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New App Allows BART Riders to Discreetly Report Crime
August 29, 2014 - The app will encourage riders to report suspicious activity, with the slogan “If you see something, say something.”

Education Exchange Hooks Up Students Online in 30 Georgia Counties
August 29, 2014 - The Education Exchange, a 3,600-mile network that will deliver access to textbooks, classroom resources and instructional material through its own 10-gigabit connection.

Chattanooga's High-Speed Broadband Brings High-Stakes Battle Over Fiber-Optic Expansion
August 29, 2014 - The debate pits mayors against legislators, counties against states and Republicans against Republicans, as Tennessee's ruling party faces a split within its own ranks and among constituents who say access to broadband should transcend petty politics.

Underwater: Data Centers Nationwide Must Prepare for Flooding
August 28, 2014 - Climate researchers predict sea-level rise will eventually submerge 316 coastal cities in the U.S. How are government data center managers planning for the future?

Austin Turns to Crowdsourcing to Improve Traffic Congestion
August 28, 2014 - The state capital plans to re-time traffic lights on the fly based on data from drivers' smartphone locations.

Wilson, N.C. Asks FCC to Override State's Telecom Law
August 28, 2014 - The city’s unusual legal claim was made possible only in the past few months, after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the federal agency will consider pre-empting local laws that stifle broadband competition.

Advanced Recycling, Energy Recovery on Tap for Indianapolis
August 28, 2014 - Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the municipal government believe they have found a sustainable waste management solution that's a winner all-around – environmentally, socially and economically.

Body Cameras on Police--Simple Idea, Complex Ramifications
August 28, 2014 - It seems simple: Put cameras on all officers and have video evidence of all officer interactions. But some criminal justice and civil liberties experts warn the technology could widen the divide between officers and the communities they serve.

Oakland App Sheds Light on Campaign Finance
August 28, 2014 - An app called Open Disclosure will automate campaign finance for an upcoming mayoral election.

Cities to Compete for $45 Million Innovation Grants
August 27, 2014 - Some cities will get grant funding to test a method of problem solving designed by the charitable foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

North Carolina Communities Must 'Adapt' to Changing Technology, Expert Warns
August 27, 2014 - Anita Brown-Graham, the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, explains how North Carolina's lack of skilled workers will negatively affect the state's economy while traditional manufacturing jobs disappear.

Data Breaches in the Cloud: Who's Responsible?
August 26, 2014 - The cloud multiplier effect means data breaches in the cloud are increasing -- and becoming more costly. With so many states and localities opting to host their data there, what happens when breaches occur?

Baltimore Startup Lands on List of NSA Cybersecurity Experts
August 26, 2014 - Maddrix LLC of Baltimore is among seven companies to join the National Security Agency's new private-sector accreditation program, created in response to a growing reliance on contractors to contain and repair data breaches.

Los Angeles Schools Cancel iPad Program
August 26, 2014 - Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has canceled the $1 billion program to provide all students with an iPad after public records showed he and his top deputy had developed a relationship with the vendors two years prior to the bidding.

To Prevent Long Power Outages, Communities Look to Microgrids
August 26, 2014 - As severe weather becomes more common, microgrids are gaining popularity as a way to keep the power on at critical facilities during widespread blackouts.

Tech Upgrades Helped PG&E Respond Quickly After Napa, Calif., Earthquake
August 26, 2014 - It wasn't just computer modeling that helped PG&E restore service so quickly after the Bay Area earthquake, but also wireless SmartMeters, that automatically signaled the utility when their buildings lost power.

Palo Alto, Calif. Considers Parking Guidance Systems for City Garages
August 25, 2014 - Parking guidance systems would provide real-time information about the number of spaces in a structure via digital signs, while revenue and access controls would allow visitors to pay to park beyond the current limit.

Drones a Challenge to Law, Possible Boon to Alabama Law Enforcement
August 25, 2014 - Gov. Robert Bentley looks to eliminate the haze around drone regulations, announcing Friday the appointment of an Alabama Drone Task Force to develop a plan for their use by state agencies.

Anti-Spying Coalition Launches Campaign Against LAPD Drones
August 22, 2014 - Though police officials suggest drones would only be used to gain better intelligence in tense situations, critics argued it would not be long before drones were used to monitor public spaces, protests and citizens' backyards.

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