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Tap DHS for help protecting voting systems, officials urge

Tap DHS for help protecting voting systems, officials urge

Officials are urging state and local governments to leverage resources from the Department of Homeland Security to better secure election systems from cyberthreats.

New Jersey residents can now text to 911

New Jersey residents can now text to 911

Through partnerships with public safety providers and wireless carriers, New Jersey has rolled out text-to-911 service in all 21 counties.

How big data and algorithms are slashing the cost of fixing Flint’s water crisis

How big data and algorithms are slashing the cost of fixing Flint’s water crisis

Leveraging new algorithmic and statistical tools, researchers created a significantly more complete picture of the risks and challenges in Flint.

Handheld card reader helps police track criminals

Handheld card reader helps police track criminals' cash

The card reader uses wireless connectivity to allow police officers in the field to read the balance on a card and put a temporary hold on the linked funds.

Can open source and education save our electronic voting systems?

Can open source and education save our electronic voting systems?

The future of online voting will depend on the federal government’s ability to work with states to enact uniform standards for voting protocols that include a verifiable voting method voters can trust.

Road to threat information access still uphill for local communities

Road to threat information access still uphill for local officials

Fusion centers and local law enforcement communities still face challenges accessing decentralized databases and classified data.

Government’s responsibility in building civic engagement

Government’s responsibility in building civic engagement

As citizens explore ways to more actively contribute to the common good, government must create the environment, means and awareness to make that possible.

SF’s legacy tech undercounted public transit riders

SF’s legacy tech undercounted public transit riders

As a result of measurement errors, San Francisco’s transit agency inaccurately reported ridership declines from fiscal year 2014 to 2015.

4 steps for improving cyber preparedness

4 steps for improving cyber preparedness

Because state and local governments collect and store vast amounts of personal data, they are prime targets for cyberattacks.

EPA opens its Smart City Air Challenge

EPA opens its Smart City Air Challenge

The challenge will award $40,000 in seed money to two communities that demonstrate the best air quality data collection and sharing strategies.

FirstNet’s first steps

FirstNet’s first steps

Five Early Builder projects focus on different aspects of first responder use to help FirstNet evaluate technical standards and capabilities, test new equipment and develop lessons learned.

DOT launches open National Transit Map

DOT launches open National Transit Map

The map was built using information submitted by 270 transit agencies that provided open, machine-readable geospatial data on 398,000 stops and 10,000 routes.

Leveraging connected vehicle, infrastructure tech to protect pedestrians

Can smart cities and connected vehicles protect pedestrians?

Nevada is looking for prototype solutions that can minimize vehicle-pedestrian collisions.

Trickle of data limits federal water management efforts

Trickle of data limits federal water management efforts

Water resources are being stretched thin in drought-riddled parts of the nation, but the government doesn’t have the data it needs to monitor consumption and plan for the future.

The hackable election?

The hackable election?

According to a new report, a hack targeting only a few systems in a swing state could be enough to alter the outcome of a national race.