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

Wearable Cameras: This Arrest Is Being Recorded
September 19, 2014 - Small cameras worn on an officer's vest, lapel or eyewear can capture interactions that have ramifications on several levels.

Can Body Cameras Really Reduce Police Use of Force?
September 05, 2014 - Ferguson police are the latest of more than 1,000 departments to wear body cameras, which are proven to reduce officers' use of force and citizens' complaints against cops.

New York City Tackles Rising Lawsuit Costs with Data and Maps
August 29, 2014 - ClaimStat is a data-driven risk management tool that can spot patterns in lawsuit claims and help find ways to reduce the costs of settlements and judgments.

GSA's In-House Innovators Help Agencies Rethink Software Design
August 18, 2014 - The incubator group known as 18F uses agile methods and open source software to deliver user-centric services to federal agencies.

Can Boston Hack Its Way to a Better Permitting System?
August 12, 2014 - The HubHacks Challenge brought city officials and the tech community together to design a more user-friendly version of its outdated permit application process.

Utah Leading the Mobile-Friendly Government Movement
August 12, 2014 - Most state and local governments in the U.S. are stuck in a desktop world with websites and services that don't work on smartphones and tablets. But not Utah.

Philadelphia Opens Innovation Lab for City Employees
August 01, 2014 - The learning space represents an ongoing strategy by Mayor Michael Nutter to institutionalize a new way of problem solving within city government.

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.

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