Georgia is considering joining Matrix while some states are having privacy concerns.
Directions Magazine writes about the merits of the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC).
The Indian state of Kerala offered a bid to outsource the management of its online lottery, but got no takers. I guess they're all too busy with outsourced projects from U.S. companies.
Some Chinese local governments are working to become more responsive. For example, the City of Shanghai is soliciting public input on municipal construction projects through its portal (here's the English version). They have some nice online maps.
Eight states are meeting in Dakota Dunes this morning to coordinate management of the Missouri River. The USGS maintains an excellent clearinghouse of information on the river. Indian tribes and federal officials will also be attending.
VOA News reports on the current status of the H1B visa debate.
CLASS, a primary information source for State Department counter-terrorism efforts was knocked offline yesterday by a virus.
California is joining other states in banning spam.
The GAO released a report yesterday on technologies to support wildland fire management. Also,l a report on Border and Transportation Security, including information on the US Visit system. The federal government is spending $380 million this year on US-Visit (through 2014, the estimated cost is over $7 billion). It will include information that is needed by the states to support their homeland security efforts. The GAO is calling for a governing board that will be accountable for the implementation of the system that includes stakeholders.
The Utah Departments of Health and Transportation will be announcing a new website this afternoon, part of a yearlong campaign focused on the benefits of walking.
And, a couple of blogs worth reading: