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Mixed bag for body cams

Body-worn cameras acquired by police departments nationwide in recent years have struggled or failed to result in the changes to officer behavior and public trust that advocates of the technology have sought, according to a report published last week by the nonprofit Council on Criminal Justice. The group found minimal evidence the cameras are can be tied to reductions of misuse of force and biases in policing. “At the end of the day, like every other policing technology, they’re not silver bullets and you really need to address the underlying culture of the agency and the agency’s accountability mechanisms,” Nancy La Vigne, the executive director of CCJ’s task force on policing. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Two rural Delaware towns got a new transit and ride-hailing app

Delaware residents in some rural parts of the state are now able to book public transit through their mobile devices, thanks to a new app launched this week from Delaware Transit Corporation and Via, a transportation and ride-hailing software company. The app, funded by a nearly $318,000 Federal Transit Administration grant awarded last August, will centralize onto one platform the fixed-route bus, ride-sharing and new on-demand microtransit options offered in the towns of Georgetown and Millsboro. Ryan Johnston has details.

Where digital services go next

COVID-19 was a "pivot point" for states' digital transformation, as governments raced to virtualize agencies and vital public services like unemployment insurance, while also creating entirely new systems used in the fight against the coronavirus. Now, as the nationwide vaccination rate accelerates, states need to figure out their digital futures. "As dramatic as some of the improvements have been in the last year, they are in many cases also only a first step," said Microsoft public sector director Jeremy Goldberg, a former New York State IT chief. Ben has more.

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