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'Engage Omaha:' a Web Platform for Citizen Input

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 13 2011

Late last month, the City of Omaha launched a web platform to collect citizen input on budget priorities for its next budget. The platform is an instance of MindMixer, built by an Omaha-based company focused on idea ... Read More

This New Media Consultant is the New Mayor, Online and Off

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 12 2011

Alex Torpey just started showing up: To meetings, on boards and committees around town, and at places like last year's Personal Democracy Forum, where he picked the brains of anyone he could find. On Monday, Torpey, 23, ... Read More

'Hacking Tyler' to Chronicle Digitization of a Small Texas Town

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 9 2011

A news app developer at the Chicago Tribune promises to chronicle his efforts to improve a small Texas town's community, through technology, in a new blog announced in The Atlantic: Tyler has information that could be ... Read More

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Bright Lights, Small City: Is Tiny Roosevelt Island a Microcosm of Urban Innovation's Future?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 9 2011

The Roosevelt Island tram, one of the only urban tram systems in the country. Photo: Shinya Suzuki / flickr Jonathan Kalkin gets excited when he talks about his latest scheme, a plan to build one of the world's first ... Read More

Government of Japan Asks for 'Apps for Japan'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 6 2011

The government of Japan's IT Project Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Policy has put out an open call for the development of websites and apps to help in the aftermath of the tsunami and earthquakes that ... Read More

Google Analytics Reveal an Unreported Homicide

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 5 2011

In Washington, D.C., Homicide Watch D.C. editor Laura Amico noticed something odd in her Google Analytics reports yesterday: People were coming to her site looking for "20 year old male killed on fort stanton se may 4." ... Read More

In Philly, Making it Harder for Landlords to Hide

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 5 2011

Technically Philly describes a hackathon project to find all properties owned by a given landlord by cross-referencing scraped data and city databases: So, say, a small-time property developer wanted neighborhood ... 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

Broadband and Online Forums: The Future of Democracy, According to Knight Reports

BY Nick Judd | Friday, February 25 2011

The keys to a more open and transparent democracy include increased broadband access and a steady flow of government data into online communities, according to two white papers realeased today by the Knight Commission ... 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