State & Local

  • section of road with solar panels (The Ray)

    Building a sustainable ‘highway of the future’

    States are experimenting with roadways that create their own clean, renewable energy, drive-thru automated tire safety stations and sensor-embedded highways that transmit data about their condition.

  • Port Police (Ron Kacmarcik/

    Underwater drones ride rising tide of remote management

    Unmanned underwater systems are becoming affordable options for inspections of reservoir and water supply systems as well as underwater infrastructure, environmental assessment, law enforcement and port security.

  • data based sentencing (bluebay/

    We use big data to sentence criminals. But can the algorithms really tell us what we need to know?

    Data-driven tools cannot make the individual predictions that sentencing decisions require.

  • consolidation (By tereez/

    NJ to consolidate IT infrastructure

    The state will move to centralized IT functions, pulling hardware, operations and staff out of the individual departments.

  • smart city security (By Shaynepplstockphoto/

    Report: Securing smart cities

    The increased number of internet connections in smart city technologies can mean an increased attack surface for hackers.

  • Boston traffic (Heidi Besen/

    Boston takes on traffic by building better data, not more roads

    The city is tapping into public, private and ride-sharing data to help it make better decisions, Boston CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge says.

  • email archive

    Learning from a long-running digital archive effort

    The Library of Virginia is still sorting through 1.3 million emails from former Gov. Tim Kaine’s administration, nearly seven years later.

  • municipal fiber (Solomonkein/

    The risky ROI on municipal broadband

    Over half of municipal fiber projects generate negative cash flow, a new report finds.

  • Maryland e-Road Ready Projects

    Mapping out highway maintenance

    Maryland e-Road Ready Projects shows planned work on state-maintained roads.

  • taxi in washington, DC (Tupungato/

    Payment apps drive city’s taxi modernization

    By partnering with Square, Washington, D.C., can upgrade its legacy metering system and get real-time ridership data.

  • Miami (pisaphotography/

    A growing city tackles sea level rise

    Miami is taking a multi-faceted approach to address growing development in an area vulnerable to sea level rise.

  • people voting in California

    DEFCON to target voting machines

    This summer’s hacker conference will give attendees a chance to apply their skills to manipulating voting machines.

  • CFPB/SSA retirement calculator

    SSA, CFPB and the state of Minnesota demonstrate the power of straight talk

    Plain language initiatives are changing the way agencies provide information and engage with citizens.

  • smart city (By Mascha Tace/

    The race to become ‘digital by default’ will have winners and losers

    Cities that invest in digital services can save money and attract tech-savvy businesses and talent.

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  • eclipse (kdshutterman/

    NASA calls on cloud for online eclipse streaming

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