Gov 2.0 News

July 7, 2014

Remember dancing the Macarena? How about collecting Beanie Babies? If you were alive in the 1990s, some of you are guilty of following those pop culture trends. In most circles, they faded from popularity fairly quickly. But one recent government trend could be here to stay – using online crowdsourcing as a means to create and edit proposed laws.
While drafting legislation is traditionally the job of elected officials, an increasing number of lawmakers are using digital platforms such as Wikispaces and GitHub to give constituents a bigger hand in molding ...

July 2, 2014

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This article reports on presentations made by Philip Yang, President, URBEM (Urbanism and Urban Studies Institute for the city of Sao Paulo), Jianming Cai, Professor at the Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Alexandros Washburn Founding Director, Center for ...

June 26, 2014

Baltimore's first test of the EcoDistrict green neighborhood program was enabled by a lawsuit that delayed the State Center redevelopment project for four years.

Against the tug of today’s digital economy, New York and Chicago public libraries are experimenting with two projects to take the Internet to the people by loaning Wi-Fi hot spots like books.
The Knight Foundation, a journalism and civic technology philanthropy, on Monday awarded  $500,000 to the New York Public Library system and $400,000 to the Chicago Public Library system to accomplish the task. The funding came from Knight’s more than $3.4 million 2014 Knight News Challenge, a grant competition geared toward enriching the Internet with ...

June 23, 2014

A New York City school composting program aims to help the environment, instill a sense of conservation in schoolchildren, and, critically, save some money.

As far as Bartolome Bart Naciancenov is concerned, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Students at the University of South Florida will be soaring to new academic heights, with drones.

June 18, 2014

The New York City Department of Transportation and AT&T offered passersby a chance to use a texting-while-driving simulator Tuesday at Flatiron Plaza.

June 15, 2014

Tacoma, Wash., is using science, persistence and enforcement to take on rain-borne pollution, which has been a largely ignored environmental problem.

June 11, 2014

The City of Yonkers, N.Y., is conducting a pilot EcoDriving Training Program for city employees in an effort to reduce fuel use. The city spends $1.5 million annually on fuel for fleet vehicles.

Los Angeles County, one of the largest local governments in the U.S., is implementing new technology designed to help effectively manage contracts, statements of work (SOW) and RFPs. The new enterprise document management solution is designed to help the county “dynamically assemble” documents, improve consistency and minimize exposure to legal risks.
L.A. County has 35 departments and manages about 7,800 contracts. The $26 billion organization was previously challenged with complications and risks associated with managing its contracts and other ...

June 8, 2014

Philadelphia library cooks up culinary literacy

When Richard Thielman took the job as application development manager of the Iowa Department of Workforce Development (IWD) almost two years ago, he was immediately tasked with making the state’s online unemployment claim interface more user friendly, less prone to errors, and accessible to users regardless of what platform they were using. 
Meanwhile, Thielman began looking for ways to ensure the platform granted access to claimants during all hours. And decreasing up-load times. Also, Thielman had to protect the personal information against theft ...

The first round of companies that will start or relocate to the State of New York as part of the StartupNY initiative were announced today...

June 4, 2014

The FDA has launched a new open data project – openFDA, is designed to make it easier for web developers, researchers, and the public to...

Forget about working on the chain gang or making license plates; some inmates in Florida could repay their debt to society with a pooper scooper. <br />
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Under a new proposal to help dogs in Brevard County's shelters, Sheriff Wayne Ivey offered to allocate inmates to walk the caged animals.<br />
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Concerns recently surfaced that the homeless pups weren't getting enough exercise due to a lack of volunteers, according to Florida Today. <br />
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Officials in the central Florida county had been wrestling with ways to make sure the dogs are sufficiently ...

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