Government Technology

Austin (TX): A Model for Cities Working to Narrow the Broadband Gap?

In Austin (TX), population 885,000, some 55,000 residents say they don't use the Internet — at all. But the City Council refuses to accept this.

Can Open Data Find a Business Model?

It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of open data by now, and yet the state and local governments working to expose their data are vastly outnumbered by those that are waiting for a solid business case to support the idea before they try it.

Should Governments Bother Archiving Social Media?

Just like physical documents and emails, government social media conversations and interactions are considered public data.

Philadelphia Launches Cloud-Based 311 Service

The city of Philadelphia (PA) has signed a new deal with the IT services company Unisys to provide a comprehensive 311 system for residents.

Retaining The IT Workforce

Attracting talented technology professionals to public service continues to be a challenge for government employers.

California HHS Open Data Portal Paves Way for State Health Data

Estella Geraghty, the deputy director for California’s Department of Public Health and the portal’s project leader, met with public officials on Aug 7 to announce the official launch of the site at health.data.ca.gov and to elaborate on next steps

Social Networking Platform Ties Neighborhoods and Government Together

Nextdoor, a neighbor-to-neighbor social media platform, is growing at breakneck pace: from 176 neighborhoods to more than 38,000 today -- that number represents one in four neighborhoods throughout the US.

NYC Improves Online Access to City Laws, Procurement Notices

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC) has signed two bills that improve government transparency.

States Watching Congress on Internet Access Taxes

Americans in most states have paid no taxes on Internet access for 16 years, thanks to a federal law banning states and local governments from collecting such taxes.

US Map Shows More Community Owned Broadband Networks Than Expected

In the United States, more than 100 cities have publicly-owned broadband networks, according to a comprehensive map that plots US cities with publicly owned citywide wired networks.