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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.

Los Angeles Unified Teachers Decry New Student Tracking System
August 22, 2014 - The issues with the computer database came as the union launched a campaign Wednesday calling for smaller class sizes, higher staffing levels and raises for teachers amid contentious contract negotiations.

Anchorage Launches Site to Track Road Projects, Special Events
August 22, 2014 - The site was released to the public Thursday after several months of being used internally, and is designed as a reporting tool to improve coordination.

Bloomberg Invests $45 Million In Civic Innovation
August 21, 2014 - More than 80 cities will have a chance to tap into the talent and coffers of Michael Bloomberg's philanthrophic organization.

Munirent Brings the Sharing Economy to Government
August 21, 2014 - A new service could bring the benefits of the sharing economy to public works departments around the nation.

Abhi Nemani Talks Open Data in Los Angeles
August 21, 2014 - The city's new chief data officer wants to use data as a platform for developing solutions that benefit citizens, business and government.

Solar Arrays Now at a Dozen California Prison Sites
August 21, 2014 - The solar panels at the dozen California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sites are projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 61,000 metric tons in 2014 and will save approximately $78 million in energy costs over the next two decades, officials said.

Siluria Technologies Turns Natural Gas Into Gasoline in Hayward, Calif.
August 21, 2014 - Siluria Technologies says it can produce large quantities of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and chemicals at roughly $1 per gallon.

Los Angeles Undertakes Massive Website Relaunch with Drupal
August 21, 2014 - The City of Angels has cemented a deal with Acquia to use its open source CMS to manage 20-plus websites.

MonkeyParking App to Debut in Southern California
August 20, 2014 - After operations were halted in San Francisco, the auction parking app heads to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles Names First Chief Data Officer
August 20, 2014 - Selecting a former Code For America co-director could indicate a desire from Los Angeles to become more innovative.

3 Questions to Guide the Future of Civic Technology
August 20, 2014 - Gov 2.0 is a long-term vision, and we’re just getting started. As technology develops and expands, we must constantly be asking ourselves, “What’s next?”

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