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Shourjya Mookerjee

Associate Editor, GCN

Shourjya Mookerjee is an associate editor for GCN. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and has written for Vox Media, Fandom and a number of capital-area news outlets. He can be reached at smookerjee@govexec.com – or you can find him ranting about sports, cinematography and the importance of local journalism on Twitter @byShourjya.
Data & Analytics

Mobile apps help community with annual homeless count

Kansas City and Houston are using mobile apps to more accurately conduct their point in time homelessness counts.

Cybersecurity

Think twice before scanning that QR code, FBI warns

The FBI is warning that cybercriminals are tampering with QR codes to redirect victims to malicious sites that steal login and financial information.

Data & Analytics

Can AI-powered congestion pricing improve transportation equity?

New research suggests big data and machine learning can create an equitable approach to tolling and improve traffic congestion.

Data & Analytics

Las Vegas taps digital twin for sustainability

With a digital twin, the city can leverage street-level data collected through IoT sensors to model future energy use, emissions, mobility and emergency management.

State & Local

City heat officers lean into tech to control temperatures, inform response

The newly appointed chief heat officers in Miami-Dade County and Phoenix are using innovative materials and data to address urban heat challenges.

Cybersecurity

Cities in Texas hit by QR-code phishing scam

Austin, Houston and San Antonio have been affected by a phishing scam designed to get users to pay for parking using fraudulent QR codes pasted on public meters.

Emerging Tech

NIST measures trees’ impact on 5G networks

As cities roll out 5G networks, researchers are helping calculate signal loss caused by foliage.

Emerging Tech

Forest Service partners on development of handheld spectrometer

The handheld device -- already used by federal agencies to detect chemicals, explosives and other drugs – will be enhanced to analyze toxic pesticides used in marijuana fields illegally planted on federal lands.

State & Local

LA Secure app protects mobile users from security threats

The app prevents users on public Wi-Fi from inadvertently opening malicious links and accessing rogue networks.

Emerging Tech

NWS seeks machine learning to translate hurricane warnings

To better serve Spanish speaking communities across the country, the National Weather Service is looking for machine learning powered translation.

Data & Analytics

Ohio launches platform to match foster children with families

Using a specialized search engine and a family tree building tool, social workers will be able to connect foster children to extended family members.

Data & Analytics

Cincinnati maps food insecurity gaps

Building off of its emergency food delivery response at the height of the pandemic, the city is now using the same tools to tackle the long-term issue of food insecurity.

Data & Analytics

Climate data tools win NOAA challenge

The four winning teams developed digital tools designed to help local decision makers use federal data for better climate resilience planning.

Cybersecurity

Kronos ransomware attack impacting government employee paychecks

The cyberattack on the Kronos Private Cloud may last for weeks, affecting payroll and workforce management for many state and local government agencies.

Data & Analytics

Michigan posts statewide dashboard for COVID-19 wastewater monitoring

The dashboard provides detailed, weekly analysis and interpretation of wastewater data and trends, providing public health officials early warning of COVID infection.

Data & Analytics

NOAA mapping tool projects county-level climate risks

Understanding a particular area’s vulnerability to events like wildfires, floods, drought and heat waves, tornado outbreaks and hurricanes can have massive benefits to emergency planner.

Emerging Tech

Self-driving shuttle program planned for NJ city

The Trenton Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System Project aims to bring 100 self-driving electric shuttles to the state capital’s 90,000 residents.

Data & Analytics

Cities enlist sensors to tackle noise pollution

New York and Philadelphia hope cameras, decibel meters and machine learning can help reduce excessive noise.

Emerging Tech

AF’s counter-drone tech nears completion

The easily transportable device uses high-power microwaves to disrupt drone swarms.

Cybersecurity

When the question is paying ransom, the answer isn’t always clear

Robust federal investment and clear operational procedures would help state and local agencies better defend against ransomware, experts said.