Cities are upgrading their council meetings for remote participation
More people want to participate in city council meetings during the pandemic and some cities are making the needed upgrades to support the demand.
Coronavirus kicks Code for America brigades into action across cities
The civic tech group's local chapters have been developing apps and other tools to help people navigate through the economic hardships of the pandemic.
Pandemic boosted public's interest in government, city officials say
Attendance numbers of public meetings in San Francisco and Seattle are up, according to numbers provided by their broadcasting stations, as people obey stay-at-home orders and millions file for unemployment.
Code for America appoints Amanda Renteria as new CEO
Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka is succeeded by Amanda Renteria, former chief of staff to Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
'Smart' parking meter vendor had data stolen in ransomware attack
CivicSmart, which sells parking meters and software to cities around the world, appears to have paid a ransom after some of its files were published by hackers.
Federal agencies launch innovation challenge for local governments
The National Science Foundation and departments of Homeland Security and Energy are backing the $9 million effort to develop resiliency solutions for local governments
Code for America chief Jennifer Pahlka to step down Jan. 31
Pahlka, who previously announced the organization's search for a new executive director, will remain a consultant and member of its board of directors.
Cities need specialists to keep pace with emerging tech, experts say
Panelists at the Consumer Electronics Show suggested cities hire people — which they referred to as "lookers" — to manage civic-tech pilot projects.
San Francisco innovation chief Krista Canellakis steps down
After seven years of projects, often involving connecting government with private-sector expertise, the city's chief innovation officer is moving on.