Gov 2.0 News

April 9, 2014

The phrase “big data analytics” conjures images of voluminous server rooms, vast labyrinths of data-manipulating algorithms and a kind of Orwellian pervasiveness only a true technophile could embrace. The high-tech and high-spun image of big-time analytics, promoted both by its corporate advocates and true believers, promises ingenuity, efficiency, accuracy, prediction and a previously unheard-of frontier in quick data-driven decisions.
Sure, state and local governments have used analytics to relieve traffic congestion, monitor public utilities, ...

New Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has installed a large data dashboard in his office to track the performance of everything from city services, hot line call volume, and social media sentiment.

Instead of arguing about how their city did not have enough money to fund the creation of bike paths, a community in Mexico City, Mexico, went ahead and made them. When residents in Beijing, China, saw that cars were encroaching ...

White House data splurge meant to "change the game" on climate

November 16, 2013

Localities are experimenting with social impact bonds (SIBs) to fund America's social service infrastructure. John Roman asks if such an instrument could be used to help transform blighted areas.

Despite the best efforts of some of the biggest providers of broadband internet access, municipal networks and white space trials continue to expand. The city...

In the future, big data is supposed to help cities improve and optimize their operations. According to a new report that documents the innovative uses of data and evidence by seven major cities, the future is now.

November 13, 2013

FastFWD is a new civic accelerator, backed by the City of Philadelphia, GoodCompany Group (a startup accelerator) and Wharton Business School. Notably, FastFWD is focused...

November 12, 2013

Saddled with thousands of vacant buildings, and little hope of recovering lost population, cities such as Baltimore, Buffalo, and Cleveland are pursuing large-scale demolitions. Shrinking cities are changing the very practice of urban planning.

November 9, 2013

Cities as big as Los Angeles and as small as Norfolk, Va., are turning to streetcars.

The overall unemployment rate for veterans is steadily declining, but veterans are having better luck landing work in Virginia and Texas than they are in California and New Jersey. The jobless rate for the youngest veterans remains stubbornly high.

The four-day program started Wednesday morning and runs through Saturday at Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Jersey City.

New York City is getting tough on animal abuse, and investigators use cutting-edge technology to put them behind bars.

November 6, 2013

In the 'school-to-prison pipeline,' Florida students accused of minor offenses such as disrupting class are arrested and charged with crimes. Nationwide, over 70 percent of school-related arrests are black or Hispanic students, according to US Department of Education data.

November 5, 2013

Several federal environmental agencies have developed an online calculator for fleet managers that helps estimate gasoline usage, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions, and the cost of ownership of vehicles.

November 3, 2013

Cities and businesses are looking to reduce waste from demolition sites and increase the amount of recycled material used in new developments.

October 31, 2013

Homeless in 10th grade. Born on crack. Forced to panhandle. And now college students. Extra support can make all the difference for their future.

October 30, 2013

US police are using a James Bond-like tool to make car chases safer and the firm behind the gadget wants to bring them to the UK.

New ways to monitor students around the clock raise questions about whether educators can or should legally discipline children for online outbursts.

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