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New Vendors Demonstrate Technology Focused on "Border Surge"

June 28, 2013 by Bailey McCann

The Senate approved the so called ‘border surge’ provision in the federal immigration reform bill currently moving through Congress. The vote would seemingly cast aside previous congressional focus on austerity in order to militarize the southern US border, putting more border agents and high tech surveillance along the border than ever before.[read more]

Calgary Police's Twitter Account Displays Best Practices During Flood

June 24, 2013 by Ines Mergel

During the floods in Calgary, Canada, this weekend, the social media manager of Calgary’s police did a fantastic job answering questions, diffusing rumors, using social media to pull in additional information from citizens, point people to volunteer opportunities, and to activate officers to work extra shifts via Twitter.[read more]

A New Approach to Cybersecurity Across Agencies: The Administration's Progress Report

June 17, 2013 by John Kamensky

By connecting cybersecurity and performance officials as a matter of governance, the Administration is moving forward toward sustained outcomes in how cyber enables government missions and programs.[read more]

Virginia Creates Cybersecurity Accelerator Program

April 15, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Last week, CivSource reported on the launch of a new initiative in Virginia to grow that state’s cybersecurity economy. The initiative, called Semper Secure, included a partnership with Northrop Grumman. Now, Virginia is rolling out the next phase of the plan – MACH37 – a cybersecurity accelerator.[read more]

Mitigating Risks in the Application of Cloud Computing in Law Enforcement

November 26, 2012 by John Kamensky

How law enforcement organizations can quell concerns about reliability and availability, performance requirements, cost of migration, and the recovery of data when implementing a move to cloud computing.[read more]

Getting to Know Your Nextdoor Neighbor in Texas

October 6, 2012 by Lauri Stevens

Nextdoor is a free program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch which allows residents to securely connect with each other, local businesses, and the City of Richland Hills.[read more]

Digital Disaster: How Hurricanes Impact Local Government Data

September 16, 2012 by Lauren Alexander

In an age where freak weather and natural disasters suddenly seem to be the norm, it’s important for governments to take weather warnings seriously, and prepare for the possibility of catastrophe... Like many Americans, I mistakenly believed that the normal day-to-day life I had always known was invulnerable...[read more]

Public Diplomacy Counterterrorism: Beating Terrorists at Their Own Game

September 11, 2012 by matt bigge

Radicalization, whether offline or online, will continue to occur as long as terrorist entities exist. Simply shutting down web pages will not prevent radicalization; in fact, some believe shutting down terrorist activity online would drive extremists farther underground to other, less visible channels.[read more]

FBI, NYPD Announce New Technology Initiatives

August 12, 2012 by Bailey McCann

Photo by mastermaq via Flickr

In two separate announcements issued yesterday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced new enhancements to law enforcement technology. The FBI will be working with Accenture on a $34 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. The NYPD is launching a new Domain...[read more]

Stop and Search and Replay...

July 8, 2012 by Lauri Stevens

Stop and search has always been a friction point between police and the communities they serve. Indeed several commentators cited it as a potential contributory factor to last year’s riots. The New York equivalent “Stop-and-Frisk” has proved equally contentious with almost 700,000 people questioned on the city’s streets last year...[read more]

A New Platform for Community Engagement and Neighbourhood Watch in the 21st Century

June 28, 2012 by Lauri Stevens

The New South Wales Police Force’s , (Australia) eyewatch Imageprogram brings the community and police together to communicate and solve problems, using Social Media – Facebook.[read more]

Prime Minister starting to leverage the influence of bloggers

June 18, 2012 by Craig Thomler


To my knowledge, governments and government agencies in Australia have, with a few exceptions, largely ignored the existence and influence of bloggers.[read more]

No One Makes a Protective Vest for a Cop on Facebook

May 17, 2012 by Lauri Stevens

On Facebook, the tables have been turned on law officers. All those social engineering techniques police investigators do to ferret out pedophiles and gang-bangers with fake profiles in social media are also being used by cop haters to gain intelligence about cops.[read more]

What’s Next for the Nationwide Public Safety LTE Network – And You

May 9, 2012 by Lauri Stevens

Sometimes it takes a black swan to spur action for improvement. The tragic events of 9/11 as well as Hurricane Katrina certainly were the black swans that spurred action for the nationwide LTE network that’s starting to take shape.[read more]

My comment in today's Guardian

April 6, 2012 by Danvers Baillieu

Sky News likened the email hacking case to the occasions where reporters have had to break the law (in one case buying an Uzi and in another, breaching security at Heathrow) "in the public interest" for the purposes of their investigation.[read more]