State & Local

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    DefCon hackers made short work of voting machines. Now what?

    Even machines not connected to the internet can be hacked, so election officials must ensure they’re using secure technology and locking down the entire voting process.

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    Announcing the dig IT Award finalists

    From mobile security to smarter transit to swarming drones, these 25 projects represent the best of discovery and innovation in government IT.

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    Tracking Flint's water crisis through data

    Michigan State University researchers are building a digital registry of individuals exposed to lead-contaminated water in Flint, Mich.

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    Do you speak V2V? Understanding the language of connected vehicles

    Huei Peng, director of University of Michigan's connected vehicle test bed, explains how dedicated short range communications powers vehicle safety and traffic optimization applications.

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    Utah keeps contracts under control

    The state's Office of Economic Development is streamlining its contracts management process through Conga Contracts, a Salesforce application.

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    Fighting cyberattacks with volunteers

    Michigan's volunteer corps of cybersecurity experts from government, education and private industry is one way states can beef up their cybersecurity expertise.

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    Chamblee, Ga., partners for GIS and IT expertise

    With help from InterDev, the small town outside Atlanta can meet its big-city requirements for network infrastructure, support and services.

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    Seattle's first smart city coordinator gets to work

    Kate Garman's challenge: ensuring a cohesive smart city strategy within the city.

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    4 big opportunities for state-level innovation

    States should encourage policies to stimulate investment in the digital economy, a Center for Data Innovation report finds.

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    Why cities must look to private-sector data sources

    The vast amounts of information being collected by consumer apps and services could have a big impact on how cities plan for transportation and land use.

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    Speeding litigation prep with cloud-based tech

    Lawyers in the Ohio Attorney General's Office are getting a lift from a new cloud-based e-discovery and document analysis platform.

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    Governors pivot to energy, transportation innovation

    As the new chair of the National Governors Association, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will focus on helping states prepare for the "ongoing technological transformation of the economy."

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    How communities get to IoT

    Although federal research and funding are helping communities design replicable internet-of-things projects, integrated, complex ventures are still a challenge, GAO says.

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    Michigan tackles opioid abuse with data-sharing platform

    The portal integrates electronic health records into the state's prescription monitoring program, giving prescribers and physicians near-instantaneous access to patients' drug histories.

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    Myriad missions for Murfreesboro drones