May 25, 2011
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The award winners, which included seven cities, five states, four counties and one city/county, showcased cross-coordination and functionality for items such as Facebook, Twitter, e-town halls, citizen service request portals, mobile apps, live webchats and multimedia sharing that are targeted to residents, visitors, businesses and employees.
“Fundamentally the awards are to raise awareness of the power of Web 2.0 and social media for governments and to encourage that use,” said Susan Cable, program manager of PTI’s Citizen-Engaged Communities and Web 2.0 programs. “By identifying best practices and sharing that information, other governments can get a vision of how they can be utilized.”
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GOVERNMENT FOLKS attend lots of meetings and as a result, there are lots of notes taken. Look around the conference room table and you'll see most people take notes with a pen on a standard writing tablet purchased at Office Depot. More advanced attendees prefer to take notes using a laptop computer loaded with Microsoft Word.
You hear it all the time: Facebook this, Twitter that, social media… blah, blah, blah.
But why should government care? Especially when many are in a pinch for resources and the costs for municipal goods aren’t helping them out so much.
Well for starters, two words: Time & money.
Now saving time and money are not the only reasons to use social media in government (for example, it can provide greater transparency, reach citizens where they are – online, and provide easier access to services and information for citizens). Citizens want to get answers quickly through the mediums that they’re most comfortable with – how often do you use Facebook to communicate with your friends/family? But saving time and money are definitely still of high importance when it comes to why governments could should become interested in using social media.
May 23, 2011
“It’s a shame that so many people have been sold encryption but not the means or knowledge to manage it,” said Jeff Hudson, CEO of Venafi, in a statement. “IT departments must track where the keys are and monitor and manage who has access to them. ... It’s no longer rocket science. Yet recent, costly breaches at Sony, Epsilon and elsewhere reinforce the need for both more encryption and effective management.”
31% of respondents astonishingly said that they could still access organisational data because they could easily retain the encryption keys when they left and access the information remotely. Finally, 24% of respondents to the survey admitted that their fear of losing encryption keys is what is deterring them from investing in encryption key and certificate solutions to protect digital assets and secure sensitive system communications.
On the public side, the city/county of San Francisco knows the perils of employees holding passwords hostage all too well. Last year Terry Childs, a former city network engineer, was found guilty of felony computer tampering for withholding passwords to the city's main computer network in 2008. Last week a superior court judge ordered Childs to pay $1.5 million in restitution to San Francisco.
Childs refused to hand over the passwords to the FiberWAN network, which handles computer traffic for about 60 percent of the city's departments, to his supervisors and to police.
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- The increasing complexity of how people organize themselves online
- Citizens' evolving expectations of government
May 20, 2011
WHAT IS Fose 2011?
May 17, 2011
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- Place a QR code on all planning notices, building permits and related forms
- Place a QR code on all court notices, tickets, jury notices and related forms
- Place a QR code on all property tax mailings including the actual tax bill
- Place a QR code on trash bins linking to the recycling calendar, special pick ups and related information
- Place a QR code on voting information so a voter could scan a code to get more information on candidates and issues, where to go vote and how to get a vote by mail ballot
- Place a QR code at historic sites, points of interest and other tourist destinations so visitors could access audio information
May 15, 2011
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May 10, 2011
Ranked-choice voting was enacted by a ballot measure passed in March 2002 and while it's been used before, this election will be a real test.
When Mayor Gavin Newsom (now Lieutenant Governor) was re-elected in 2007, it was a ranked-choice election but the field of candidates included folks like George "The Naked Guy" Davis. Newsom received more than 73 percent of the first-choice votes and no second round was necessary.
This time around it will be different. There are lots of candidates to choose from and no clear front-runner. It could be a repeat of a recent Oakland election where after a few rounds a dark horse candidate actually won the mayor's office.
Ranked-choice voting is essentially a plurality system that is designed to pick the most popular candidate.
May 8, 2011
Verafirma, which already has the blessing of Santa Clara County to register voters with electronic signatures, was founded last year by San Jose political strategist Jude Barry; Michael Marubio, an East Bay e-signature expert; and Michael Ni, a high-tech entrepreneur. Last year, Ni submitted an e-signature to the San Mateo County Elections Office to help qualify the legalized-marijuana initiative, but the office refused to accept it.
Warren Slocum, then the chief elections officer, argued that courts must determine whether the electronic signature meets California's election code standards requiring it to be "personally affixed" to a petition. A lower court ruled against Verafirma, but everyone knew the real battle would be fought on appeal.
A group of strange political bedfellows has encouraged the Court of Appeal to allow the e-signatures. They include the Humane Society of the United States, the Southwest Voter Education Registration Project, the Asian American Action Fund, conservative Steve Forbes'
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May 5, 2011
May 4, 2011
Senate Bill 397, authored by Senator Yee, received a key affirmative vote in the state Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. The Senator said, "In the 21st century, especially here in California, it is long overdue to have online voter registration." "SB 397 will not only help protect the integrity of the vote, but will allow many more individuals the opportunity to register and participate in our democracy."
Under the bill, citizens would input their voter information online and the county elections office would use the voter's signature from the Department of Motor Vehicles to verify authenticity. That signature could be matched against the voter's signature at the polling place.
Arizona has implemented online voter registration and some counties saw their costs decrease from 83 cents per registration to 3 cents per registration.
If Mr. Yee's bill is approved by the full Legislature and signed into law, it would allow counties to begin using online voter registration for the 2012 Presidential Primary election.