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Making the Case for a Local Version of the U.S. Digital Service in California

Maury Blackman | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Maury Blackman

A California version of the highly acclaimed U.S. Digital Service just took a big leap forward. In its recently released report, the Little Hoover Commission has called on elected officials in Sacramento to create a local version of the federal program in the form of a new California Digital Service.

Martin O'Malley Mingles With Startup Founders, Makes Pitch To Save His Campaign

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.22.2015 | Home

To former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, "civic tech" refers to websites, apps, and social media that "connect caring human beings to one another ...

A License for Civic Engagement: Cutting Red Tape and Kick-Starting Business

Maury Blackman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Maury Blackman

The score of recent decisions from Washington, D.C., certainly offered millions of Americans much to celebrate this 4th of July. But amidst the flurry of breaking news, one announcement that you may have missed has the potential to transform our relationship with local government, not to mention reduce migraines.

New Federal Government App Solves The Wrong FOIA Problems, Poorly

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.27.2015 | Home

When the Department of Homeland Security launched a mobile app to send Freedom of Information Act requests directly to the federal government agency, ...

This Is Why The Government Needs Better Online Security, Now

Posted 06.04.2015 | Home

What should have been a trustworthy digital service has been compromised, in the latest sign that the U.S. government can't be relied upon to keep the...

See How New Google-like Tool Empowers Advocacy Orgs

Sam Blakeslee | Posted 05.18.2016 | Home
Sam Blakeslee

Think of it as a searchable, sharable video engine for California government. It's like C-SPAN, Google, and Facebook for politics all rolled into one. Too often well-financed groups have the inside track in Sacramento for funding and policy. Thanks to students at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) at Cal Poly, this has changed.

How the White House Is Leading the National Effort On Civic Innovation

Maury Blackman | Posted 05.24.2015 | Home
Maury Blackman

What if local governments asked their tech talent to give a day or two or a couple of weeks a year to work with local agencies and departments to improve the communities where they live and work?

Open Data: Going Beyond Solving Problems to Making the Impossible Possible

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.15.2014 | Home
Lisa Abeyta

For the past year and a half, my cofounders and team have focused on what it will take to use, interact and learn from data being produced within the civic sector.

Gerry Smith

The US Government Is Awful At Technology, In One Chart | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.14.2014 | Home

The White House said this week that it has created a new team of tech wizards, led by a former Google employee, to help the government avoid another b...

Gerry Smith

How A Government Computer Glitch Forced Thousands Of Families To Go Hungry | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.27.2014 | Home

Camilla Lewis and her son, Jamarri, did not receive food stamp payments for three months. (Photo: Gerry Smith/Huffington Post) WAKE FOREST, N.C...

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 05.21.2014 | Home
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

Which Party Will Grab the Mantle of Transparency?

David K. Rehr | Posted 04.12.2014 | Home
David K. Rehr

Of course, the losers for the lack of forward-looking ideas are the American people. They put their confidence in government to solve problems at reasonable costs and help improve the quality of their lives. But neither is occurring.

Guess Who Wrote A Book?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.28.2013 | San Francisco

Now that California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom's Current TV chat show has evaporated, the famously restless leader needs something to do that likely do...

Rise of the Civic Startup

Stephen Hardy | Posted 12.31.2012 | Home
Stephen Hardy

Over the last decade unprecedented technological advances and urbanization created an opportunity for startups to enter the civic realm. But the government sector has largely lagged behind. Now is the time to change that.

The Heartbeat of Bogotá: Engaging the Population of a City to Reinvent Itself for the Digital Age

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.24.2012 | Home
Don Tapscott

Around the world our cities are in desperate need of rejuvenation and transformation. Elected officials are scrambling to equip their cities for the 21st century, talking about creating "open," "networked," and "smart" cities.

Separating Wheat From Chaff

Susan Landau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Susan Landau

The U.S. government is helping dissident groups across the globe get access to new types of communications technologies. The plain folk are speaking, and the U.S. government is listening.

Jason Linkins

This Day In Failed Government Technology | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Matt Yglesias points his readers to the website of the Senate Finance Committee, as an example of just how spectacularly behind the curve the federal ...

Government Technology: New Alcohol Sweat Monitor Threatens Privacy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The idea that governments could monitor its citizens' every move with technology has been the stuff of fiction for decades, and the technology that al...