Government Technology

Tod Newcombe

Senior Editor

With more than 20 years of experience covering state and local government, Tod previously was the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for information technology executives in the public sector. He is now a senior editor for Government Technology and a columnist at Governing magazine.

Twitter: @dcommunities

Recent Articles

Chicago Sensor Project Will Measure Pedestrian Traffic, Air Quality Data
July 01, 2014 - Sensors attached to traffic poles will stream a variety of environmental data to the city's open data portal for research on how a modern city functions.

Can Phone Apps Rebuild Trust in Government?
June 10, 2014 - Some cities think the key to getting citizens to trust in and see the value of government again is developing civic technology that's proven to work.

6 Principles in Planning City-Level Sensor Projects
June 06, 2014 - In the fifth and final section of our Digital Communities quarterly report, we look at how cities can build the business case for sensor projects.

The Role of Citizens in Smart Cities Looks Promising, but Remains Unclear
June 05, 2014 - Can we trust smart cities? In part four of our Digital Communities quarterly report, we look at whether people can become sensors, sending and receiving city-related data.

The Boom in Urban Data Labs Helps Support Growth in Smart Cities
June 04, 2014 - In part three of our Digital Communities quarterly report, we look at research organizations and the urban labs they run, which could be more than just platforms for studying urban informatics.

Can Spatial Analytics Combined with Behavioral Economics Ease Congestion?
June 03, 2014 - A company called Urban Engines works with city transit authorities to figure out better ways to use existing infrastructure and to craft incentives to change people's commuting habits and reduce congestion.

Scaling Up Sensor-Based Smart Cities Proves Difficult
June 03, 2014 - Can we trust smart cities? In part two of our Digital Communities quarterly report, we look at the hardships in finding a working business model to justify a sensor-based project, as showing they can cut costs and impact a city's budget can be tough.

The Rise of the Sensor-Based Smart City
June 02, 2014 - Can we trust smart cities? In part one of our Digital Communities quarterly report, we look at making cities smarter through the use of sensor technology: tiny electronic devices that can measure and track just about anything that goes on in a city.

NYC’s Simple Plan for Reducing IT Fraud and Waste
June 02, 2014 - After losing hundreds of millions of dollars, the city is starting to clamp down on IT contractors to make sure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.

Can We Trust Smart Cities?
June 02, 2014 - Sensors and analytics software are transforming urban centers. We look at the benefits and risks.

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