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Port Police (Ron Kacmarcik/

Underwater drones ride rising tide of remote management

Unmanned underwater systems are becoming affordable options for inspections of reservoir and water supply systems as well as underwater infrastructure, environmental assessment, law enforcement and port security.

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We use big data to sentence criminals. But can the algorithms really tell us what we need to know?

Data-driven tools cannot make the individual predictions that sentencing decisions require.

consolidation (By tereez/

NJ to consolidate IT infrastructure

The state will move to centralized IT functions, pulling hardware, operations and staff out of the individual departments.

smart city security (By Shaynepplstockphoto/

Report: Securing smart cities

The increased number of internet connections in smart city technologies can mean an increased attack surface for hackers.

email archive

Learning from a long-running digital archive effort

The Library of Virginia is still sorting through 1.3 million emails from former Gov. Tim Kaine’s administration, nearly seven years later.

Boston traffic (Heidi Besen/

Boston takes on traffic by building better data, not more roads

The city is tapping into public, private and ride-sharing data to help it make better decisions, Boston CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge says.

Maryland e-Road Ready Projects

Mapping out highway maintenance

Maryland e-Road Ready Projects shows planned work on state-maintained roads.

taxi in washington, DC (Tupungato/

Payment apps drive city’s taxi modernization

By partnering with Square, Washington, D.C., can upgrade its legacy metering system and get real-time ridership data.

municipal fiber (Solomonkein/

The risky ROI on municipal broadband

Over half of municipal fiber projects generate negative cash flow, a new report finds.

Miami (pisaphotography/

A growing city tackles sea level rise

Miami is taking a multi-faceted approach to address growing development in an area vulnerable to sea level rise.

people voting in California

DEFCON to target voting machines

This summer’s hacker conference will give attendees a chance to apply their skills to manipulating voting machines.

CFPB/SSA retirement calculator

SSA, CFPB and the state of Minnesota demonstrate the power of straight talk

Plain language initiatives are changing the way agencies provide information and engage with citizens.

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House committee looks into cities’ facial recognition tech

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent letters to big-city mayors asking for documentation on their systems.

smart city (By Mascha Tace/

The race to become ‘digital by default’ will have winners and losers

Cities that invest in digital services can save money and attract tech-savvy businesses and talent.

wannacry ransomware

‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack raises alarm bells for cities, states

IT officials say they often don’t have enough money to effectively fight sophisticated cyber threats, especially one of this scale.

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