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Teaming up with IBM For Smarter Cities

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Inside Bloomberg’s Plan To Spread The Gospel Of Urban Innovation

By Jessica Leber7 minute Read<p>In the 20 years since Joan Dunlap left her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, she lived all over the world–in Japan, New York, …

City bans cars for a month, doesn't collapse into chaos

Lots of places close streets to cars for a day, but what happens when you do it for a month?<p>Could this happen in North America? Take a neighborhood …

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you.<p>That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: …

How Six Agencies Are CrowdSourcing with Mobile Apps

Mobile devices allow the public to interact with government in new and game-changing ways and users expect those interactions. As a result, many …

Google Reveals its Innovation Lab for Government

Those who know of Google likely know in one way or another of the Google X Innovation Lab -- a place where inventions like driverless cars, Google …

Test-tube government

INCUBATORS, accelerators, garages, laboratories: the best big companies have had them for years. Whatever the moniker (<i>The Economist</i> once had one …

Ohio Makes State Government Spending Data Publicly Available Online

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is seeking to “set a new national standard for transparency” with a website that allows users to study how funds are being …

Government And The Fast Pace Of Innovation

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Hollie Russon Gilman is democracy fellow at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation where she studies the impact of technology on government transparency, civic engagement, and democratic innovations.</i><p>We live in a society of instant gratification: Just about …

Looking for Inspiration? Five Noteworthy Innovations in Public Participation

<i>This column profiles five recent entries in Participedia, an open global knowledge community for researchers and practitioners in the field of</i> …

Constitutional Law

More Than 250 Tech Companies Release Letter To Congress Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership

Now one more group is throwing its hat into the ring: technology companies. In an open letter to Congress, over 250 technology companies large and …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

Europe wants to impose a new tax on Kickstarter projects

The European Commission is weighing whether to impose a tax on crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter. The idea is that people who pledge, say, $100 to get a credit card-sized cell phone, would have to pay a value-added tax (VAT) on the products they eventually receive. It’s gaining traction as the …

Why race issues in “Mad Men” remained invisible, to the very end

Don Draper’s smile was always slow moving and surprising when it happened. There was no doubled-over-tears-streaming-down-his-face-laughter in his life. No belly laughs or card games or trash talking over sports. There was, however, lots of restraint, reticence, brooding and cool wit. And so, in …

Paying everyone a basic income would kill off low-paid menial jobs | Paul Mason

What if everyone in Britain was paid £6,000 a year and didn’t have to look for work? It would mean no more pensions, no basic welfare payments – and a radical new labour market<p>You take a large chunk of a country’s tax revenues and pay people a few thousand pounds a year to do nothing. That’s the …

The Right to Blaspheme

Dissenting from the tenets of a particular religion is very different than discriminating against a category of persons.<p>The name of the poor wretch is lost to history, but the year is recorded: It was in 1631 that last German Jew was burned at the stake, falsely accused of desecrating the …