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April 29, 2016

Amazon Web Services Launches 2016 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

In a bid to highlight its cloud services to governments, Amazon is offering $250,000 in service credits to the cities and companies with innovative cloud projects.

April 29, 2016

New Jersey Takes Consolidated, Fusion Center-Style Approach to Cybersecurity

New Jersey is perhaps best known for the “Parkway” and former presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Christie. But some might argue that it should be getting attention for its novel fusion center approach to cybersecurity.

April 29, 2016

California Considers Expanding 2-1-1 Emergency Information Services

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, wants to expand the 2-1-1 number to all of the counties that don’t have it yet and provide a single, easy-to-remember number for essential services.

April 29, 2016

Will Google #DumpTrump at the Republican National Convention?

To ramp up pressure on Google to drop live-streaming Donald Trump at the convention, activists hired a plane to fly a banner across Bay Area skies that reads, “Google: Don’t be evil #DumpTrump.”

April 29, 2016

New York's Contract Placing IBM Innovation Center in Buffalo to Bolster Region's Tech Sector

Someone has to make sense of all the data floating around, and why not have it done in Buffalo, where the quality of life is high and the cost of living relatively low?

April 29, 2016

SF Bay Area Residents Don't Anticipate an End to Traffic Gridlock

A poll by the Bay Area Council found that a whopping 83 percent of those surveyed believe that traffic congestion may never improve.

April 29, 2016

City Embeds Traffic Lights in Sidewalk to Assist iPhone-Addicted Pedestrians

The LED lights embedded in the sidewalks in one German town flash the red color to indicate when the pedestrians should stop walking.

April 29, 2016

#CityHall is Trending: How to Take Advantage of All the Tools

With the help of social media, city governments have been able to build sustainable platforms for two-way conversations with citizens Instead of the traditional one-way city announcement.

April 29, 2016

It’s the Year 2020… How’s Your Cybersecurity?

Imagining possible futures can help us plan a secure information technology environment for the years to come.

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

Navigation App Waze Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers have found that hackers can break into users accounts, track the users in real time, issue instructions and provide an inaccurate picture of traffic at any given time.

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.