THE FUTURE OF Community Design

A River Runs Through It

Ellicott City, Md., has been devastated twice by flooding rivers that traverse the city. But one man has built a homemade warning system he hopes will save property and lives the next time the flood waters rise.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  January 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

What Government Gets Wrong About Technology

For too long, tech has been someone else’s problem — something policymakers didn’t believe they needed to think about or even fully understand. It’s time to define what we want from a revolution that’s affecting everything.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 22, 2020
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A GREAT Opportunity for Greater Government Fiscal Transparency

A new federal law could go a long way toward improving oversight of grant spending and making state and local financial reports more accessible to researchers and constituents.

By Marc Joffe, Reason Foundation  |  January 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Medicaid IT: Finally Ready to Move Out of the Dark Ages

For more than a decade, the feds have been pushing states to modernize their Medicaid management information systems so they could report comparable data. The effort is starting to pay off.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 21, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

An Impact Framework for the New Mobility

Our cities' transportation landscape is being dramatically altered. But a focus on small disputes overlooks the larger value questions that need to be addressed.

By Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School  |  January 21, 2020
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CIO Uses Courage, Persistence to Uplift Detroit Through Tech

Caring, passionate, and having always pushed back against the status quo, Beth Niblock has used her role as Detroit Chief Information Officer to revitalize the city with technology after a tough period of bankruptcy.


The average price of a ransomware attack during the third quarter of 2019, more than tripling the amount from the first quarter. While overall there were 6 percent fewer ransomware incidents in 2019 compared to 2018, the ransom amount has grown. These figures are prompting U.S. insurers to increase cyberinsurance rates by up to 25 percent.

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