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May 24, 2016

The Algorithms Government Uses to Make Important Decisions About Citizens

Data-driven algorithms drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and civic lives. But they contain inherent biases and assumptions that are too often invisible to the public.

May 24, 2016

Having a Parent Behind Bars Costs Children, States

Having a parent in jail or prison can take an emotional toll on children and lead to higher foster care and welfare rolls. Some states are trying to address it.

May 24, 2016

Cities Experiment with Patchwork of Tools, Approaches to Pay for Infrastructure

They no longer can count on Washington or their states. They need the authority to find creative local solutions.

May 24, 2016

Google Fiber Progresses More Quickly in Nashville, Atlanta than Charlotte, Raleigh

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has launched service in Nashville and Atlanta on a limited basis, but users in Charlotte and Raleigh haven’t yet been able to sign up.

May 24, 2016

Why does the Chinese government create millions of bogus social media posts?

Answer: to distract the populace

May 23, 2016

Lighten Up: It’s OK to Have a Little Fun on Social Media

Social media messages don’t always need to sound like they come from government.

May 23, 2016

DHS Throws $200K Toward Internet of Things Security

The notoriously vulnerable and open-ended Internet of Things is at the heart of a nearly quarter-million-dollar Department of Homeland Security award to a California-based company.

May 23, 2016

How Miami-Dade County, Fla., Updated Complex Legacy Systems

The county worked to quickly streamline systems, targeting 60 applications, including more than 1,000 forms and 1,300 reports to be modernized, rewritten or retired.

May 23, 2016

5 Reasons the Public Sector Needs to Adopt a Mobile Strategy

Optimizing web content for mobile users is crucial for helping citizens access information and services now that more people are on smart phones than ever before.

May 23, 2016

Clinton Campaign Doubles Down on Data Analytics

The campaign has spent almost $500,000 on a startup data service backed by Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt.

May 23, 2016

The Odd Couple: Silicon Valley, East Coast Intelligence Agencies Join Forces on Geo-Fencing Tech

Maryland is the go-to state for Department of Defense officials tasked with testing the latest smart-gun technology at a military facility, but, California companies will play a major role in ensuring that the federal government gets that technology.

May 23, 2016

How Oakland, Calif., Transformed Itself Into a Tech City

Oakland has progressed so far that it has begun to serve as a model for other communities looking to take advantage of tech companies moving out of expensive cities.

May 23, 2016

When Commuting Makes Section 8 Affordable Housing Unaffordable

In many parts of the country, federal low-income housing programs place poor families in locations that force them to spend big money on transportation.

May 23, 2016

What are ‘Green Bonds’ and Why are Cities so Excited About Them?

A guide to understanding one of the hottest trends in municipal finance.

May 23, 2016

Five Minnesota Cities Pair Up with German Cities for Climate-Smart Tech Swap

The project provides an opportunity to exchange ideas across the world and to see if there are ideas the Minnesota and German cities can take advantage of from the experience.

May 23, 2016

U.S. Transportation Chief Visits Kansas City, Mo., Before Announcing Smart City Challenge Winner

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke to a crowd saying he doesn't know if the Midwestern city will win the grant, but lauded the progress it's already made.

May 23, 2016

Delaware County, Pa., Power Outages Prompt Utility to Propose Microgrid

The microgrid, which could operate independently of the regional power grid during an widespread outage, would supply power to multiple businesses, city utilities and homes.

May 23, 2016

North Miami, Fla., Launches Financial Transparency Portal

To open up data, the city has partnered with Tyler Technologies to provide details of budget allocations, municipal contracts and city payroll.

May 23, 2016

It's Easier to Defend Against Ransomware than You Might Think

Ransomware – which encrypts your files and offers to sell you the key – operates differently from other malicious software. Those differences turn out to give potential victims a fighting chance.

May 23, 2016

Ohio Cities Resist Transition to Statewide 911 Dispatch

The issue has divided communities and local officials around the state.