photos of Jackie Robinson; seven design principles for using blockchain for social impact; and more.
Better software has made the job of interpreting and analyzing city data easier. The results are both profound and personal, depending on how the technology is used.
As part of this year’s Startup in Residence program, the Memphis Area Transit Authority is working with Urban SDK on a project that could help streamline data for more than 600 similar transit agencies nationwide.
Plus, state and local government agencies prepare for coming Data Privacy Day; Miami makes its new beta website official; new map visualizes Chicago’s most polluted neighborhoods; jobs in gov tech abound, and more.
State and local government leaders say that for now some collaborative efforts are facing the potential of individual delays, but the effects are likely not to be noticed by most of the general public.
Plus, San Antonio’s CivTechSA program returns; the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award deadline approaches; the new Indy.gov website goes live; the world might be choking on digital pollution; and more.
Charleston is the latest city to add an innovation officer to its governance structure, designating the position as one to find new and progressive ways to solve longtime municipal government challenges.
Although the position is an increasingly common one for local governments, cities that don’t yet have one must still carefully weigh a number of factors before deciding to make the move.
Using what is quite possibly the fastest RFP process in the gov tech space, a list of 700 applicant companies has been pared down in preparation for this year’s four-month program.
Plus, Louisville, Ky., maps available scooter and bike locations; a new book looks at shining examples of municipal fiber infrastructure; Code for Baltimore to host human-centered design lunch and learn; and more.
Plus, Boston is looking for 2019 analytics summer fellows; Los Angeles unveils its new ShakeAlertLA earthquake alarm app; International Open Data Conference identifies key themes for the work’s ‘second phase;’ and more.
Portland, Ore., is tackling an abundance of untested sexual assault kits with an upgraded IT system that brings new efficiencies. Across the country, police agencies are using it to move past unwieldy spreadsheets.
Plus, New York City codifies its office of data analytics, U.S. Congress votes to approve the OPEN Government Data Act, Buffalo, N.Y., wins an award from the New York secretary of state for its local data work, and more.
A new report from the Data Foundation and Workiva makes a case for Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) as the preferred method of publicizing state and local government financial info.
Plus, New York City looks to partner with the private sector to boost broadband for underserved residents; Code for America puts out call for 2019 summit proposals; Cook County, Ill., maps gun and overdose deaths; and more.
Luminate has become independent in order to be more agile and to pursue strategies that impact civic empowerment, data and digital rights, transparency and independent media.
John Kramlich, a member of the St. Louis civic tech group OpenSTL, has built what appears to be the first online map of nationwide Toys for Tots drop-off locations, and the site has already seen significant traffic.
Woods listed cybersecurity, the modernization of legacy systems and increasing Internet speeds for the state’s many agency locations as top priorities after moving from acting to permanent CIO.
Plus, National Digital Inclusion Alliance maps frequency of home Internet based on census tract; Denver looks to hire its first chief data officer; North Dakota hosts an inaugural statewide coding hour in its schools; and more.
Cincinnati's prolific operation has matured into one of the country’s leading municipal data programs, despite limited resources and a small team. Data director Leigh Tami reflects on its evolution and discusses the future of the work.
Fueled by a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Anchorage, Alaska, is building a lab inside an art museum for artists, designers, engineers and the community to team-up to tackle climate change.
Plus, Kansas City formalizes commitment to data with departmental name change; Indiana works with Google to expand digital skills training; 18F opens up about what it’s like to work there; and more.
Detroit may be behind on rolling out a full sustainability action agenda, but the city is agile and catching up fast with a new set of digital tools to foster engagement among the community.
Cities of Service’s second annual Engaged Cities Award seeks local government leaders actively working to include their citizens in finding solutions to community problems.
Plus, Code for America reaches 10,000 users for ClearMyRecord.org; Seattle takes a data-driven approach to firefighting with new FireSTAT platform; and an offshoot of What Works Cities seeks to address economic mobility.
Jose De La Cruz will join the San Antonio Water System on Dec. 3 as the organization’s new program delivery manager, using his tech and innovation experience to manage an automated meter infrastructure initiative there.
Plus, digital campaign in NYC educates residents about reporting suspected child abuse, Chicago adds city budget to data portal for ninth year, and San Francisco rolls out new formats for accountability dashboards.
The number of people involved in a civil court case without a lawyer has increased ninefold in 25 years. Pew Charitable Trusts wants to fix that problem with the help of technology.
The Knight Foundation announced a $1 million investment in a new civic tech initiative focused on connecting residents with technology to expand their economic opportunities.
Plus, New York City uses its kiosks to showcase historic photos; three world cities form a coalition for digital rights; and a weekly Chicago civic tech meetup evolves into a nonprofit.
Jason Kunesh, the city’s first design director, talks about culture change, priorities for his first year on the job and the importance of striking a balance between startup culture and the needs of government.
Plus, U.S. Supreme Court refuses a Trump administration net neutrality request, Chicago makes Array of Things data accessible via API, civic technologists visualize voting data and STiR extends its application deadline.
A mix of human-centered design and behavioral science aims to make municipal forms easier to complete and process. (Re)Form Durham pairs city staff with researchers from Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight.
