Gov 2.0 News

October 21, 2013

Smart buildings, smarter schools, and a parking system that works

October 19, 2013

San Antonio's newest library doesn't look very bookish. In fact, the BiblioTech is completely digital. Host Scott Simon speaks with Judge Nelson Wolff of Bexar County, who spearheaded the initiative, about the modern take on the traditional library.

Across the country, teachers have turned the education process upside-down, in a new teaching trend where lessons are taught at home and students complete their homework at school.

October 17, 2013

Urban streets are getting a makeover. In many cities worldwide, bike share stations have usurped parking for private vehicles. Protected bike lanes are replacing traffic lanes, while the unwieldy, barren intersections of yesteryear are being reinvigorated as vibrant plazas for ...

To celebrate its first anniversary, Future Cities has assembled a list of the top 100 city innovators making the biggest difference across a range of industries and specialties.

On July 31, the state of Massachusetts signed into law a new tax on software services that was to raise revenue for transportation projects and education programs. Less than two months later, after intense criticism from technology firms that said the law would stifle innovation and cost jobs, lawmakers repealed the tax.
Estimating the financial impact of a new public policy is an uncertain science at best, even for the most experienced government official. But is it possible Massachusetts legislators could have avoided the software tax fiasco? What if they ...

October 13, 2013

The Iowa Department of Transportation is deploying a new technology that will disable motor vehicle enforcement officers' in-vehicle laptops when the vehicles reach 15 mph.

As the Pentagon and the military services grapple with what appears to be a skyrocketing number of sex crimes within the ranks, the Navy has quietly been working on an extensive program it says has reduced the most serious sexual assaults by more than 60 percent at its largest training base a decrease that has held for more than two years.

Flipped schools, where students watch video lessons at home and do homework in class, are showing early promise in improving learning.

October 10, 2013

Following a recent state sponsored Open Data Summit, Vermont is launching a new open data pilot project focused on compiling and opening local government data....

Senate Bill 806 was signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week, authorizing the state DMV to establish an electronic license plate pilot program.
Although the law does not include the requirement of an electronic solution, previous versions of the bill include language about partnering with the private sector on electronic alternatives for payment and processing programs regarding vehicle registration and titling. The pilot needs to be established by Jan. 1, 2017.
According to background information provided by the Senate floor bill analysis, the ...

A partnership between the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and OpenStreetMap is a promising example of the public sector and tech communities working together to improve the accuracy and usability of data sets.

October 6, 2013

The state of New York will begin treating most alleged prostitutes as victims rather than criminals, and seek to steer them toward medical treatment, job training and other social services to break the cycle of sex trafficking.

October 5, 2013

Lessons for the public sector from the private.

Advanced remote sensing technologies are providing cities and planners across the United States with new tools to assess urban tree canopy and develop more effective urban reforestation efforts.

Special districts were created during the New Deal, as a way to quickly pump cash into the economy.

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

October 1, 2013

In a city that has long typified auto-centric sprawl and unplanned growth, a funny thing is happening. An urban revival has taken root as the city competes with its suburbs and other big cities to attract residents and businesses.

September 30, 2013

Students from the University of California, San Francisco, will be able to share their knowledge with the public and do research that has a life beyond the classroom.

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