State & Local

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    Can the code help local governments?

    The source code is open and available for reuse, but smaller governments might be looking for a more comprehensive solution, according to open government experts.

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    Despite security concerns, states haven't upgraded voting tech

    Although election security has received significant attention following the 2016 presidential election, a new report finds that little has changed since 2015.

  • Recent data breaches spark debate over 'reasonable' notification rules

    States are trying to beef up consumer protections by clearly defining how quickly residents must be notified of a data breach and broadening the category of "personal information" covered under such laws.

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    How Maryland uses data to fight opioids

    Although data from Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs can help identify users who need treatment, license plate readers help police catch criminals bringing drugs into the state.

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    Federal, state execs push for blockchain expansion

    Agencies are looking to the private sector for interoperable blockchain solutions that cut across mission needs.

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    Smart Cities Council announces challenge winners

    The Smart Cities Council has selected five locations as the winners of the 2018 Readiness Challenge.

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    The push to make local justice data shareable

    As interest in data-driven analysis increases, counties are working to make their criminal justice data available and interoperable.

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    Is FirstNet secure enough for law enforcement?

    Although California eventually decided to opt into the FirstNet national public-safety wireless broadband network, it raised concerns about the network's compliance with Criminal Justice Information Services requirements.

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    How agencies should respond to shorter breach reporting statutes

    As the increasing number of breaches collide with tighter reporting mandates, agencies must strike a balance between protecting citizens and taking the time required to conduct a meticulous forensic investigation.

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    NTIA awards next round of FirstNet planning grants

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's State and Local Implementation Program helps jurisdictions prepare for FirstNet's roll out.

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    Parents, staff win with mobile app for child support services

    Georgia's Child Support Services Mobile App lets clients make payments and appointments, view their cases and get answers to common questions, making the process more convenient for state employees and users alike.

  • First Responder SmartHub  (DHS S&T)

    Building a modular architecture for first responders

    The First Responder SmartHub architecture will allow individual body-worn devices or modules to interact with each other to give responders the capabilities they need.

  • opioid analytics

    Could a national database help the opioid crisis?

    A national repository of prescription data and patient information would enable the creation of robust predictive analytics, experts told lawmakers.

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    Connecticut agencies hit with WannaCry

    The virus made its way onto 160 computers in 11 different Connecticut government agencies, but there are no reports of data loss.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • PixelNet 2.0: The Pixel Perfect Platform

    On a large corporate campus for a major hardware manufacturer, the ability to display and manage audiovisual data is paramount. From real-time operations room video and security camera footage, to lobby signage, to streaming data and other A/V applications in conference rooms across multiple buildings, critical operations rely on accurate, real-time video data.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Using Software as a Service For Innovative Government

    As state and local government agencies continue their efforts to modernize and update their IT infrastructure to streamline operations, reduce costs, and deliver better citizen services, many are finding the Software as a Service (SaaS) model to be effective. Moving to a SaaS platform reduces the management burden on IT, improves access and scalability, reduces cost, and can actually increase security.

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  • decoding FontCode (Changxi Zheng/Columbia University)

    Hiding in plain sight: Embedding messages in fonts

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