October, 2022

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What Google’s Sidewalk Labs Ignored About Building A City

Next City

Before Sidewalk Labs targeted Toronto for its "smart city" project, it found 1,307 acres of land near downtown Detroit where its team believed they could carry out their utopian vision. There was just one problem.

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Europe’s fintech opportunity

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Fintech has moved from the fringes of European finance to its core, but performance varies widely. If all countries could match the best in region, the economic benefits would be considerable.

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Smart, safe and sustainable cycling: how AI-powered insights will encourage the next generation

Open Access Government - Technology News

Cycling to school can reduce air pollution and promote healthier choices, which could all be delivered by AI-powered insights. The first week of October marks Cycle to School Week, this year run by the Bikeability Trust and supported by Sustrans. It’s an initiative that echoes the necessity for our streets to be cycle friendly , forming part of the wider aim of creating smarter, safer and more sustainable towns and cities, says Mark Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer, VivaCity.

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How Can State and Local Governments Defend Against the Top 10 Types of Malware?

State Tech Magazine

Malware is everywhere. Recent research has found that attacks against governments worldwide increased by 1,885 percent in 2021, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has highlighted ongoing threats to state facilities such as water and wastewater systems. Add in the evolution of malware and Ransomware as a Service attacks, in which malicious actors create and sell attack kits to less skilled users, and it’s no surprise that security is a top priority for state and local agenci

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Sustainable Facility Maintenance Management for Small Local Governments

Unlock the potential of sustainable facility management! This guide empowers small local governments to lead with climate-resilient infrastructure, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and more. Elevate your community's resilience, reduce costs, and embrace eco-friendly practices. Discover the role of facility maintenance teams in green cleaning, sustainability analyses, and infrastructure upgrades.

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Student Loan Debt Relief Do’s and Don’ts

Homeroom

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMS INVOLVING STUDENT LOAN DEBT RELIEF YOU ARE YOUR BEST PROTECTION AGAINST SCAMMERS DON’T pay anyone who contacts you with promises of debt relief or loan forgiveness. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY ANYONE TO OBTAIN DEBT RELIEF. The application will be free and easy to use when it opens in October. DON’T. Continue Reading. The post Student Loan Debt Relief Do’s and Don’ts appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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U.S. Army chooses Google Workspace to deliver cutting-edge collaboration

Google Public Sector

In June, we announced the creation of Google Public Sector , a new Google division focusing on helping U.S. public sector entities—including federal, state, and local governments, and educational institutions—accelerate their digital transformations. It is our belief that Google Public Sector, and our industry partner ecosystem, will play an important role in applying cloud technology to solve complex problems for our nation.

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Power spike: How battery makers can respond to surging demand from EVs

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As the auto market embraces electric vehicles, battery demand is soaring. Bold moves in gigafactory construction, supply chain strategy, and talent acquisition can help industry players get ahead.

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AI technology is not dark magic, it’s just misunderstood

Open Access Government - Technology News

AI technology has a vital role to play in the future of business and academia, and the better our understanding of it, the more it can expand across sectors and skill sets. Most forms of technology applications are well understood. Every computer programme can be deconstructed into the basic building blocks of code, and if it goes wrong, you can debug the software – often by simply stepping through the code line by line in order to find out where the problem lies.

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Smart Cities Team with Universities to Launch Smart City Projects

State Tech Magazine

Graffiti breeds graffiti. It’s a reality that prompted city leaders in Tempe, Ariz., to set a goal of reducing it to one instance per four square miles. “If you don’t clean it up quickly, it attracts more and detracts from the overall appearance of the city,” says Tempe CIO Mark Wittenburg. “But we had a very difficult time reaching our goal, and part of it was just identifying it quickly enough.

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Digital twins need more than infrastructure data, expert says

GCN

Real-time, bi-directional data can help cities determine not just what residents are doing – but why, according to the Smart Cities Council.

