Information Technology

Need Help With Covid-19 Tech? This Nonprofit Connects Volunteers with Governments

The U.S. Digital Response, a new nonprofit, dispatches tech-sector volunteers to assist governments with coronavirus-related projects.

Ready or Not, Schools Shift to Full-Time Virtual Learning

In many of the districts closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, school officials are trying to figure out how to connect students while they prepare online lesson plans.

Local Government's Still Open—Remotely

As Covid-19 takes hold in communities, local governments are transitioning staff members to telework—a first for many localities. And it's come with challenges, from slow broadband connections to a laptop shortage.

Congress Investigates Amazon Ring’s Relationships with Local Police Departments

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform asked Amazon to turn over copies of its agreements with hundreds of law enforcement agencies, as well as information about each time it provided camera footage to police.

Researchers Find Security Flaws in Mobile Voting App

Hackers could detect how people voted and potentially change their votes on the Voatz mobile voting app tested by West Virginia and jurisdictions in Utah, Oregon, Colorado and Washington.

How California’s Consumer Privacy Act Will Become the Digital Law of the Land

Under the law, the onus is on consumers to request that companies disclose or delete their personal data. But more states and the federal government could still jump into the privacy debate.

Poll: Americans Distrust Government Collection of Data

Americans are more likely to view the collection of their data by the government as a risk than a benefit.

A Move to Allow Digital Driver’s Licenses as a Legal Form of ID

Under a Colorado program, bars and other businesses will have the choice of whether or not to accept them. Similar initiatives are taking shape in other states.

Ohio Establishes ‘Cyber Reserve’ to Combat Ransomware

The civilian unit of the National Guard will be on call to assist local governments that come under cyberattack.

Use of Artificial Intelligence Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds

Experimentation is key to the Utah chief information officer’s expanded use of artificial intelligence.

A Plan to Reduce Bench Warrants—By Text Message

After success in one county, Minnesota is rolling out a statewide program that sends reminders to defendants about their court appearances.

Protection from Ransomware Attacks Isn’t as Simple as Insurance

In the wake of high-profile ransomware attacks, local governments are looking to cyberinsurance to mitigate risk. But not all policies are equal and merit close scrutiny, experts say.

States Try to Stop Political Deepfake Videos

State lawmakers are increasingly focused on deceptively edited videos, a pervasive technology that advocates say has the potential to disrupt elections. But are bans constitutional?

State Attorneys General Launch Google Antitrust Probe

The investigation of Google’s advertising practices is the latest to target tech companies.

Inside One School District's Virtual Classroom

In West Virginia, state law allows K-12 schools to offer virtual curriculum while maintaining their levels of per-pupil funding.

Phone Companies Make Pact with State Attorneys General to Combat Robocalls

As part of the agreement, 12 phone carriers pledged to implement call-blocking technology and to monitor their networks for illegal robocalls.

How 3-D Mapping Technology Could Improve Firefighter Safety

Memphis is experimenting with technology more frequently used for autonomous vehicles to create indoor maps of buildings for first responders.

Coordinated Ransomware Attack in Texas Seen as Escalation From Prior Hacks

Twenty-three local governments were attacked over the weekend. The willingness of city governments to pay ransoms may be emboldening opportunistic hackers, security experts warn.

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.