Gov 2.0 News

August 11, 2011

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.

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

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