Emerging Tech

Beijing invests in virtual humans

The city government wants to invest nearly $900 million to build a technology, business and governance ecosystem for virtual humans that leverages Web3 technologies.

Cybersecurity

New research points to hidden vulnerabilities within machine learning systems

Agencies need to provide extra attention and security for machine learning and artificial intelligence-based systems, beyond the normal level of cybersecurity protection.

Public Safety

AI-powered cameras to enforce bus lanes

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority partnered with Hayden AI on the bus-mounted cameras, which will use artificial intelligence and edge computing to process violations.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NSF invests $26M for smart city engineering research

Researchers will integrate real-time, hyperlocal technologies into streetscapes to build safe, equitable and secure communities.

Emerging Tech

Farmers can save water with wireless technologies, but there are challenges – like transmitting data through mud

Using wireless sensor technology, farmers can monitor the condition of crop soil and increase their water usage efficiency.

Cloud & Infrastructure

New York City’s IT czar answers to monkeypox website failures

“We have learned from our mistakes and we are committed to doing better going forward,” a health department official said.

Data & Analytics

Carbon footprint data helps local authorities lower emissions

An online portal hosts emissions data from government sites, such as fire stations, parks and public libraries, enabling the public and city and county officials to analyze the efficacy of current climate change policies.

Cybersecurity

CISA issues cybersecurity toolkit for election officials

The toolkit helps state and local election officials identify their risks, make their infrastructure more resilient and protect voter information from attacks.

Emerging Tech

Semiconductor bill to fund 20 regional technology hubs

The CHIPS and Science Act authorized $10 billion for the hubs, in an effort to expand tech jobs and manufacturing beyond the country’s traditional innovation powerhouses.

Cybersecurity

Top malware of 2021 has been in use for years, CISA warns

The advisory highlights that such usage offers “opportunities to better prepare” and provides recommendations to mitigate cybersecurity threats.

Data & Analytics

HHS dedicates $90M to community health data modernization

The initiative will help rural facilities invest in modern IT infrastructure to improve data collection and reporting.

Cloud & Infrastructure

How to move a data center

Utah’s Division of Technology Services pushed 25% of its applications to the cloud and moved 2,000 servers, the state network, databases and a mainframe from a soon-to-be demolished building into a new facility with a faster network, new equipment and environmental monitoring.

Cloud & Infrastructure

The best offense is a strong defense: Improve cloud security with visibility and zero trust segmentation

By focusing on workload and application level microsegmentation, state and local government IT leaders can accelerate their zero trust journeys and reduce cyber risk.

Cybersecurity

Blueprint builds a ‘common language’ for ransomware protection

With more than 40 recommendations, the Blueprint for Ransomware Defense can help small to medium sized enterprises build cyber resilience.

Data & Analytics

Key parts of US laws are hard for the public to find and read

Oblique or missing references to standards and codes specified by law make it difficult for judges, lawyers and the general public to comply with regulations.

Public Safety

Cities can apply for free monitoring of sewage for signs of monkeypox

The National League of Cities is accepting applications for the new program and will select 50 localities to participate. The initiative will build on efforts to track Covid-19 in wastewater.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Bipartisan bill aims to use grants to increase drone usage for infrastructure assessment

The legislation would authorize grants to use American drones for infrastructure assessment and maintenance as well as for workforce training and education.

Cybersecurity

Mobile threats prompt operational changes for government staff

More than 80% of public sector respondents to a recent survey said they have been forced to re-evaluate workplace practices as attacks on mobile devices grow.

Cybersecurity

Lawyers may be limiting threat info sharing

A new study examines how attorney-client privilege and work product immunity impacts cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

Emergency alert system vulnerable, FEMA warns

Internet-connected equipment used to send alerts can be vulnerable to unauthorized actors who could issue fake EAS messages.

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