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Turning the RFP Upside Down
September 29, 2014 - A Philadelphia program is showing promise for engaging entrepreneurs in solving urban problems.

Crowdsourcing App Tracks Flu Activity
September 29, 2014 - Users self-report symptoms in a weekly survey, which the Flu Near You app then analyzes and maps to show where pockets of influenza-like illness are located.

Ferguson Police Officer's Body Camera Turned Off During Shooting
September 29, 2014 - Local police continue to search today for a suspect who wounded a Ferguson police officer Saturday night, but now authorities say the incident involved only one person and that it appears no burglary took place.

Forecasting the Future for Technology and Policing
September 26, 2014 - With funding spigots turning off, law enforcement agencies must find ways to operate more affordably, such as using technology in more efficient ways, which also means being smarter.

Megacities Project Targets Carbon Emissions
September 26, 2014 - Cities are serving as bellwethers of society's carbon emission trends. While many are experiencing growth in emissions, others are leading the charge to reduce them.

Code for America Shifts Strategy for 2015
September 25, 2014 - Founder points to the areas of Health, Economic Development, and Safety and Justice as key areas for advancement.

Los Angeles Launches Civic Innovation Lab
September 25, 2014 - The city hopes to leverage public knowledge and enthusiasm to identify and solve key local problems using data available from its open data portal.

The Soft Infrastructure of Smart Cities
September 25, 2014 - On this edition of FutureStructure Radio is Ted Smith, chief civic innovation officer of Louisville, Kentucky.

Civic Apps: Can They Help Fight Crime?
September 25, 2014 - The few cross fertilizations between civic data enthusiasts and police departments are bring together the needs of safe communities with law enforcement’s efforts to fight crime and improve public safety.

GE Puts $10 Million Into Penn State Natural Gas Research Center
September 25, 2014 - The center will seek to advance efficiency and environmental sustainability through technological innovations and improved supply-chain management.

Will the FCC Vacate State Broadband Restrictions?
September 24, 2014 - Petitions from Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., ask the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state barriers to government-owned broadband networks and could lead to legal challenges.

Social Media: Big Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing
September 24, 2014 - Following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the importance of social media as a policing tool, in particular Twitter and Facebook, soon became apparent.

Elon Musk's 'Other' Gigafactory Breaks Ground in Buffalo, N.Y.
September 24, 2014 - The news comes two weeks after Tesla Motors, Musk’s electric-car company, firmed up plans for a $5 billion Gigafactory near Reno that will build advanced batteries.

Hilliard, Ohio, Competes to Lure Amazon Data Center
September 24, 2014 - The city council approved an ordinance at its Monday meeting offering Vadata, a subsidiary of the online retailing giant, an incentive package worth about $5.6 million for the first phase of the project.

Modernizing Government Starts with Its Workers
September 24, 2014 - The GSA's Dan Tangherlini says government offices have to defy their reputation of being slow to change and inconvenient for the average working person.

Smartphone App, Online Map Help Hampton Roads, Va. Pinpoint Flooding
September 24, 2014 - The Sea Level Rise app and interactive storm-surge map enable the public to issue and receive information about waterlogged streets, while helping emergency managers better understand flood patterns.

7 Code for America Cities Named for 2015
September 23, 2014 - Founder outlines goals for partnerships at annual summit in San Francisco.

Cloud Computing: (Nearly) Ready for Prime-Time Policing
September 23, 2014 - Like other government agencies, police hope they can save some money and get rid of legacy hardware and software by using the cloud.

San Francisco Taxi Owners, Cabbies Join Forces Against Rideshare Companies
September 23, 2014 - After seeing 65 percent of their business migrate to ride services, taxi drivers and company owners, at odds for decades, have joined forces — not only with one another but with their overseer, the Municipal Transportation Agency.

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