The Morning Call has a relatively new feature that I wanted to share. It is their Lehigh Valley Crime Map. The map lists where crimes were reported and also has a link to a Morning Call story on that crime, if applicable.
This is one of the many ways that technology can be used to keep local residents better informed of the happenings in their local municipality. In the long-run, wouldn't it be great if local governments could utilize their intern websites to have more than just contact information? Things like forms, a calendar of events, information about criminal activity, garbage pick-up, ability to pay taxes online, etc.
Governments in the 21st century have to stop limiting themselves to 20th century methods of government. A great example of this is Macungie's website. The website contains a large variety of information, including permits & zoning forms, a business directory, calendar of events and information on parks and recreation, among other things. It even has a link to their comprehensive plan!
The internet has proven massively effective in increasing democracy by opening up government and making it more accessible to the masses. I would love to see more governments have website's like Macungie's. I am also very curious to see how governments can take advantage of social networking in the future.