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May 9, 2016

How did researchers hack into a smart home?

Answer: malware tools and security gaps

May 6, 2016

Federal Pilot Seeks to Boost Broadband Connectivity in Rural Communities Nationwide

Five cities have been named as the testing grounds for the Cool and Connected program, a community-based plan aimed at boosting connectivity and pulling in money for their local economies.

May 6, 2016

Tech Giants Pen Open Letter to Presidential Candidates Backing Trans-Pacific Partnership

Apple, Facebook, Google and nine other tech companies urged for the trade deal to be passed and to reduce barriers in digital trade.

May 6, 2016

Pennsylvania House Committee Begins Regulating Uber, Lyft

The bill would expand statewide regulations and create regulatory parameters ranging from insurance and vehicle safety requirements to driver standards, as well as a “zero tolerance” for drug and alcohol use by drivers.

May 6, 2016

'Empower Chattanooga' Helps Low-Income Residents Save Money and the Environment

Empower Chattanooga has already assisted more than 1,000 people with low-cost and no-cost ways to reduce utility bills.

May 6, 2016

How a Clean Power Startup is Taking on PG&E

Currently the average residential Sonoma Clean Power customer pays 1 to 2 percent lower than PG&E and is looking to expand its service and pass on more savings to customers.

May 6, 2016

Evansville, Ind., Utility Launches Free Smart Thermostat Pilot

The program lasts for two years and is available to Vectren residential customers with active electric service and working wireless internet in their home.

May 6, 2016

Georgia’s Gwinnett County Debates Transit Options: Buses or Trains?

Gwinnett officials have been cool to recent calls for a public vote on Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority expansion. But they have touted bus rapid transit as an alternative – without actually endorsing it.

May 6, 2016

University of California to Set up Silicon Valley Satellite Campus

The university will relocate its Silicon Valley professional masters program, Silicon Valley-facing research and Silicon Valley Extension to a long-term home in Santa Clara just off U.S. 101.

May 6, 2016

Cyberhacks Are Becoming an All Too Common Occurrence

The best you can do, some say, is make it tough enough that potential hackers will prod at the defenses of someone else.

May 6, 2016

Massachusetts Struggles to Comply with Real ID

Originally states were supposed to comply with the Real ID law by the end of 2009. Federal authorities have repeatedly pushed back the deadline to give states time to change their procedures and update technology. The deadline for all states to comply is now 2020.

May 6, 2016

Boston Suburb Tries to Woo Verizon for Fiber

Haverhill, Mass., hopes to be the next city for Verizon New England's fiber Internet service. Boston recently closed a deal with the New York City-based business to receive $300 million in fiber optics investments.

May 6, 2016

NSA Discloses Hundreds of Hardware, Software Bugs Per Year

According to information from a former technical director for the National Security Agency, the agency may be a far more significant player in patching the fraying digital fabric that secures our lives than has previously been understood.

May 6, 2016

Lakeland, Fla., Weighs Feasibility of Fiber Optic Broadband

Five of the city's seven commissioners said they would consider creating a publicly owned and operated Internet utility, depending on the results of an upcoming financial analysis and risk assessment.

May 6, 2016

What startup is helping cities get smart with open data and civic engagement?

Answer: mySidewalk

May 5, 2016

Big Bang, Agile or a Mix of Both?

State CIOs argue there’s a time and a place to embrace iterative development.

May 5, 2016

GM and Lyft: We'll Have Self-Driving Taxis on the Road in 2017

The companies plan to test self-driving taxis as part of a race to get automated vehicles on the road.

May 5, 2016

This Week in Civic Tech: GSA Restructures to Protect Tech Programs, Can Big Data Be Biased?

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

May 5, 2016

7 Metro Areas Most Lagging on Recovery

They have a long way to go for a full recovery.

May 5, 2016

EPA and Bureau of Land Management Sued Over New Mexico Fracking

According to the suit, the EPA's current regulations, "do not specifically address the modern oil and gas industry, and fail to adequately protect against potential harm to human health and the environment resulting from oil and gas wastes."