Route Fifty’s Parent Company Buys Community Platform for Local Government Leaders

The Atlas for Cities focuses on case studies and other tools to connect local officials and enable them to share ideas and best practices.

Lawmakers Want Data to Decide the Future of America’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

New legislation would launch a $10 million grant program to set the scene for what’s to come on the EV-use landscape.

An AI Tool Can Distinguish Between a Conspiracy Theory and a True Conspiracy

COMMENTARY | It comes down to how easily the story falls apart.

Biden’s Top Priorities Offer Few Clues for Technology Policies

Washington policy experts believe President-elect Joe Biden’s approach to big tech companies and regulation may differ from both the Trump and Obama administrations.

Top Tech Companies Begin Pushing Priorities for Biden Administration

Microsoft, IBM and other companies urged the president-elect to consider policies for boosting workforce development, solving the pandemic and addressing biometrics in surveillance.

Self-Driving Shuttles Are Set to Be Deployed at Yellowstone National Park in 2021

The National Park Service is exploring emerging, autonomous technologies through a new pilot program that the public can opt to participate in.

Days Before Election, Officials Work to Combat Misinformation

Election officials across the country are waging public information campaigns and utilizing technology to fight misinformation campaigns ahead of Tuesday's election.

NOAA Partners with Google to Boost Weather Forecasts with AI

The roughly $10 million deal will also incorporate new hands-on training opportunities for both entities’ personnel.

Attention, Lazy Garbage: This Bot Will Insult You Until You Vote

The free service, a product of the nonprofit Fight For The Future, sends daily text messages that urge you—impolitely—to go vote.

AI Checks Out 'Rash Selfies' to Detect Lyme Disease

COMMENTARY | Researchers trained the tool to identify redness associated from Lyme disease from other skin problems.

How the Energy Department is Working to Engage Americans on Exascale Supercomputing

Officials also offered updates on how the buildout of U.S. exascale machines is unfolding.

Teachers Play a Critical Role in Shaping Girls' Future as Coders

COMMENTARY | Educators need to be aware of their own implicit biases that can lead to differences in how they recognize what girls can do in coding.

House Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Provide Legal Backing for Blockchain Records

It marks the latest of several other acts recently introduced that hone in on the emerging technology.

Want to Solve Society’s Most Urgent Problems? Cash Prizes Can Spur Breakthroughs

COMMENTARY | Big cash prizes can be big motivators for people to get involved in developing innovative ideas.

‘All Kinds of Opportunity Here’: Will the Pandemic Help Improve the Way Cities Operate?

The virus brought about sudden changes to the way cities do business, some of which could stick. Local government leaders discussed this and other ways cities might transform during the final day of Route Fifty's Future Cities event.

What's Next for the House-Passed Internet of Things Security Bill

Some security professionals point to broad exemptions in the Senate version of the legislation that could undermine the effort to guide federal procurement decisions.

USDA Makes New Move in Broad Effort to Bring Innovative Tech to America’s Farmers

The agriculture-focused agency wants public input on potentially disruptive ideas that could be ready to be implemented.

Covid Lockdowns Expose the Digital Have-Nots in Rural Areas—These Policies Can Get Them Connected

COMMENTARY | Fewer than 50% of rural residents in some states have a broadband connection available where they live.

Local Governments Have Embraced New Technology to Weather the Pandemic, Survey Finds

More than 95% of state and local leaders who responded to the poll said their agencies used software to maintain service levels as employees began working largely from home.

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