Gov 2.0 News

August 15, 2011

State legislators in California and Colorado are considering measures that would increase government transparency. Lawmakers in Colorado are pushing two bills that would provide more information about how the state is spending transportation dollars and how impact fees are paid out. In California, a Democratic assemblyman defied his party to push a measure that would [...]

Los Angeles Unified teachers are participating in an evaluation project that gives more feedback on their methods. This is what one of Los Angeles Unified's most ambitious reform efforts looks like: about 30 people gathered in a Gardena school auditorium, watching a video of a teacher trying to get her young students to understand a John Updike poem.

Twenty years after the police beating of Rodney King was caught on videotape, the Los Angeles Police Department is offering itself up as a model for the nation.

PHILADELPHIA — In the food deserts of Philadelphia's low-income minority neighborhoods, where supermarkets are few and far between, the typical corner store that residents rely on for groceries has been a fat fortress, a high-carb castle, a heart-unhealthy haven for high-fructose corn-syrup drinks masquerading as "10 percent real fruit juice."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and its Canadian counterparts will work together for the first time to model a catastrophic 9.0 earthquake striking the Pacific Northwest.

August 11, 2011

Critics argue third-party code would pose security concerns.

Twenty-one federally financed projects are under way to understand urban water use, greenhouse gas emissions, storm water runoff and biodiversity.

As riots engulf London, the role of technology in cities and crime-fighting comes into the spotlight. Some wonder whether this could usher in the age of facial recognition in cities.
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The New York City Police Department has started a unit to track leads on criminal activity disclosed on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

August 10, 2011

The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center in Dallas has saved the city an estimated $3 million in jail time and homeless management. Architecture gets some of the credit.
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August 8, 2011

The agency's first mobile app aims to help in cases of child disappearance and abduction.

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Cities with high populations of older adults are beginning to alter their programs and street signs to make it easier to respond to senior citizens' needs.
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August 5, 2011

Cities across the U.S. are increasingly looking to technology to improve the public participation process and increase the ways citizens can engage with the government. Chief technical officers are becoming more common.
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August 4, 2011

When New York City firefighters and police officers rushed into the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, their commanding officers on the street had little knowledge of where they were, the condition they were in, or the best way for them to escape.

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