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Libraries 'even more valuable' in internet era

Don't bother Greg Lucas with the tired trope that the internet means people don't need libraries anymore. 

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Back to the Future - The World in 2027

John Feland told a packed ballroom at the NCSL Capitol Forum that he wanted to "make each of you a futurist."

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Legislative IT: From Mainframe to Mobile, From CASS to NALIT

In 1980, a forward-thinking group of legislative staff who had been talking informally at NCSL meetings petitioned NCSL to establish a new staff section for computer staff, since the experience of these staff “would be invaluable to those states using computer applications, those states just getting started or to those who were in the “thought” process.”

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TV Spectrum Changes Will Affect Millions of Viewers

On Nov. 17, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released new tools to assist more than 150 broadcasters as they continue the process of transitioning TV stations onto new channels following the FCC incentive auction. The incentive auction is designed to ease congestion on existing wireless networks.

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IT Staffs Focusing on Legislative Security

Look at any news program or check online and, chances are you’ll see a story about a data breach, state-sponsored hacks or other cybersecurity threats.

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Blocking and Banning Followers and Friends By Legislators

The average state legislature has 58 percent of all members on Facebook and 65 percent of all members on Twitter, according to one source. As public officials, they’ve likely had more than their share of online “trolls” following and friending them. But can they block or ban these individuals from their official or personal accounts?

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SCOTUS to Review Warrantless Searches of Cellphone Location Data

In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether police must obtain warrants per the Fourth Amendment to require wireless carriers to provide cell-site data.

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Presidential Order Aims to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Federal Networks, Infrastructure

The president issued an executive order on May 11 that aims to improve cybersecurity across the federal network..

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The Paranoia Might Be Real - Can Your App Hear You Now?

We can’t confirm whether the people on TV can see you, but the apps on your cell phone or other mobile devices may be listening to you.

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Add NCSL’s Online Democracy Award to Your Trophy Case

Now in its 12th year, the Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.