Category: Technology

Preparing for Drones to Fly in Cities

Scooters, scoot over. Drones may be the next big technology to arrive in cities. There are nearly 1.3 million registered drones in the United States, and more than 116,000 registered drone operators. The technology is relatively cheap, business interest and recreational use is high, and all that’s holding major industry actors – UPS, Amazon, Uber

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Ten Ways to Protect Your City from Cyberattacks

Every hour, 26% of local governments report a cyberattack. But according to a new NLC analysis, done in partnership with the Public Technology Institute, nearly a quarter don’t have a cybersecurity plan that is designed to protect government information systems from attack/provide steps for recovery in case of attack. Fortunately, we have recommendations for how you can

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What Does the Digital Equity Act Mean for Cities?

Closing the digital divide in America is more than just an infrastructure challenge—it’s an economic one, too. Across the country, too many homes and businesses still don’t have access to adequate broadband infrastructure, and in many communities the infrastructure in place is not enough to ensure that all residents get to participate in the local economy.

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Modernizing Fremont Boulevard to Be Smart and Safe

Fremont Boulevard is one of the city’s most well-traveled corridors. It is a livewire of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle travel. And it experiences serious issues with excessive speeds, collisions and fatalities. In 2015, The Fremont Vision Zero Status Report and Action Plan reported that 50% of the city’s fatalities occurred on segments of Fremont Boulevard.

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What Do Local Leaders Need to Know about the FCC Cable Order?

On August 1, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to approve a report and order that will make dramatic changes to cable franchises managed by state and local governments. The order, which will go into effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, has two major components that will impact local

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Racial Bias in Facial Recognition Technology: What City Leaders Should Know

On July 1 the City of San Francisco effected a ban on facial recognition technology—the first of its kind in the nation.  Aimed at leading with transparency, accountability and equity, the ban passed as part of the city’s Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.  While the city stopped testing facial recognition technology in 2007 and has not

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Leadership in 2019: Why Cities Need to Rethink Digital Services

With changing technologies and higher constituent demands, cities and state leaders are trying to move faster to build more intimate and meaningful relationships with their constituents. There is pressure to deliver digital services more effectively as a result of online consumerism. Technological change is accelerating at an exponential rate due to industries built around innovation.

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Making Broadband Work in Marshall, Michigan

This is a guest post by Lisa Gonzalez, senior telecommunications researcher at The Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Marshall is home to about 7,000 people in south central Michigan and is seat of Calhoun County; the town is full of history. When it was time for Michigan to select its state capital, Marshall was considered a

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