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Order in the Court: How Technology is Disrupting the United States Judicial System

by Alannah Dragonetti on June 24, 2019

In 1911, Thomas Jennings became the first person convicted of murder based on fingerprint evidence in the United States. In 1987, DNA evidence played a role in putting convicted rapist, Tommy Lee Andrews, behind bars. Eight years later, 150 million Americans tuned-in to catch the verdict of the O.J. Simpson double murder trial—perhaps the most ... READ MORE+

3 Ways to Set Your District Up for Shared Success

by Alannah Dragonetti on May 28, 2019

You’ve stayed in an Airbnb. You’ve ridden in an Uber or Lyft. You may have cycled on a CitiBike. Now, electric scooter company, Lime, is coming for its share of the shared economy. Founded by California-based venture capital firm, Andreesen Horowitz, in 2017, Lime is rapidly making its mark on the world. Lime scooters are available for rent in ... READ MORE+

The Zodiac Signs as Local Government Stakeholders, Part 2

by Alannah Dragonetti on May 20, 2019

What did you want to be when you grew-up? Does it resemble your current career path? If so, it may have been written in the stars. Astrology—the belief that the positions and aspects of celestial bodies influence human personality traits and affairs—can be an interesting lens through which to view the characteristics and motivations of local ... READ MORE+

The Zodiac Signs as Local Government Stakeholders, Part 1

by Alannah Dragonetti on May 16, 2019

What did you want to be when you grew-up? Does it resemble your current career path? If so, it may have been written in the stars. Astrology—the belief that the positions and aspects of celestial bodies influence human personality traits and affairs—can be an interesting lens through which to view the characteristics and motivations of local ... READ MORE+

America: Tech, Yeah!

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 26, 2019

Last week, we argued that humanity’s relationsip with technology doesn’t have to be adversarial. Turns out that the overwhelming majority of Americans agree. A recent study conducted by the Charles Koch Institute finds that 92% of Americans consider innovation an integral component of United States culture and history that enhances life (we live ... READ MORE+

Can Machines Make Local Government Policies More Human?

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 18, 2019

Robots are coming for humans' jobs. That's not a threat, it's a fact. In many cases, they already have. It happens all the time. A new technology is born and an old industry dies. Man vs. machine is very real, but the results of two recent local government initiatives prove that humanity’s relationship with technology doesn’t have to be ... READ MORE+

3 Ways to Promote Data Literacy in Your  Local Government

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 15, 2019

We’ve written extensively about the importance of aggregating and tracking data, but what good is all that information if you and other members of your administration don’t optimize it? The first step towards data optimization is data literacy—a skill that a variety of industries place an increasingly high premium on. Indeed, Gartner foresees 80% ... READ MORE+

3 Signs Your Local Government is Stuck in the '80s (and How to Go Back to the Future)

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 08, 2019

With the recent rerelease of Die Hard, news of a Baby-Sitters Club reboot coming to Netflix and the triumphant return of hair barrettes, 1980s nostalgia is at fever pitch.While '80s films, books and looks can still be enjoyed in the present-day, there’s a reason you don’t see people walking around with Gordon Gekko size cellphones. 1980s ... READ MORE+

Flashback Friday: 3 US Presidents Who Leveraged the Latest Technology to Engage with Citizens

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 22, 2019

This week flew by—thanks to most of the United States having off to observe President’s Day on Monday. President’s Day celebrates the February birthdays of  George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, first and sixteenth presidents, respectively. While both men left write-up worthy legacies, this blog post highlights presidents who adopted the latest ... READ MORE+

We are Living in the Golden Age of Grift. Here’s What that Means for Your Local Government.

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 15, 2019

Journalists have declared that we are living in the Golden Age of Grift. Not the most flattering nickname, but what else do you call this?  READ MORE+