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Lighting Dark Fiber Could Raise Legal Challenges in Columbia, Mo.

Government officials in Columbia, Mo., want to light and expand the city’s dark fiber infrastructure. But incumbent Internet service providers may raise unfair competition claims if the plan goes forward.

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Can an App Help Prevent Mass Shootings?
The Center for Health Care Services unveiled Mental Health & You, a crisis intervention tool that provides local and national resources for early intervention and treatment.

Oct 30, 2014
Will Education Ever Keep Up with Technology?
People are both driving technological changes and needing more help because of these changes, and according to one panelist at a recent Georgia event, teachers will never catch up; they should become facilitators of knowledge.

Oct 29, 2014
San Francisco Hails 'Twitter Tax Break' as Rousing Success
A recent report indicates that the city brought in $7.6 million more in business tax revenue last year from the tax-break zone than the area had generated before the incentive.

Oct 28, 2014
L.A. Tech Economy is Underrated, PayPal Co-Founder Says
California may be overloaded with regulations on business, Peter Thiel said, but it’s still a region that embraces risk takers.

Oct 28, 2014
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'Widespread Harm' Likely from Cyberattack in Next Decade
A majority of Internet experts think that by 2025, a major cyberattack will have caused widespread harm to a nation's security and capacity to defend itself and its people.

Oct 30, 2014
'Social Impact Bonds' Tap Private Money for Public Health
More states are considering “social impact bonds” for multiyear projects in health, education and prisoner rehabilitation. Are they a good investment?

Oct 29, 2014
Advocacy Group Applies for Google Project
Google announced a community outreach program that will provide updated satellite imagery for projects that “save lives, protect the environment, promote education, and positively impact humanity.”

Oct 28, 2014
Community Comes Together to Bring High-Speed Internet to Remote Colorado Town
If too many people at this town's school used computers simultaneously, the previous Internet system timed out and reverted to the speed of a dial-up connection -- but that is no longer the case.

Oct 27, 2014
Lessons from the Grateful Dead on Replacing Workers with Technology
If managers don't know when technology should replace people, they can destroy the product they're trying to create.

Oct 24, 2014
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Digital Cities Survey

The Center for Digital Government's Digital Cities Survey is conducted annually in the summer: July - August. All United States cities, towns, villages and consolidated city/county governments are invited to participate in this survey. The awards are presented concurrently with the NLC conference held each November.

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Digital Counties Survey

The Center for Digital Government's Digital Counties Survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) annually in the spring: March - April. All U.S. counties are invited to participate (consolidated county-city jurisdictions are invited to participate in the Digital Cities Survey in the summer). The awards are presented during NACO's annual conference each July.

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