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April 29, 2016

Rhode Island, HP Delay Launch of DMV's New Computer System

The state and HP need extra time to test the new system, which will replace a 1980s mainframe, and train all the workers who process vehicle transactions on how to use it.

April 29, 2016

FBI Lacks Technical Details to Disclose How it Accessed Locked iPhone

Because it doesn't have the technical details, the FBI can't submit any software weaknesses to an interagency White House process that weighs whether such defects should be disclosed to manufacturers, like Apple, or developers.

April 29, 2016

For what dangerous behavior is a federal agency scolding people on Twitter?

Answer: texting and driving

April 28, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: DOJ Balks at Open Records Reform, California Considers Deregulating Taxis

A look back at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

April 28, 2016

FTA to Fund State, Local Mobility-on-Demand Projects for Transit

Far from acting as competition for public transit, on-demand mobility has the potential to help connect more people with vehicles such as buses and trains. The Federal Transit Administration is looking to fund demonstrations of that concept.

April 28, 2016

Some States Seek Payday in Daily Fantasy Sports Sites

Instead of banning daily fantasy sports sites, some states are looking to regulate and tax them.

April 28, 2016

App Takes Guesswork Out of Central Ohio Transit Authority Bus Arrivals

The Transit App will track buses at first, but COTA also plans to launch real-time information on its website and through Google’s trip planner.

April 28, 2016

D.C.'s Matt Bailey Makes Jump to White House OMB Spot

Washington, D.C.’s first director of technology innovation is leaving local government and making his way to the Office of Management and Budget.

April 28, 2016

Regional Skirmishes are the New Battleground for Solar Energy

Congress and state regulators have adopted policies that have vastly different impacts on solar energy developments. Some extend current policies aimed at subsidizing development. Others seek to scale back incentives.

April 28, 2016

Pennsylvania Implements Air Quality Sensors in Fracking Counties

In response to citizens concerns over lower air quality because of the pollutants released during the drilling process, the Department of Environmental Protection will monitor air quality in rural Pennsylvania.

April 28, 2016

Former Baltimore Police Official Sues Department Over Social Media Free Speech

The lawsuit says the reassignment of Lt. Victor Gearhart has had a "chilling effect" on all officers' First Amendment rights, and that the policy represents illegal "prior restraint" on their speech.

April 28, 2016

Uber Preparing to Leave Houston if City Keeps Existing Rules

Houston's ordinance mandates that vehicle-for-hire drivers apply for a specialized license, which requires a fingerprint background check -- something Uber claims is onerous and refuses to comply with.

April 28, 2016

California Governor’s Proposal to Add $10 Million to Precision Medicine Research Advances

An Assembly budget subcommittee has given its approval to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal, siding with advocates who say the state should support advances in medicine that could improve the lives of Californians.

April 28, 2016

Chicago’s OpenGrid Gets the Civic User Testing Group Experience

The Civic User Testing Group, one of SmartChicago’s anchor programs, it compensates residents from all corners of the city to test civic websites and apps.

April 28, 2016

‘Burner’ Phones, Social Media and Online Magazines: Understanding the Technology of Terrorism

Throwaway phones are just one piece of the ever-widening technological arsenal of extremists and terror groups of all kinds.

April 28, 2016

Wear Patterns: How What’s Missing Can Help Us See Data Better

What answers can we find by looking at data that appears in the real world as a byproduct of what has been “used up” or “worn down”? What can we tell from what’s left over?

April 28, 2016

Which agency is working on an unbreakable encrypted message app?

Answer: DARPA

April 27, 2016

Data Gleaned from Next-Gen 911 System Drives Improved Emergency Response

Officials in Manatee County, Fla., now have the necessary ammunition to make life-saving decisions: data analytics.

April 27, 2016

Trump Campaign Allegedly Violates Consumer Protection Act

Just as the dust is settling after the Trump campaign's recent legal woes originating from Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski being charged with battery, another lawsuit may be on the horizon.

April 27, 2016

How Open Data Is Creating New Opportunities in the Public Sector (Industry Perspective)

Open data has proven to be a catalyst for the creation of new tools across industries and government uses.