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Infrastructure of things (Shutterstock image)

The infrastructure of things

Could Trump's promise to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure translate into smarter cities and better broadband?

Getting roads ready for connected, autonomous vehicles (ShutterStock image)

Getting roads ready for connected, autonomous vehicles

The Federal Highway Administration released a new guide to help transportation planners deploy and integrate vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies.

NYC311 draws record number of digital requests

NYC311 draws record number of digital requests

In its 13th year, New York City’s information and service request program received 46 percent of its requests digitally.

City enlists SMS chatbots for service delivery

City enlists SMS chatbots for service delivery

When the Mesa, Ariz., SMS chatbot goes live in June, city residents will be able to get answers to text-message questions and pay bills.

Dashboard visualizes health of urban populations (ShutterStock image)

Dashboard visualizes health of urban populations

The City Health Dashboard gives four pilot cities more accurate and actionable health metrics so officials can better target policies addressing their cities’ risk factors.

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The changing body-cam conversations

As communities get more experience with body-worn cameras, policies and focus are evolving, the Urban Institute finds.

Boston police walk back social media monitoring plan (Photo by Halfpoint/ShutterStock)

Boston police walk back social media monitoring plan

The Boston Police Department is going back to the drawing board to redefine a system that can help it analyze social media content.

NY to try algorithm-driven pretrial risk assessments

NY to try algorithm-driven pretrial risk assessments

The governor is allowing judges to use “validated risk assessment” in pretrial determinations, but the fairness of the tools has been called into question.

Cyber, funding and Trump spell uncertainty for state and local IT

Cyber, funding and Trump spell uncertainty for state and local IT

Cybersecurity tops the list of this year’s priorities for state and local tech execs, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Public Technology Institute.

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NYC wants more data from Uber

Uber's new data portal won't satisfy New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is requesting drop-off location data to reduce the risks of driver fatigue.

Local Ohio officials prep gigabit broadband for economic development (ShutterStock image)

Local Ohio officials prep gigabit broadband for economic development

The fiber-optic and wireless network will give residents and businesses in Fairlawn, Ohio, internet access speeds more than 20 times faster than anything the city has had available.

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Senator checks on DC Metro IT security

Sen. Mark Warner asks the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for an update on IT systems security and communications upgrades.

Mobile biometric breathalyzer speeds sobriety testing

Mobile biometric breathalyzer speeds sobriety testing

The devices are increasing the efficiency of Massachusetts’ probation officers monitoring low-risk offenders mandated not to drink alcohol.

Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson formally designated state election assets -- including polling places, centralized vote tabulation locations, storage facilities and related information and communications technology -- as U.S. critical infrastructure.

‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

State and local agencies must be able to defend against politically motivated attacks that can take websites offline, expose personal information or even knock out utility service.


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