November 3, 2008 By Karen Stewartson
Labor Day weekend was a truly laborious one for Carl Malamud, a public access advocate, who posted the 38-volume California Code of Regulations on the Internet.
Malamud sought to send a message to government agencies to be more liberal with digital access and stop claiming copyrights on their laws. State laws stipulate that citizens cannot distribute or store these files without its consent. If they do, citizens can be fined $2,000 or more for a printed or even a digital copy.
Malamud hopes this will encourage governments to be more lenient with digital distribution and that these agencies will seek to educate citizens about their rights. The 100-page three-ring binder collection is proudly referred to as "Code City" and can be seen on Flickr.com, while a comprehensive list of state laws can be viewed at the Web site.
"Is Denver Mayor Hickenlooper Kurt Vonnegut's Long-Lost Son?" (2004) Author Kurt Vonnegut claims to be Hickenlooper's true father in a video created for the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation's roast of Hickenlooper.
These outtakes from a public service announcement promoting the 2006 Health Fair have three times more viewers than the video itself. In this video, the mayor and former Gov. Bill Owens chuckle over flubbing their lines.
Hickenlooper jumps from a plane at 13,000 feet to promote a referendum in this political commercial. [image: skydive]
Hickenlooper attempts to answer the question, "How do you define democracy?" for a film contest sponsored by the Denver Film Society and Denver Office of Cultural Affairs.
In a commercial from his first mayoral campaign, Hickenlooper turns his quirks -- an eccentric wardrobe and a love for his motor scooter, for instance -- into appealing trademarks.
Hickenlooper and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter inhale helium in this public service announcement promoting the 9Health Fair.
-- Emma Newcombe, Editorial Intern
Source: Harris Interactive
A recent survey asked adults where they get their news.
-- Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.