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Mike Riggs

Mike Riggs is a staff writer at The Atlantic Cities.
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Seattle Presses Pause on Its Mass Surveillance Plans

November 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Seattle Police Department did something amazing this week: After word got out that the department had created a citywide surveillance network without input from community members or a policy to govern the system's use, the police department agreed to deactivate the whole thing. Capable of geo-locating smart phone and ...

The Sunny Side of Mass Surveillance

October 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Next year, Oakland, California, will launch something called the Domain Awareness Center, which will serve as a surveillance hub for Oakland-area law enforcement and their partners in the federal government. As The New York Times has reported, the center will "collect and analyze reams of surveillance data from around town—from ...

Why Cops and Prosecutors Are Begging iPhone Users to Upgrade to iOS 7

September 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New York subway riders got an interesting surprise on Saturday night: NYPD officers were handing out fliers at various stops encouraging iPhone users to upgrade their devices to iOS 7, the new operating system Apple released last week. NYPD officers could also be seen outside Apple stores and on the ...

New NASA Machine Can Detect a Human Heartbeat Under 30 Feet of Rubble

September 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Shortly after an EF5 tornado flattened Moore, Oklahoma, this past May, the Department of Homeland Security called Jim Lux at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. "We were asked to come out with our machine," Lux says. The machine in question unfortunately wasn't ready. It will be next time. Short for "Finding ...

Why Firefighters Are Scared of Solar Power

September 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A 300,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse in Delanco, New Jersey, burned down last week, and the local fire chief says solar panels are partly to blame. No, the 700 solar panels on top of the Dietz & Watson warehouse didn't cause the fire, but their presence did dissuade Delanco Fire ...

Justice Just Announced It Won't Block Legal Pot in Colorado or Washington (Yet)

August 29, 2013 Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Colorado and Washington today that the Justice Department will not prosecute recreational pot businesses in either state so long as they follow state laws and regulations, as well as abide by a new set of federal guidelines. The agreement marks the biggest ...