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  • City enlists SMS chatbots for service delivery

    City enlists SMS chatbots for service delivery

    When the Mesa, Ariz., SMS chatbot goes live in June, city residents will be able to get answers to text-message questions and pay bills.

  • Dashboard visualizes health of urban populations (ShutterStock image)

    Dashboard visualizes health of urban populations

    The City Health Dashboard gives four pilot cities more accurate and actionable health metrics so officials can better target policies addressing their cities’ risk factors.

  • Police (photo by Kenneth Graf/ShutterStock)

    The changing body-cam conversations

    As communities get more experience with body-worn cameras, policies and focus are evolving, the Urban Institute finds.

  • Boston police walk back social media monitoring plan (Photo by Halfpoint/ShutterStock)

    Boston police walk back social media monitoring plan

    The Boston Police Department is going back to the drawing board to redefine a system that can help it analyze social media content.

  • Cyber, funding and Trump spell uncertainty for state and local IT

    Cyber, funding and Trump spell uncertainty for state and local IT

    Cybersecurity tops the list of this year’s priorities for state and local tech execs, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Public Technology Institute.

  • NY to try algorithm-driven pretrial risk assessments

    NY to try algorithm-driven pretrial risk assessments

    The governor is allowing judges to use “validated risk assessment” in pretrial determinations, but the fairness of the tools has been called into question.

  • Local Ohio officials prep gigabit broadband for economic development (ShutterStock image)

    Local Ohio officials prep gigabit broadband for economic development

    The fiber-optic and wireless network will give residents and businesses in Fairlawn, Ohio, internet access speeds more than 20 times faster than anything the city has had available.

  • Uber car in New York (MikeDotta / Shutterstock, Inc.)

    NYC wants more data from Uber

    Uber's new data portal won't satisfy New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is requesting drop-off location data to reduce the risks of driver fatigue.

  • Washington DC metro station Ed-Ni Photo / Shutterstock.com

    Senator checks on DC Metro IT security

    Sen. Mark Warner asks the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for an update on IT systems security and communications upgrades.

  • Mobile biometric breathalyzer speeds sobriety testing

    Mobile biometric breathalyzer speeds sobriety testing

    The devices are increasing the efficiency of Massachusetts’ probation officers monitoring low-risk offenders mandated not to drink alcohol.

  • ‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

    ‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

    State and local agencies must be able to defend against politically motivated attacks that can take websites offline, expose personal information or even knock out utility service.

  • Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

    Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

    DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson formally designated state election assets -- including polling places, centralized vote tabulation locations, storage facilities and related information and communications technology -- as U.S. critical infrastructure.

  • Uber to make some trip data public

    Uber offers cities a (limited) motherlode of trip data

    The decision comes as a result of calls by local governments for more granular traffic data.

  • DOT opens dataset on Smart City Challenge ideas

    DOT opens dataset on Smart City Challenge ideas

    Ideas proposed for the Department of Transportation’s challenge have been collected an online dataset that features the challenge addressed, proposed project category and project description.

Topic Resources

  • Take Cybersecurity to the Next Level

    A top challenge for every government agency today is the effective management of cybersecurity risks. Protecting government information and citizens’ personal data has become more challenging as our networks and the amount of data on them has grown exponentially. In this Executive Insights, you’ll learn how a risk-based approach leveraging automation can provide a solid foundation to your agency’s cybersecurity posture.

  • The Economics of Software-Defined Storage

    Data growth is a standard problem of the modern digital age. Being data driven to remain in business and increase profitability is not an option; rather, it is a necessity. In these complex times, tighter IT budgets along with the need to shift the focus on business requirements are putting added pressures on IT departments. This whitepaper examines a new era of software-defined storage solutions that allows businesses to build out a service-based storage infrastructure in an economically feasible manner.

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  • Miami (pisaphotography/Shutterstock.com)

    A growing city tackles sea level rise


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