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.

Secretaries of State Blast Election Hacking Exercise

The election officials said replicating their systems is “extremely difficult,” but others say they’re reluctant to let cybersecurity experts access them to test for vulnerabilities.

Blockchain for Government Has Already Arrived

COMMENTARY | State governments are testing projects—and, no, it’s not (just) about cryptocurrencies.

FirstNet to Offer Emergency Drop Kits Creating a ‘Connected Bubble’ to First Responders

AT&T’s team is also working with states to get a liaison in every emergency operations center.

Cloud-Based Mapping Could Play a Bigger Role in Disaster Response This Hurricane Season

Localities are using maps to visualize hazards, process damage imagery and crowdsource flood information.

The Government Needs Better Data to Stop Election Meddling

Tech companies must be more forthcoming as misinformation campaigns ramp up before the midterm elections, internet researchers said.

Senators Want to Double Funding for Putting Commercial Drones in the Air

A bipartisan amendment would double 2019 funding for FAA’s efforts to integrate drones into national airspace.

This Georgia County Integrated GIS With Its Transportation System to Improve Mobility

State freeway projects and traffic from nearby Atlanta create congestion only artificial intelligence can handle.

Pretrial Risk Assessments Come Under Fire From Civil Rights Groups

But not every organization working to end money bail and over-incarceration agrees they’re the wrong approach.

The Data Behind ‘Hot Cars’ in the N.Y. Subway System

Nobody wants to ride in an overheated steel box in the middle of summer.

Privacy Concerns Raised With Connecticut’s $10 Million Electronic Tolling Study

“If Connecticut does not restrict how it shares toll information, state tolls could become an on-ramp for the federal government’s deportation machine,” the ACLU says.

Shoddy IT is Limiting FEMA's Ability to Respond to Disasters, IG Says

Some of the outstanding recommendations go back to 2005, just after Hurricane Katrina.

Federal Election Security Help Still Needed Ahead of Midterms

One state and one local official told a congressional committee that smaller jurisdictions require additional federal technical assistance for priority upgrades to voting equipment and security.

Federal Drone Committee Faces ‘Kitty Hawk Moment’

The body’s lone local government representative discusses filling the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s shoes and keeping pace with technology.