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Health agency looks to app for help with litter cleanup

A Montana community is photographing cigarette-related litter to gather data for new policies related to tobacco use.

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When drones are part of the smart city network

Flying sensor-laden drones will be a major contributor to a smart city's network, experts say.

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Study: Sentencing software just as bad at predicting recidivism as untrained volunteers

Researchers found that both a specialty algorithm and untrained volunteers were about 65 percent accurate in predicting recidivism.

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How states can nurture smart cities

Some states are leveraging their purchasing and policy-making powers to make it easier for communities to adopt smart technology.

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Reaching rural America with broadband internet service

Is modest-speed internet appropriate for rural areas, or do rural Americans deserve access to the far faster service options available in urban areas?

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Oklahoma seeks camera system to verify drivers' insurance

The state is looking for a system that would analyze a photo of a license plate and run it against a database to find out if the vehicle’s owner is insured.

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Deadly California mudslides show the need for maps and zoning that better reflect landslide risk

Landslide hazard maps could help guide zoning decisions and better inform homeowners, banks and insurance companies of potential risks.

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Finding food poisoning cases via Yelp reviews

The New York City Health Department and Columbia University analyze Yelp comments for keywords indicating foodborne illness in the city.

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California tracks marijuana from seed to sale

The track-and-trace system uses RFID tags to ensure compliance and public health.

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Report: Community broadband competitively priced

Community internet service providers are providing better low-cost services than private competitors, research finds.

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Karen Jackson: The exit interview

Virginia's outgoing secretary of technology talks about her work in cybersecurity, autonomous technology and smart communities.

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New York State Police launch drone program

The State Police will begin using drones to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety.

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Census uncertainty spurs state action to prevent undercounting

To ensure that all their residents get counted, states are coming up with creative solutions to verify the Census Bureau's residential address list.

America’s aging voting machines managed to survive another election

Elections: Another unsecured enterprise application?

With IT systems underpinning elections infrastructure, state officials are taking different approaches to secure their systems against growing threats.

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Modernizing a benefits program? You need better analytics

Analytics make benefits delivery more efficient by allowing agencies to target services, detect fraud, streamline back-office operations and lower costs.

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