Blogging the Aloha State and Beyond
Hawaii Blog header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'government'

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 […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ···

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

September 2nd, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 50 Comments · Government, Media, Technology, The Web

I had a nice conversation this afternoon with Marie Laderta, director of the state Department of Human Resources Development, in response to my request to secure the same data her office prepared for Civil Beat (and which Civil Beat hid behind its paywall). She was professional, articulate, and demonstrated that she understood the background and […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ·····

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

September 1st, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Government, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

Two Hawaii e-government initiatives received national recognition for excellence today. The Center for Digital Government announced the latest Digital Government Achievement Awards and the Best of the Web Awards. The state’s eBench Warrant system received a Digital Government Achievement Award in the Government-to-Government category. Meanwhile, the official site for Maui County took 4th Place in […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ·····

Inouye, Akaka Get Low “Digital I.Q.” Scores

August 27th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, Politics, Social Media, The Web

Hawaii’s representatives in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Daniel Inouye and Sen. Daniel Akaka, have less than stellar “Digital I.Q.” scores, according to a new study by researchers at George Washington University and New York University. “Digital I.Q.” was defined as “an individual’s online competence including his or her presence on websites, social media following and […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ·····

Twitter Reports on Hawaii Economy

January 13th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii, The Web

This afternoon, the state Council on Revenues is giving a briefing on the state economy at the Hawaii State Capitol. And at least two people are Twittering from the briefing as it unfolds: Ian Lind (independent investigative journalist and blogger) and Georgette Deemer (Communications Director for the Hawaii House of Representatives and former state film […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ····

Everybody ConCon

May 9th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Hawaii, Politics, Technology, The Web

Hawaii grassroots politics, going virtual: The reality of eDemocracy in Hawaii gains momentum as members of HawaiiConCon.org and Citizens’ Committee on ConCon call on citizens to join Hawaii’s newest open online community at HawaiiConCon.org. Over 70 Hawaii citizens including prominent political and technology leaders have already joined HawaiiConCon.org to “learn, discuss, and decide” on the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ······

Thelma Dryer, Blogger

December 13th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Blogs, Hawaii, Politics

A month after putting out the call, House Communications Director Georgette Deemer announced that she has found her blogger: Thelma Dryer. She will take over the reigns at the Hawaii House Blog, documenting life at the Capitol. Of course, as Deemer commented on my earlier post, her position as Assistant Communications Director comes with many […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ·····

Blogging Job at the State Capitol

November 10th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Blogs, Hawaii, Politics

The House Majority at the Hawaii State Legislature has put out the call, on its blog no less, for a full-time blogger. Well, an “assistant communications director” with others duties as assigned, no doubt, but still… House Communications Director Georgette Deemer is looking for someone who loves to write. “Not just the usual press releases, […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ····

Rep. Karamatsu Charged with DUI

October 16th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Politics

Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu was picked up by Honolulu police for driving under the influence after crashing his car on the freeway late last night. KITV reports that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.171, more than double the legal limit of 0.08. Karamatsu, a 1992 graduate of Pearl City High School, is a guy […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ······

Free Wi-Fi in Chinatown

October 4th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Technology

Free Wi-Fi is finally coming to downtown Honolulu, and other parts of the island. But it’s not coming from the company we thought it would, and over a year later than we expected. Over a year ago, the city announced plans to offer free wireless Internet access in Chinatown. The rollout, in partnership with national […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ·········