Federal Lawmakers Want to Fund Cyber Upgrades for State and Local Governments

A bill introduced Monday would create a grant program for cash-strapped states that want to bolster their digital defenses.

Colorado Poised to Pass Net-Neutrality Law

The bill, awaiting the governor's signature, would prevent non-neutral service providers from using taxpayer money.

A Patchwork of Privacy Laws Will Stifle Innovation

COMMENTARY | The president of the Consumer Technology Association says California's privacy law—along with proposed legislation in Washington state and Massachusetts—will create a tangle of rules that "stifle competition and choke small businesses."

Federal Agency Drone Use to Monitor Natural Disasters Expanded Dramatically in 2018

The Interior Department flew more than 10,000 unmanned missions to survey federal land, monitor wildlife and respond to natural disasters.

The Census Kicks Off in Exactly One Year: How to Ensure an Accurate Count

COMMENTARY | Local and state governments should take steps now so that next year's count reflects everybody in a region.

How Las Vegas Stops Email-Borne Cyberattacks Pre-Delivery

“For most organizations email is a weakness, as much as we try and educate our user population,” said the city’s IT director.

Contractors and Advocacy Groups Push Back on State Efforts to Mandate Surveillance Software

State legislation pushed by one company to require contractors to install the software would compromise data privacy and carry steep costs for companies and governments, the groups argue.

Taking An 'All of the Above' Approach to Cope With Tech Disruption

The U.S. Conference of Mayors President on how he and his peers are helping residents confront the realities of today's economy—and what comes next.

How a School District Did Away with Snow Days

In Anderson, South Carolina, school officials traded inclement weather closures for remote learning.

Los Angeles Moves to California’s IT Infrastructure

“We can only succeed better as we do more collaboration among all the government entities,” said the state’s CTO.

Silicon Valley Mayor to Feds: ‘Get Out of the Way’ of Innovation

The federal government could do more to promote innovation at the state and local levels by doing less, according to San Jose’s mayor.

Federal Cyber Chief Warns All Political Candidates 'Everybody's a Potential Target'

There’s no telling what races online adversaries might try to sway, says a Homeland Security official.

Confronting Mental Illness, Officers Preferred Remote Clinicians Over A Human Presence

A Texas startup believes they have improved on the best practice of social workers riding along with law enforcement. Mayors at SXSW were taken with the idea, awarding the company first prize in their civic tech pitch competition.

State AGs Call Out Congress on Robocalls

Attorneys general are urging Congress to pass legislation cracking down on spam calls.

Government Needs An ‘Ethical Framework’ to Tackle Emerging Technology

At SXSW, a beacon of technology idealism, mayors discuss how to deal with the difficult problems that can come with new tech.

Port San Antonio’s Redevelopment Enters New Territory

The port authority is exploring a new public-private partnership to get the Texas metro area’s unique mix of industries, like cybersecurity and defense, collaborating more.

Artificial Intelligence Now Helps People Find Jobs

A group of young entrepreneurs are looking to empower workforce agencies and job seekers, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence.

How a Library Embraced New Technology and Helped Build a Prosthetic Hand

The public library in a small Texas town used an assessment tool that helped officials eventually upgrade equipment—including buying a 3D printer. One community member used it to make a prosthesis.

Without a Federal Privacy Law, States Are Left to Figure Out How to Protect Consumer Data

Representatives of the technology industry, and some state officials, say having broad privacy laws in each state could curb innovation. But other states leaders argue intervention is necessary to protect consumers.