Making Rescue Volunteers Part of the Official Response

A rescue website developed during Hurricane Harvey—and in use again during Hurricane Florence—wants to work more directly with local governments.

Texas Is Building a Killer App for Killing Bureaucracy

Chief Information Officer Todd Kimbriel wants a digital assistant to navigate the state’s bureaucracy for citizens.

The Limits of Earthquake Early-Warning Alerts

Last week’s quake near L.A. shows the promise of the West Coast seismic notification system under development. But its effectiveness will depend on those using the technology.

The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps

Apps like Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps may make traffic conditions worse in some areas, new research suggests.

Seattle Expects to Save Millions of Dollars Through Right-of-Way Management

“Our first goals were to protect the pavement as an asset and make sure people and visitors to Seattle were able to travel,” said the city’s Project and Construction Coordination Office manager.

New App Maps Overdose Epidemic in Real Time

As opioid overdoses spiral, first responders and public health agencies are adopting a smartphone application that tracks both deaths and rescues as they happen.

When Seconds Matter, Tiny Flaws in User Design Can Slow Things Down

Bus service can be delayed for a variety of reasons, including squinting. Yes, squinting.

An App For Democratizing Street Design

So far, tech companies have been determining how driverless cars will fit into the grid. ReStreet invites you to weigh in.

New York's Pursuit of a More Useful App Contest

After drawing criticism from the tech community, the city redefines how government app competitions can work efficiently.

California's Open Data Portal Goes Open Source for the Apps

The portal will be maintained by the state Office of Digital Innovation alongside its Innovation Lab--centralization that should bode well for future app development.

How Apps Can Prompt Police Departments to Release More Stats

In trying to answer questions about U.S. crime using open data, app developers on the online analytics platform Foxtrot Code are requiring even more transparency from city officials.

5 Pop Songs That Can Teach Government Agencies About Launching Mobile Apps

"They heard it through the grapevine is not good marketing," and other lessons pop music can teach us.

Waze Can Now Warn You About High-Crime Neighborhoods in Cities. But Is That a Good Idea?

Making high-crime neighborhoods visible could stigmatize them and worsen economic inequality.

This App Aims to Incentivize Public Transit Ridership and Boost Local Businesses

Shop and Ride is connecting riders with merchant offers along their routes, and soon they met be able to redeem points for travel rewards.

A Denver Suburb Bets Big on Free Lyft Rides to Light Rail

Centennial thinks it can triple the ridership of its existing dial-a-ride service.

Cuomo Moves to Block Sex Offenders in N.Y. From Using ‘Pokemon Go’

The governor’s action follows an investigative report from lawmakers that highlighted potentially problematic trends.

D.C.’s Foster Care App Illustrates the Importance of a Mobile-First Mentality

Many government agencies shy away from mobile apps, but the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency recognized that’s just what it needed.

Reality Is Messier Than Uber and Airbnb Want It to Be

Sharing platforms are meant to scale seamlessly throughout the world, but they’ve faced a different knotty set of rules in nearly every city they’ve colonized.

Zombie Invasion: Rethinking Undead Mobile Apps

Plenty of old, outdated, “zombie” native mobile apps are still around, swaying and shuffling around the app stores without serving a useful purpose for the government agencies that created them.