April 17, 2014

Data Privacy Policies from Major Ed-Tech Players Draw Scrutiny

A review of each group's privacy policies by two leading experts yielded concerns about the use of tracking and surveillance technologies that allow third parties to gather information on students.

April 17, 2014

Dane County, Wis. Hopes Pre-Alerts Will Cut 911 Response Times

The 911 center board unanimously approved a 90-day pilot program that would add pre-alerting for additional types of emergencies.

April 17, 2014

Virtualization Approved for Jasper County, Iowa Sheriff's Office

The change would give the department more digital storage and use less physical space for servers.

April 17, 2014

Kettering, Ohio, 'Optimum' Site for Cybersecurity Center

The Miami Valley Research Park is a front runner because of its proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and a number of area universities, according to one official.

April 17, 2014

Editorial: New Idaho Website Earns F in Transparency

Idaho earned an F for government transparency after the launch of the new Transparent Idaho website.

April 17, 2014

Texas Could Get Millions for "Active Shooter" Training

The money would support Texas State University programs that train officers on how to handle situations like the recent Fort Hood shooting.

April 17, 2014

Troubled Cover Oregon Plans Portland Outreach to Lure Sign-Ups

While much of the country faced a March 31 deadline to enroll, Oregon secured a one-month extension due to technical problems with the Cover Oregon website.

April 17, 2014

MNsure Chooses New Vendor to Oversee Website Fixes

With a $5 million contract announced Wednesday, Minnesota is turning to Deloitte to help fix the troubled website.

April 17, 2014

State Legislatures Grappling with Biometrics Use in Schools

Florida could be the first state to outright ban biometric data collection in public schools, in what could set a national precedent.

April 17, 2014

Which car manufacturer is bucking the trend by replacing robots with human workers?

Answer: Toyota

April 17, 2014

The Story Behind #530slide: Social Media During Emergency Response

The recent mudslide in Oso, Wash., showed the power of social media during times of crisis.

April 17, 2014

Does America Want a Technology Revolution?

A new survey takes a snapshot of America’s outlook on technology, from robot servants and eating lab-grown meat to time-travel and curing cancer.

April 16, 2014

Predictive Analytics Aboard the London Underground?

And the rail system's online dashboard allows the company to remotely monitor equipment vibration, video cameras, HVAC equipment, temperature, humidity, system alerts and fault warnings.

April 16, 2014

The U.S. Government: Paying to Undermine Internet Security, Not to Fix It

The United States spends more than $50 billion a year on spying and intelligence, while the folks who built OpenSSL are four core programmers, only one of whom calls it a full-time job.

April 16, 2014

State Lawmakers Ramp Up Attention to Student Data Privacy

The movement was spurred by concerns that the rise of education technology and the increasing prevalence of new assessments will place student data in unreliable hands or be put to nefarious uses.

April 16, 2014

LAPD Officers Tamper with Recording Equipment, Apologize to Commission

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and several top aides promised to monitor the problem more closely and vowed to be better about notifying the five-member police commission.

April 16, 2014

Sheriff's Department Partners With Nextdoor to Promote Neighborhood Safety

With its Nextdoor partnership, the Sheriff’s Department in Sacramento, Calif., will be able to communicate online with neighborhoods in the county.

April 16, 2014

Elected Officials Call for Outside Review of Bay Bridge Corrosion

Officials said their concerns stemmed from a local newspaper investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a supposedly protected chamber.

April 16, 2014

Editorial: Yellow Cab Seeks to Join the Ride-Share Business

Yellow Cab Co. is creating its own new model, called “Yellow X.” Like Lyft and Uber, drivers for Yellow X would be able to use their personal cars.

April 16, 2014

Security Holes in Power Grid Have Federal Officials Scrambling

When the owner of a small tech firm shared the how easy it was to tap into power companies' computer networks, Homeland Security began sending alerts to power grid operators, advising them to upgrade their software.