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Ready to Launch, A New Platform to Ask Elected Officials Anything

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, February 7 2014

Last week, the White House made something of a splash with its Big Block of Cheese Day, encouraging internet users to ask members of the Obama administration and the White House staff questions on social media. A new platform officially launching Monday hopes to provide voters with the opportunity to pose questions to elected officials and other prominent figures every day of the year, in some ways echoing an ongoing Ask Me Anything concept. Read More

The Age of Airbnb: How Cities Adapt to the Sharing Economy

BY Sam Roudman | Monday, June 17 2013

Photo: Sam Howzit

Austin is one of a number of cities coming to grips with how to regulate the growing online market for short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb and HomeAway. While creating these regulations gives cities the opportunity to raise revenue through licensing, it also creates a Gordian knot of competing interests. Here's the path some cities are paving through the obstacles towards a new legal framework for the sharing economy. Read More

Google Fiber In Austin: Has Real Competition Returned to Broadband Internet Service?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 9 2013

The same day Google and the City of Austin announce that Google Fiber will launch in the Texas tech mecca in mid-2014, AT&T promises to build a competing network at the same gigabit speeds. Does this mean the race is finally on for the future of broadband Internet in America? Read More

Prepared.ly To Help Austin Residents Better Prepare For Wildfires

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, July 19 2012

The City of Austin and Code for America unveiled a new application Thursday that they hope will help city residents become better informed when it comes to preparing their homes against the ravages of a wildfire. Read More

An Open-Source Redesign

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 6 2011

Oklahoma City has a Tumblr blog devoted to sharing updates and collecting feedback around a project to redesign its website. Maybe turning a city's web property redesign into an open process is just starting to catch on ... Read More

Austin City Limits: What's Holding Back Government Innovation in Austin, Texas?

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 4 2011

Why can't the City of Austin's government operate like a real 21st-century municipality? Photo: Doc Searls / Flickr Four years after starting a website redesign process, and the home of the SXSW media, technology and ... Read More

Friday Document Drop: 'Austin Open Government Online'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 18 2011

A heavy chunk of research the City of Austin commissioned as part of its website redesign process went online late last month in the form of a report to a committee of the city's legislature. The city of Austin has been ... Read More