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7 Signs Your Local Government ERP Is Holding You Back: A Guide for Small Municipalities

Local governments and municipalities serving populations under 200,000 face distinctive challenges in delivering efficient and effective services to their communities. To overcome these challenges, many rely on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems tailored to their specific needs. Not all ERP systems are created equal, and some may hinder progress rather than support it.

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Small but Mighty: The 6-Step Plan To Promote Your Library When You Have a Tiny Staff

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The house I grew up in was surrounded by cornfields. The nearest town was four miles away. It featured a grain elevator, a tiny country store, a barber shop, and a post office. A traffic light was installed after a tractor damaged the bridge from the town to the surrounding area. Photo of the old bridge, courtesy BridgeHunter.

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How Street Vendors Finally Made Street Food Legal In California

Next City

After well over a decade of strategic activism in Los Angeles, Breed Street’s “last vendor” is celebrating a new statewide measure that gives street food vendors new rights and opportunities.

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Building a safer metaverse

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Rob Lowe, director of global marketing at Epic Games and former managing director of Digital Play at LEGO Ventures, discusses the enormous opportunities presented by emerging technology and end-user democratization. An edited version of the conversation from our ‘Value creation in the metaverse’ report follows.

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50 Years After the Clean Water Act—Gauging Progress

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which was passed by Congress on October 18, 1972—establishing a nationwide approach to improving the quality of our nation’s lakes, rivers, streams, and other water bodies. Over the last 50.

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ASPA TIMES Magazine: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

PA TIMES Magazine is a publication of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), a not-for-profit corporation. This edition focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in public administration, including guest columns, insights for the field and interviews with city government DEI officers about their work at the local level.

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Indigenous Peoples Day: Reminding Communities that We Are Here

NLC (National League of Cities)

My very first time speaking in front of an elected body was in 2018, in front of the Portland Maine City Council. Earlier that year, I had finished training to learn how to run for office and was beginning to have the time and space to pay more attention to what was happening locally and […] Source.

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Open access networks: 'A good cheap pipe’ for internet connectivity

GCN

By providing the fiber infrastructure and then letting internet service providers compete to connect homes and businesses, the network strategy can drive down prices and boost services, advocates say.

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Visibility Is Vital for Government IT Network Security

State Tech Magazine

State and local governments face cyberthreats that are expanding at an alarming rate. Since last year, cyberattacks against local governments increased by 70 percent. These attacks impact the security of sensitive data and can also cost millions of dollars — at a time when states and cities are already facing tight budgets. One ransomware attack on Baltimore, Md., last year reportedly cost at least $18 million.

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A Jordanian Collective Works Toward Food Sovereignty Through Urban Farming

Next City

By connecting small-scale local farmers directly with bakeries and restaurants, Al Barakeh is transforming the city’s economic model.

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Proactive vs Reactive Maintenance: Making the Case for Preparedness

Discover comprehensive strategies for optimizing operations and achieving cost efficiency! This document offers insights into efficient inspections, data-driven decision-making, goal alignment, and resource optimization. It empowers local governments and maintenance departments to streamline operations and ensure significant cost savings. From aligning maintenance goals with community needs to leveraging data for strategic planning, this guide provides a roadmap for smoother, more reliable opera

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The fight against money laundering: Machine learning is a game changer

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

To realize the full benefits of machine learning and advanced analytics in anti–money laundering, institutions need AML experts, strong data science talent, and reliable data sources in the fight against this type of financial crime.

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Montenegro and cyberattacks: all NATO states should be prepared

Open Access Government - Technology News

Keiron Holyome, VP UKI, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at BlackBerry discusses cyberattacks and the public sector. How are cyberattacks evolving? And how significant is the threat of cyber warfare? “Cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated and severe, as shown in our latest 2022 Threat Report. Threat actors now possess the tools once thought to be solely the domain of nation-state attackers, allowing them to carry out more frequent, skilful and targeted attacks.

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Millions of People May Still Be Eligible For COVID-19 Stimulus Payments, But Time Is Running Out

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Throughout the pandemic, IRS and Treasury struggled to get COVID-relief payments into the hands of some people—especially those with lower-incomes, limited internet access, or experiencing homelessness. Based on IRS and Treasury data, there could be.

