The state of Iowa has launched the Socrata Connected Government Cloud (SCGC), announced Tyler Technologies, Inc., based in Plano, Texas. SCGC allows policymakers to leverage data for solutions in social and political issues, including crime and public health. Iowa’s adoption was prompted by requirements of the state’s Accountable Government and Taxpayer Transparency Acts, which set […]

Gabriella Perez, research technology compliance specialist at the University of Iowa, is one of six inaugural Trusted CI Open Science Cybersecurity fellows nationwide, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The program is under the National Science Foundation’s Cybersecurity Center for Excellence, and Perez can access weekly digital presentations from cybersecurity experts and will receive funding to […]

City by city, the first few tons of 5G wireless internet equipment is being installed — and protested, as CityLab reports.  5G networks have only just begun to spread — a few providers, including AT&T and Verizon, have started going live in a handful of cities (Verizon announced 5G service will be arriving in Des Moines, although wasn’t clear […]

California-based Sectigo, a leader in web security platforms, has acquired West Des Moines-based Icon Labs, which provides cross-platform security solutions for internet of things (IoT) device manufacturers, Sectigo announced today. Sectigo’s expanded IoT Security Platform will provide device manufacturers, systems integrators and enterprises using connected IoT with the ability to use purpose-built IoT issuance from a trusted […]

Only 4% of bank business and IT executives believe that the impact of technology on the pace of banking change has stayed the same over the past three years, while 96% said it has either significantly accelerated or accelerated, according to a new report from Accenture. This technological disruption has a large effect on how banks […]

Microsoft is releasing an open-source software development kit called ElectionGuard that will use encryption techniques to let voters know when their vote is counted ahead of the 2020 election cycle, reports Iowa Public Radio. ElectionGuard will allow officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results. Voters […]

For the first time in its six-year relationship with Facebook Inc., the city of Altoona has walked away from the negotiating table with a few dollars in hand — an estimated $3 million a year from an agreement that will land a 1 million-square-foot, $400 million data center at the social media pioneer’s campus on […]

The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) has received a $15,000 Community Action Grant from Facebook’s Altoona Data Center for Senior STEM, a new project educating older adults on current technology, SCI announced this morning. Pew Institute research shows that more seniors are engaging  with technology and becoming largely active users. Senior STEM will help older […]

Sherri Davidoff and the Iowa Credit Union League’s holding company Affiliates Management Co. have partnered to build new cybersecurity training firm BrightWise. Based in Des Moines, BrightWise will be led by Davidoff as CEO and Corey Skadburg as COO. Skadburg has more than 15 years of experience in financial services, and Davidoff, who also leads LMG […]

Whoops. Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai admitted that broadband growth numbers announced by the FCC in February were actually inflated by millions, reports Ars Technica. The errors were first published by advocacy group Free Press, which found a new ISP called BarrierFree falsely reported to the FCC that it went from serving zero customers to 20% […]