Gov 2.0 News

August 4, 2011

PhillyTreeMap makes counting trees interactive with its users being able to add trees to its web-based digital map of Philadelphia, reports Gregory Thomas for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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August 2, 2011

After the success of the High Line park in Manhattan, other cities like Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis are moving to turn abandoned rail lines into public spaces.

First there were parklets, clearings placed on top of parking spaces. Then there was the Powell Street Promenade, a set of eight aluminum eddies that widen San Francisco's busiest pedestrian thoroughfare. Now say hello...

New York City and Pennsylvania are working to increase transparency by providing citizens with more information and new government websites. Over the weekend, New York City held a hackathon focused on reinventing city government. Pennsylvania also launched a new website, PennWATCH, which will provide citizens with a searchable database of government spending. New York City’s [...]

Networks of wireless sensors deployed on the nation's structurally deficient bridges could help cash-strapped agencies prioritize their infrastructure spending.

Rachel Sterne, the citys first chief digital officer, is still defining her mission as she tries to reinvent how the government engages New Yorkers.

Playing a computer game that models the budget's tough choices is serious fun: an exercise in participatory democracyCan a 20 year old find a way out of America's budget deadlock? If a new game that recently debuted online is any indication, the answer is yes. The solution to wearying battles and posturing around the debt crisis could lie, in part, with an unlikely source: a computer game. Budget Hero 2.0 the new national budget game launched just over a week ago, with a bipartisan stamp of approval from Senator Jeff Sessions (Republican, Alabama) and Senator Mark Udall (Democrat, Colorado ...

August 1, 2011

The ubiquity of smart phones, the ascendancy of iTunes and the expanding universe of mobile applications are changing the way we work and play. Government is no exception. An app developed by NASA for example, delivers streaming ...

July 26, 2011

The agency is the first to move all employees to Web-based email under the administration's push for greater IT efficiency.

In the emerging field of spatial humanities, scholars are using mapmaking software to recreate vanished landscapes and envision history as it really happened.

When terrifying battlefield memories come rushing back, causing night sweats, flashbacks or a panic attack, some troops and vets now find comfort by reaching for their smartphones.

The department will not require the use of federal wireless encryption standards.

July 25, 2011

Not that it's a real surprise that trees clean the air, but a new study shows that greenery in cities can have a significant effect on air quality.
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Officials with Denver Bike Sharing are hoping to get a boost this year from several grants to offer the Denver B-cycle program year-round, as well as to continue to expand the number of sites.

But traffic citations, including those issued by Houston's red-light cameras, may not be contested on city website.

Initiative teaches law enforcement officers across different jurisdictions to share tips on potential threats in a standard, searchable format.

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