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Massachusetts state and local education officials have seen growing interest in cybersecurity training as cyber attacks continue to disrupt day-to-day operations in schools and municipal organizations.
SolarAPP+, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is designed to take days or weeks out of the process of getting solar projects approved. Now Accela is bringing the app to its customers at no cost.
Plus, Maine rolls out an innovation challenge around advancing the state's clean energy sector; New Mexico welcomes an aerospace-technology collaborative program hub; Microsoft shares open data campaign tips; and more.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services in Texas has incorporated augmented and virtual reality into its training process, allowing first responders to prepare more effectively for mass-casualty events.
If states invest just 0.5% of their funding from the American Rescue Plan in data infrastructure, they can ensure recovery supports all residents, especially the most vulnerable and historically underserved groups.
From the extension of CARES Act funding to dollars from the American Rescue Plan, here’s how state and local government technology leaders can best prepare for and take advantage of new federal funding sources.
Following a record-breaking year for cyber attacks, American institutions are devoting more resources to cybersecurity degree programs in an effort to meet growing demand for qualified professionals in the field.
Newly signed legislation will give Washington state agencies the choice to move to the cloud or continue utilizing the state’s data center. The lawmaker behind the bill says the shift could save the state millions.
A new study suggests the potential benefits of police body cameras — including reduced use of force — outweighs the costs of the technology. More research about body cams, however, is strongly recommended.
Community and technical colleges are particularly well-suited to partnering with governments to bring broadband and digital literacy to underserved urban and rural communities.
A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research surveyed infrastructure projects in more than 100 major U.S. cities and argues these should be the starting place for federal strategy.
As the vehicle market evolves, industry insiders debate the future of hydrogen fuel cells, and how the most plentiful element in the universe can be the answer to renewable energy and zero-emissions transportation.
The book — co-authored by Tara McGuinness and Hana Schank — details examples of how tech and innovation can streamline governmental service delivery, and why it is important the country embrace it.
The nation is debating Section 230 reform, but fighting social media disinformation may be less about what users can say than about how platforms can amplify and recommend it, said MIT panelists.
One mobile app is focused on public-sector employees and contractors, while the other app is meant for residents. Here's how one gov tech startup is putting a spin on chatbots using geofences.
Launching the Oklahoma Information Sharing and Analysis Center and switching from a castle-and-moat to zero trust cybersecurity model has helped the state respond to the past year’s evolving threat landscape.
The EPA is awarding more than $10 million to school districts across 40 states to reduce harmful school bus emissions. The funding comes as policymakers explore new programs to provide electric buses to U.S. schools.
As we emerge from the worst pandemic in a century, many public- and private-sector employees and employers are reassessing their options within technology and cybersecurity roles.
A three-month pilot project to test small, electric autonomous shuttles in North Carolina launched at the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills. The project will inform other driverless initiatives in the state.

Five states are part of the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices 2021 Policy Academy. Here’s how three states — Indiana, Kansas and Montana — plan to bolster their cybersecurity through the program.
The Ann Arbor-based software company has teamed up with Wayne State University on a new AI-driven platform that combs the web for materials that could be of use in automotive tech courses and other related topics.
Sonoma County, Calif., is implementing artificial intelligence technology to help emergency management workers detect wildfires before they spread out of control. Could this be the blueprint for other at-risk counties?
Local governments are increasingly making online services available to residents, but then end up drowning in follow-up emails that take up valuable resources to answer. Machine learning may be a solution.
Axon, the biggest provider of body-worn cameras in the U.S., is integrating with the emergency data startup RapidSOS, giving more information to first responders as well as to 911 dispatchers.
Plus, Boston offers free public transit to test financial incentives’ influence over commuter behavior, San Diego expands its free Wi-Fi program to 300 new locations, and more.
Mayor Brandon Scott is spearheading efforts to increase transparency in city government. Data-driven tools are helping Baltimore residents drill into how the administration is meeting its goals and a range of other topics.
New data from Imperva suggests government websites may be at higher risk of being targeted by “bad bots” as the pandemic continues, but experts say there’s plenty agencies can do to be prepared.
The company, a spinoff from Google-affiliated Sidewalk Labs, hopes to circumvent privacy concerns by making location-based data “synthetic.” It’s also planning on putting out a new scenario-modeling product this year.
A roundtable discussion related to what’s needed for expanded EV deployment took a look at concerns around the difficulties of building out a half-million new charging locations in the near future.
The Biden administration’s new budget proposes to increase federal spending. While little is specifically geared toward school technology, some funds could help close the digital divide and bolster mental health services.
Chicago-based ed tech startup Upkey is offering an online internship program to 10,000 students to learn new skill sets in technology leadership, marketing and communication, among other skills.
Is having two cyber insurance policies better than having just one? The Texas Department of Transportation could soon find out if state legislators expand the agency’s purchasing ability with Senate Bill 1908.
The nation's water utilities have three years to do something most of them haven't done before: inventory their lead pipes. Doing so will take a lot of work, so one startup is offering tools to help organize the effort.
The biotechnology company Ginkgo, in partnership with the diagnostics company Helix and its automated lab, aims to provide pooled COVID-19 testing programs in 2,000 school districts on the West Coast.
A Brookings Institution panel recently examined how Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal is a chance to build the economy through green jobs, broadband-enabled access to opportunity and improved cargo shipping.
In this new series, gov tech adviser Jeff Cook will run through the deals in the space during the preceding quarter. In the first part of 2021, he examines the biggest deal in gov tech history, as well as seven others.
Can the government regulate information shared by social media companies during an election? According to one West Virginia lawmaker, the answer is "yes." The ACLU, however, says not so fast.
AI-powered software is helping match jobseekers to positions and evaluate candidates, but the proprietary nature of these algorithms makes it challenging to assess whether they’re treating all applicants fairly.