Viewpoints http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/13461/feed en The growing threat of ransomware http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/growing-threat-ransomware <div class="node-body blog-body">NIC Director of Information Security Rodney Caudle explains how government agencies can best guard against the threat of ransomware.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/growing-threat-ransomware" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/growing-threat-ransomware#comments Government Security Viewpoints Wed, 24 May 2017 18:08:00 +0000 77771 at http://americancityandcounty.com Four new tools that are helping protect vulnerable children http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-new-tools-are-helping-protect-vulnerable-children <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Compassionate Cities Initiative Editor Liz Enbysk describes data analysis methods government officials can use in the fight against opioid abuse and its effects on vulnerable children.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-new-tools-are-helping-protect-vulnerable-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-new-tools-are-helping-protect-vulnerable-children#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 22 May 2017 17:18:00 +0000 77741 at http://americancityandcounty.com 6 do’s and don’ts for online passwords http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/6-do-s-and-don-ts-online-passwords <div class="node-body blog-body">SIGNiX CTO John Harris presents best practices for creating secure online passwords.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/6-do-s-and-don-ts-online-passwords" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/6-do-s-and-don-ts-online-passwords#comments Records Management Viewpoints Wed, 17 May 2017 18:25:00 +0000 77661 at http://americancityandcounty.com 5 cities, 5 efforts to fix food deserts http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/5-cities-5-efforts-fix-food-deserts <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Compassionate Cities initiative Editor Liz Enbysk describes 5 cities' efforts to use technology and policy to get low-income communities better access to healthy foods.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/5-cities-5-efforts-fix-food-deserts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/5-cities-5-efforts-fix-food-deserts#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 15 May 2017 18:29:00 +0000 77601 at http://americancityandcounty.com The truth about law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/truth-about-law-enforcements-use-facial-recognition-technology <div class="node-body blog-body">Retired NYPD officer Roger Rodriguez, who helped establish the NYPD's first facial recognition technology (FRT) unit, discusses why FRT is a useful tool in law enforcement.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/truth-about-law-enforcements-use-facial-recognition-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/truth-about-law-enforcements-use-facial-recognition-technology#comments Law Enforcement Viewpoints Tue, 09 May 2017 21:15:00 +0000 77541 at http://americancityandcounty.com Sacramento’s real-time crime center—and why you need one http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/sacramento-s-real-time-crime-center-and-why-you-need-one <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Editor Kevin Ebi describes how California's capital is using technology to improve public safety.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/sacramento-s-real-time-crime-center-and-why-you-need-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/sacramento-s-real-time-crime-center-and-why-you-need-one#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 08 May 2017 18:02:00 +0000 75861 at http://americancityandcounty.com Four tips for municipalities and agencies as they position infrastructure projects for federal funding http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-tips-municipalities-and-agencies-they-position-infrastructure-projects-federal-funding <div class="node-body blog-body">Attorney Fred Springer explains how local governments can best position their infrastructure projects for President Trump's infrastructure investments.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-tips-municipalities-and-agencies-they-position-infrastructure-projects-federal-funding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-tips-municipalities-and-agencies-they-position-infrastructure-projects-federal-funding#comments Public Works Viewpoints Tue, 02 May 2017 21:45:00 +0000 77431 at http://americancityandcounty.com Three ways sharing data is advancing cities http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-ways-sharing-data-advancing-cities <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Editor Kevin Ebi explains how sharing data between cities and the public can benefit local governments.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-ways-sharing-data-advancing-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-ways-sharing-data-advancing-cities#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 01 May 2017 19:36:00 +0000 77401 at http://americancityandcounty.com Technology ushers governments into the age of the digital office http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/technology-ushers-governments-age-digital-office <div class="node-body blog-body">Technical writer Tim Wacker explains how document management software can help governments handle continuously expanding workloads.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/technology-ushers-governments-age-digital-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/technology-ushers-governments-age-digital-office#comments Records Management Viewpoints Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:22:00 +0000 77301 at http://americancityandcounty.com Stop the $57,000 surprise: get your utilities connected http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/stop-57000-surprise-get-your-utilities-connected <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Editor Kevin Ebi describes how modernized and connected utilities are helping residents.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/stop-57000-surprise-get-your-utilities-connected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/stop-57000-surprise-get-your-utilities-connected#comments Infrastructure Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:01:00 +0000 77261 at http://americancityandcounty.com Three traffic relief ideas from cities with the shortest commutes http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-traffic-relief-ideas-cities-shortest-commutes <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Publications Editor Kevin Ebi discusses lessons cities can learn from cities like San Diego, Cincinnati, Buffalo, N.Y. and Milwaukee, Wisc.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-traffic-relief-ideas-cities-shortest-commutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-traffic-relief-ideas-cities-shortest-commutes#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:00:00 +0000 74671 at http://americancityandcounty.com Internal Revenue Service to begin new procedure for initiating tax-exempt bond audits http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/internal-revenue-service-begin-new-procedure-initiating-tax-exempt-bond-audits <div class="node-body blog-body">Victoria Ozimek and Brian Teaff, public finance attorneys at Bracewell LLP, detail new IRS rules for initiating tax-exempt bond audits and how to navigate the changes.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/internal-revenue-service-begin-new-procedure-initiating-tax-exempt-bond-audits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/internal-revenue-service-begin-new-procedure-initiating-tax-exempt-bond-audits#comments Finance Viewpoints Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:16:00 +0000 77071 at http://americancityandcounty.com Easy worker health initiatives you can implement in your workplace http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/easy-worker-health-initiatives-you-can-implement-your-workplace <div class="node-body blog-body">John Tucker, director of claims management for Kaplan Lawyers, details actions governments can take to ensure their employees remain healthy.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/easy-worker-health-initiatives-you-can-implement-your-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/easy-worker-health-initiatives-you-can-implement-your-workplace#comments Health & Welfare Viewpoints Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:57:00 +0000 77001 at http://americancityandcounty.com Meet San Diego's new IoT platform — and build your own http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/meet-san-diegos-new-iot-platform-and-build-your-own <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst explains how San Diego's new streetlight system is making its data network more efficient.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/meet-san-diegos-new-iot-platform-and-build-your-own" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/meet-san-diegos-new-iot-platform-and-build-your-own#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:31:00 +0000 76991 at http://americancityandcounty.com Need smart cities funding? There’s a new source of help http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/need-smart-cities-funding-there-s-new-source-help <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst discusses the Smart City Corporate Partners Program, which gets cities federal funding to advance their projects.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/need-smart-cities-funding-there-s-new-source-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/need-smart-cities-funding-there-s-new-source-help#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 03 Apr 2017 18:17:00 +0000 76931 at http://americancityandcounty.com