Plus, CityLab hosts largest-ever gathering of local gov CIOs; Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomes new hub for VR and AR tech; and Louisville, Ky., publishes new Bird Scooter data.
The awards will go toward supporting projects that address a wide range of civic challenges, from homelessness and the opioid crisis to climate change and more.
The second full round of recipients is a diverse group, with five of the seven selected using technology as a key piece of their innovation work.
Plus, Louisville, Ky., uses data to pinpoint ideal locations for electric vehicle charging stations; Pittsburgh announces its 2019 Inclusive Innovation Summit; Philadelphia hires designers to help facilitate homeless services; San Antonio, Texas, awards $15K contract during its datathon event; and check out this list of 100 forward-thinking government job skills.
A four-week course starting in late November will give city residents the skills and tools they need to make the most out of Buffalo’s 40-plus open data assets.
Plus, Philadelphia selects internal innovation grant recipients; The New York Times maps every building in America; and the Durham, N.C., iTeam looks to use human-centered design to improve city forms.
Libraries throughout the city this week are hosting more than 30 free data privacy workshops as part of New York's ongoing privacy efforts.
The Louisville Digital Inclusion Design Jam will help city technologists learn from design practices while helping designers use their skills to benefit the community.
Plus, Arnold Foundation RFP seeks to reimagine America’s crisis response system; Los Angeles expands its cybersecurity lab; Atlanta launches a new Fix-It ATL public request campaign; and Code for America’s Brigade Network responds to Hurricane Michael.
The international collaboration initiative has posted a list of 80-plus startup-friendly challenges that present contract opportunities for gov tech entrepreneurs.
After holding tech and innovation positions in government in Boston and Rhode Island, Kevin Parker discusses priorities for his new position in Illinois.
Plus, San Antonio hosts its first SmartSA Datathon; Washington D.C., Gigabit DC Challenge seeks mobility solutions; Chicago launches annual flu shot dataset; and political organizing tactics that are also useful in civic tech.
As open data work and availability continue to evolve, local governments are rolling out new ways to spread awareness.
A managed security services contract offers agencies presrceened cybersecurity tools — an arrangement that could take off across the country.
Plus, Results for America releases new case studies about local government successes; Cook County, Ill., approves contract for new election equipment; federal lawmakers pass act to modernize grant reporting with open data; and New York state wins national procurement award.
International experts and other government stakeholders issue 12 calls to action for individuals, legislatures, researchers and technologists.
The offering is a collaborative effort between GovEx, San Francisco, the Civic Analytics Network and Data Community DC.
New York’s state and municipal governments face daily challenges often on a scale unlike those found elsewhere in the country, and this year’s award winners excelled at finding new and more efficient ways to tackle them.
Plus, NYC’s chief technology officer releases guide for civic tech challenges: Cincinnati Data and Analytics Office partners with police on daily stats report; and Code for America brigades collaborate on Hurricane Florence response
The resource serves as a one-stop shop for information about how to establish and write open data policies for local governments.
The annual event now features four sites spread across three cities in the state, as well as a new focus on the opioid crisis.
Plus, Washington, D.C., looks for volunteers to join website testing team, a new challenge offers $750,000 for projects that use AI in the service of public good, and this week’s gov tech jobs.
The singular system will replace outdated and separate functionalities for a wide range of internal tasks, including payroll, human resources, pensions, benefits and timekeeping.
Following a national search, the city looked inward to Interim CIO Mark Wheeler to head IT efforts on a more permanent basis.
Tech veteran George Khalil discusses using technology to bridge gaps and move the agency forward as he takes over the helm of technology and innovation in the city.
Plus, Syracuse, N.Y., debuts Performance Management Program Dashboard; Santa Clara, Calif., launches free health data portal; new report finds state CIOs see future in AI; and this week’s gov tech jobs.
A detailed review of 400 state government websites has found that 99 percent fail when scored on their foundational functionality.
Krista Canellakis has words of wisdom for the newest cohorts in a collaborative program that has proven novel, effective and extremely popular.
The system fits into ongoing efforts by the county to address a recent spike in unsheltered homeless amid California’s housing crisis.
Plus, Code for America strengthens the brigade network with $2 million Knight Foundation grant; Results for America launches a new resources to bolster governmental human services contracting; Code4PA Codeathon spans three Pennsylvania cities; and this week’s gov tech jobs.
The national civic tech group is partnering with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and with Nava Public Benefit Corporation to extend the scope of its ongoing work.
One of the nation’s longest-serving state CIOs, Davis leaves behind a legacy of productive IT stewardship during a time of major technological change.
The National League of Cities and Results for America are slated to bring new training to cities to help them reach What Works Cities certification.
Plus, Louisville, Ky., technologist organizes hackathon with IFTTT; Raleigh, N.C., has a new startup map; Los Angeles’ CDO writes about ‘data angels;’ and Ohio prepares to announce prize recipients for the second phase of its opioid technology challenge.
The San Francisco program, which embeds startup companies in local government to help them tap into tech expertise, is growing nationally and internationally.
Douglas County, Colo., CIO John Huber discusses his first year on the job and the benefits and drawbacks that come with serving a tech-savvy part of the country.
