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Mitigating Risks in the Application of Cloud Computing in Law Enforcement

November 26, 2012 by John Kamensky

How law enforcement organizations can quell concerns about reliability and availability, performance requirements, cost of migration, and the recovery of data when implementing a move to cloud computing.[read more]

Making Collaborative Technology Successful

November 25, 2012 by Dave Briggs

How should one implement collaborative technology in organizations, such as a government department? There’s always a disconnect between what the department wants and what the user wants. Find a way of aligning what the department wants and what makes the users’ lives easier and better.[read more]

Police on Pinterest?

November 24, 2012 by Lauri Stevens

How might a police department use Pinterest? You can see for yourself. Philadelphia's police department is now on Pinterest, and using the image sharing site to increase community engagement and put the spotlight on Philly's most wanted.  From the Philadelphia Police Department: "The Philadelphia Police Department is always looking...[read more]

Local Government Digital Service

November 20, 2012 by Mick Phythian

Whilst the Cabinet Office report admits that “most public services are provided by local organisations such as local councils and the NHS”, instead of ignoring local government and starving it of resources, central government needs to cooperate properly and assist in making these changes real.[read more]

Tech Companies Release Apps to Help People Vote

November 2, 2012 by Bailey McCann

Technology companies of all shapes and sizes are putting up a variety of new applications with voting in mind. As CivSource reported this week, MyFairElection a new effort from Harvard seeks to create a Yelp for voting. Now, popular social media company Foursquare is out with a real-time voting map that works in partnership with Google, the Voting Information Project, the Pew Center on the States, Engage, and the New Organizing Institute to provide real-time voting data nationwide.[read more]

IDC Government Insights to Begin Advising Cities on IT

October 31, 2012 by Bailey McCann

IDC Government Insights has launched a Smart Cities Strategies research advisory service to analyze and advise cities and local governments on how to leverage technology to improve city operations and better serve citizens. Designed for local government ICT and business planners, technology buyers, and program leaders who are seeking to understand how to strategically invest in and deliver technologies that create Smart City ecosystems, the Smart Cities Strategies research advisory service analyzes cities and vendors that are successfully partnering to deliver these services. The effort reflects similar themes in other big IT shops like IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative launched last year.[read more]

MyFairElection Will Let Voters Rate Their Voting Experience

October 31, 2012 by Bailey McCann

On election day, voters will be able to enter the address of their polling place and find out in advance about wait times, comment about their experience, report problems, and upload photos. MyFairElection will also supply voters with the location of their polling place, voter identification requirements, and other election-day information such as current average wait times. Both real-time during Election Day and afterwards, the application will aggregate voter-provided data into heat maps and other data-rich displays to identify and display the quality of electoral access across the country. The site will allow voters to identify and locate problems as they emerge in real time, compare and rank states and localities according to the quality of access to the vote they provide, and share the experience of exercising their right and ability to vote.[read more]

Bristol one of the First UK Cities to have 4g

October 30, 2012 by Connecting Bristol

Bristol has been used as a test bed for 4g for the last few months, but from today you will be able to browse the web in the City using a superfast mobile connection. The first commercial 4g services have been launched by EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) here and in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow,...[read more]

Introducing PIOpost, The Social Media Dashboard for Public Safety Agencies

October 29, 2012 by Lauri Stevens

  In a recent survey performed by Accenture, citizens were asked if they felt as though police agencies were maximizing their use of technology to communicate with the public.  The results of the survey were quite clear – three quarters of all respondents said they would like to see police forces using more digital channels to...[read more]

Where Ideas Go to Live or Die

October 26, 2012 by Nicholas Charney

I just finished reading Steven Johnson's "Where Good Ideas Come From" and it's an absolute must read for anyone interested in the sweet science of innovation; he's actually got a TED talk that addresses some of these issues but it isn't nearly as compelling as the book). I was so impressed with the book that I simply had to...[read more]

Community Managers: Expectations, Experience and Culture Matter

August 30, 2012 by David Eaves

The thing is, if you never tell people how long they are going to have to wait - expect them to get unhappy. More importantly, if, while their waiting, other contributors come and make negative comments about their contributions, don't be surprised if they get even more unhappy and become less and less inclined to submit patches (or brownies, or whatever makes your community go round).[read more]

Wondering If Mobile Technology Kills Creativity

August 10, 2012 by Ari Herzog

With the rise of mobile application, what is the impact that this will have on hardworking creative professionals who work hard on their craft, spending years and years to master their technique, only to be compared to cell phone snappers?[read more]

Are “Commons 2.0″ and participatory urbanism hype or hope?

August 8, 2012 by Alexander Howard

Mobile applications that civic developers are creating around the world — like ForageCity — are making it increasingly possible for more people to interact more easily and for less cost where ever and whenever they wish.[read more]

ifttt – an absurdly useful little tool

June 20, 2012 by Dave Briggs

ifttt allows you to set automated tasks based on your activities online – and is as easy to use as clicking a few buttons – no complicated wrangling with the likes of Yahoo! Pipes here.[read more]

Open Government and Creativity: GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

January 8, 2012 by John Kamensky

Image by opensourceway via Flickr/Creative Commons

This is a guest post written by Dan Chenok.fadasdfThis week, GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) released its annual report on activities in 2011.  This GSA entity, led by Administrator Dave McClure and a very able staff, serves to drive innovation and transparency to support better government for...[read more]