Tech & Data

Facial Recognition Software Incorrectly Flags 26 State Lawmakers as Criminals, ACLU Says

One California lawmaker said a recent test of Amazon's technology is proof that it should be kept from body-worn police cameras. The company says the testing method used by the ACLU wasn't fair.

How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses with an Algorithm

The Boston Public School District held a contest to determine the best solution for busing around 25,000 students to school every day. The winning algorithm improved the efficiency of the routes in 30 minutes.

How Libraries are Embracing Artificial Intelligence

A humanoid robot named Pepper helps teach coding at Roanoke County Public Libraries, one of many branches across the country embracing the emerging technology.

Future of Televised City Council and School Board Meetings Could Be in Doubt

An FCC order allows cable companies to deduct the value of services they provide to states and localities from the fees they pay, which local government officials say could jeopardize public access channels.

Ready or Not, Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting Is Getting Closer

Some voters in Provo and other Utah County cities will be able to cast ballots on a blockchain-powered mobile app in a pilot program for the August election.

States Back Off on New Data Privacy Laws

A lot of state legislators sought to follow California in imposing new regulations on consumer data privacy. In most states, they didn't make it that far.

Three Steps Governments Can Take to Guard Against Ransomware Attacks

A federal cybersecurity agency and state government associations issued guidance Monday on protecting city, county and state governments from the growing threat of a ransomware attack.

Watchdog Warns Census 'Short on Time' While Using Untested New Methods

The 2020 Census will for the first time allow respondents to answer surveys online, but the Census Bureau hasn’t been able to test to ensure all new innovative methods will function correctly when deployed, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Protecting Election Systems Will Take Much More Federal Money, Report Says

The threat of foreign interference in U.S. elections remains, so the federal government must help state and local officials shore up defenses, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

The Ransomware Attack in Baltimore: A Failure of Organizational Resilience

COMMENTARY | Employing best practices and adhering to international standards can help organizations and governments weather cyber attacks and other disruptions.

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One State's Plans to Expand Connected Vehicle Technology

More cars and trucks that can communicate with roadside sensors are expected to roll off assembly lines in the coming years.

States Move Ahead With Digital License Plates

Maryland is the latest state to launch a pilot program to test the technology for consumer use.

FCC to Vote on Auction of Unused Spectrum Reserved for Educational Institutions and Nonprofits

The FCC will vote on whether to do away with educational use requirements for spectrum and give Native American tribes priority bidding to put up 5G wireless networks.

In Kansas, Using an App to Streamline DMV Registrations

The state launched the iKan app as a way to make it easier for residents to renew driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations. A state official said it also ended up generating new revenue.

Maine Enacts the Nation’s Strictest Internet Privacy Bill

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oregon lawmakers push for year-round daylight savings … Phoenix bans feeding pigeons … Boston grants permit for “straight pride” parade.

FCC Votes to Stop More Suspected Robocalls

Complaints about robocalls have been a major issue for state attorneys general, who advocated for more federal action.

Big Tech Surveillance Could Damage Democracy

COMMENTARY | Oversight and regulation may seem dramatic and anti-growth at the moment, but it is a necessary check on big tech.

Are We Having The Right Privacy Conversations?

COMMENTARY | How we value our privacy has a lot to do with what we get in return. This is true in both the private and public sector.