Plus, San Antonio debuts the new 311SA Mobile App; Pittsburgh seeks director of innovation and performance; Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder unveils plan to expand broadband access throughout state; and Restoreyourvote.org offers legal advice and guidance for voters with past convictions.
Maricopa County, Ariz., has already seen an increased ability to pinpoint the locations of 911 callers, especially those who are indoors, which used to be a significant challenge.
Following in the footsteps of jurisdictions like New York City and Chicago, Philadelphia is aiming to roll out a new way for residents to access services by early 2019.
Plus, Baltimore’s i-team launches a new website, New York City approves a new tech training center, and civic technologists prep for National Day of Civic Hacking events.
Pulse is a civic engagement platform that simplifies info about legislation, allows constituents to make their opinions known and gives elected leaders a simplified dashboard to process input.
Plus, U.S. Department of Agriculture moves to invest $97 million in rural broadband companies, San Francisco’s environment department publishes data on healthy nail salons, GovEx publishes a guide to evidence-based policy, and Albuquerque, N.M., launches a new one-stop-shop app.
The State CDO Network — a newly formed group of government data leaders from 14 states — penned a letter offering support and feedback after the federal government released an initial draft of its own data strategy.
The philosophies often used by designers to create human-centered products are generating a culture change within local government.
Plus, Verizon brings 5G to Houston customers; Code for America expands its Clear My Record program; and Code for Louisville Looks for civic tech mentors.
Lea Eriksen discusses the challenges, priorities she faces in the new role and how her background in government budget and finance is helping.
Plus, civic technologists in Austin, Texas, host annual budget party; NYC Planning Labs celebrates its first anniversary; San Antonio concludes its first civic tech startup weekend; and the NYC CTO’s office releases a glossary of common civic tech terms.
The civic tech group has already applied the model to Boston, but it is working now to build a system that can help make traffic safer across the country.
The Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County is just one of many local government agencies that are moving to update their workflow structures.
Plus, a federal government single-sign-on platform enters public bug bounty testing phase; Louisiana debuts digital drivers' licenses; and a new report highlights states’ use of data and evidence to improve life for constituents.
The card, which is available to any resident over the age of 14, can serve as proof of identity and residency, making it easier for its holders to engage with city departments and other services.
Plus, the University of Wisconsin-Madison debuts a neighborhood map to help inform medical decision-making; San Francisco releases its annual open data inventory; and the Startup in Residence Program extends its application deadline.
Officials say in addition to better customer service, the new data RVA 311 yields will lead to better decision-making.
With newly signed legislation requiring a government-wide commitment to organized data use, inventorying and planning, Connecticut’s chief data officer recently created a checklist to track the state’s efforts.
A new best practices guide from messaging platform Twilio seeks to bridge the gap between constituents and elected officials.
Plus, Austin hackathon leads to creation of anti-human trafficking app; civic tech project identifies 51 places where sewage flows into the Chicago River; executive director/founder departs from the open gov advocacy group the Data Coalition; and two major gov tech organizations look to hire visual designers.
The former CIO of New Mexico’s biggest city has transitioned from that role to become the assistant CIO in Phoenix.
As more jurisdictions begin to share data related to combating the opioid crisis, other agencies are encouraged to do the same.
Lea Eriksen will start work in the position as of June 23, bringing 20 years of local government experience to the role.
Plus, Barbara Bush Foundation sponsors adult learning app competition; Sacramento’s Civic Lab celebrates its inaugural graduating class; City Innovate looks to hire a program director for its Startup in Residence Program; and civic tech continues to go to the dogs.
Three technology projects seek to make City Hall more efficient by improving upon the speed of RFPs, position requisition and signature authentication, streamlining city services.
Users will be able to pay both individual property and business taxes online for the first time.
Plus, LinkNYC kiosks celebrate city’s famous Caribbean residents; California’s Humboldt County enhances website accessibility; and Nashville launches new app to improve government interactions with citizens.
The effort, based out of The New School, is led by Maya Wiley and addresses equitable models of digital access, digital equity frameworks for online issues, and the ways that smart cities create both benefits and risks for vulnerable communities.
Chi Hack Night has become a national model for sustainable and successful volunteer civic technology projects.
Plus, a new digital inclusion report ranks worst-connected cities in the U.S.; Boston deploys an interactive map for finding public restrooms; and San Antonio moves forward with innovation zones.
How redesigning Michigan's benefits application created a model for vast government transformation.
Plus, Albuquerque, N.M., launches new app for questions about recycling, San Francisco creates a data homage to former Mayor Ed Lee, California hosts safe drinking water challenge, and a rundown of available positions for civic technologists.
The program, which was largely created by a single government employee, guides the public through DMV services, simultaneously reducing the number of calls made to state agencies.
Bridget Kravchenko is set to become the first woman to hold the Detroit-area county’s top information security position when she assumes the role on May 29.
Plus, 18F details efforts to improve state government RFP process, Code for Tampa Bay launches a second monthly meetup in nearby St. Petersburg, Fla., and Syracuse, N.Y., CDO shares the benefits of hosting civic hackathons.
Executive Director Jennifer Pahlka says the event gives the group a chance to "assess the landscape and reset the bar."
The CityKey project will provide residents with a unique, government-issued ID card that will open up access to municipal services for everyone.
