American Association for the Advancement of Science: ‘How We Respond’ Shows What U.S. Communities Are Doing to Address Climate Change

American Association for the Advancement of Science: ‘How We Respond’ Shows What U.S. Communities Are Doing to Address Climate Change. “Communities across the United States are working with scientists and using scientific information to respond to climate change, according to the ‘How We Respond’ report released Sept. 16 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This new resource shares perspectives, multimedia and project details that 18 communities have developed to address local impacts of climate change or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Bloomberg Quint: India Will Create Online Database For All Cities By 2024, Says Government

Bloomberg Quint: India Will Create Online Database For All Cities By 2024, Says Government. “India will have an online database of all cities by 2024 on infrastructure, education and health facilities among others as it aims to create a ‘culture of data’ to address urban challenges of the country, an official said on Monday.”

StateTech Magazine: Cities Support Open-Data Programs to Improve the Lives of Citizens

StateTech Magazine: Cities Support Open-Data Programs to Improve the Lives of Citizens. “Citizens like to know what’s happening around them, and Philadelphia’s open-data program provides the means by which residents can view data by their address. Anyone with a computer in an open-data city can find information on isolated incidents and also chronic issues that impact the community. In her three years with the program, Kistine Carolan, Philadelphia’s open-data program manager, has seen open-data government incorporated in academic research, business activity and civic engagement. Nonprofits have conducted open-data program evaluations, and journalists cite it in their reporting, she adds.”

Ars Technica: How insurance companies are fueling a rise in ransomware attacks

Ars Technica: How insurance companies are fueling a rise in ransomware attacks. “Ransomware is proliferating across America, disabling computer systems of corporations, city governments, schools and police departments. This month, attackers seeking millions of dollars encrypted the files of 22 Texas municipalities. Overlooked in the ransomware spree is the role of an industry that is both fueling and benefiting from it: insurance.”

Shareable: Q&A with Anna Davies, project lead for the ShareCity project

Shareable: Q&A with Anna Davies, project lead for the ShareCity project. “We wanted to know what was out there already and needed to map these initiatives, with limited time and resources — we couldn’t visit all these countries. So we took 100 cities where we knew that there was some food sharing going on already, as a prerequisite. From this research we built the ShareCity 100, which is available on the website. It’s an interactive online database, you can search by city, by what is shared, and by the mode of sharing.”

ZDNet: Over 20 Texas local governments hit in ‘coordinated ransomware attack’

ZDNet: Over 20 Texas local governments hit in ‘coordinated ransomware attack’. “Twenty-three local Texas governments have been infected with ransomware last week in what Texas officials have described as a coordinated attack. The attack took place on Friday morning, August 16, US time, when several smaller local Texas governments reported problems with accessing their data to the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).”