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There's a map for that - Can redistricting be opened to the public through open source and the web?

There's a map for that - Can redistricting be opened to the public through open source and the web?
By Alex Howard
December 20, 2011

DistrictBuilder is a web-based redistricting tool that lets citizens draw their own maps, publish them online and submit them to redistricting authorities.

Opening government, the Chicago way - Chicago looks to use its data, developers and citizens to become a smarter city.

Opening government, the Chicago way - Chicago looks to use its data, developers and citizens to become a smarter city.
By Alex Howard
August 17, 2011

Sustainability and analytics are guiding Chicago's open data and app contest efforts. The city's approach offers important insights to governments at all levels.

App outreach and sustainability: lessons learned by Portland, Oregon

By Andy Oram
July 31, 2011

The big problems faced by contests and challenges in government apps are encouraging developers to turn their cool apps into sustainable products, and getting the public to use them.

Advances, setbacks, and continuing impediments to government transparency

By Andy Oram
June 16, 2011

The good, the bad, and the edgy in open government at Computers, Freedom & Privacy.

How a Health 2.0 code-a-thon works

By Andy Oram
June 12, 2011

Report of a day spent with people developing a health-care related app in eight hours.

How a Health 2.0 code-a-thon works

By Andy Oram
June 12, 2011

Report of a day spent with people developing a health-care related app in eight hours.

Challenges aired at Health Data Initiative Forum

By Andy Oram
June 10, 2011

A major bash by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Institute of Medicine--together with the NIH, EPA, and others--drew hundreds of people yesterday in Washington, DC to discuss the use of government data in health care. Some of the interesting apps on display, and a look toward next steps.

Should the patent office open its internal guidelines to the public?

By Andy Oram
June 3, 2011

Anyone following policy issues around technological innovation has noticed the power and scope of patents expanding over time. To understand the forces contributing to this, I recommend a thoughtful, readable summary--and highlight the role played by internal documents at the patent office.

Google Public Data Explorer goes public - A new tool from Google makes it easier for anyone to visualize data.

Google Public Data Explorer goes public - A new tool from Google makes it easier for anyone to visualize data.
By Alex Howard
February 16, 2011

Making data visualizations just got a bit easier as Google has added Public Data Explorer to its suite of free data tools.

Go-To-Meeting Government

By Dale Dougherty
February 12, 2011

DealBook in the New York Times offers a portrait of Gary Gensler who is chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. I was inspired by Gensler's story. He moved from Wall Street to Washington to go into public service while raising three girls as a single father. His quest to "overhaul the murky $600 trillion derivatives market" is meeting with...

Steve Wozniak on the FCC and Internet freedom - For Steve Wozniak, the issue of an open Internet is personal.

Steve Wozniak on the FCC and Internet freedom - For Steve Wozniak, the issue of an open Internet is personal.
By Alex Howard
December 21, 2010

After penning an open letter to the FCC on net neutrality, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made a surprise appearance at the Federal Communication Commission's public hearing on new open Internet rules.

The growing importance of data journalism - Parsing the progress of open government data requires new tools and reliable information sources.

By Alex Howard
December 21, 2010

Data journalists now have huge volumes of accessible government data, but a recent panel discussion reveals that cultural roadblocks and "dirty" data still need to be addressed.

Open data study shows progress, but a long road ahead for open government - The good news: Open data is viewed positively. The bad: There's lots of room for improvement.

By Alex Howard
December 16, 2010

A new report on the attitudes, quality and use of open government data shows strong support for the release of open data among citizens and government employees.

Time to Revisit Telework

By Sarah Sorensen
December 16, 2010

There are so many benefits associated with telework, it's not surprising the Telework Act was signed last week. I guess the real question is why has it taken so long - why has adoption stalled? It's probably due to a combination of technical and culturual issues...

Update on WEAVE government data visualization software

By Andy Oram
November 18, 2010

WEAVE is a visualization tool for public data, to be released in March or shortly before. This blog compares it to other efforts and summarizes some work on upcoming features.

Tracking the tech that will make government better - Crowdsourcing, fraud detection, and open data tools were touted at a recent Senate hearing.

By Alex Howard
August 17, 2010

A hearing on innovative uses of technology in government examined stimulus spending transparency at Recovery.gov, fraud detection through open data analysis, and the potential of crowdsourcing.

Open government is a mindset - Analysis: Connections are forming between social media, open government and e-government.

By Alex Howard
July 27, 2010

While online tools and digital platforms that enable greater transparency, collaboration and citizen participation will continue to improve beyond those used in 2010, the culture of openness within agencies will also need to evolve in order for open government to achieve any measure of success.

