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Online Strides by Hawaii Government Lauded

Two government websites in Hawaii received national recognition this week, and one of them is in the running for even more acclaim. Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government recognized the City & County of Honolulu for its all-online neighborhood board elections. It was one of the 2015 Bright...

Sunlight Foundation Shines on Hawaii

Sunlight Foundation Shines on Hawaii

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...

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

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...

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

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...

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

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

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...

Twitter Reports on Hawaii Economy

Twitter Reports on Hawaii Economy

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...

Everybody ConCon

Everybody ConCon

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,...

Thelma Dreyer, Blogger

Thelma Dreyer, Blogger

A month after putting out the call, House Communications Director Georgette Deemer announced that she has found her blogger: Thelma Dreyer. 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...

Blogging Job at the State Capitol

Blogging Job at the State Capitol

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...

Rep. Karamatsu Charged with DUI

Rep. Karamatsu Charged with DUI

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...

Free Wi-Fi in Chinatown

Free Wi-Fi in Chinatown

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...