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Elections officials explore security options

Despite new financial support from Congress, local officials say they need more help securing their election systems ahead of the 2018 elections.

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Salt Lake City, NYC land wireless testbed pilot

The National Science Foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program named the first two cities that will serve as testbeds for new communication and networking technologies.

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NASCIO outlines IT services broker framework

The National Association of State CIOs is working to help state IT leaders effectively organize and manage delivery IT services under the emerging broker model.

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Pennsylvania plots strategy for election security funds

The commonwealth directs all counties to have voter-verifiable paper record voting systems in place by the end of 2019.

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Advancing apps for FirstNet

The public safety broadband network's first Hackathon attracted some 200 participants.

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Blockchain-based identity for the homeless

Austin, Texas, is exploring how distributed-ledger technology can be used to help the homeless secure their personal records and access government resources.

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NIST approves 17 FirstNet devices

An assortment of smartphones, tablets and rugged handhelds are among the first devices approved for use on the FirstNet public safety broadband network.

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GAO: Most districts satisfied with their voting machines

Most local election jurisdictions are pretty happy with the performance of their voting machines and equipment, the Government Accountability Office finds.

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FCC plans online filing system for state emergency alert plans

The Alert Reporting System will standardize the format and terminology of state emergency alert system plans, making it easier for states to update their plans and federal officials to detect problems.

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Election security means much more than just new voting machines

Securing electoral systems across the U.S. is a big problem with high stakes, so the federal money being provided to states must be used as efficiently as possible.

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Analytics help city police connect the dots across databases

Using an SAS solution to merge and manage large disparate datasets, law enforcement professionals in Cary, N.C., can leverage advanced analytical capabilities for their investigations.

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Lawmakers dig deeper into Hawaii's false missile alert

During a April 5 field hearing federal officials questioned whether the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency was ready to roll out a system to alert residents of an incoming missile attack.

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Tiny towns, small states bet on bitcoin even as some shun its miners

While bitcoin mining may not create many jobs, state officials and cryptocurrency advocates believe in the economic potential of the industries created through blockchain technology.

Free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots launch in NYC

LinkNWK lands on New Jersey sidewalks

LinkNWK kiosks will provide Wi-Fi, mobile device charging and other services throughout the city.

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Pennsylvania rolls out risk-based authentication to agencies

The Office of Administration’s risk-based multifactor authentication service gives commonwealth employees secure access to cloud resources and agency applications.

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