Navigator Award Finalists: The Tech Innovators

Route Fifty's Tech Innovator Navigator Award finalists is an impressive group that is revolutionizing how communities handle everything from sewage to voting. We're excited to share the efforts of this impressive class of technologists with our readers.

North Carolina Warns of Post-Storm Waze Errors

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Flea infestation in a Maryland state office building … New Orleans surveillance camera expansion … and a mayor’s unlawful city stationery use.

Federal Judge Blasts Georgia’s ‘Dated, Vulnerable’ Voting System

The state avoided having to make a change in election equipment before the midterms, however.

Who Will Regulate Hyperloop?

Virgin Hyperloop One fancies itself a railroad, but the question is far from decided as the company nears the end of feasibility studies in several cities and states.

Apple Building Portal For Law Enforcement Data Requests

The company will also build a digital forensics training program.

Election Officials Tout 2018 Security Coordination as 'Miles' Ahead of 2016

Two key officials say offices at all levels of government are rapidly bolstering defenses ahead of November elections.

Austin Just Became the U.S. Army’s Silicon Valley

The service is making a big bet that getting closer to tech startups will help deter future adversaries.

Verizon Faces Heat Following Fire Department’s Data ‘Throttling’ During Blazes

Emails describe wireless speeds so slow there was “no meaningful functionality,” raising questions as the company attempts to compete for first responders’ business.

Hackers Press Secretaries of State to Support Independent Testing of Voting Machines

The Senate Intelligence Committee also touted the Voting Village’s efforts to probe election equipment while chastising its naysayers.

Blockchain Could Help Bring Renewable Energy to the Power Grid, Experts Tell Congress

But lawmakers want to know how to stop cryptocurrency miners from overwhelming local utility companies.

San Francisco’s Program to Link Startups to Cities Expands

The program will also help two transportation agencies on opposite sides of the country share ideas and create a technology advisory board.

More States Appoint ‘Chief Privacy Officers’ to Protect People’s Data

Eight states now have top officials whose job is to keep residents' personal information safe.

Cybersecurity Firm: Alaska Targeted Before and After Trade Mission to China

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Wildfire smoke “fully entrenched” in Wash. … Maine judge ready “to go old school on no-show jurors” … new water rules roil San Francisco officials.

Your Fancy New Analytics Platform Doesn't Matter If No One Uses It

COMMENTARY | Tools should empower employees, not send them running back to spreadsheets.

Verizon Names Indianapolis Its Final 5G Pilot City

Mayor Joe Hogsett welcomed the increased connectivity for residents, but just where it will occur hasn’t been made public.

Tracking the Blanket of Unhealthy Air in the Pacific Northwest

While real-time data can’t clear the air of wildfire smoke, it can help people and agencies make smarter decisions.

Governments Need to Re-tool the IT Workforce (Again)

Leaders should encourage change agents, and those government workers will need to develop and maintain certain skills and capabilities.

How California Is Improving Cyber Threat Information Sharing

The state wants to add every city and county government to its automated threat feed program in the next three to four years.