TOP NEWS Nextdoor Raises One of the Year's Biggest Gov Tech Funding Rounds The company, which offers neighborhood-based social networking as well as services to local governments, has pulled in a $75 million Series G and a huge valuation. White House Report Ignores Some of Oracle's Key Complaints The White House's American Technology Council released a report on federal IT modernization last week. Oracle's comments on the draft version of the report, criticizing open source software as well as experimental government outfits 18F and U.S. Digital Service, raised some hackles earlier this year. The final version of the report appears to have ignored many of Oracle's complaints. Connecticut Estimates Half-Million-Dollar Savings from Open Data The state's chief data officer believes Connecticut has saved itself a lot of money through open data projects. Here's how. Will Net Neutrality Repeal Push More Local Governments Toward Owning Broadband? The Federal Communications Commission voted last week to end net neutrality regulations, opening up Internet service providers to potentially tilt pricing and connectivity schemes in the favor of their preferred content. The fight over net neutrality is far from over, but an interesting twist has emerged in the aftermath: Some think that cities and counties will now increasingly look to set up their own networks to compete with telecommunication incumbents. MARKET SPOTLIGHT Smart Electric Meters Have Become More Popular, but Not Everywhere Nearly half of all electric customers in the U.S. now have access to two-way smart meters, which allow for real-time data collection and enable a host of grid-friendly programs. But the adoption rate varies wildly from state to state. WATCHLIST GovTech company on our radar this week:
Urbint: Transforming, compiling and analyzing urban data using artificial intelligence to make it useful.
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Insights from Talking to 29 Cities About Services (Lauren Lockwood/Medium)
"It is Time for Us to Be Publicly and Openly Appalled" About the Behavior of Men in Machine Learning (Kristian Lum/Medium)
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