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The city of Boulder has announced the launch of a new web-based emergency mapping tool that will help first responders plan and coordinate evacuations. It will also provide the community with access to real-time updates.
Some 600 phones in the Bay Area recorded waveform data from the Seven Trees earthquake last October. That data is being used by researchers at the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory to better understand the effects of quakes.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Integrated Ballistic Information Network stores millions of pieces of ballistics intelligence to help law enforcement generate investigative leads in gun crimes.
Danbury police officers were able to explore Axon Network's virtual reality training simulator fit for critical thinking and de-escalation. The department did not purchase the equipment, but plan to if it aligns with their budget.
A petition filed with the South Carolina Supreme Court alleges that automatic license plate readers are part of a growing system of “unlawful and unaccountable surveillance” overseen by the state’s Law Enforcement Division.
Public agencies have come to rely on Twitter as a vital communication tool, particularly in emergencies. Given the platform's turmoil, experts weigh in on the path forward for government social media.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has launched a pilot program using virtual reality technology to improve engagement and relationships between incarcerated parents and their children.
Ohio and 39 other states have reached a $391.5 million settlement with Google over the company's deceptive location-tracking practices — the largest multistate privacy settlement in U.S. history.
Automatic license plate readers are alleged to be part of a vast and growing system of unlawful and unaccountable surveillance overseen by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, according to a recent court petition.
Joe Swanson — the vice president of CTRL, the new privacy and cybersecurity compliance consultancy at Tampa-based law firm Carlton Fields — weighs in on the changing nature of digital threats.
Thirty-eight states are operating or building networks of weather monitoring stations to provide more precise data than they receive from the National Weather Service. These networks that detect weather events spanning 1 to 150 miles.
New technology being used by the San Luis Obispo Police Department now allows residents to track crime reports and also to provide feedback in real time, the agency has announced in a news release.
The Washington city first began talks of implementing body cameras and in-car dashboard cameras back in 2015, but funding to make it happen wasn’t approved until last year. Officers began wearing the devices Oct. 31.
The California Department of Justice recently launched a new online portal that gives survivors of sexual assault a way to track the status of the DNA evidence kits associated with their cases.
The NYPD spent nearly $3 billion on surveillance technology in a 12-year stretch but continues to flout the law requiring it reveal details of each contract, according to two advocacy groups.