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Lafayette taps IoT for air quality data

City government, industry and university partners are building an interactive smart city platform for Lafayette, La.

Cities, states seek to protect immigrants’ data from federal officials

Cities, states seek to protect immigrants’ data from federal officials

In a political atmosphere that is increasingly hostile to immigrants, concerns grow over the vulnerability of data used for state or municipal ID programs.

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Can IT help cure the opioid crisis?

Government agencies and public health organizations are working to develop new tools to share pertinent health care data among providers and, in some cases, to predict the path of a user about to return to a life of opioid abuse.

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HHS funds states’ fight against opioids

The Department of Health and Human Services will distribute $485 million in grants to all 50 states to support evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery services.

security of financial systems

Closing the gap between technology and public policy

States are taking the lead, but are they equipped to address the complex issues of cybersecurity?

digital archiving (Andrea Danti/

Archiving tips for public sector agencies

Although saving time and money are two major factors that go into selecting an automated archiving solution, look for one that will make responding to records requests easier.

tech, funding and oversight

The big lift to NG 911

Coordinating the transition to next-generation 911 technology requires funding and oversight.

Household hazardous waste sorting with Smarter Sorting (Charlie Vallely)

How data management can cut cities’ hazardous waste costs

A startup’s sorting technology can help cities reduce the costs associated with disposing of household hazardous waste.

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Is there room for broadband in the Trump infrastructure agenda?

If the Trump administration does not make broadband access a priority, it risks missing an opportunity to invest in a proven economic engine for the country.

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Virginia to pay $7.1M after manipulating food stamp data

The state will repay about $7.1 million in federal bonuses to resolve allegations that it manipulated data related to its food stamp program.

police body camera

A free lunch for police seeking body-cam solutions?

Taser International rebrands and moves to corner the body-worn camera market. But the cost considerations for local departments don't go away.

voting algorithms

Using randomness to protect election integrity

Researchers found a way to reduce the likelihood of a successful election hack by using game theory to predict targets combined with random audits that make it harder for an attacker to change an election result without detection.

government cybersecurity (Bakhtiar Zein/

Looking to the feds for help in fighting cybercriminals

The proposed State Cyber Resiliency Act would create a dedicated grant program to help states protect themselves against cybersecurity threats and better identify, detect, respond to and recover from attacks.

city cloud (Valery Brozhinsky/

Denver 311 service adds AI capabilities

The Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein is helping Denver’s 311 service automatically classify and escalate calls as they come in.

utah state capitol (Maciej Bledowski/

How clouds lift Utah’s government services

Data-driven government that meets citizen demands while keeping budgets in check is top of mind for Utah’s CTO Dave Fletcher.