Ransomware awareness is up, yet cyber budgets stay flat, poll finds

An IBM Security survey found 73 percent of state and local government workers are concerned about ransomware, but many say their budgets and training remain inadequate.

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Now 10 years old, Code for America hopes for government to walk alone

by • 1 week ago

After a decade of challenging conventional wisdom, now-former CEO Jen Pahlka says more calls for change will begin cropping up from within government itself.

The Open Law Library is saving municipal code, one government at a time

by • 1 week ago

David Greisen demonstrates a singular passion for accuracy and law in his project to get more cities to publish their legal codes online.

Calif. police aren't protecting license plate data well, audit finds

by • 2 weeks ago

A report from California State Auditor Elaine Howle shows four California law enforcement agencies aren't following their privacy policies, if they have one at all. One researcher told StateScoop the problem is far more widespread.

Los Angeles clears 66,000 marijuana convictions with automated tool

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With the help of the nonprofit group Code for America, those with marijuana-related convictions in Los Angeles County will see their records cleaned.

CISA and states tell Senate more cybersecurity resources needed

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Officials from Michigan and Texas joined CISA Director Chris Krebs to tell the Senate Homeland Security Committee that despite progress in coordination, more cybersecurity aid is needed.

U.S. House bill offers $400M for state and local cybersecurity

by • 2 weeks ago

The bill, a potential counterpart to a measure passed by the Senate last November, would offer a substantial boost to states' cybersecurity initiatives.

San Francisco names new chief data officer

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Jason Lally, formerly the city's open data program manager, is now heading data operations across the San Francisco government. In 2020, he says he wants to help contextualize open data so it's easier to use.

Research shows twice as many people lack broadband access as FCC claims

by • 3 weeks ago

A new report suggests 42 million people in the United States don't have high-speed internet service, double the FCC's own estimate of 21.3 million.

San Diego County cracks down on human trafficking, promotes upcoming app

by • 3 weeks ago

Officials gathered Monday to share redoubled efforts to detect and prevent sexual exploitation and human trafficking, a $150 billion global industry.

DHS creates 'tabletop in a box' for local election security drills

by • 3 weeks ago

A new guidebook offers local election officials step-by-step drills of what to do and who to call in the event of an actual cyberattack.