State and Local

Protection from Ransomware Attacks Isn’t as Simple as Insurance

In the wake of high-profile ransomware attacks, local governments are looking to cyber insurance to mitigate risk. But not all policies are equal and merit close scrutiny, experts say.

Local Law Enforcement Should Be Able to Protect Airports From Drones, Report Says

To address security risks, a task force recommends that Congress authorize local law enforcement to take down drones flown too close to airports.

States Can Craft Own Net Neutrality Rules, Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court upheld much of the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules but found that the commission overstepped its authority when it blocked states from enacting their own internet regulations.

The Problem With the State-Level Investigation of Google

The probe may do more for the attorneys general than for the public they’re supposed to protect.

States Try to Stop Political Deepfake Videos

State lawmakers are increasingly focused on deceptively edited videos, a pervasive technology that advocates say has the potential to disrupt elections. But are bans constitutional?

McConnell Voices Support for $250 Million in Election Security Funds

The bill marks “a great step forward,” but states will need more consistent investment to make long-term improvements, according to CISA Director Chris Krebs.

Six U.S. Cities Make the List of Most Surveilled Places in the World

A new report found that CCTV surveillance is increasing in certain areas of the U.S., with one city government watching its citizens from 35,000 cameras.

Report on Election Security Gains Attention, and a Sharp Rebuke

It showed another kind of election security threat: companies looking to profit from a country on edge about the integrity of its national and local elections.

State Attorneys General Launch Google Antitrust Probe

The investigation of Google’s advertising practices is the latest to target tech companies.

What Urban Sprawl Is Really Doing to Your Commute

Urban traffic congestion is growing dramatically, according to a new report. So why aren’t drivers taking longer to get to work?

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Lawmakers Want to Expand DHS' Cyber Monitoring Program to State and Local Governments

Under a forthcoming bill, lawmakers also aim to make it easier for agencies to put the data collected under the program to good use.

The Dangers in Smart Cities

Smart cities make for a larger attack footprint, and more potentially devastating results from a breach or hack.

Leveraging Technology to Clear Criminal Records

Cook County, Illinois, will automatically expunge low-level convictions for marijuana offenses using software from Code for America.

DHS Launches Smart City Sensor Pilot in St. Louis

The outcomes could inform the city’s future procurement decisions.

Facebook Expands Tool That Lets Local Governments Send Alerts

The system will offer authorities a way to send targeted notifications about emergencies and other issues to residents.

Coordinated Ransomware Attack in Texas Seen as Escalation From Prior Hacks

Twenty-three local governments were attacked over the weekend. The willingness of city governments to pay ransoms may be emboldening opportunistic hackers, security experts warn.

How Cities Are Getting Smarter

There isn’t one definition of a smart city technology, but here are places governments are making progress.