Plus, Long Beach, Calif., receives grant for lab to create innovation tools for first responders; Tulsa, Okla., wins Cities of Service’s inaugural Engaged Cities Award; and Portland, Ore., welcomes new Code for America brigade.
The city is partnering with Code for America in an automation project that will clear eligible convictions under California's marijuana legalization law.
Online and onsite courses for government employees will begin in June.
Plus, DATA Act marks first full year of collecting federal financial info, Pennsylvania’s Office of Administration open data team wins award for excellence and Detroit’s Department of Transportation teams with Lyft for pilot program.
Ohio IT leaders discuss the evolving nature of the CIO position at Government Technology’s Ohio Public Sector CIO Academy.
Ohio CIO Stu Davis and city of Columbus CIO Sam Orth both say they never planned to lead government tech agencies but have embraced the scope of possibilities within the work.
Plus, San Antonio seeks a smart city coordinator; San Francisco expands digital inclusion effort for public housing residents; and Philadelphia seeks input on city forms.
Four members of Mayor Eric Garcetti's IT leadership team discuss the growing importance of data-driven city government and the projects that make the city a tech innovator.
Plus, Seattle releases annual report on city’s open data efforts; Vermont civic tech group launches app to coordinate volunteer cleanups; and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ summit on city communications emphasizes the importance of social media.
A philosophy regarding the creation of websites, forms and services seeks to simplify and improve constituent interactions with government.
The company is currently building new features into the site, including a personalized digital assistant.
This is part seven of a series about the 34 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week we look at Ithaca, N.Y.; Los Angeles; Miami and Miami Beach, Fla.; and Phoenix.
Plus, Oakland event gates nonprofits and community groups to tackle pressing issues with tech, Cities of Service names 10 finalists for its Engaged Cities Award and Louisville, Ky., debuts informational kiosks in its downtown.
When government gets too much of a good thing, can open-source technology help?
The platform enables users to renew vehicle registration online, and future plans call for expanding its functionality to include more areas of government service.
This is part six of a series about the 34 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week we look at Detroit; Durham, N.C.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Lafayette, La.; and Oklahoma City.
Plus, Sacramento, Calif., is accepting applicants for $1 million in innovation grants, San Antonio announces 2018 CivTechSA Residency Program winners, and Aurora, Ill., works to create a smart park.
Residents filed roughly $241 million in property taxes within two weeks at the end of last year.
This is part five of a series about the 34 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week, we look at plans from Boston; Lincoln, Neb.; Moreno Valley, Calif.; New Rochelle, N.Y.; and Princeton, N.J.
Plus, Code for America launches new Community Fellowship program; the ACLU looks to hire data scientists; and the U.S. Treasury launches a data lab on its revamped USAspending.gov site.
The trailblazing CIO will be focusing on a for-profit organization aimed at helping women entrepreneurs launch business ideas in the Bay Area.
This is part four of a series about the 35 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week, we look at plans from Cary, N.C.; Chelsea, Mass.; Huntington, W.V.; South Bend, Ind.; and Washington, D.C.
Plus, Boston launches new death certificates Web app, 18F looks to hire a user experience design lead, and the Durham, N.C., i-team works to help ex-offenders re-assimilate.
The city is the latest jurisdiction to contemplate making high-speed Internet a utility, joining a diverse group of cities and states that includes the likes of San Francisco and Colorado.
This is part three of a series about the 35 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week, we look at plans from Danbury, Conn.; Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Pittsburgh; and Vallejo, Calif.
Plus, mayors across the country unite in support of net neutrality; Chicago’s Cook County seeks a chief data officer; Indiana uses software to connect drug addicts with treatment; and Austin, Texas’ civic tech group changes meetup name to foster inclusivity.
Nath has joined nonprofit City Innovate Foundation as its co-executive director. His former deputy Krista Canellakis has replaced him as chief innovation officer.
Teachers in West Virginia — and now Arizona and Oklahoma — are using Twitter and Facebook to crowdsource ideas, convene groups and amplify messages about pay grievances after years of education cost cutting.
Plus, Los Angeles seeks participants for its 2018 DataLA Summer Academy; Washington, D.C., vastly expands its number of open data sets; and Seward County, Neb., works to attract public-private investments for broadband infrastructure.
As CIO Beth Niblock begins her fourth year with the city, its IT infrastructure is stronger than ever, creating new opportunities for change and progress.
This is part two of a series about the 35 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. This week, we look at plans from Boulder, Colo.; Charleston, S.C.; Coral Gables, Fla.; and Georgetown, Texas.
A series of philanthropic partnerships has been key as Anchorage uses gov tech to improve life for its citizens.
This is part one of a series about the 35 cities that have advanced in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition to create innovative solutions for shared problems faced by municipal governments.
Plus, Buffalo, N.Y., creates a new open data portal, Baton Rouge, La., launches a new website, San Antonio forms a committee to address tech issues, and Ohio moves to a second phase of its Opioid Technology Challenge.
A look at the evolution of the challenge to ensure advances in technology bring benefits to everyone.
States have emphasized data work more lately — but where do they go from here?
In addition to publishing entirely new and conversational content, the city’s Web presence now includes access to dozens of municipal services that were not previously online.
