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Rebooting the mathematics behind gerrymandering

Representing districts as networks, where the nodes are population units like census blocks and the edges represent proximity or similarity, may be more relevant to today's political realities.

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Uphill climb to the smart city

While they promise substantial benefits, smart cities face several challenges, a new report finds.

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Scientist at work: Measuring public health impacts after disasters

Identifying vulnerable populations and determining how disasters affect public health can lead to better decision-making and use of resources.

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Will smart city investment pay off?

The Smart Cities Benefits Index ranks 50 cities based on their expected return on investment in smart city technology.

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Data Rodeo: How Texas corrals its transportation data

The Data Rodeo project aims to synthesize existing transportation data and make it useful for transit agencies, researchers and third parties.

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Attackers hijack state agency server for malware

Online criminals were able to surreptitiously plant malicious code on government servers in at least one state to create a "malware infection chain" likely to dupe other targets.

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Congratulations to this year's dig IT award winners

From mobile security to telehealth to smarter and more resilient infrastructure, these five projects represent the best of discovery and innovation in government IT.

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One-stop shopping for state services on its way

A single portal that offers online services seamlessly would lower costs for states and make transactions easier for the public.

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Myriad missions for Murfreesboro drones

Murfreesboro became the first city in Tennessee to earn a Federal Aviation Administration certificate of authorization to fly unmanned aircraft systems.

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San Diego turns to predictive analytics for asset management

CIO Jonathan Behnke explains how the city's new platform will help it stay ahead of maintenance and coordinate operations across departments.

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What's really slowing the restoration of Puerto Rico's communications?

DHS' emergency communications director told legislators that the devastation to the island's communications infrastructure means "we’re totally having to rebuild Puerto Rico.”

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Georgia rolls out Alexa skill for government services

Part of the state's multichannel digital strategy, Ask GeorgiaGov lets residents get answers about popular state services.

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Keeping inspectors connected

New York's Plant Inspections mobile application syncs with a backend licensing system and automatically updates inspection records.

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A mobile, multimedia, real-time traffic center

With Caltrans QuickMap, users can find out how quickly traffic is moving on state highways, check camera feeds for real-time conditions, see lane closures and more.

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Leveraging telemedicine to avoid ER visits

First responders outfitted with tablets collect information on patients and can even initiate a video chat with an emergency physician, possibly avoiding a costly, unnecessary trip to the emergency room.

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