September 23, 2014

Which prominent federal agency recently turned to crowdsourcing?

Answer: NASA

September 22, 2014

San Diego Judge Tentatively Rules Against Access to License Plate Records

A citizen's request for police data gleaned from scanning his license plates may be denied on the grounds they are exempt from the California Public Records Act.

September 22, 2014

Tacoma, Wash., Struggles with Text Message Retention

Saving mobile communications from personal devices is a challenge for the Pacific Northwest city.

September 22, 2014

Predictive Policing: The Promise and Perils

As analytical tools have become more sophisticated and data sets much larger, the ability to forecast crime has grown more nuanced.

September 22, 2014

Boston CIO Discusses Importance of Connectivity in City Services

Jascha Franklin-Hodge says connecting with the city’s tech community is part of his job, as is making sure technology in City Hall is running well and up-to-date.

September 22, 2014

Retailers Should Move to Chip-and-PIN Tech

New credit card standards go into effect October 2015 that should push most Wisconsin retailers to take the step, but in light of the recent cyber terrorism, critics say the transition is too slow.

September 22, 2014

University of California Proposes $250 Million Venture Fund

Regents are expected to vote Thursday on the proposal, which is the latest change of course in the university’s investment strategy.

September 22, 2014

‘Dispatchers Save Seconds, Seconds Save Lives, Sometimes’

911 operators share stories of the difficulties in locating some cellphone callers.

September 22, 2014

Researchers Study Ways to Protect Power Grid from Solar Storms

In the digital age, damage to sensitive communication networks and power grids could be crippling.

September 22, 2014

North Dakota Unmanned Aircraft Test Site Making Progress

An evaluation done by the FAA showed the test site’s procedures are in good shape, offering positive news for an operation that’s attracted the attention of a growing industry.

September 22, 2014

California Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Urge More Drivers Into Eco-Friendly Vehicles

The measure sets a goal of placing at least 1 million zero-emission vehicles and near-zero-emission vehicles on the road in California by Jan. 1, 2023.

September 22, 2014

New Voter Registration App for Indiana Residents

The IndianaVoters App enables users to register to vote or confirm their voter registration, find their polling place, look up candidates on their ballot, track their absentee ballot and contact local elected officials.

September 22, 2014

Which country still buys CDs like it’s 1996?

Answer: Japan

September 21, 2014

MS-ISAC: Cybersecurity Collaboration is Needed Now More than Ever

As cyber leaders from across federal, state, local and tribal governments prepare to gather for another annual meeting, the future of government cybersecurity in our local communities now hangs in the balance.

September 19, 2014

NYC BigApps Winners Poised to Improve New York

Seven winners grab honors for civic tech solutions from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

September 19, 2014

Apple Privacy Policy Seen as a Double Down on Security

The company has reworked its latest encryption so only the owner of the device it's on can gain access to user data typically stored on iPhones and iPads.

September 19, 2014

Bill Aims to Boost Innovation in U.S. Manufacturing

Sponsored by Ohio senator Sherrod Brown, the bill would create a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, bringing together industry, higher-education institutions, and government agencies to push manufacturing modernization.

September 19, 2014

FirstNet Makes Progress, Consults with Maryland

The meeting will be followed by discussions in other states as FirstNet determines what a nationwide first responder communications network should look like.

September 19, 2014

L.A. School District Will Double Staff to Help with iPad Rollout

Getting aid to L.A. Unified schools and teachers was one key recommendation from a critical evaluation of the district's $1.3-billion technology program.

September 19, 2014

The Worst Way to Manage a Transportation Project

Think the cost overruns on the Big Dig were bad? The hole just keeps getting deeper for the Boston area's transit agency.