Plus, New York City updates its “Ready NYC” mobile app that encourages users to make disaster plans; Nashville launches NashView community data map; and what’s happening for Open Data Day 2018?
The OpenGov Foundation has conducted human-centered research to identify pain points in communications between constituents and congressional representatives, and is using tech to make sure voicemails matter.
Former and current gov tech leaders say talking about successful projects is key to advancing innovation work.
Plus, 10 city leaders launch “Mayors for Smart on Crime” initiative, 18F warns public agencies against building native mobile apps and Detroit seeks to hire a director of emerging technology.
The open data advocacy group is now tracking which cities open information about emergency calls, employee salaries, police use of force and traffic crashes.
Plus, New Jersey joins multistate coalition suing FCC over its net neutrality rollback; Code for America launches an apprenticeship program; San Francisco looks to hire eight for its digital services team; Oakland, Calif., launches a civic design lab; and Indiana updates its Alexa skill to include travel advisories.
Seattle’s citywide privacy program is often recognized as a current leading effort among municipal governments to guard collected data, but the city isn’t content to stop there.
Los Angeles recently become the lone recipient of What Works Cities’ Gold Certification, ostensibly making it the American city most adept at using data to improve its residents’ lives.
Plus, San Francisco announces Internet as a utility effort; New York City announces three finalists for its NYCx Governors Island Connectivity Challenge; Louisville, Ky., applies for a pilot program to use drones in response to shootings; and Memphis, Tenn., launches an open data portal.
The state, which once had the longest health and human services applications in the nation, has cut the size of paper copies by 80 percent and is now working with Code for America to do the same online.
Seattle’s chief privacy officer covers universal rules, prevention tips and other best practices residents should know to keep personal info safe online.
While working on a new city website, technologists within city hall have their sights set on the bigger goal of making all that the municipal government does easier to find and simpler to understand for constituents.
Four local governments have partnered with the Center for Technology in Government to develop a platform that will share data and stem the rising tide of blighted buildings.
Mattmiller’s last day will be Feb. 2, and IT Chief of Staff Tracye Cantrell will serve as his replacement while the city conducts a national search.
Plus, Bloomberg’s What Works Cities program achieves 100-city milestone; CivTech St. Louis expands YourSTLCourts to include all of St. Louis city; NASA tool allows users to estimate population size for any area; and CincyInsights lets users check out past winter storms.
Deputy CIO Mark Wheeler will serve as the interim replacement as city conducts a national search for his permanent successor.
The nonprofit group, which helps a coalition of mayors leverage the skills, knowledge and creativity of citizens in order to improve local government, is more involved in tech projects than ever before.
Plus, San Jose PD puts use-of-force data online; San Antonio seeks tech participants for its new CivTechSA program; NYU Tandon and NYC Cyber Command launch a new cybersecurity master’s program; and Outreach Grid launches free tools for cities.
Little Rock's performance and innovation coordinator, Melissa Bridges, talked to GT about using data to improve internal efficiency and increase citizen engagement.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his staff have formed a partnership with the University of Notre Dame that has made South Bend a magnet for talent and new businesses.
Plus, deadline to apply for Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award approaches; Tucson Police Department looks to create data-heavy crime analyst superintendent position; and Cook County launches a new map hub and county clerk website.
The former governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore says major cities will lead American government into the future, with sensors and predictive analytics that allow for unprecedented service and accountability.
City officials, law professors and corporate privacy directors discuss the tension between open data work and privacy at the second day of the MetroLab Annual Summit in Atlanta, citing smart cities tech as an increasingly relevant part of the discussion.
At day two of the MetroLab Annual Summit, Reed said mayors must work with collaborators to create tech-friendly cities that appeal to businesses and residents.
Plus, Atlanta throws a smart city coming-of-age party; Palo Alto, Calif., explores using drones to bring blood samples to hospitals; and a new project builds on Cincinnati’s opioid data work to predict heroin overdose risk.
Mixed panel of vendors and municipal technologists discuss problems with procurement, potential fixes and what everyone stands to gain from getting it right.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Harvard's Stephen Goldsmith shared their insights and experiences at the MetroLab Network Summit in Atlanta on Dec. 13.
The city’s chief innovation and analytics officer is optimistic that joining STiR’s inaugural national class will facilitate cooperation between local government and the thriving startup ecosystem in Colorado.
Plus, Philadelphia’s fire department looks to hire a senior lead GIS analyst to create an analytics team; Facebook civic hackathon participants share winning ideas with Seattle; Platteville, Colo., adopts use of nonprofit’s video archive software; and Minnesota IT launches new employee intranet.
To make innovation thinking more accessible and commonplace across departments, the city has deployed analog and internal hackathons along with a badges system inspired by the Girl Scouts.
Advocates seek to enhance digital skills in the community by giving young people opportunities to use tech in service of art, using their passion and the city’s rich artistic fiber to help bridge the digital divide.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s donation will help the group design a re-imagined integrated benefit enrollment service that will soon be piloted in select states.
As municipal governments in New York City, Seattle and elsewhere vocally oppose a repeal, leaders also say they are preparing resources to monitor its impact once it happens.
