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The changing body-cam conversations

As communities get more experience with body-worn cameras, policies and focus are evolving, the Urban Institute finds.

Boston police walk back social media monitoring plan (Photo by Halfpoint/ShutterStock)

Boston police walk back social media monitoring plan

The Boston Police Department is going back to the drawing board to redefine a system that can help it analyze social media content.

NY to try algorithm-driven pretrial risk assessments

NY to try algorithm-driven pretrial risk assessments

The governor is allowing judges to use “validated risk assessment” in pretrial determinations, but the fairness of the tools has been called into question.

Cyber, funding and Trump spell uncertainty for state and local IT

Cyber, funding and Trump spell uncertainty for state and local IT

Cybersecurity tops the list of this year’s priorities for state and local tech execs, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Public Technology Institute.

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NYC wants more data from Uber

Uber's new data portal won't satisfy New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is requesting drop-off location data to reduce the risks of driver fatigue.

Local Ohio officials prep gigabit broadband for economic development (ShutterStock image)

Local Ohio officials prep gigabit broadband for economic development

The fiber-optic and wireless network will give residents and businesses in Fairlawn, Ohio, internet access speeds more than 20 times faster than anything the city has had available.

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Senator checks on DC Metro IT security

Sen. Mark Warner asks the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for an update on IT systems security and communications upgrades.

Mobile biometric breathalyzer speeds sobriety testing

Mobile biometric breathalyzer speeds sobriety testing

The devices are increasing the efficiency of Massachusetts’ probation officers monitoring low-risk offenders mandated not to drink alcohol.

Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson formally designated state election assets -- including polling places, centralized vote tabulation locations, storage facilities and related information and communications technology -- as U.S. critical infrastructure.

‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

State and local agencies must be able to defend against politically motivated attacks that can take websites offline, expose personal information or even knock out utility service.

DOT opens dataset on Smart City Challenge ideas

DOT opens dataset on Smart City Challenge ideas

Ideas proposed for the Department of Transportation’s challenge have been collected an online dataset that features the challenge addressed, proposed project category and project description.

Uber to make some trip data public

Uber offers cities a (limited) motherlode of trip data

The decision comes as a result of calls by local governments for more granular traffic data.

Map-based tool for transportation-related asset management

Map-based tool for transportation-related asset management

SADA Systems’ Atom is a cloud-based solution for managing and tracking regional road structure assets, projects and field personnel.

Smart transportation hits interoperability speed bump

Smart transportation hits interoperability speed bump

Although many states are outfitting their roads with smart technology, they are still faced with interoperability challenges resulting from auto manufacturer-specific devices.

National Guard cyber protection

National Guard expects expanded role in cybersecurity

As cyber threats continue to multiply, states can look to the National Guard for help.


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