How Form Automation Is Democratizing Government Services

Technology can help make services accessible to vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens.

Uber Agrees to Expanded Data Breach Settlement With FTC

The ride-sharing company tried to conceal a 2016 data breach through its bug bounty program.

Legal Shootout at the Broadband Corral

City officials in Texas confront the state on its industry-backed preemption law.

Maine's Fitful Experiment With a New Way of Voting

The state will be the first to implement ranked-choice voting in its June primaries, but not all the candidates will commit to accepting the results.

AI Experts Want Government Algorithms to Be Studied Like Environmental Hazards

“If governments deploy systems on human populations without frameworks for accountability, they risk losing touch with how decisions have been made, thus rendering them unable to know or respond to bias, errors, or other problems,” according to a new report.

Tiny Towns, Small States Bet on Bitcoin Even as Some Shun Its Miners

While bitcoin mining may not create many jobs, state officials and cryptocurrency advocates believe in the economic potential of the industries created through blockchain technology.

As Atlanta Recovers From Ransomware Attack, Georgia Looks to Boost Cyber Collaboration

The state will soon offer information security training local governments should consider to help avoid a crisis of Atlanta proportions.

Preemption Battles Continue as Cities Look to Improve Internet Connectivity

From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.

14 Gigabit Projects in 5 Cities Get Mozilla Money

The winning initiatives leverage high-speed internet along with everything from virtual reality to GIS to better local education and workforce opportunities.

Will the U.S. Ever Switch From Cyber Defense to Offense?

After another cyberattack on a U.S. city, it may be time to figure out a less passive response.

Enthusiastically Embracing a Job Never Finished

Ahead of Route Fifty’s “City in Beta” event, San Jose Deputy City Manager Kip Harkness outlines how the city is working to become “as innovative as the Silicon Valley population we serve.”

N.Y.C. Plans Free Cybersecurity App to Protect Residents’ Sensitive Data

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Fe mayor reaffirms “sanctuary city” policy … rural Missouri counties push higher taxes to fund police … N.H. town retreats from glass recycling … and this year’s “Strongest Town.”

So Your State Has Come Into Some Election Security Money. Now What?

Some states will have to tread water until the 2020 election as far as purchasing secure voting machines, but where there are voter-marked paper ballots there’s hope.

Highlighting Every Census Tract, One by One in Numerical Order

Exploring U.S. geography through a jigsaw puzzle of community snapshots.

States Ready to Sue as Commerce Department Moves to Add Citizenship Question to Census

Civil rights groups, immigration advocates and state AGs prepare for what could “potentially be a long-haul flight.”

Dozens of State DOTs Are Now Using or Testing Aerial Drones

A new survey finds that state transportation departments are using unmanned aircraft for gathering images of construction sites, surveying, bridge inspections and other tasks.

Government Seeks Biometric Tech That Doesn’t Need People to Scan Fingerprints

New technology suggests automated machines might be the ones scanning your fingerprints from surfaces in the near future.

Atlanta Mayor: Ransomware Attack ‘Is a Test of Our National Security’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Okla. schools prepare for teacher walkout … Ariz. governor suspends Uber’s AV testing … Va. Beach city manager’s heated text about a state official … and N.J.’s Pulaski Skyway waiting game.

State AGs Have Questions for Facebook’s Zuckerberg

And they expect the social network CEO’s ‘full cooperation’ while they ensure the consumer privacy of users.