Smart city projects in Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., were early efforts at the Internet of Things, analytics and other connected tech. Here's what they're up to today.
Plus, the Sunlight Foundation is changing its U.S. City Open Data Census, the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab aims to accelerate civic innovation, Syracuse, N.Y., creates a data-driven pilot program to enhance code enforcement and Boulder, Colo., becomes the latest city to launch an accountability dashboard.
The project aspires to give city governments a resource for identifying suitable data standards based on popularity, reliability and other criteria.
City leaders say they have seen an increase in businesses interested in relocating to Louisville in the weeks following the service's launch.
Plus, Connecticut’s chief data officer ponders value of network for state CDOs, Philadelphia releases police complaints data set, Code for America adds Sacramento to list of counties eligible for its food assistance app, and newly launched 500 Cities Data Challenge asks for cross-sector project ideas.
People with hearing and sight disabilities using screen readers and other assistive tech must be able to access content on government websites, but getting and staying compliant is a challenge.
Plus, NYC Economic Development Corporation RFP aims to create city’s first cybersecurity accelerator; Startup in Residence Program unveils civic challenges for first nationwide cohort; Harvard’s Ash Center restructures flagship award program; CincyStat collaborates with local police on interactive crime dashboard; and Philadelphia picks internal departments for its new customer-centric design lab.
The San Francisco-born program now includes Boulder, Colo., Houston and Washington, D.C, among others. A fresh set of challenges to lure startups to participate will go live Nov. 15.
The city's new public-facing digital efforts were made possible by relationships developed through the San Francisco-based Startup in Residence Program.
The United Kingdom's Behavioural Insights Team is helping U.S. municipalities improve outcomes by fostering initiatives centered around real human behaviors rather than long-held presumptions.
Plus, Illinois announces move to new data management platform, civic tech group creates new source for California elections data and the USDA invests $16 million in South Dakota's rural broadband infrastructure.
Packed rooms listen as chief data officers and others working with municipal analytics describe the strides local governments have made toward better serving communities through predictive analytics, data visualizations and other work.
Government data experts come to Harvard University for training and workshop sessions about how to best leverage data in order to transform city services in a wide range of areas, including public safety, mobility, inspections and more.
For first time, state technologists have asked the Legislature to include specific funding for cybersecurity in the budget.
States at the forefront of developing a unified, customer-centric digital government experience share some of their top insights.
The system takes a description of the user’s issue and suggests the case types that are most likely to fit the description.
A recent increase in public desire to strengthen democracy has not yet translated into more funding for civic tech, but the authors of a new report see it as a reason for hope.
Code4PA features statewide data sets, collaboration and reach.
New effort is bringing together government innovators from across the nation to visualize the opioid crisis and share best practices.
Plus, PayNearMe helps NYC residents pay parking tickets with cash, OpenDataSoft and Amazon partner on free data portal for 500 mid-sized cities, Newark, N.J., works with private partners to launch a gigabit wireless Internet connection, and Sunnyvale, Calif., taps archiving platform to bolster digital transparency.
Through the Startup in Residence Program, city workers collaborated with developers to create Outreach Grid, a program designed to improve municipal efforts to address homelessness.
Speakers at the Data Coalition’s annual Data Demo Day say tech improvements and culture changes are coming, but much room for progress remains.
Plus, Chicago launches redesigned website aimed at being more accessible, NYC Launches New Muni Tech Program and Facebook hackathon uses Seattle’s vast open data for civic tech projects.
Weekend event brings together technologists, public servants, journalists, and newly paroled members of the community, among others.
Chief Information Officer Tony Young talks about how recent breaches impact the state’s data privacy strategy.
Plus, Nashville launches one-stop website to better serve residents, encouraging tech growth in Detroit is an ongoing project, and technologists in Anchorage work with city’s treasury department to improve fine collection process.
Organizers hope to improve digital information sharing and other transparency efforts throughout the state government.
After recent storms delayed National Day of Civic Hacking Events in Florida and Georgia, local Code for America brigades are using the response to the disasters as a case study to focus their projects.
The former FedEx IT pro will be focusing on making the city’s wealth of data more accessible to citizens as well as hiring a chief data officer to maintain the momentum.
Plus, Code for America searches for data engineer to work on its flagship effort, San Jose’s smart city lead says city’s broadband ‘significantly lags’ behind U.S. peers, and GeorgiaGov Interactive becomes Digital Services Georgia.
Increased public concern has raised interest in the month-long slate of events meant to promote the importance of safeguarding digital information.
As new breaches are reported with increasing regularity, we look at how they impact state and local government.
This year’s class of Startup in Residence entrepreneurs is the last to work exclusively with Northern California cities as the program prepares to expand nationwide in 2018.
Plus, disaster relief is the dominant focus of TechCrunch's Disrupt SF 2017, Indiana taps Amazon Alexa to enhance state government, and five new participants join Bloomberg’s What Works Cities initiative.
Cockrill will leave state service on Oct. 20 for a position with the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences, a nonprofit research group.
Uses range from giving advice on driver’s license exams to traffic updates, as the list of municipal government skill sets available on the platform continues to expand.
The move will enable residents and others interested in the city to access streaming municipal content on demand.
