Data & Analytics

Data index helps officials allocate opioid settlement funds

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a county-level social vulnerability index that officials can use to make data-driven decisions on how to efficiently spend opioid settlement funds.

Cybersecurity

Dozens of US schools, universities move to ban TikTok

The social media platform is falling out of favor among school officials as the app becomes increasingly dangerous for cyberattacks and students' physical and mental health.

Emerging Tech

White House wants input on crypto tech R&D agenda

The feedback will inform priorities for developing digital asset technologies, including potential for a central bank digital currency.

Cybersecurity

It takes a team to secure operational technology

State and local governments must look for federal and private-sector partners.

Cloud & Infrastructure

SAFHER cloud-based platform for regulating food and agriculture comes closer to fruition

The System for Agriculture, Food, Health, E-Inspections, and Registration enterprise platform will replace the legacy systems USA Food Safety and USA Plants.

Cloud & Infrastructure

How one state cut its vehicle titling time down to a few days

West Virginia is the first state in the nation to digitize its titling process, but a DMV overhaul must be handled with care.

Emerging Tech

Plan for federal AI research and development resource emphasizes diversity in innovation

The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force released its operating framework, making the case for implementation.

Cybersecurity

CISA releases guide to help safeguard K-12 schools from cyber threats

CISA’s report, which was mandated by the K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021, outlined a variety of steps that primary and secondary schools can take to bolster their cyber defenses.

Emerging Tech

Smart street pilots aim to curb parking violations

Chicago plans to use cameras to enforce parking rules, boost safety for pedestrians and cyclists and streamline operations in commercial loading zones.

Cybersecurity

Cyber grants: Some governments may be ‘totally left out’

Experts said the $1 billion State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program is admirable for its emphasis on planning, but it may not deliver much direct cash at the local level.

Cloud & Infrastructure

States look to speed fiber installation across railroad tracks

Virginia’s legislature wants to cap crossing fees and speed up the review process, but railroad companies say current practices protect safety.

Cybersecurity

What’s in a word? FCC’s proposed data breach rule redefines key terms

The public now has the opportunity to provide insight on the value and impact such redefinitions would have on incident reporting.

Data & Analytics

GAO pegs unemployment insurance fraud tally at more than $60 billion

At the same time, the congressional watchdog cautioned that governmentwide fraud estimates are potentially dicey.

Data & Analytics

State eyes sports betting kiosks

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission wants to know if and how it can safely and profitably introduce sports betting machines at retailers.

Cybersecurity

Executive order blocks state business with ‘evil foreign governments’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s order will ensure companies associated with hostile nations do not access state infrastructure or data through IT or telecommunications contracts.

Cybersecurity

The future of quantum security will be encoded in light, researchers hope

Swiss researchers, funded in part by the U.S., are developing a stronger network security countermeasure to combat the potential of a viable quantum computing system.

Emerging Tech

AI-enabled robots may increase recycling, workplace safety

Automating the recycling sorting process can increase waste management efficiency and play a valuable role in reducing environmental contamination.

Emerging Tech

Facial recognition: Can fake data produce real results?

Diversifying training datasets with computer-generated faces may help break down bias in the technology, but one expert says using synthetic images is a step too far.

Emerging Tech

Automated vehicles coming to Ohio roads

The state will test trucks equipped with platooning technology along its Smart Mobility Corridor, and automated passenger vehicles will spend a year driving on rural roads.

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