2016 Digital Cities: Winners Focus on Transparency, Security, Infrastructure

The 2016 Digital Cities Survey results are in. Dozens of cities were selected by a judging panel at the Center for Digital Government as the most strategic, efficient, and innovative guardians of public-sector tech in the nation. The top-ranked cities will receive an award at the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Pittsburgh.

The first-place winners in five population categories are: Los Angeles, California; Virginia Beach, Viirginia; Durham, North Carolina; Roanoke, Virginia; and Tamarac, Florida. Judges evaluated the survey submissions of each city by considering 10 key characteristics of a digital city: open, mobile, engaged, collaborative, secure, staffed/supported, connected, efficient, resilient, and innovative. And the six criteria by which the responses were evaluated are: city priorities supported by ICT; demonstrated return on investment; progress over the previous year; creative/innovative approaches; effective collaboration; and successful measures of transparency, privacy, and security.

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Attorney General Lynch’s Video Statement on Hate Crimes in America

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released a video statement today on the FBI’s newly announced 2015 Hate Crime Statistics as well as on recent media reports of alleged hate crimes and harassment around the country. The statement reminds individuals to report these incidents to both local law enforcement and the Justice Department in order to ensure that career investigators and prosecutors are able to enforce hate crime statutes at the local, state, and federal levels.

For more information on the Justice Department's efforts to combat hate crimes, please visit the Civil Rights Division Web site.

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Public Safety Primer on Cloud Technology

The Public Safety Primer on Cloud Technology is a high-level primer for law enforcement and public safety communities regarding video and the cloud environment. With the quantity of video evidence now available, storage is a significant problem for record management systems and bandwidth capability. Obtaining video from a major event is often problematic for law enforcement and public safety agencies without the capability to request and store public video submissions. As such, agencies are turning to cloud environments as a solution for emergencies and major incidents to address video-related issues including storage, cataloging, conversion, and real-time analysis. Law enforcement and public safety agencies need to be educated on cloud technology for video and versed on associated considerations, particularly as more vendors enter this field. Responsively, the Public Safety Primer on Cloud Technology was developed as an easy-to-read frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide, answering common questions in a straightforward manner. It features information on the services that cloud environments can provide as well as guidance for agencies considering contracts with cloud vendors. In addition, this product includes a glossary of cloud terminology and a list of recommended resources for further reading. Perhaps, most importantly, this resource includes critical information on privacy, security, and data ownership.

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Justice Department Releases Intake and Charging Policy for Computer Crime Matters

As computers play an ever-greater role in our lives and cybercrime becomes both more commonplace and more devastating, the need for robust criminal enforcement of effective computer crime laws will only become more important.  As we said in public remarks last year, we urgently need targeted updates to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that will help the department protect our privacy and security online.  A number of recent prosecutions have demonstrated our commitment and success in bringing significant prosecutions under these vital statutes.  Prosecutors in U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country, in conjunction with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) in Washington, have brought cases against hackers and carders like Roman Seleznev and Marcel Lazar and cyber stalkers and sextortionists like Ryan Vallee and Michael Ford, and have conducted challenging and cutting-edge cybercrime operations, such as the takedown of the Darkode hacking forum last year.

It is, of course, not enough to have effective laws; those laws must also be enforced responsibly and consistently.  It is also important that the public understand how the department applies the law in this context.  In order to further that goal, the Criminal Division, primarily through CCIPS, has been sharing its knowledge about cybercrime and the laws that impact cybersecurity for two decades.  We have convened public-private partnership eventspublished public manualstestified numerous times before Congress on threats such as ransomware, participated in and recently hosted[external link] symposia and released Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents.  Many of these materials, as well as press releases related to computer crime and intellectual property prosecutions, are available at

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University of Maryland to Begin Using Gunshot Detection Technology on Campus

The University of Maryland recently began using the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system as a potential deterrent to active shooter situations on campus. The ShotSpotter system instantly detects gun shots and sends a map to dispatchers so they know where shots were fired. The university has already installed ten sensors around campus. ShotSpotter has previously been deployed in a number of major U.S. cities.

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Secretary Johnson Participates in President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson participated in the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force (PITF) to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking at the White House. The PITF works to provide a whole-of-government response to the heinous crime of human trafficking. As part of the Task Force, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works to combat human trafficking through a victim-centered approach. 

At the meeting, Secretary Johnson discussed the progress that DHS has made in combatting human trafficking over the past fiscal year, as well as throughout the course of this Administration.  The Blue Campaign, created in 2010 to serve as the Department’s unified effort to combat human trafficking, coordinates these important efforts.

In FY2016, the Blue Campaign entered into more formal partnerships than in any other year in Blue Campaign’s history. Partners such as the District of Columbia, the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, and the City of Los Angeles are now bringing awareness materials and training opportunities to local communities from coast to coast.

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Like the new Website? If you’re a software developer or a municipal Website manager, you can build your own version by grabbing the freely available source code and tweaking as you see fit. The city’s Digital Team just released the entirety of its source code on GitHub so that developers can continue to enhance the site and other cities can benefit from it.

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The People’s Code – Now on

Today (3 November) we’re launching so that our Nation can continue to unlock the tremendous potential of the Federal Government’s software.

Over the past few years, we’ve taken unprecedented action to help Americans engage with their Government in new and meaningful ways.

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FBI’s Cyber Investigation Certification Program

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, the FBI’s Cyber Division, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has developed the new Cyber Investigation Certification Program (CICP).  The self-guided online program is available to all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) law enforcement personnel on the FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP).   Each course in the program has an assessment at the end of the training, and, upon successful completion of each course, participants will receive a course certificate.  The first responder course is available now, and additional courses are in planning and development. 

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IACP Releases New Law Enforcement Benchmarking and Performance Analytics Portal

Data helps drive better, more informed decision making.  With this in mind, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and IACP NET partnered with the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to create the new Law Enforcement Benchmarking and Performance Analytics Portal.  The secure Benchmark Portal enables law enforcement agencies to conduct comparative analyses with peer agencies.  Agency representatives can visit the portal and input their agency’s information and immediately query and visualize the results.  The tool is free for participating law enforcement agencies, and access is restricted to law enforcement agency representatives only.  Additional information, including an informational flyer and a PDF version of the portal questions, is available on the main Benchmark Portal Web site.

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