From Portland, Maine, to Sacramento, Calif., the fifth year of the nationwide event sees more organizers looking to include participants who aren’t traditionally thought of as civic technologists.
Plus, Sunlight Foundation releases A Guide to Tactical Data, NYC Planning Labs launches its first project and tech continues to prove useful in the aftermath of major hurricanes.
The Brookings Institution has mapped broadband availability and subscription rates at the neighborhood level. The digital resource highlights the need for better connectivity across the United States.
City officials will work with the Age-Friendly Seattle Initiative to create a hackathon with a specific focus for technologists to address.
Plus, Next Century Cities releases best practices for leveraging civic engagement with tech; Louisville, Ky., continues to embrace Amazon’s Alexa by offering mayoral podcast through the platform; and Baltimore Innovation Team’s First Assignment is Police Recruitment.
Supporters say nonprofit identification system would increase transparency and make government more efficient in several areas, including procurement practices.
A coalition of CIOs and CTOs from New York, San Francisco, Austin and Seattle presented a letter supporting net neutrality rules currently under consideration for rollback.
Plus, Grand Rapids, Mich., shares wide-spanning tech progress update, and Baton Rouge, La., Launches GiS Web map to monitor heavy rainfall.
A growing number of stakeholders are participating in a new concept aimed at sharing solutions to common governmental challenges.
Data possess a number of useful functions for non-profit and government groups, from determining where to deploy anti-mosquito measures to helping assess how many people still need aid.
New platform features more than 70 data sets, integrated city planning goals and a capacity for expansion.
We look at a few companies working to help government get better at purchasing.
Plus, Philadelphia becomes first U.S. city to map urban trails via Google Street View, Code for America developer emphasizes importance of design for the public good, and Uber begins sharing some transportation data with cities.
Future efforts may involve predictive analytics as city contemplates the future of putting public information to work for a better quality of life.
Plus, Louisville, Ky., hosts its first internal hackathon, Peoria, Ill., hosts its first ever hackathon period, and 30 jurisdictions join a nonprofit aimed at increasing connectivity rates inside HUD housing.
Platform condenses 472-page plan into simple progress metrics that cover all of the goals within Boston’s first citywide project in 50 years.
Judges announce list of 11 finalists as Aug. 31 end-date approaches.
Plus, Arkansas' governor announces actions aimed at fostering tech employment growth in state, and judge dismisses AT&T lawsuit against Louisville related to clearing city infrastructure for broadband providers.
The city aims to share its extensive cyberdefense efforts with businesses throughout the region.
Now in its 20th year, the city's Technology Matching Fund will receive $430,000 this year.
The beyond.uptake program pairs service-oriented data scientists with industry experts for a six-month course of learning.
Plus, San Leandro, Calif., STiR participants seek residents to test tech, Massachusetts’ comptroller expands transparency and open finances efforts, and Cincinnati launches a series of new dashboards.
Increasingly diverse group of public agencies are deploying automated chat platforms to assist users online.
Plus, Congress seeks to establish basic IoT security standards, and Boston introduces Snapchat filters to show off city landmarks.
The new system is rife with enhancements that also include fully automated processing procedures, among other things.
If the program continues its successes, it could change how startups and government work together, leading to an increase in civic innovations. All interested cities must RSVP before Aug. 4 to be eligible to apply.
Plus, Bloomberg Cities offers 10 tips for innovators, Syracuse launches city’s first open data portal, and Boston’s City Hall lobby renovation features self-service kiosks.
Potential benefits for the city include reduced traffic fatalities, increased walkability and more efficient use of services.
The map visualizes instances of systematic oppression through history, drawing correlations between neighborhoods that lack digital equity.
Teams of high school students develop tech-based solutions for city government problems with help from local tech companies.
Plus, Code for America brings Californians human-centered access to food assistance, 18F and the FBI build Crime Data Explorer, and Austin, Texas, donates used government computers to underserved residents.
The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.
Plus, Chattanooga joins Kansas City in adopting a Facebook chatbot, DARPA invests $65 million in developing two-way brain-computer interface, and NYC launches a pair of tech initiatives in Brownsville.
Now in its second year, the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge looks to build upon 2016's success.
Plus, Georgia lays out online content strategy advice for state agencies, Pittsburgh debuts online database of for-sale city properties, and Naperville, Ill., launches new open data portal with police incidents and other info.
The model creates simple conditional statements called applets, which the city is using to create warnings about poor air quality and other emergencies.
PlaceSpeak, a location-based civic engagement tool, is designed to prevent interference from bots and trolls that have plagued online discourse as of late.
Plus, Atlanta CIO to deliver keynote about strategic partnerships in innovation, Kansas City launches open data Facebook chatbot and a new handbook details mayors’ roles in the rise of innovation districts.
Civic innovators find diverse applications for using technology to care for street trees.
Plus, Boston adds broadband access to its development review process, What Works Cities releases report about tangible ways local governments are changing lives, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture uses tech to improve service.
The city has issued an RFP for its Next Generation 911 project, while installing interim text-to-911 capabilities slated to go live in early 2018.
Plus, 12 cities join Chicago's effort to preserve deleted federal climate change research data, Seattle's open data portal gets a new look, and the FCC weighs whether to strip local governments of siting authority as 5G tech becomes more common.
