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January 26, 2015

Minnesota Lawmakers Debate Shelf Life of License Plate Reader Data

Conflict between lawmakers lies between whether license plate reader “hits” on innocent people should be deleted immediately by police or kept for 90 days.

January 26, 2015

Alabama Drone Task Force's Recommendations Limited

The group's only recommendation was that the state's Department of Transportation be designated as the lead state agency on drones, and that the task force remain together to continue studying the issue.

January 26, 2015

Are Drones Constrained?

While drone use has increased under Obama, it has done so without clearly articulated policy guidelines or oversight and accountability mechanisms, complicating the determination of “proper constraint.”

January 26, 2015

Bill Gates Invests in Tech to Drink Treated Wastewater

While Gates showed that it’s entirely possible to quench your thirst with the treated water, the two biggest obstacles to actually doing so are a lack of regulations and the “toilet-to-tap” stigma.

January 26, 2015

Pennsylvania DOT Uses New Technology to 'Stay Ahead of the Storm'

Lessons from the 2007 Valentine’s Day storm that left motorists stranded for more than 24 hours have created a better prepared transportation department.

January 26, 2015

Indiana Courts Seek Funds for Statewide E-Filing Availability

E-filing is the next step for the state's court technology, which already relies on electronic records sharing for everything from jury pool lists to marriage license applications, according to officials.

January 26, 2015

When Terrorists Attack Online, Is Cyber-Insurance Enough?

As in the early days of any insurance coverage, cyber policies and terms are a mixed bag regarding what is covered and to what degree.

January 26, 2015

How can tweeting the word “hate” affect your health?

Answer: by giving you a heart attack

January 25, 2015

New Resolutions: Seven Team Building Actions for Government Leaders

As you think about resolutions for the coming year, or the next four years in government, don't forget your people. Here are seven important actions to consider.

January 23, 2015

Google Reveals its Innovation Lab for Government

Google plans to institutionalize innovation through a mobile innovation lab that combines its suite of apps with motivated government innovators.

January 23, 2015

What the Centcom Twitter Hack Means to You

Agencies don't need to avoid social media, experts say, but they need to prepare for possible attacks.

January 23, 2015

Federal Lawmakers Unite on Community Broadband

A group of U.S. legislators have introduced a measure to help cities build their own high-speed networks.

January 23, 2015

How Are Police Departments Using License Plate Reader Data?

The Oakland, Calif., Police Department has released its license plate reader data, which reveals a lot -- but it's tough to understand what it all means.

January 23, 2015

A Shortage of Data Analysts, Data on Student Absences Proves Fruitful

Plus a matrix shows what strategies work in reducing crime and disorder in policing.

January 23, 2015

A Smarter Grid in the Motor City

Two companies are aiming to demonstrate in Detroit how power outages can be prevented.

January 23, 2015

Are Drug-Carrying Drones the Future of Smuggling? Probably Not, DEA Says

On Tuesday a drone carrying methamphetamine crashed in Mexico, triggering an investigation by Tijuana police and raising the question of whether the technology is a new avenue for drug smuggling.

January 23, 2015

Apple's Growing Patent Portfolio Offers Clues About Future Products

Although companies commonly patent ideas they do not ultimately use, the evolving makeup of Apple's portfolio points to spaces the company may be mining for future growth.

January 23, 2015

Embattled Tech Firm Keeps Texas Contract

While other state agencies have canceled contracts with Austin technology firm 21CT, the secretary of state's office said Thursday it plans to continue its business relationship with the company.

January 23, 2015

Modern Mapping Effort Boosts Smoky Mountains’ Stream Mileage

For the last three years, park scientists have used a combination of aircraft-mounted scanners and GPS verification to produce highly precise digital maps of the park's topography.

January 23, 2015

Pittsburgh Community Network Eyed as Model for Supporting Digital Learning

National experts are smitten with the city's energy and innovation flow from a close-knit network of philanthropists, educators, technologists, and advocates who prize collaboration over competition.