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January 27, 2015

The Rise of the Data Scientists

While data fluency has become a skill of increased importance in government and policy, truly taking advantage of the power of big data often requires workers with specialized skills.

January 27, 2015

Westmoreland County, Pa., Prison Visitation Goes Digital

The visits are conducted by using computer equipment the county purchased last year that allows family members and friends to speak with inmates via video over a home computer hookup.

January 27, 2015

Akron, Ohio, Police to Use New Spatial Video Approach to Supplement Crime Data

Officers will drive through neighborhoods with a video camera mounted to a cruiser, collecting “geo-narratives” to overlap more traditional data.

January 27, 2015

Tactics to Fight Public Broadband Barriers (Contributed)

Once you know the law, taking action is the second step.

January 27, 2015

City and County of Durham, N.C., Launch Joint Open Data Initiative

The city and county will share both costs and a common platform and portal, with the goal of stimulating business development and creating new community services.

January 27, 2015

A new technology claims to harness safe drinking water from what?

the air

January 26, 2015

Maryland IT Undergoing Changing of the Guard

Three key IT leaders have all left the state to pursue other opportunities.

January 26, 2015

Texas Expanding Telemedicine Use for Inmates

A partnership among three Texas agencies is enabling the state to save money on prisoner health-care costs through telemedicine visits.

January 26, 2015

Self-Driving Vehicles May Not Be So Safe

A new research paper documents a number of limitations and barriers to the potential road safety of self-driving vehicles.

January 26, 2015

Big-City Mayors Tap Grad Students for Their Teams

New mayoral fellowships give graduate students city governance experience and mayors much-needed extra help.

January 26, 2015

IT has Become a Major Part of the Agriculture Industry

Agriculture runs on information, from understanding different soils to making decisions on planting and plant maintenance.

January 26, 2015

California Schools to Get Help with Broadband Infrastructure

The state grants provide the last step needed to connect an additional 63,000 students to the state education network and give them access to technology, helping close the digital divide.

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