March 5, 2015 Which of the world’s cities are smartest? Answer: not London March 4, 2015 Maryland Legislation Would Encourage Release of GIS Data A new proposal recommended by the Maryland Council on Open Data would remove fees associated with access to state GIS information. March 4, 2015 Google Plans to Launch Small Wireless Network The plan to launch a cellphone network appears similar to what Google has done with cellphones and broadband Internet service, spurring innovation among industry heavyweights. March 4, 2015 Improving Cities by Investing in Next-Generation Internet A coalition called Next Century Cities is bringing leaders together to demonstrate the value of Internet infrastructure investments, celebrate member cities’ successful projects, and help other cities do the same. March 4, 2015 FCC Vote Could be Game Changer for Internet Privacy At issue is Section 222 of the Communications Act, which requires that telecom companies protect customers’ “proprietary information,” such as how you use their services. March 4, 2015 Cheating Scandal Prompts LA County Supervisors to Computerize Hiring Exams The new countywide system will randomly select questions for each applicant from thousands of potential questions that will be stored on a secure server. March 4, 2015 Michigan's $61 Million Child Care System Glitchy, Far From Functional The computer system -- designed to help child welfare efforts -- is instead frustrating workers, delaying payments to some foster parents and complicating state efforts to escape federal oversight. March 4, 2015 Cybersecurity: Taking a Proactive Approach is Key If we are to proactively defend our cybersecurity, we must move away from historical algorithm audit and analysis to real-time pattern recognition audit and analysis. March 4, 2015 Medical Device Surveillance on the Horizon Harnessing the potential of data on patients is one of the main goals of a national device surveillance system proposal unveiled last week by the health care arm of the Brookings Institution. March 4, 2015 Tonawanda, N.Y., Considers Solar Panels on Government Buildings The city could achieve savings of between $30,000 and $35,000 annually under the proposed power purchase agreement. March 4, 2015 Idaho Lawmakers Prep for Driverless Cars The state is looking to regulate how the vehicles can be insured, who can operate them and what safety standards they have to meet. March 4, 2015 Florida Leads Nation in Fraud, ID Theft Florida — long known for flimflam, bogus swamp sales and Medicare fraud — was home to seven of the top 20 metro areas for consumer fraud complaints last year. March 4, 2015 Maryland Counties Urge Curbs on Releasing Body Camera Videos Local officials are advising state lawmakers to amend Maryland's Public Information Act to limit which videos authorities have to release and avoid costly "fishing expeditions." March 4, 2015 Chief Data Officers: Shaping One of the Newest Positions in Government Four prominent CDOs discuss the work they do and the meaning of their jobs in the overall structure of civic governance. March 4, 2015 Stamford Only Town in Connecticut to Lack Traffic Stop Data Police officials say they are working to submit required information about the ethnic makeup of drivers pulled over, but technological and training problems have prevented them from doing so yet. March 4, 2015 How long until cash is extinct? Answer: perhaps a decade March 3, 2015 Call for Entries: Best of the Web & Digital Government Achievement Awards 2015 The Center for Digital Government invites nominations for the 20th annual Best of the Web (BOW) and Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA)! March 3, 2015 Photo of the Week: New York City's IT Epicenter Open since 2013, the facility has the people and tools to tackle a variety of tech issues affecting infrastructure, applications, network, voice and data functions. March 3, 2015 Amazon Cloud, WordPress Help Arlington County, Va., Improve Constituent Services The move has brought savings of approximately $12,000 to $15,000 per month in hosting, development and licensing costs associated with a proprietary content management system. March 3, 2015 How Do Municipalities of Different Sizes Use the Internet? A recent survey found that small cities have the most diverse Internet usage, and the larger the municipality, the more likely it is to utilize social media.