cloud computing

Election 2012: A #SocialElection Driven By The Data

Social media was a bigger part of the election season of 2012 than ever before, from the enormous volume of Facebook updates and tweets to memes during the Presidential debates to public awareness of what the campaigns were doing there in popular culture. Facebook may even have booted President Obama’s vote tally.

What is smart government?

Last month, I traveled to Moldova to speak at a “smart society” summit hosted by the Moldovan national e-government center and the World Bank. I talked about what I’ve been seeing and reporting on around the world and some broad principles for “smart government.” It was one of the first keynote talks I’ve ever given […]

As buckles, city government pivots to the Internet to share Hurricane #Irene resources

Tens of millions of citizens in the United States are watching as Hurricane Irene churns up the East Coast. If you’re in the path of the immense storm, today is a critical day to prepare. Visit for relevant resources. Unfortunately for citizens in my home state, New York City is right in the path […]

Kundra: Closing the IT gap is the key to making government work better for the American people

Today, the first chief information officer of the United States, Vivek Kundra, shared his reflections on public service. Kundra, whose last day of work at the White House Office of Management and Budget was last Friday, is now at the Harvard Kennedy School and Berkman Center. I arrived at a White House that was, as […]

Open government innovation from NASA fuels launch of OpenStack and Nebula

Earlier today, a new startup emerged from stealth at OSCON in Portland, Oregon. Nebula looks to democratize cloud computing with open source hardware. As Venturebeat reported, by combining OpenStack with Facebook’s OpenCompute project, Nebula could bring cloud computing to everyone with a cloud appliance. It’s going to be a while before we’ll know if this […]

GSA’s McClure: Cloud computing and open data in federal government aren’t going away

To those in media, government or commentariot who think that cloud computing or open data might be going away in federal government after the departure of federal CIO Vivek Kundra next month, Dave McClure offered a simple message today: these trends are “inevitable.” Cloud computing, for instance, will “survive if we change federal CIOs,” he […] relaunches as a cloud-based open data platform

There’s a new version of going online. For those keeping track, is the open data website that the United States federal government launched two years ago. The most recent iteration integrates the services of Socrata, a Seattle-based startup that has quietly been helping cities and states around the country to get their data […]

White House Office of Management and Budget hosts forum on federal IT reform

Last December, the White House proposed sweeping IT reforms. Today in Washington, the nation’s top IT executives will discuss progress on those proposals and assess the challenges that lie ahead. The livestream is embedded below: This morning, President Obama issued an executive order streamlining service delivery and improving customer service. Government managers must learn from […]

Open government in beta: 2.0 is live

The beta version of the beautifully redesigned is now online at (Yes, it’s a United States federal government website in beta. This is 2011, after all.) The rebooted integrates core principles of Web 2.0 into its design and function, serving as one of the most important examples of government as a platform […] 2.0 Preview: FCC launches URL shortener

Later this week, a new version of will go live. It’s a complete redesign of the Federal Communications Online presence. You could even call it a reboot, in keeping with the FCC launch of last January. There’s much more to report on when the new goes online. For now, here’s a preview […]

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