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.
BUENOS AIRES -- Buenos Aires is betting that its techies can help turn the city into an innovation hub and open the government to the masses. Can a hundred programmers do that over a weekend?
May 18, 2012 3:00am |
Chinese manufacturer Suntech announced it will shut down its American factory, largely due to higher production costs exacerbated by import tariffs imposed by the U.S. government.
March 12, 2013 12:57pm |
A new financial tool called a "social impact bond" promises to change the future of development. Will malaria-prone Mozambique illustrate the benefits of investing over donations?
4 | April 16, 2013 3:00am |
Google is sinking $12 million in a 96-megawatt solar power plant in Africa, its first renewable energy investment in the continent.
2 | May 31, 2013 8:56am |
Citi is paying $41 million to brand some bikes. Here's why it's worth it.
2 | May 30, 2013 1:52pm |
Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, Calif., is taking the government's role in renewable energy to a new level in a bid to make his city "the solar energy capital of the world."
10 | March 4, 2013 3:32pm |
Officials in Tel Aviv are working on ways to entice more tech firms and startup ventures to choose Israel's version of Silicon Valley.
1 | May 30, 2013 7:29am |
Los Angeles to New York in a Tesla Model S could be possible this year.
12 | May 30, 2013 6:35am |
The $22,000 'smart' rifle from TrackingPoint is here. It allows even a novice to hit a moving target up to 1,200 yards away on the first go.
20 | May 29, 2013 8:18pm |
You can finally see how much U.S. hospitals charge.
May 8, 2013 7:20am |
Six federal agencies announce more than $200 million in new commitments to big data technology, seeking ways to harness massive data sets for innovation, national security and education.
2 | March 29, 2012 2:45pm |
MELBOURNE -- How do you build a culture of innovation? A progressive Melbourne consultancy is calling for more science (and less conjecture) in the workplace.
5 | May 29, 2013 2:30am |
One social analytics company is leveraging the sheer scale of Twitter to find the news before it's picked up.
2 | April 26, 2013 3:10am |
Nearly one in four workers in the U.S. aren't offered paid vacations or holidays by their employer.
1 | May 28, 2013 11:38am |
The U.S. government is turning wary eyes to technology in vehicles.
2 | February 17, 2012 12:39pm |
Electricity for the grid and for water desalination plants, from a little known Canadian company. Saudi Arabia interested too.
4 | May 28, 2013 5:55am |
Charles Gasparino, in his new book, The Sellout, shows how 30 years of misteps by Wall Street and government agencies lead to the financial crisis. In fact...Gasparino believes that the government...
4 | November 19, 2009 3:00am |
HONG KONG -- Alarming at the time, the deadly virus left the Hong Kong public with cleaner habits and greater preparedness for future outbreaks.
1 | April 25, 2013 3:00am |
Conventional hearing aids cost up to $6,000 and go through expensive batteries almost every week. The Solar Ear, on the other hand, is $300 and comes with a solar-powered battery charger.
1 | May 28, 2013 3:00am |
The U.K. government will attempt to overturn a court ruling today on solar power use -- citing 'unaffordability' as the main concern.
January 13, 2012 3:54am |