NPR: Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App

NPR: Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App. “Iowa’s Democratic Party plans to use a new Internet-connected smartphone app to help calculate and transmit results during the state’s caucuses next month, Iowa Public Radio and NPR have confirmed. Party leaders say they decided to opt for that strategy fully aware of three years’ worth of warnings about Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election, in which cyberattacks played a central role.”

Oskaloosa Herald: Family photos connect Iowans to history

Oskaloosa Herald: Family photos connect Iowans to history. “[Bettina] Fabos discovered the original Fortepan photo archive in 2013 in Hungary, where she was a Fulbright scholar. The project began when a group of friends in Budapest rescued a discarded box of old photos and decided to post them online in 2010….Fabos brought the idea home to Iowa and created the world’s first Fortepan archive outside of Hungary. Others are in the works in Minnesota, as well as Denmark, Malta, Romania and India.”

Des Moines Register: Introducing a new tool to help you keep track of presidential candidates visiting Iowa

Des Moines Register: Introducing a new tool to help you keep track of presidential candidates visiting Iowa. “The Des Moines Register candidate tracker is the best way to stay up-to-date on the whereabouts of presidential contenders in Iowa. Starting today, the Register is releasing a new tool that will bring information from the candidate tracker to your Twitter feed, making it it easier than ever to keep up with the whirlwind 2020 caucus cycle.”

Iowa Public Radio: Where Are Iowa’s Private Wells? New Online Map Shares Location, Water Quality Data

Iowa Public Radio: Where Are Iowa’s Private Wells? New Online Map Shares Location, Water Quality Data. “Iowans now have a new way to find out about private drinking water wells in their area. A team of researchers at the University of Iowa has built an interactive online map for residents, engineers and well drillers to better access well location and water quality information.”

The Daily Iowan: Transgender Oral History Project celebrates and preserves trans history in Iowa

The Daily Iowan: Transgender Oral History Project celebrates and preserves trans history in Iowa. “An oral-history project can help preserve history of communities and serves as an important archive for those hoping to do research. A University of Iowa researcher hopes to create that kind of archive for the transgender community across the state with the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa.”

State of Iowa: Governor Reynolds Launches “Ask the State of Iowa” with Google Home and Amazon Echo Skills

State of Iowa: Governor Reynolds Launches “Ask the State of Iowa” with Google Home and Amazon Echo Skills . “Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg, and Chief Information Officer Jeff Franklin announced today that Iowa is expanding its communication channels and services to include Google Home, Amazon Echo, and a chatbot. Iowans can now ask their smartphone or Google/Amazon digital assistant questions about state government events and services.”

‘This is wrong’: Iowa’s flawed felon list is disqualifying legitimate voters for year (Des Moines Register)

Des Moines Register: EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is wrong’: Iowa’s flawed felon list is disqualifying legitimate voters for years. “Jessica Bensley can legally carry a pistol in public — in part because she has never been convicted of a felony. But last year, Bensley somehow ended up on Iowa’s felon list. Because Iowa law doesn’t allow felons to vote, the Polk County Auditor’s Office, in turn, rejected the ballot she cast in November. Iowa’s mistake cost Bensley her constitutional right to vote. And she wasn’t the only one.”