SmartPlanet stories related to the institutions, policies, procedures and technologies used to facilitate interaction -- governance, information, transparency and accountability, and more -- between elected officials and their constituents.
HONG KONG -- They're illegal, valuable and hard to get rid of. A city tries to decide what to do with the elephant tusks in customs.
17 | March 28, 2013 1:44am |
If John Mica gets his way, yes.
1 | March 26, 2013 8:26am |
MEXICO CITY -- As the government promises to open up markets long dominated by one or two companies, investors are showing optimism for Mexico's economy. But can competition crush the monopolies?
9 | May 8, 2013 3:00am |
iPads stripped of their bells and whistles have been approved for use by the U.S. government.
6 | February 11, 2013 2:42am |
Defense contractor Raytheon has developed a software tool that can peer into social media accounts and mine that data to watch, and more importantly, predict, future behavior.
10 | February 12, 2013 4:30am |
A small California company thinks it knows how to finally harness fusion power, the Holy Grail of energy. Its latest investor is the Russian government.
4 | May 6, 2013 6:24am |
E-government offers some nice services, such as electronic RFPs and informational sites, but why aren't deeper efforts catching hold?
3 | October 2, 2009 2:50pm |
China has the highest percentage of citizens who believe in the Mayan apocalypse, and the impending Doomsday is fueling weddings and candle purchases.
December 21, 2012 1:00am |
BP, the top fuel supplier to the U.S. government, has been temporarily suspended from any new contracts with the feds.
1 | November 28, 2012 11:36am |
In Brussels, there is a new protest weapon of choice -- milk.
November 28, 2012 5:38am |
Approximately 200 municipal governments are using the Web-based communications system to automate interactions between citizens and city agencies.
1 | April 9, 2013 3:00am |
Governments throughout the world are making more requests than ever before for Google to turn over data about its users. One Western nation stands out.
6 | November 14, 2012 12:12pm |
The State Department has began moving to try and force downloadable blueprints for 3D weaponry offline.
May 10, 2013 9:54am |
'The only way you will achieve systemic change is if you are prepared to 'challenge the givens.'
November 9, 2012 4:03pm |
BUENOS AIRES -- The local city government wants to reclaim the city center for pedestrians and bicyclists. But can a formula that's been used in Europe and Asia work in this chaotic South American...
2 | April 5, 2013 3:00am |
PARIS -- Debate begins over whether or not social security should pay for exercise programs in hopes of fighting preventable diseases in France.
13 | November 9, 2012 3:00am |
JOHANNESBURG -- A three-year-old push by to circumcise men throughout South Africa has given rise to a slew of new circumcision devices that some argue cause more problems than they solve.
12 | April 30, 2013 3:00am |
Proponents of government-funded scientific research in the U.S. are alarmed that existing budget limits impinge on U.S. scientific process, and worried about the possibility of harsher reductions...
14 | October 24, 2012 7:42pm |
The U.S. Republican candidate would make the wealthiest oil state leaders look like paupers.
3 | October 26, 2012 10:08am |
Tesla just announced that vehicle sales have exceeded targets. It will soon pay back government loans.
12 | April 1, 2013 10:22am |