Web 2.0 risks and rewards for federal agencies - Potential security and privacy issues balance gov. innovation and cost savings.

By Alex Howard
July 23, 2010

Testimony from government officials and a consumer watchdog before Congress highlighted how social media is affecting government, including the changing nature of official records in the digital age.

Taking on IT challenges at California scale - California CIO Teri Takai on IT transformation, sustainability and Gov 2.0

By Alex Howard
July 14, 2010

In this interview, California CIO Teri Takai talks about how California is taking on data center consolidation, green tech, scaling legacy systems and more. Her perspectives are of interest to many observers now that she's been nominated to become assistant secretary for Networks and Information Integration at the Department of Defense.

Gov 2.0 Down Under: Australia and open government - Federal Senator Kate Lundy and Nicholas Gruen on Australia's open government plans.

By Alex Howard
June 25, 2010

Australia is lapping much of the world with its rapid moves toward open government. Interviews with Federal Senator Kate Lundy and Australia Gov 2.0 task force head Nicholas Gruen reveal the country's current progress and its future plans.

Gov 2.0 Week in Review - Supreme Court ruling on privacy in the workplace, Gov 2.0 Hero Day, responding to the BP oil spill, Knight Foundation Winners and a "Do Not Pay" list

By Alex Howard
June 20, 2010

This week's review comes as the nation comes to grips with the expanding scope of its worst environmental disaster in living memory, as the extent of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico becomes more clear. Despite the dire circumstances, the fact that I was able to stream President Barack Obama's first address to the nation from the Oval...

Gov 2.0 Hero Day - A tip of the hat to GovFresh founder Luke Fretwell.

By Brian Ahier
June 15, 2010

June 15 is Gov 2.0 Hero Day. To mark the occasion, Radar contributor Brian Ahier puts the spotlight on GovFresh founder and Gov 2.0 Hero Day creator Luke Fretwell.

Gov 2.0 Week in Review - Closing the IT gap, looking back at PDF, considering cloud computing and looking ahead to DC Week.

By Alex Howard
June 13, 2010

Will the Department of Health and Human Services make community health information as useful as GPS or weather data?

Here come the healthcare apps - A look at the applications -- and the big opportunities -- showcased at the Community Health Data Forum.

Here come the healthcare apps - A look at the applications -- and the big opportunities -- showcased at the Community Health Data Forum.
By Alex Howard
June 11, 2010

Availability of government healthcare data is giving rise to an ecosystem of innovative applications, many of which were on display at the Community Health Data Forum. We take a look at some of the most promising health-data apps showcased at the event.

European Union starts project about economic effects of open government data

By Andy Oram
June 11, 2010

Open source advocate Marco Fioretti has just announced the start of a study on open data for the European Union, with a focus on economic benefits for local businesses. Related surveys are also mentioned.

Cloud computing saves L.A. millions in IT costs - Los Angeles CTO Randi Levin on why her city moved into Google's cloud.

By Alex Howard
June 9, 2010

Nobody will end up with a completely SaaS model, says Randi Levin, at least not in the next couple of years. "What I do see is that most organizations are going to end up in a hybrid world where you have some on-site infrastructure; you have some hosted infrastructure, and you have some SaaS."

Should the U.S. support Internet freedom through technology? - Perspectives on how the State Department could further Internet freedom.

Should the U.S. support Internet freedom through technology? - Perspectives on how the State Department could further Internet freedom.
By Alex Howard
June 8, 2010

The methods by which online images, texts and videos -- the Samizdat of the 21st century -- move beyond the boundaries of repressive governments are at the heart of Internet freedom.

Technology for Internet freedom and innovation at the State Department - A look at the role and goals of the U.S. Secretary of State's innovation advisor.

Technology for Internet freedom and innovation at the State Department - A look at the role and goals of the U.S. Secretary of State's innovation advisor.
By Alex Howard
June 8, 2010

Alec J. Ross, the U.S. Secretary of State's senior advisor for innovation, doesn't want a tech strategy -- he wants policy and change with a tech component. Read more about Ross' role and his goals in this interview.

Connecting the dots with Intellipedia - U.S. intelligence agencies are using an internal wiki for knowledge sharing.

Connecting the dots with Intellipedia - U.S. intelligence agencies are using an internal wiki for knowledge sharing.
By Alex Howard
June 3, 2010

The United States' sixteen intelligence agencies are using an internal wiki, dubbed "Intellipedia," to share information. We take a look at how Intellipedia is helping these agencies work better.


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