State & Local

  • wireless in the city (Vasin Lee/

    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.

  • People voting

    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.

  • homeless (Olga Pinegina/

    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.

  • firefighter using mobile phone (FirstNet/YouTube)

    Advancing apps for FirstNet

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

  • officer with firstnet tablet (FirstNetGov)

    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.

  • voting (Barbara Kalbfleisch/

    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.

  • Alert Reporting System

    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.

  • people voting (Gino Santa Maria/

    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.

  • connecting dots (pikcha/

    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.

  • Hawaii emergency alert

    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.

  • bitcoin mining farm (Mark Agnor/

    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.

  • meeting (SFIO CRACHO/

    New Code for America fellowships look to strengthen existing civic tech relationships

    The Community Fellowship program allows local talent already working with government to do more for the vulnerable people they serve.

Topic Resources

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  • Public Sector Migration Handbook

    Government agencies have had their cloud migration ambitions challenged by stringent regulations, tightening budgets and mission critical workloads. Our guide was built to help public sector officials foresee and navigate challenges to ensure their cloud migration success.

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    What legislators are learning about blockchain

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