Census Should Be More Transparent About Cyber Protections, Former Officials Say

The Census Bureau will conduct its first largely online decennial census in 2020 but hasn’t said how it will secure the process.

Md. Investigating Contract of Software Vendor Bought by Russian Oligarch

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska plastic bag bans … concerns over city’s disclosure of overdose address information … and an Ill. county’s mumps outbreak is over.

Mueller Indictment Lays Out Russia’s Hacking of State, Local Election Infrastructure

The charges bring into question previous statements from vendors and state officials.

5G Compromise Bill Still a Hit to Local Government

Wireless industry groups support the new Senate bill, but the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues it sacrifices too much local government authority.

A Moneyball Approach to Clean Water in California

Up to 1 million Californians lack access to clean, safe drinking water at some point during the year. Data scientists believe they are part of the solution.

Facial Recognition Company CEO: The Tech Is Too Volatile to Give to Law Enforcement

"Software is only as smart as the information it’s fed," according to Brian Brackeen, CEO of Kairos.

Civic Tech in a Time of Technopessimism

Since 2016, the technology industry has been looking for answers. Code for America might have one.

Even If the Robocalls Keep Coming, You Should Still 'File Complaints Everywhere'

Here’s a daunting number for regulators and law enforcement: There were 4.1 billion of the unwanted phone calls nationwide just last month alone.

Atlanta's Ransomware Isn't an 'Isolated Incident'

COMMENTARY | Symantec's Tim Hankins outlines the continued prevalence of ransomware attacks, and what it means for governments as they consider their level of cybersecurity.

What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America

The hyperlocal social-media platform highlights small grievances—and proves that neighbors have more in common than they think.

Determining Once and for All How the ‘Gig Economy’ Impacts Transit

Cities like Sacramento are helping pilot a new measure of interaction between travel modes.

How Using Open Wi-Fi Could Get Safer

A standard called Enhanced Open aims to make using free networks more secure than it is now.

Here’s How That $380 Million in Election Security Funding Is Being Spent

State election officials are mostly using new election security money to shore up the basics.

Two Companies Picked to Protect Nation’s 600 Dams From Cyberattacks

The Interior Department awarded spots on a five-year, $45 million contract to manage IT risk for more than 600 dams nationwide.

Facebook Will Offer Platforms Teaching Tech Skills in Cities

“When people get the opportunity to get the training they need, they can get great jobs,” said COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Bill Would Prevent States From Messing with Encryption

The bill comes amid an encryption debate that pits national security against cybersecurity.

Monitoring Fire Truck Health in Real Time

For fire departments, nothing is more problematic than an out-of-service rig.

Interior Department is Using Drones to Save People Trapped by Lava

They’ve also been faster and safer than putting boots on the ground, an agency official said.

After a Major Cyber Attack, Does the Public Deserve an Explanation?

The ransomware that crippled Atlanta raises unanswered questions about how to communicate with citizens after a cyber-attack.