June 7, 2011 By Wayne Hanson from News Reports
Four Local CIOs Named to Top 50
Information Week named IT executives from Boston, New York City, Charlotte and San Diego County among its selection of top 50 CIOs. Most selectees were from the federal government, with several state-level IT individuals named as well.
French Media Banned from Mentioning Twitter and Facebook
French TV and radio presenters have been banned from mentioning social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter on air. The country's broadcasting watchdog has ruled that doing so would break guidelines on advertising. BBC
Using Wikis in Government: A Guide for Public Managers
This 44-page report on the use of Wikis in government includes three local government case studies: Melbourne, Australia; San Jose, California; and Manor, Texas. IBM
High-Tech Courthouse to Open despite Delays
Lawyers will plug their laptops into evidence carts to show photos or videos to jurors. Photos or maps projected on screens in the courtroom can be marked by witnesses simply by touching a screen in front of them. Wireless, assisted-listening headphones are available for the hard-of-hearing or those who need to hear interpreters. "It will be much more user-friendly," said Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, who was an intern in the prosecutor's office when the current Common Pleas building, known as the Hall of Justice, opened in 1973. Columbus Dispatch
County Clerk's Office Working on Virtual Record Room
Deeds, liens and other public documents filed in the Berkeley County , W.Va., Clerk's Office are expected to be available via the Internet beginning July 1, but the "virtual record room" will only be available to those who pay a membership fee of $15. Herald-Mail
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.