Civic Tech

Weddings Move Online in the Age of Coronavirus

Cities and states across the country are allowing couples to obtain marriage licenses online and, in some places, get married via video conference.

Need Help With Covid-19 Tech? This Nonprofit Connects Volunteers with Governments

The U.S. Digital Response, a new nonprofit, dispatches tech-sector volunteers to assist governments with coronavirus-related projects.

How Government Agencies Are Using Dashboards to Interpret Data and Improve Efficiency

COMMENTARY | Eight tips from city and county agencies using dashboards to analyze data.

State Attorneys General Launch Google Antitrust Probe

The investigation of Google’s advertising practices is the latest to target tech companies.

The AI Supply Chain Runs on Ignorance

Tech companies often fail to tell users how their data will be employed. Sometimes, the firms can’t even anticipate it themselves.

Why Flying Cars Are an Impossible Dream

The air taxi is the Godot of technology: always on its way, never here.

Measuring Bike and Pedestrian Traffic to Make Better Roads

Once collected, this data could end up capturing patterns that planners hadn’t anticipate.

40 Startups to Work With 22 Governments on Civic Tech Challenges

The Startup in Residence Program has grown and even inspired California’s governor to turn its approach to innovation into a new procurement pathway.

Uber Is Resuming Self-Driving Car Tests

Pittsburgh will see autonomous Ubers again.

California Moves Another Step Toward Open-Source Government

The comprehensive open-source plan rolled out this week is the latest chapter in a story that has been developing for years.

California Will Allow One Company to Ditch Humans for Self-Driving Cars

Waymo calls the move a milestone for the company's self-driving fleet.

Eliminating Tech Tribalism in Government

Are public sector agencies ready take tech collaboration to the next level? Our survey says government officials want to, but don’t know where to start.

Algorithms Can’t Fix Societal Problems—And Often Amplify Them

Activists and researchers argue that artificial-intelligence tools, including those used by governments, reflect the problems already present in the systems they're automating.

Program Pairing Governments and Startups Launches Latest Round

Participants in the Startup in Residence program are seeking solutions for about 80 “civic challenges.”

Google Tool Offers Look at City Emissions, Solar Power Potential

The company's Environmental Insights Explorer features only five localities for now, but there are plans to expand it to thousands.

Maps Provide Snapshot of Hottest Parts of Major U.S. Cities

A tech company produced the temperature maps using vehicle sensor data.

San Francisco’s Program to Link Startups to Cities Expands

The program will also help two transportation agencies on opposite sides of the country share ideas and create a technology advisory board.

Bridging the Public-Private Divide

COMMENTARY | The former smart cities manager for Redlands, California believes there’s an opportunity to accelerate public sector innovation—he just moved to the private sector to help make it happen.

Blockchain for Government Has Already Arrived

COMMENTARY | State governments are testing projects—and, no, it’s not (just) about cryptocurrencies.