Seattle invites public to comment on its surveillance technologies

by Colin Wood • 2 months ago

The city will host five public meetings in the coming weeks to ensure locals have a chance to be included in the evolution of the local government's privacy policy.

'Smart' streetlights could be used for widespread public surveillance, ACLU warns

by Benjamin Freed • 3 months ago

Though commonly advertised as environmental tools, the devices could instead be used by police agencies with minimal oversight to surveil the communities the technology was meant to serve.

Facial recognition technology catches first impostor at D.C. airport

by Ryan Johnston • 4 months ago

A man departing from Sao Paulo attempted to use a French passport that turned out not to be his.

A Maryland-based company wants to retrofit cars built after 2011 to park themselves

by Ryan Johnston • 5 months ago

While major automakers strive for fully autonomous vehicles, STEER Tech has ambitious plans to build a business around upgrading existing vehicles to solve one of driving's most annoying problems.

Report reveals wildly disorganized and outdated IT at Baltimore Police Department

by Benjamin Freed • 5 months ago

The study, mandated by a 2017 consent decree, reveals varying standards for data collection across precincts, aging equipment and "virtually non-existent" training.

Maryland officials blame 'programming error' for mishandling of 80,000 voter registrations

by Benjamin Freed • 6 months ago

Affected voters will have to cast provisional ballots due to the error, which was disclosed just as the state heads to the polls for Tuesday's primary elections.

'You have to help people understand' smart city benefits, mayors say

by Benjamin Freed • 6 months ago

Tech-driven improvements work best when officials explain them in terms the public can digest, said speakers at a forum on women and smart cities.

Govtech Fund doubles in size to $50M, forms product advisory council

by Colin Wood • 6 months ago

Current and former government executives and technology officials will advise tech startups on how to improve their products.

Oakland County, Michigan hires new CISO

by Benjamin Freed • 7 months ago

Bridget Kravchenko, who spent nearly 25 years in the private sector, succeeds Chris Burrows, who stepped down in February.

What it means to be a 'smart city' in 2018 — and why we should consider another name

by Benjamin Freed • 7 months ago

From railroads to sewers to paved roads, cities must improve their infrastructure to avoid fading away. "Smart city" upgrades add a different dimension to the story.

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