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Derek Major

Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

DHS hopes blockchain can help secure IoT

Factom’s solution captures the identification of a device, the manufacturer, available updates, known security issues and granted authorities while adding timestamps for added security.


Columbus wins Smart City Challenge

Columbus, Ohio, will receive more than $50 million in funding and technology to help implement transportation technologies.


NYC library partners with Google to teach coding to kids

As a partner in the Google CS First program, the Queens Library can expand its STEM activities and increase computer literacy in the community.


Microsoft gets into the marijuana business

The software giant is teaming up with Kind Financial to help states track and regulate cannibis with a cloud-based solution.

Digital Government

FEMA keeps it simple with disaster app

Recent upgrades include weather alerts and reminders that keep users engaged.


DC pulls tech into the parking space

The ParkDC pilot will leverage sensors, mobile cameras and dynamic pricing in an effort to reduce parking congestion in Washington, D.C.

Emerging Tech

City mayors make final pitches in Smart City Challenge

The finalists explained how they would use technology and prize money to make their cities safer and easier to navigate.

Digital Government

AT&T joins the Smart City Challenge

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that AT&T is supporting the challenge with $1 million in hardware, products and services.


Microsegmentation: A new security paradigm?

With today’s attack vectors making the traditional security model obsolete, microsegmentation offers a way to secure data at the packet level.


New Yorkers get greater control over digital health data

At the new HealthlinkNY website, patients can download and print customized consent forms allowing their records to be released.


Image recognition app helps long-haul truckers find parking

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are using cameras and image processing software to monitor parking spaces at truck stops in the state and provide a real-time assessment of available spaces.


Oregon opts for paperless vehicle titling for dealers

The state will use the Vitu electronic registration and titling platform to streamline interactions between auto dealers and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Digital Government

Teamwork celebrated at InnovateIT awards

The winners of AFCEA Bethesda InnovateIT Awards credited their teams for their projects’ success.

Digital Government

Can an app make for better meetings?

Three UCLA students are working on an app to track and improve the dynamics of group interactions.


Hidden costs in body worn camera systems

A new report categorizes some of the expenses of an ongoing body-worn camera program and offers suggestions on what law enforcement agencies should consider in a five-year total cost of ownership analysis.


Hayden: Political culture limits government’s ability to protect IT systems

Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency and CIA, said the nation has hardly begun the cybersecurity conversation about what should be open and what should be protected.


Is government prepared for the pulse?

Legislators are looking at how government can prepare for and respond to an electromagnetic pulse attack on the U.S. electrical grid.


Can the Postal Service put blockchain to work?

A new report explores the potential ways the technology behind Bitcoin could help USPS reinvent its mission.


NYC's new Wi-Fi-enabled buses lack collision avoidance tech

New buses feature USB charging ports and free Wi-Fi, but they are missing collision avoidance systems despite two pilot programs currently running in the city.


How can we manage IoT risk?

A recent panel focused on government’s role in managing the risks associated with the Internet of Things.