Posts By Mobile Gov

Trends on Tuesdays: How Americans Use their Cellphones

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has released another great new report, “Americans and Their Cell Phones.” Comparing data from one year ago, people continue to use their cellphones beyond talking. Source: The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, April 26 – May 22, 2011 Spring Tracking Survey. n=2,277 adultRead… Read more »

Making Mobile Gov: Design Phase

With your help, we’ve discovered the case for Mobile Gov and discussed ten challenges to agencies trying to use mobile technologies to achieve their missions and better serve the American public. Our next step is to gather the smart minds of people in government, industry, nonprofits, academia and the general public to Design Mobile Gov.Read… Read more »

Trends on Tuesday: How People Use Their Phones

ABI Research reports Almost three quarters (73%) of mobile phone users (both smartphones and other types) in the United States use their phones to visit social networking sites daily, sometimes more than once each day. Other popular activities on mobile phones include Checking email (80%) Checking weather and reading news (63% each) Playing music (53%)Read… Read more »

My Food-a-pedia from USDA

Stay healthy this summer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s My Food-a-Pedia mobile website. The USDA developed this great tool to help people find information on the foods they’re eating. Using this tool, users are able to look up nutritional information on over 1,000 foods, and compare them to one another to make healthy decisions.Read… Read more »

Making Mobile Gov: Discuss Intergovernmental Sharing

This last topic, intergovernmental sharing, is not about Kumbaya. It’s about leveraging what agencies are already doing, jump-starting efforts, and solving a problem once–instead of dozens of times. But there are authorities, budgets, and regulations that can make this smart move a challenge. Share your own experiences and Discuss Intergovernmental Sharing. What are you waitingRead… Read more »

Making Mobile Gov: Discuss Mobile Data & Infrastructure Standards

We are winding through the last of our challenges to Making Mobile Gov with our discussion on mobile data and infrastructure standards. Data and infrastructure standards can help agencies improve the quality and development speed of mobile products. Right now, their is no common platform to share code and other building blocks of mobile amongRead… Read more »

Making Mobile Gov: Discuss Mobile Technical Expertise

Mobile isn’t just a mini-website. So begins the discussion on a challenge that all agencies have named, finding mobile technical expertise. Mobile devices are small. Their operating systems are new and frequently changing. Federal agencies need to tap pioneering technical experts to create usable and useful mobile solutions for the public. And, we need toRead… Read more »

Making Mobile Gov: Discuss Privacy & Identity Management

Day Seven of mobile challenges is about privacy and identity management. Mobile has been called an intimate technology. People carry their mobile devices with them at all times. Their phones have easy access to friends and family contacts, calendars, email, and social networks. The availability of location and personal data requires government to be extraRead… Read more »

Making Mobile Gov: Discuss Mobile Market

If an app is launched in an app store and nobody knows, does it make a sound? That’s one of the questions up for today’s discussion of the mobile market. While some question whether government should be building apps at all–that this is a function of the private sector–others are wondering where the government appsRead… Read more »

Making Mobile Gov: Discuss Mobile Security

Today’s mobile gov discussion is about security. Nobody wants mobile gov products that harm agency computer systems, or products that expose end users to malware. We are just at the beginning of getting security guidance for mobile consumer products. As agencies develop citizen services apps they need to protect end users as well as agencyRead… Read more »