Tech lessons from the Seattle snowstorm

The Seattle area and I just went through a four day snow/ice storm event.  The City of Seattle’s emergency operations center (EOC) was activated and coordinated the City government’s response.  That response received high marks from the public and media for a variety of reasons (see Seattle Times editorial here), including the leadership of Mayor Michael McGinn…. Read More


City of Seattle’s site named ‘Best of the Web’ for U.S. cities

The city of Seattle’s overhauled website,, was named the top city government web portal in the country today in the Center for Digital Government’s annual Best of the Web awards. Previous versions of Seattle’s site won the award in 2000 and 2006. Seattle’s data portal,, separately won a Digital Government Achievement Award from the… Read More


U.S. Army tests Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 7

The U.S. Army is nearing the conclusion of a six-week test of more than 300 smartphones and tablet computers, analyzing how the gadgets could be used in combat situations. CNN reports that the Army tested a wide variety of Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7 phones, utilizing everything from GPS to cameras to text messaging…. Read More


Socrata unveils the new, opening vault on government data

At the Technology Alliance annual luncheon in Seattle earlier this month, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra explained how the open government movement was “collapsing a lot of the complexity” that had previously made federal, state and local collaboration difficult. In particular, Chopra called out the efforts of Seattle startup Socrata, which is helping bring… Read More