Gov 2.0 News

June 17, 2012

In town for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, Zak Stone reports on New Orleans' attempts to repopulate the city with the creative class.
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Take a look at federal agencies' newest iPhone, Android, and mobile applications, ranging from a Smokey Bear wildfire-tracking app to an app that advises you how long it will take to clear customs at the airport.

SINCE the new government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra took office last July, Thailand has been treated to a soap-opera about the supply of tablet computers to all children starting school. Ms Yinglucks one tablet per child pledge during the campaign was probably her single most vote-catching policy, yet fulfilling it has turned into a national ordeal. A few weeks ago a deal was at last signed with Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development, a Chinese firm, for the provision of 400,000 tablets. On June 7th a beaming Ms Yingluck gave the first batch to a group of smartly ...

San Francisco hopes to convince panhandlers to give up the street life in exchange for a stipend to foster problem puppies.

June 13, 2012

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Collecting real-time information will be as essential to building the city 2.0 as coordinating the top-down integration of infrastructure systems. A new city in Portugal will use more than 100 million sensors to build its feedback loop.read more

June 11, 2012

NEW YORK - More than half of the worlds people now live in urban areas and the United Nations expects two-thirds of humanity will be city dwellers by mid-century.  Representatives of nearly 30 cities of the world are participating in a two-day conference in New York City to examine ways of combating corruption that is accompanying such rapid urbanization.  

If taxpayers fund a kilometer of city sidewalks but only get 800 meters, they are robbed by corrupt officials who steal one ...

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia is providing low-income seniors with vouchers to purchase locally grown produce. Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass said the popular program delivers fresh and nutritious produce to elders while providing a ...

June 7, 2012

A draft report says females suffer more from service-related issues than males and are less likely to access health care benefits.

June 4, 2012

Through the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness-Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program, performance enhancement specialists take all of the psychological, emotional and social skills that are so valuable in the world of sports and train soldiers to apply them to every aspect of what is often a stressful military life.

Public libraries across America are threatened by reduced staffing, resources, and hours due to budget cuts. However, "little libraries" are popping up in communities across the country as urbanists seek to redefine public space and librarianship.read more

June 1, 2012

Advancing digital technology is bringing major changes to higher education, after upending journalism, the music business, manufacturing and many other industries.  In a few cases, this digital revolution means tens of thousands of students can sign up for one class taught by top professors.  The pace of change in higher education is getting faster, and will affect teaching, student evaluation, and access to knowledge.

Imagine a university class with 160,000 students sitting at ...

To boost transit options, U.S. cities are revving up plans for something long popular in Europe bike lanes protected from traffic.

Gov. Deval Patrick is set to join Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials to announce an initiative they say will help establish the state as a hub of so-called "big data" research.

May 30, 2012

Sarah Goodyear reports on the Windy City's ambitious plan to eliminate all traffic fatalities in the city within 10 years.read more

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The state Division of Motor Vehicles is starting to implement a new system designed to make sure all state drivers are properly insured, to the potential benefit of law-abiding motorists. The DMV has been sending out additional inf...

When former Army infantryman Tyler Heath was deployed to Iraq, he battled militants and became inured to gruesome sights. Once returning home to Colorado, he had to recalibrate. The intense combat, the feelings of anger and violence, and the constant threat of insurgents became his new "normal". "When you see a big, shocking incident, it changes you. It's terrifying. You don't know what to think or say; your training just kicks in," said Heath, now 26. But the next incident of a suicide bombing or other catastrophe had a smaller and smaller effect ...

Nate Berg profiles an innovative program being taught at a private school in the Bronx, or as he calls it: "The High School Curriculum Every Urban Planner Wishes They'd Had."read more

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