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Drones Over Hawaii

January 28th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Government, Hawaii, Technology, Video

This morning’s “Hawaii Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now focused on the increasing popularity and promise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones. While drones are frequently associated with military operations, the commercial applications of the technology are even more interesting. Over the holiday season, online retailer Amazon made headlines by demonstrating a prototype drone […]

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City Clears Homeless Camp in Iwilei

January 10th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Government, Video

I work at Dole Cannery in Iwilei, an industrial neighborhood just outside downtown Honolulu. The area has seen more and more development over the years, with warehouses being replaced by business offices and high-rise apartment buildings. Along Iwilei Road, a block away from Aala Park (also known for homeless activity) on one side and the […]

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Flashback: Police Union on Public Records Law

February 27th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Government, Media, Video

UH journalism professor Gerald Kato recently dug up this old video that SHOPO, the Honolulu police officers’ union, made in 1995 during the fight over the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA), or HRS 92F, which defined public records and codified the public’s right to access them in Hawaii. They argued that releasing police misconduct records […]

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Civic App Demo Day on Saturday

November 28th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Government, Technology

Capping off a historic year of government transformation and grassroots innovation, the first HON*CELERATOR competition aims to inspire the best apps and online tools that use open data to improve the day-to-day lives of Honolulu residents. Local software developers, designers, and entrepreneurs are being encouraged to tap into a growing library of government data to […]

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MERCI Emergency Assessment App Opens Up

November 24th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Government, Technology

Last year, Hawaii-based consulting engineering firm Oceanit showed off an iPhone app that it had developed to help Hawaii State Civil Defense speed up disaster documentation. Dubbed MERCI, or Mobile Emergency Response and Command Interface, the app is designed to facilitate rapid assessments following a natural disaster, allowing responders to collect text notes, photos, and video, and […]

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City Launches Open Data Portal

July 24th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Government, Technology, The Web

The new Data.Honolulu.gov site takes the city’s transparency efforts “to the next level,” expanding upon the “CAN-DO” portal it unveiled last March.

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Honolulu Grows App Offerings

July 1st, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Government, Technology

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle has directed all city department and agency heads to support its open data initatives. And now, Honolulu’s engagement with the national “Code For America” program has now brought three new web apps for citizens.

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State Preps IT Coalition, Open Data Platform

May 8th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Government, Technology

On Friday, State CIO Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia and the Office of the Governor called together several community stakeholders to update them on their ongoing initiative to transform government. The presentation came just as the state selected Socrata for its open data platform. Contrasted against the passage of SB2858, it made for an interesting week in […]

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Sunlight Foundation Shines on Hawaii

May 7th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Government

On Wednesday, the first local meetup of the Sunlight Foundation community will be held at Yogur Story . Pulled together by  Burt Lum, my fellow open government advocate and long-time partner in geekery, the gathering will bring together like-minded folks to discuss how technology new thinking can make government more transparent and accountable. The meetup comes just […]

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Hawaii Innovation Alliance Launched

February 8th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Government, Hawaii, Technology

On the national front, we had the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), beaten back by a massive groundswell of opposition from major internet firms and grassroots geeks alike. Here in Hawaii, a proposed law that would have required internet service providers to track and save user data for two years was shelved after a similar […]

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