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May 4, 2016

Website Failure Undermines ‘Big Day of Giving’ in Cities Nationwide

The Big Day of Giving Web portals collapsed midday in Sacramento, Seattle, San Antonio and St. Louis, and among 54 communities, large and small.

May 4, 2016

Immigration: Down in Farm Country, Up in Some Cities

An analysis of Census estimates shows that many high-tech centers, such as Seattle, San Diego and Boston, are seeing more immigration than they did 10 years ago.

May 4, 2016

Houston Partners with Google to Allow for Virtual Park Visits

A new partnership means more than two dozen of Houston’s parks and trails are now available via Google Street View.

May 4, 2016

Google Goes Suburban, Partners with Chrysler to Pursue Minivan Fleet

Fiat Chrysler had been seen as a possible Google partner for some time, as its own efforts at autonomous driving technology have lagged behind other big auto industry players.

May 4, 2016

Miami’s Zoning Method: Consistency Over Chaos

After a population explosion and building binge led to haphazard and random growth, Miami became the nation's first big urban area to adopt a citywide code based on looks.

May 4, 2016

CalEPA Updates Reporting System to Encourage More Public Interaction

The new Web-based CalEPA environmental reporting system is accessible on phones so citizens can upload photos, videos and other documentation of suspected hazards.

May 4, 2016

Transportation Disruption: Hyperloop and Self Driving Cars Discussed in Los Angeles

The panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference explored how hyperloop and autonomous vehicle technology could reshape Los Angeles and other cities.

May 4, 2016

Panama Papers Revelation: We Must Rethink Data Security Systems

Breaches of confidential information are inevitable. But we can limit their size and scope, and therefore their damage.

May 4, 2016

The Key to Making Economic Incentives Work for Austin is Transparency

The transparency required by Austin has the benefit of providing a clearer window into whether the beneficiaries of such agreements are meeting the requirements set out by the city. However, the question of whether the jobs are the kind of jobs the city needs most is still murky.

May 4, 2016

Local Governments: Attractive Targets for Cybercriminals?

Cities and counties are attractive targets in part because they’re connected to state systems or other large networks.

May 4, 2016

Could the Central Illinois Cybersecurity Program be a National Standard?

The Central Illinois Center of Excellence for Secure Software seeks to train programmers to write software less vulnerable to cyberattacks.

May 4, 2016

What new app measures a caller’s lung function?

Answer: SpiroCall

May 3, 2016

New Mexico's Preventive Analytics Strategy Keeps Unemployment Insurance Fraud at Bay

Since the state's Workforce Solutions Department launched a strategy that marries predictive analytics with behavioral science techniques, it has seen a 40 percent reduction in the likelihood to commit fraud.

May 3, 2016

8 Tools, Practices Affecting Government Over the Next Two Years

A new report from Deloitte identifies key trends likely to re-imagine the public sector market in the near future.

May 3, 2016

Email Privacy Act: Updating Decades-Old Legislation to Account for Cloud-Stored Data

A bill making its way through Congress may finally remedy legislation drafted three decades ago -- that couldn't predict a future of digital mobile devices and cloud-stored data.

May 3, 2016

Houston Lobbies for Downtown Bullet Train Station

Trains on the Houston-to-Dallas line would carry up to 400 passengers every 30 minutes on the 90-minute trip.

May 3, 2016

What Does Facebook Data Reveal About Indiana Voters Leading Up to the Primary?

Facebook said the data is not intended to be predictive of the election’s outcome but reflective of the conversation Indiana is having on social media.

May 3, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., Holds Health Tech Hackathon

Over the past weekend, 40 participants from around the Sacramento region wracked their brains for the next big breakthrough in health technology.

May 3, 2016

How to Make Cities Livable

St. Paul, Minn., wants its urban areas to welcome everyone -- whether they're 8 or 80 years old.

May 3, 2016

Colorado High Court Strikes Down Fracking Ban

Longmont, Colo., made a city ordinance to ban all fracking within city limits, but the state Supreme Court wrote an opinion banning the ban.