Mastercard's city-innovation program anticipates expansive second year

Headed by former New York City CTO Miguel Gamiño, "CityPossible" has its sights set on further global expansion, now that "people know why we're here."

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Seattle IT fires 14 managers in major reorganization

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The city's new chief technology officer, Saad Bashir, said the decision is part of a "pivot" to becoming a "Best-in-Class digital service delivery team."

'Bipartisan consensus' in place for facial recognition regulation, lawmakers say

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Legislation to regulate the face-matching technology will come soon, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings, who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Why New York City spent a year converting its 500-page hazard plan into a website

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Officials say the paper version of its plan was "hard to digest" and went unchanged for years at a time.

2018 was 'a bad year' for ransomware, but so far 2019 is no better

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Ransomware incidents in Baltimore and Jackson County, Georgia, and are extending a run of cyberattacks on state and local governments that officials say will likely continue.

ACLU urges Amazon shareholders to stop selling facial-recognition tech to government

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The group says Amazon's sale of its "Rekognition" tool presents a "grave threat to communities" that must be stopped.

San Jose announces plan to install earthquake sensors, extended public Wi-Fi

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Through its $5 million contract with AT&T, the California city aspires to improve public safety and increase internet connectivity for underserved residents.

Police have been feeding celebrity photos, doctored images into facial-recognition systems

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New research shows that a lack of clear standards for using the technology has led many agencies to resort to an array of questionable practices in attempting to identify criminal suspects.

Congress will reconsider $1.1 billion 'Smart Cities and Communities Act'

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The legislation would coordinate federal agencies to support urban technology initiatives and provide five years of funding.

Social network for 'smart cities' encourages idea-sharing

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A website called The Atlas that hosts case studies now includes social components its creators hope will engender deeper conversations between local governments.

Report: Ransomware attacks against state and local government are on the rise

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Reports of ransomware attacks against state and local governments jumped 39 percent in 2018, according to research from cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.

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