New Startup Launches Site to Help Government Work Together on Tech The idea behind GovLaunch, simply put, is to help governments collaborate on understanding what their technology options are. The website shields governments from unsolicited vendor approaches, provides suggestions for products that are similar to each other and asks users to provide use cases for specific tools. GovLaunch's immediate concern? Getting people to sign up and start contributing.

  Virginia Police Collect Crime Tips Through Mobile App The Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights police departments, just south of Richmond, Va., have launched an app called P3 that allows citizens to anonymously send in tips via smartphone.   Cyberinsurance is Gaining Steam in State Government The seemingly inexorable threat of cyberattacks is prompting increased devotion to information security in U.S. state and local government. Now, new data shows that insurance for hacking is a big part of that response.   Indiana County Approves Contract for Cloud-Based Video Arraignments Boone County, Ind., just outside Indianapolis, will pay $5,700 per month for cloud-based video arraignment technology from BlueJeans in all three of its courtrooms and one hearing room. MARKET SPOTLIGHT   Cities Are Planning More for IoT Every year, the Digital Cities survey asks local IT officials whether they're actively including the Internet of Things in their planning process. And every year for the past three years, more cities have said they are. More details here.


GovTech company on our radar this week:

Pienso: Making software to help people without machine learning expertise use machine learning. Pienso just raised a $2.1 million seed round

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Using Self-Service and Support-Driven Development to Help Fire Victims in California (Dave Guarino/Code for America)

Agile IT in Minnesota (Tom Baden/State Tech Magazine)

Startup Valuations Rise Dramatically (Cooley GO)

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