county & local news
For fighting fires, video conferencing is 'game-changing,' says Nevada department
Fire teams are drawing video feeds from drones and using video conferencing to communicate across jurisdictions, replacing manual processes that could take days to complete previously.
Four ways local governments can promote startup innovation
Commentary: Two "smart city" experts urge local leaders to create regulatory environments that encourage growth and innovation.
4 reasons SLTTs need network monitoring systems
Ransomware attacks against state, local, tribal and territorial government entities are on the rise, requiring comprehensive cyberdefense programs that won’t break the bank.
NJ Transit tests crowdsourcing feature to reduce rail and bus congestion
The transit agency's mobile app now asks passengers to grade how crowded they think their trains or buses are as a way to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19.
Schools remain 'easy target' for ransomware as Maze targets big K-12 systems
There's a "special place in hell" for ransomware actors who go after schools during the start to a chaotic academic year, one analyst told StateScoop.
How we prepared for the 2020 election during a pandemic
Commentary: The two chairs of the NASS cybersecurity committee explain how the pandemic has shaped their preparations ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Portland enacts nation's strongest facial recognition ban
Portland has become the first to ban all both public and private sector organizations from using facial recognition systems within city limits.
MS-ISAC adds domain-blocking service for state and local governments
The Center for Internet Security has announced a new service to help block malicious web traffic from harming state and local governments.
17 local governments join inaugural STIR Labs cohort
Cities including Austin, Texas; Detroit, and San Jose, California, are among the first members of new program that recruits research universities to solve community challenges.
New autonomous vehicle map shows on-road test sites
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a new online map this week, designed to spur public interest in autonomous vehicles and encourage intergovernmental collaboration.