CNET: Ransomware froze more cities in 2019. Next year is a tossup

CNET: Ransomware froze more cities in 2019. Next year is a tossup. “When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012, it caused a power outage affecting nearly 8 million homes and workplaces, including the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The building’s computers couldn’t turn on, but police were still making arrests, and his office still needed to prepare cases for trial. So his staff turned to pen and paper, writing out criminal complaints by hand and, on some nights, by candlelight. The natural disaster cost New York City about $19 billion. What could be equally devastating for the city? According to Vance, the scourge of ransomware.”

Washington Post: D.C.’s Black Broadway is gone. A Georgetown professor wants to remind U Street newcomers of its history.

Washington Post: D.C.’s Black Broadway is gone. A Georgetown professor wants to remind U Street newcomers of its history.. “[Professor Ananya] Chakravarti convened a team of students, community members and experts to assemble a digital collection of U Street history that, she hopes, will make the area’s rich past easier to access and understand. She calls it ‘community-based historical preservation.'”

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.”