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Montana test-drives code-free chatbots

The Motor Vehicle Division uses a drag-and-drop builder to construct conversational chatbots that guide online users through multiple-step processes.

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Washington shines a spotlight on privacy

Washington state Chief Privacy Officer Alex Alben is helping agencies become more sensitive to privacy concerns surrounding state residents' personal information.

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Columbus unveils 'initial' smart city operating system

The Smart Columbus Operating System features an open data platform that brings together more than 1,000 mobility-related datasets.

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Igniting Innovation awards showcase creative problem solving

Top awards at ACT-IAC’s annual Igniting Innovation Conference touch on drones, machine learning, advanced analytics, acquisition and mobile citizen service.

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A cybersecurity credit score

The score provides device-level vulnerability insight for patch prioritization and can facilitate communication with less tech-savvy execs.

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Local police turn to feds for crime-solving tech

For encryption-cracking solutions and DNA analysis, state and local law enforcement offices are looking for help from federal agencies with deeper pockets and research capabilities.

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Solving DC's gridlock with smarter cars, intelligent traffic signals

A data-sharing partnership has the potential to help the nation’s capital ease its notorious traffic congestion.

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National Guard team builds open-source cyber toolkit

The Missouri National Guard Cyber Team's RockNSM platform gives cyber incident response teams insights into attempted breaches and overall network health.

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Committee urges broader election security protections

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is calling for states to protect voter registration databases, assess voting machines for risk and deploy better detection technology across their election infrastructure.

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FAA picks 10 for drone integration pilot program

The winners and their commercial partners will work with the FAA to develop UAS testing zones and build a regulatory framework for unmanned systems operation.

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Iowa offers public-sector network clients a la carte security services

To underscore the need for upstream cybersecurity, the Iowa Communications Network is offering its offering clients a free, extensive threat assessment.

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Connecticut tasks law enforcement with cyber duties

The Connecticut Cybersecurity Action Plan calls for a dedicated entity to investigate cybercrimes and threats to individuals, businesses and critical infrastructure.

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NYC Transit is building a fleet of chatbots

The city's Metropolitan Transit Authority is creating chatbots that will allow agency employees to ask natural language questions to get answers from information in its databases.

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Florida ports get situational awareness

By assimilating existing systems, sensors and workflows into a common operation picture, CommandBridge will give users a full view into what’s happening at the ports.

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Cities await announcement of drone pilot program winners

The Federal Aviation Administration will soon name the 10 winners of drone Integration Pilot Program that will help expand the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.

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