portrait of Ali Nadeem
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While technology can be transformative and improve lives, it can also be very disruptive. Some technologies have the potential to change societal norms, norms that we have maintained for decades or even longer. Take the case of Uber, for example, which has completely disrupted the traditional taxi industry. Likewise, Airbnb has been giving the traditional hotel industry a run for its... Read More

Paula Brown
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General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) might be the single most important technological innovation this century for public transit — at least I think so. GTFS features a common format for public transportation schedules and related geographic information, which enables developers to innovate using the available data. Public transit agencies such as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation... Read More

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IoT is defined as “the network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.” Unless you work in technology or ‘Smart Cities’ it can be difficult to mentally translate the concept of the IoT to the reality. Imagining how the Internet of Things will... Read More

Kevin Miller
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In 2015, the City of San José, CA joined a growing list of US cities implementing a Vision Zero initiative, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero through education, enforcement and engineering. During the same year, there were 60 traffic related fatalities in San Jose, the highest annual total in more than 20 years. With a population of one million people, projected to grow... Read More

Noah Stern
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How governments are partnering with Waze to share data and reduce traffic. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern seaboard and left damage and chaos in its wake. The response plan of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) included delivering fuel to lessen the widespread gas shortages, but they had no easy way to determine which gas stations still had power or where... Read More

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Each day, throughout the world, public officials and practitioners face the daunting task of creating solutions to society's most pressing problems, as they strive to improve the lives of their citizens. These dedicated public servants are under pressure to do more with increasingly limited resources, and to be more effective and efficient. Repeatedly, history has shown that continuing to... Read More