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Washington Local Governments Launch Mobile Apps

Washington Local Governments Launch Mobile Apps

March 15, 2017 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Information Technology

This post looks at Washington local governments apps that deliver news and services to constituents in a mobile-friendly format.

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5 Takeaways from the Regional Smart Cities Workshop

5 Takeaways from the Regional Smart Cities Workshop

March 22, 2016 by Josh Mahar
Category: Information Technology

The decreasing costs of smart city technology and the importance of trust are just a few of the insights from the regional smart cities workshop in Redmond earlier this year.

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Seattle Addresses Privacy and Public Disclosure in New Strategy for Managing Big Data

Seattle Addresses Privacy and Public Disclosure in New Strategy for Managing Big Data

March 26, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category: Information Technology

Earlier this year, the Seattle City Council adopted a set of six privacy principles regarding personal information. It was the first deliverable from the city’s Digital Privacy Initiative, an effort aimed at developing a comprehensive plan and process for how the city collects, manages, and uses data. Seattle’s efforts are pioneering in this area and are a likely precursor of discussions that many local governments will need to have in the near future. As jurisdictions adopt new technologies and use data to better serve their constituents, myriad questions of privacy and public disclosure are often left unanswered. Developing a clear strategy and process to address these issues, like Seattle is attempting, may help local governments steer clear of major problems down the road

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New and Noteworthy Washington Local Government Website Features

New and Noteworthy Washington Local Government Website Features

March 21, 2014 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Information Technology

I have been a long-time observer of how local governments are using their websites to enhance the delivery of local government services and their interactions with citizens. It has been fascinating to see how local...

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Is There an App for That? Developments in Mobile E-Gov

May 22, 2012
Category: Public Participation , Information Technology

I just upgraded to a smartphone, and I now have apps to find the weather, get directions, read news, access Microsoft Office, and most importantly, find out when my next bus will arrive.  People love their apps, and local governments are getting into the act, too.  The trick is to effectively take advantage of a new technology to build tools that help residents and local businesses quickly access...

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Top Five Video Ideas for Local Government

May 21, 2012 by Tracy Burrows
Category: Public Participation , Information Technology

The digital futurists predict that within three years 80 percent or more of internet content will be via video.  Why is that important to local government?  Citizens are already accessing most of their information about local government via the internet, and there will be a growing expectation that the information presented on your website will be via video.  The flexibility of the internet as a...

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