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Mozilla and San Francisco Look to Get Citizens Logging In to Government

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, May 3 2012

The city of San Francisco and Mozilla have made it into the next round of a competition being run by a federal government standards body that is designed to produce a better system for managing verified identity online. It's an early test of a White House-backed plan to build out new and different ways of linking real-world identity with online activity even as the Internet titans Facebook and Google seem to be taking up ever more room in the exact same line of business, and it has implications not just for other interactions with government, but for commerce and for free speech online. Read More

Obama Campaign Opens Tech Field Office In San Francisco Thursday

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 22 2012

Campaign stickers for Barack Obama's re-election this year have already started popping up on cars all around San Francisco and many campaign events for volunteers have been organized lately in the Bay Area. So it comes ... Read More

In New York, Landmark Open Data Legislation Will Soon Be Up for a Vote

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, February 28 2012

The New York City Council is expected to vote on a far-reaching open data bill on Wednesday that would codify many of the principles articulated by open government advocates in recent years. If made law, the bill would go further than San Francisco's pioneering 2010 open data law in depth and scope, obliging agencies to provide data online in machine-readable format though a single, citywide portal. But perhaps in a nod to the amount of work involved in working through large volumes of existing data, city agencies won't have to make theirs available through the city's portal until the end of 2018. Read More

Team Obama's West Coast "Technology Field Office"

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 16 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle's Joe Garofoli writes that Barack Obama's re-election campaign has launched a "technology field office" in San Francisco, the better to attract the ideas and talent of geeky Left Coast supporters. Read More

Seven Ideas to Reboot Government Innovation In San Francisco

BY Luke Fretwell | Thursday, January 26 2012

Luke Fretwell writes:

"There’s been a great deal of discussion lately around the topic of government innovation, especially here in San Francisco, with the appointment of a new chief innovation officer, a new “civic accelerator,” a new venture with a consortium of Bay Area technology companies and a new technology and innovation task force led by SF Mayor Ed Lee.

All signs point to a bright gov 2.0 future for SF but, before we get too excited, let’s look back so we can learn how to best overcome the past two years of innovation inertia."

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San Francisco's Plan: Open Government, Open Data, Open Doors to New Business and Better Services

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, January 24 2012

In San Francisco, city officials have pulled together a core nexus of driven leaders, civic hackers, and big-name investors in the hopes that greater access to the city's inner workings can spur more web 2.0-style startups that solve problems government has, or maybe that citizens have because of government. Is this enough to make local government work better? Read More

Technology in Politics, Crazy-Cameos-in-Campaign-Videos Edition

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 25 2011

So here's this, the second absurd campaign video of the day, for San Francisco mayoral candidate and current interim mayor Ed Lee. It features cameos by Google's Marissa Meyer, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Giants closer ... Read More

'Through the Wall:' Code for America, One Year On

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 17 2011

Image courtesy Code for America

Code for America launched last year to see if coding talent and information-technology knowledge could help big municipal governments make their cities better without spending a whole lot of money, modernizing city hall ... Read More

Free-Speech Advocates Push for FCC to Rule On BART Cellphone Service Shutdown

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 31 2011

In the wake of a shutdown of cellphone service earlier this month the San Francisco Bay Area's commuter rail provider, BART, in order to stop a political protest, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others have asked ... Read More

In San Francsico, The FCC Is Watching

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 15 2011

Federal Communications Commission spokesperson Neil Grace just sent along this statement about the developing situation in San Francisco, where the public transit authority, BART, has staked a claim on the right to shut ... Read More