December 29, 2014

Which American counties are the most difficult to live in?

Answer: those in the Appalachian Mountains and the South

December 24, 2014

First-of-its-Kind Map to Aid Policymakers on Climate Change

Mapping company Esri partners with the U.S. Geological Survey for a global mapping project.

December 24, 2014

What are the odds of a white Christmas in your city this year?

Answer: check the data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

December 23, 2014

2014: The Year of the Breach? (Industry Perspective)

No matter how good an organization’s security strategy is, attackers will always find a way into a victim’s networks.

December 23, 2014

Google Unveils ‘Goofy’ New Self-Driving Car

Before it can legally operate without a human driver, the dainty two-seater must obtain government approval.

December 23, 2014

Smartphone App Nestdrop Halts Pot Deliveries as L.A. Court Date Nears

City Atty. Mike Feuer filed a court complaint earlier this month saying that the app -- which offers alcohol and medical marijuana delivery -- violates a law that restricts pot shops in the city from taking their product to customers.

December 23, 2014

Computer Tools to Mine Alzheimer's Data for Clues

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and a private company have formed a joint venture that will use sophisticated computer programs to mine hundreds of thousands of data points for clues to help produce diagnostic tools and treatments.

December 23, 2014

Skyway Bridge Ice Sensors Can Alert State Officials and Keep Motorists Safe

The devices are specifically attuned to identify conditions conducive to ice forming, and “shedding” from the bridge's stainless-steel coverings.

December 23, 2014

West Virginia Launches New Education Database

The system was created to provide public access to essential data and analysis tools the department claims will support student achievement and school improvement.

December 23, 2014

App Gives Estimated Wait Times for Border Crossing

The app gives estimated wait times and open lane status for car and pedestrian lanes at land ports of entry on both the Mexican and Canadian borders.

December 23, 2014

States, Cities Brace for Global Warming Fallout

Despite global warming skepticism, state and local officials are moving aggressively to prepare for rising sea levels, from improving storm water systems and elevating infrastructure to building natural greenscape buffers.

December 23, 2014

Autism Test? There May Soon be an App for That

The app, which is in the testing stage, displays a series of videos designed to trigger some of the behavioral signs of autism.

December 23, 2014

How much garbage is in the ocean?

Answer: more than previously thought

December 22, 2014

Seattle Police Hackathon Tackles Video Transparency

The Seattle Police Department is leading the nation in police transparency -- with a little help from the public.

December 22, 2014

2014: The Year in GovTech News

Because the open data movement is one of the most influential in technology and government today, the GovTech editorial team assembled some data of its own.

December 22, 2014

New Jersey Legislators Look to Lead on Driverless Car Front

The New Jersey State Senate passed legislation to make the state a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles.

December 22, 2014

Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General After Sony Email Leaks

Google alleges the emails highlight that Attorney General Hood is working with the Motion Picture Association of America to harass the company in violation of federal law.

December 22, 2014

Is a New N.C. IT Agency a Wise Investment?

The state's new IT agency would have broad authority to avoid redundancy, reject waste and enforce consistent quality standards.

December 22, 2014

Decatur, Ala., May Offer Downtown Wi-Fi

The network would be a significant step in improving the city's image as it seeks to recruit young professionals.

December 22, 2014

Drones, Privacy: Legislative Issues Reflect Changing Times

From protecting student privacy to regulating smartphone-based car services, lawmakers are poised to ponder issues that reflect changes in the social fabric propelled by technology.