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Illinois blockchain pilots take shape

The Illinois Blockchain Initiative is moving forward with five use cases that demonstrate how the distributed ledger technology can work in government.

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Beyond open data: Insights through analytics

A new book promises practical steps for leveraging data to deliver better government.

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Hacking emergency services: How safe is the 911 system?

Recent breaches in Ohio, Texas and Washington, D.C., illustrate the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of 911 centers and other emergency services infrastructure.

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City turns mapping services into digital do-it-yourself

Frederick, Md., now has a self-service option for consumers and government users who need GIS data.

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Connecticut maps out cyber strategy

The state's goal is to reduce the likelihood and severity of large cyberattacks by strengthening the awareness and resilience of public and private entities.

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ArcGIS Hub organizes open data around initiatives

Esri's platform lets officials combine their local open data with contributions from colleagues and the community.

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How mapping disasters can help devastated communities rally

Mapping software can help officials make decisions about debris cleanup, the construction of temporary housing and the rebuilding of homes.


Actionable data from a neighborhood analytics platform

Insights from aggregated city data are not only helping High Point, N.C., predict problems with vacant properties, they're also knocking down department data stovepipes.

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NYPD struggles to move crime analysis from Palantir to home-grown system

The data mining firm has declined to give the police department its data in a format it can use for its new system.

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App helps communities align disaster resources

The Mutual Aid Resource Planner app helps emergency management managers create shareable plans for hazard-based scenarios.

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Las Vegas partners with Cisco on innovation district

The Smart+Connected Digital Platform will give city leaders access to real-time IoT device and sensor data.

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Indiana’s cybersecurity game plan

Indiana CIO Dewand Neely spoke with GCN about his cybersecurity strategy in the wake of recent ransomware attacks across the country.

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Improving case management in local government

Even without access to digital tools for personalized citizen services, local government can improve the case management process without large investments.

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Local government's cloud move cuts headaches, adds control

Nebraska's Douglas-Omaha Technology Commission improved operations and scalability by moving its outdated web applications to the cloud.

Department of Homeland Security

DHS unwraps free virtual training for active shooter incidents

The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment is a multiplayer, scalable online platform that trains responders -- single agencies or across agencies, jurisdictions or disciplines -- for a coordinated response to active shooter incidents.

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