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State to Measure Internet Speeds with ‘Whiteboxes’

December 11th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Government, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

There are many ingredients needed to foster a thriving technology industry in Hawaii, but one of the most critical needs continues to be widely accessible, high-speed internet access. The “Measuring Broadband Hawaii” project, announced this week, will collect hard numbers on how well Hawaii’s internet service providers are serving this need. The project is the […]

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Hawaii TechWorks, HTDC to Partner

July 24th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Government, Startups, Technology

On Tuesday, a Big Island innovation lab and coworking space will officially become a part of a statewide family. Although I was born and raised on Oahu, I have a deep affection for Hilo. It’s where I met my wife, while studying (well, “studying”) at UH Hilo, and it’s a place I take every opportunity […]

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New Tools to Explore Campaign Finance Data

June 27th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Government, Politics, The Web

In an election year, the more citizens know about candidates and their campaigns the better. And while there’s a lot of information available from the Campaign Spending Commission, it can be a challenge to make sense of it all. That’s where the recent Civic*Celerator comes in, and its slate of online tools to help voters understand who is funding political […]

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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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