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Low-cost video tools for opening government

The Government Self-Service Toolkit helps live-stream public meetings and provides automated transcriptions and searchable archival storage.

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FirstNet makes space for bleeding-edge apps

The nationwide broadband public safety network promises to support emerging technology applications like artificial intelligence and facial recognition.

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Comptroller stops payments for Illinois ERP upgrade

Illinois’s plan to upgrade its legacy enterprise resource planning system hit a wall on March 13 when the state comptroller suspended $27 million in payments to consultants and IT vendors.

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Maryland to move human services to the cloud

The state's Total Human-services Information Network, or MD THINK, is expected to save money, streamline program operations and increase productivity.

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Columbus revs up smart city efforts

The winner of the Smart City Challenge has named a project lead and continues to gather funding and resources.

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Absent state action, Missouri localities launch opioid prescription database

In addition to preventing patients from “doctor shopping” for pills, the online prescription drug tracking systems have been used to detect doctors who overprescribe the dangerous medications.

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Strengthening cyber defenses through fusion center engagement

To measurably reduce cyber vulnerability, state and local governments must interact regularly with fusion centers and encourage more private companies to share information.

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Los Angeles County scores an e-success in managing specialist care

eConsult has reduced wait times and eliminated the need for some patients to see specialists at all.

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Boston outlines its transportation future

Boston unveiled a draft of its long-term transportation plan that aims to improve accessibility, safety and reliability.

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Prepare now for upcoming website accessibility mandates

Although accessibility rules and compliance enforcement are rapidly evolving, municipalities can keep pace with the technology and expertise to deliver effective, transparent and accessible websites.

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Design and resilience key for smart city sensors

The success of Chicago's Array of Things sensor net depends not only on the resilience of the hardware but the look of the nodes, according to the project’s lead.

AWS expands cloud challenge to include schools

AWS expands cloud challenge to include schools

Amazon Web Services' City on a Cloud Challenge awards AWS credits to governments and schools with innovative cloud ideas.

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America’s broadband market needs more competition

Weak competition yields high prices for consumers and little pressure for companies to upgrade their networks to offer better service.

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California opens access to public business conducted on private devices

Communications by government officials in California who use personal devices or email accounts to conduct official business may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Record Acts.

Congress proposes grants for state, local cybersecurity

Congress proposes grants for state, local cybersecurity

The State Cyber Resiliency Act would set up a grant program to help develop and implement cyber resiliency plans and build a stronger cybersecurity workforce.

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