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February 8, 2016

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' Education Portal Paints Better Picture for Strategic Planning, Program Forecasting

The portal is helping the band to understand the lives of its students, and officials want to explore a machine-learning algorithm that can help uncover even more new insights within the next year.

February 8, 2016

How Should America Fund its Highways in the 21st Century?

Obama's proposal to add $10 tax to crude oil raises the thorny question of whether the U.S. can continue to fund its highway infrastructure with a fuel tax that hasn't changed since 1993.

February 8, 2016

In a New York City Neighborhood, the Challenges – and Potential – for America’s Urban Future

Frederick Wiseman's documentary 'In Jackson Heights' explores the joys, struggles, victories and defeats of one of the most diverse communities in the country.

February 8, 2016

Why Isn’t Bike-Sharing More Popular?

Bike-share providers shouldn’t ignore the elephant in the room: consumers’ fears about safety.

February 8, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., Utility Scraps Hydroelectric Plant

The utility estimated the project to cost $1.45 billion, and an investment of that size would significantly limit choices to pursue other power-generation technologies.

February 8, 2016

Tennessee Governor Voices Criticism on State Broadband Bill

Proposed legislation would lift restrictions on where municipal utilities can offer services, allowing them to expand into rural areas.

February 8, 2016

Austin’s Google Fiber Rollout Advancing Despite Obstacles

The service has reached some Austin neighborhoods and delivered high speed Internet, but some are complaining of the increased traffic congestion caused by Google Fiber's construction.

February 8, 2016

Policymakers Need to Listen to Social Media

In gathering public input, governments remain stuck in a world of public hearings and postal mail.

February 8, 2016

U.S. Senator Seeks Federal Drone Regulation, Eyes Two Techs to Control Drones Flying into Commercial Airspace

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is meeting with aviation leaders who say drones need to be federally regulated to ensure they don't get too close to airplanes landing or taking off from airports around the country.

February 8, 2016

California Lawmakers Look to Fund Early Earthquake Warning System

Congress and President Obama have already kicked in about half of the $16 million annual cost to operate the program, but officials have said West Coast states ought to contribute substantial amounts of money for the network.

February 8, 2016

Potential for Helping Spot Terrorists on Social Media is Huge

Scouring social media for users who are potentially dangerous is an ongoing battle in which the goal is continually evolving. Security officials are looking for ways to spot terrorists and not just bots.

February 8, 2016

U.S. DOT Announces 77 Applicants for Smart City Challenge

Cities large and small from across the country have submitted applications for the $50 million contest.

February 8, 2016

What item did Amazon Japan recently add to its storefront?

Answer: monk delivery

February 5, 2016

New York CIO Declares Looming Staff Crisis

Before a joint budget hearing, New York CIO Maggie Miller explained why her agency has been forced to hire hundreds of expensive contractors instead of investing in a permanent workforce.

February 5, 2016

Twitter Continues Fight Against Extremist Accounts

The social media giant announced that since it began targeting users threatening or promoting terrorist activities in mid-2015, it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts .

February 5, 2016

Feds Launch Social Media Verification Registry

Called the U.S. Digital Registry, the effort aims to provide much-needed verification not only for agencies' social media accounts, but also for their third-party sites and apps.

February 5, 2016

Custom Cybersecurity Platform Scours Social Media for Potential Threats During Super Bowl 50

The terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris have prompted tech upgrades, including software provided as an application that public safety officials can use to send video, text and photos from their mobile phones.

February 5, 2016

Amid Health, Privacy Fears, States Are Letting People Reject 'Smart Meters'

Worries over safety and privacy have led some states to allow consumers to refuse smart meters, which are designed as more accurate and potentially energy-saving devices.

February 5, 2016

Electric Grid Update Could Save Californians $1.4 Billion, Report Says

Although the report was written by SolarCity, a solar electricity provider, the current model for utilities is broken and discourages people from investing in renewable energy sources.

February 5, 2016

Obama Proposes $10-Per-Barrel Oil Tax to Reinvest in American Infrastructure

Due to the steep drop in oil prices countrywide, President Obama will announce a plan to add an oil barrel tax, but is meeting harsh opposition from Congressional Republicans.