Transparency advocates hope tech-based collaborations will become a permanent part of the lawmaking process.
The tech platform used is not only comprehensive, it’s also ideally suited for use in the field.
The chief digital officer in Gilbert, Ariz., is using digital media savvy to communicate with citizens and show the world what the community has to offer.
The county tagged at 526 individuals in January, up from 420 at the same time last year. The difference, officials say, was likely not as much in the actual population as it was in the technique used to collect data.
Plus, Chicago expands beach data in time for summer, LA maps its marijuana dispensaries, and Alaska's data goes to the dogs.
Plus, Boston mayor hosts city’s first innovation courtyard festival, and NYC Civic Hall adds a new managing director.
These efforts increasingly fuel hopes that private-sector expertise can truly impact government.
From Austin to Kansas City, an increasing number of governmental agencies are incorporating digital inclusion into their services.
The center seeks to provide a comfortable coffee shop experience for the Russell neighborhood, where residents often lack access to high-speed Internet.
Plus, Portland, Ore., leaders sign an open data ordinance and the FEC launches a new website.
DollarVan, OnBoard, nesterly and PASSNYC capture various prizes during the eighth year of the innovation competition.
New site stands to make process easier for both applicants and state workers reviewing applications.
Plus, Louisville plans to expand fiber network, and Missouri centralizes flood relief efforts online.
Visualization shows poverty rates along with available Internet speeds.
Local governments are taking an increasingly active role in providing equitable tech opportunities to all citizens.
Plus, Chicago posts removed federal climate change data online, and Austin hosts competition for app builders with $38K of prize money.
The new platform being used is modeled after Ohio's recent budget transparency work.
Often the people digital equity programs were designed to help assumed the initiatives were for someone else. So officials reached out to underrepresented populations and spread awareness that they, too, deserve a place in tech.
Plus, San Francisco's STiR director leaves for NYC, and Chicago's new open data portal keeps user-friendliness front and center.
After 42 years, officials are turning to tech-based solutions to address the city's noise element update. They are also hopeful the approach will bring new voices to the local conversation.
Advocates voice support for legislation in New York state to combat the distracted driving epidemic.
Plus, San Francisco looks to hire project manager for voting system overhaul, Hawaii launches new geospatial data portal and Indianapolis County emphasizes commitment to better digital services.
Seventy-nine percent of those polled in a recent survey are worried about the security of their personal digital data.
Plus, San Francisco enhances its Crime Data Portal, and Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority prepares to distribute 22 micro-grants.
Tony Neal-Graves talks about his plans for the state's broadband office and how he spent the first three weeks on the job.
Innovation Consulting program joins the city's Innovation Academy, Innovation Lab and Innovation Fund initiatives to encourage new ideas for civic tech.
Plus, a pair of reintroduced bills seek to bolster federal open data and transparency, and Baltimore puts its building permit application process online.
Plus, Philadelphia renames annual civic tech event to broaden engagement, and Boston makes its new open data portal official.
A data-driven approach can serve as an efficient and expedited starting point for agencies to identify and investigate fraud.
Plus, Democracy Works increases efforts to connect voters with election info, and Syracuse partners with Code for America to launch new info portal for businesses.
The Netherlands and Australia created common guidelines to report government financial regulation compliance to save on costs — and U.S. governments could benefit by doing the same.
Sacramento’s active efforts to streamline installation of 5G networks was likely part of the reason Verizon choose the city for its pilot.
Plus, a new initiative commits to powering 100 million connections between politicians and constituents.
The GSA's Office of Inspector General found that 18F disregarded several security rules and other governmental procedures, but the states it has recently contracted with say they're not concerned about similar issues.
Directly involving users with the creation of better digital services is fostering an atmosphere of customer service.
Boston's chief data officer talks about the second iteration of city's open data platform.
Now that Code for America has so much company in the civic tech space, the group is calling upon those who have voiced interest to get to work with them.
Also, the Defense Department launches an open source initiative, and Los Angeles creates a dashboard to visualize homeless shelter demand.
Wheaton, Ill. becomes first city in state with an open data portal for its park district; Seattle Public Library releases data about checkouts.
A UK-based company is bringing added accuracy to tickets issued in Winter Park, Fla.
Plus, Kansas City, Mo., and Fargo, N.D., both make significant strides in open data and civic tech.
Civic technologists say copyrights for technical standards incorporated into law create unfair barriers between the public and regulations.
Plus, DataRescue SF Bay event strives to preserve publicly accessible data resources from the federal government.
Burgh's Eye View analysts and developers will conduct meetings about their work in 14 neighborhoods, hoping for ideas to enhance the platform.
Plans include expanding to Florida and Texas by early 2018.
Plus, Marin County, Calif's new data portal seeks to fix challenges by improving open data.
The city is currently testing an alpha version of the website, preparing for a larger overhaul of its municipal online presence.
City leaders want private companies to collaborate with the public sector as part of another effort to provide Internet access to all citizens.
Plus, a philanthropic foundation plans to help continue the Obama administration’s Data-Driven Justice Initiative.
Will government tech advancements progress under President Donald Trump? Few answers, many questions.