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NYC joins Amsterdam, Barcelona to protect residents' digital rights

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

A new coalition of governments seeks to apply certain human rights standards, as defined by the United Nations, to the digital space.

A new interstate election security body is about to face its first major test

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

Ben Spear, executive director of the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center, shares how the organization's first seven months have prepared the nation for Election Day.

Kentucky's $375,000 CIO defends his first year on the job

by Benjamin Freed • 3 weeks ago

Charles Grindle, whose unusually high salary has become a political controversy, says he's saved the commonwealth millions of dollars.

New York City fills long-vacant chief analytics officer role

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

Kelly Jin, a former technology policy adviser to the Obama White House, was hired as the city's new top data official.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says state is ready to go to court with feds over net neutrality

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

"Bring it on," Inslee said at an event in Seattle on Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats paid more than $700,000 to recover from ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 2 months ago

The March 2017 attack blocked senators and their staffs from accessing their email and other computer systems.

New toolkit helps governments vet 'black box' algorithms for bias

by Benjamin Freed • 2 months ago

The toolkit, developed by Johns Hopkins University and San Francisco's data agency, nudges local leaders to ask questions about whether civic data is being used fairly in providing services to their residents.

California is ditching bail, and now courts must choose a risk assessment tool

by Colin Wood • 2 months ago

As jurisdictions seek to replace the cash system with algorithm-based pretrial decisions, they'll look for guidance from those who have already been there.

It's still really easy to hack and reprogram road signs

by Benjamin Freed • 3 months ago

Easily accessed through default passwords that are never changed, road signs can be altered to state anything from video-game jokes to zombie warnings.

New Jersey releases ambitious $10.2 million election security plan

by Benjamin Freed • 3 months ago

The state plans new drills, a new official to coordinate cybersecurity between Trenton and counties, and a mobile app for voters as part of what it says could make for "one of the most advanced and secure election systems in the nation."

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