Mayors pass resolution against paying ransomware ransoms
The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution uniting its membership against paying ransoms to cyberattackers. But will it help?
Email scammers bilk Griffin, Georgia, for $800K
The city received instructions by email to change banking details for a service bill, but didn't suspect anything until hearing from the real vendor five days later.
Innovation labs take a gamble to improve city government
Institutions seeking new ideas in government often fizzle out before their projects find solid footing. But their champions say that risk is the entry cost to realizing substantive change.
After MNLARS troubles, Minnesota's deputy registrars will be reimbursed
The state will reimburse 179 deputy registrars a total of $13 million for lost business incurred when the computer system wasn't working properly.
Ransomware solution? Outsource all IT, says local government expert
The head of the Public Technology Institute says it's time for small and midsize local governments to admit they're outmatched.
Facial recognition technology is here to stay, say analysts
Recent bans of the surveillance technology are popping up around the country, but the consensus is that facial recognition will stick around.
San Jose first to implement FirstNet citywide
San Jose, California, will equip 10 agencies — including police, fire and environmental services — with devices that run on the new network for public-safety communications.
D.C.'s latest app challenge takes on public safety
Months after a similar competition targeting transportation and environment, the city now looks for tools to support its police, fire and health departments.
House panel floats new cybersecurity grants for state, local governments
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and others told the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee that state and local governments need help preparing for cyberattacks.
NYC targets homelessness with new data initiatives
By connecting city agencies and upgrading tools used by homelessness case workers, the city hopes to improve the services it provides to its neediest residents.