States test regional cloud hubs

The emergence of regional cloud hubs will turn agency cost centers into revenue centers and help local government buy cheaper cloud solutions, according to an IDC Government report.

Michigan puts up $2.5M to support collaborative tech projects

A new state-sponsored fund in Michigan is being set up to disburse money for collaborative state and local IT projects.

Michigan to build its own cyber command center

The economically hard-hit state of Michigan is hoping to become a national leader in cybersecurity with the development of a new cyber command center.

Michigan merges physical, digital security functions

New organization predicted to be running by Oct. 1.

Sorry, wrong number ... Detroit wants utility tax, owes phone company $2M

The unpaid bill to AT&T was disclosed as the Michigan legislature considered a bill to allow Detroit to keep collecting that tax.

Upgrade shuts down Michigan's network

Michigan state employees couldn't access e-mail or network-based files during the outage.

Wireless carriers: Your data is safe with us, but we can't speak for third parties

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile all say they obtain user permission before using a customer's location to find information.

Michigan State Police defend use of data-extraction tool for cell phones

The ACLU is challenging the use of a forensics device that extracts personal data from 95 percent of cell phones on the market in less than two minutes.

5 steps to going from 'Flintstones to Jetsons'

With the county flat broke and the local automobile industry reeling from the economic downturn, Wayne County, Mich., got creative in leaving the IT Stone Age behind.

The tech that makes anti-terrorism tip lines effective

Fusion centers are trying new tools for using intelligence databases across states lines, which come in handy after a new government program for reporting suspicious activity gets into high gear.

Crowdsourcing: Government by the people?

Some state and municipal governments around the country are bringing people into the decision-making process with crowdsourcing sites.

Storage consolidation pays off for Michigan

The state Department of Technology, Management and Budget says the consolidation of three large storage arrays into one smaller array has already generated saving, with more expected.