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October 13, 2013

The Iowa Department of Transportation is deploying a new technology that will disable motor vehicle enforcement officers' in-vehicle laptops when the vehicles reach 15 mph.

As the Pentagon and the military services grapple with what appears to be a skyrocketing number of sex crimes within the ranks, the Navy has quietly been working on an extensive program it says has reduced the most serious sexual assaults by more than 60 percent at its largest training base a decrease that has held for more than two years.

Flipped schools, where students watch video lessons at home and do homework in class, are showing early promise in improving learning.

October 10, 2013

Following a recent state sponsored Open Data Summit, Vermont is launching a new open data pilot project focused on compiling and opening local government data....

Senate Bill 806 was signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week, authorizing the state DMV to establish an electronic license plate pilot program.
Although the law does not include the requirement of an electronic solution, previous versions of the bill include language about partnering with the private sector on electronic alternatives for payment and processing programs regarding vehicle registration and titling. The pilot needs to be established by Jan. 1, 2017.
 
According to background information provided by the Senate floor bill analysis, the ...

A partnership between the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and OpenStreetMap is a promising example of the public sector and tech communities working together to improve the accuracy and usability of data sets.

October 6, 2013

The state of New York will begin treating most alleged prostitutes as victims rather than criminals, and seek to steer them toward medical treatment, job training and other social services to break the cycle of sex trafficking.

October 5, 2013

Lessons for the public sector from the private.

Advanced remote sensing technologies are providing cities and planners across the United States with new tools to assess urban tree canopy and develop more effective urban reforestation efforts.

Special districts were created during the New Deal, as a way to quickly pump cash into the economy.

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

October 1, 2013

In a city that has long typified auto-centric sprawl and unplanned growth, a funny thing is happening. An urban revival has taken root as the city competes with its suburbs and other big cities to attract residents and businesses.

September 30, 2013

Students from the University of California, San Francisco, will be able to share their knowledge with the public and do research that has a life beyond the classroom.

The residents and retailers of Pioneer Square don’t just want a public loo. They need it. The smell of pee permeating from street corners and alleys is truly unpleasant for visitors. Seattle’s most storied district should elicit fond memories, not disgust and wrinkled noses. Seattle&rsqu

Tearing down vacant blocks isn't enough

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is full of big ideas about technology’s effect on citizen engagement. He addressed a small audience at the University of California, Berkeley about the topic earlier this month as a keynote speaker for an event, Can Open Data Improve Democratic Governance?, hosted by a partnership between the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Institute of Governmental Studies.
 
Newsom set aside some time before his speech to discuss many of the same issues with Government Technology.
 
Our coverage last week featured ...

Last week, Denene Butts found out she was one of more than 30 veterans selected to move into Cedar Grove Apartments, the first permanent rental housing complex in Hampton Roads for disabled and homeless veterans.

An unprecedented study is tracking the behavior of drivers in the U.S. using cameras and sensors to observe how they interact with their vehicle and the road. Researchers hope to better understand the causes for collisions, and how to prevent them.

September 22, 2013

At 5:49 p.m. on a January day, Pvt. Jordan DuBois posted on his Facebook page: "I'm goin to kill myself this is my last post ... miss u all..."

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