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States face more nuanced cloud security challenges

GCN

While the federal government can mandate overall cloud security requirements, each state, local and education agency has its own authority, StateRAMP’s Leah McGrath explains.

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Facility Maintenance Trends for 2024: What's Changing in the Industry?

This comprehensive article delves into the transformative trends reshaping local government facility maintenance in anticipation of 2024. From embracing smart technology for efficient management, sustainability's pivotal role to data-driven decision-making, workforce upskilling, and predictive maintenance strategies, each aspect is explored. Insights into outsourcing collaborations, digital twins, safety enhancements, and the broader industry evolution highlight the critical adaptation needed.

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Government Needs to Fill One Million Jobs

Careers in Government

Since the start of the COVID crisis, millions of older workers – 55 and over – voluntarily or involuntarily left their jobs. The post Government Needs to Fill One Million Jobs appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Reduce Supply Chain Cybersecurity Risks with Updated GSA Standards

FedTech Magazine

Reports of large-scale cyberattacks such as the Russian breach of SolarWinds, the passage of the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act of 2018 and the signing of President Joe Biden’s cybersecurity executive order have kept cyber supply chain risks top of mind for policymakers and federal agencies. Here’s an update on what agencies can do to defend against these threats and how the General Services Administration is helping agencies mitigate cyber supply chain risks.

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The scaling imperative for industry 4.0

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Global Lighthouse Network organizations continue to light the way in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To keep up, companies must now scale technologies across sites and value chains.

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Equity, Inclusion, and the Bottom Line 

NLC (National League of Cities)

Tips from Social Impact Enterprise Addressing Systemic Barriers to Equity Everyone is talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Government entities, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals across the country are waking up and asking themselves, “HOW?” How do I ensure my organization is representative of the communities I serve? How do I support collaboration and inclusion in […] Source.

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Efficiency and Sustainability: Leveraging Digital Solutions in Facility Operations

Speaker: Alan Kavanaugh, BA, CRM, CCPI ​​​​​​​Director of Loss Control & Risk Management

This session is designed to unveil the transformative potential of digital solutions in reshaping conventional practices, offering a roadmap towards greener and more efficient facilities regardless of municipality size. Attendees will learn: Insights into cutting-edge trends and strategies in sustainable facility management. Practical knowledge to effectively incorporate digital solutions for operational efficiency.

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Securing the U.S. Electricity Grid from Cyberattacks

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Reliable electricity is essential to the conveniences of modern life and vital to our nation’s economy and security. But the electricity grid is an attractive target for cyberattacks from U.S. adversaries—such as nations like China and Russia, as.

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Why agencies stumble on the CX journey

GCN

Efforts to improve customer experience and build trust risk failure if agencies don’t put in the time required to fully understand customer needs and how constituents perceive their interactions with government.

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Two Things Remote or Hybrid Team Leaders Can Do to Build an Exceptional Workplace Culture

Careers in Government

As a remote or hybrid team leader, you NEED to invest in building and sustaining an exceptional team culture. The post Two Things Remote or Hybrid Team Leaders Can Do to Build an Exceptional Workplace Culture appeared first on Careers in Government.

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The Intelligence Community Is Developing New Uses for AI

FedTech Magazine

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) helps keep the world’s waterways safe for commercial vessels, private boaters, military ships and other mariners. As part of its role overseeing navigation, the agency identifies obstacles and hazards at sea and supports national security efforts by warning of potential threats. Earlier this year, NGA put in place artificial intelligence (AI) technology called the Source Maritime Automated Processing System (SMAPS), which helps analysts sort thro

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Strategies For Public Works Employees to Embrace Government Software

In a rapidly evolving landscape, the integration of digital software into Public Works teams has become imperative. This shift presents an opportunity to transcend traditional approaches, unlocking new levels of efficiency, cost savings, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This article offers comprehensive strategies to navigate this transformation.