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How We Learned to Embrace, Not Fear Social Media

Sometimes, it seems trouble is just a tweet away.

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Colorado LegiSource:  A Great Way to Reach and Teach State Legislators

Colorado LegiSource blog features weekly posts  that range from “inside baseball” (Do-overs in the Legislative Process) to history (Old Supreme Court Windows Honor Ethnic and Racial Group History in Colorado) to fun facts (“Why Don’t We Fix the Radiator?”: How a Broken Appliance Led to a Dazzling Restoration at the Colorado Capitol).

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Pokeman Go: When Our Digital and Physical Worlds Begin to Merge

The new smartphone game, Pokémon Go, has been available for less than a week and already has more daily users than the social media apps of Twitter, Tinder, Snapchat and Instagram.

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Road Trip, Code Trip!

If it’s lack of time holding you back from visiting all the state capitols in the mainland, Randal Olson, a postdoctoral researcher who specializes in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization, has developed an algorithm to determine the most direct driving route to the state capitols (9.33 days of driving, with no stops).

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State Legislatures Magazine: Keeping Student Data Safe

Over time, schools collect a huge amount of information on student attendance, behavior and performance. Generally, that’s is a good thing.

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Latest Trends in Elections: Technology

New Mexico did it. Maryland’s doing it. Colorado’s making the move. North Dakota and Rhode Island are getting close. At NCSL we think that when three states do something, it’s a trend—and this is five states and counting!

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States: Add NCSL Online Democracy Award to Your Trophy Case

The Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly.

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House Set to Push Creation of National Commission on Security, Digital Integrity

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to release a new bill in early March that will create a national commission on security and digital integrity. `

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Lawmakers Put Pedal to Metal to Deal with Ride-Sharing

Uber and Lyft, the twin titans of ride-sharing have dramatically disrupted the transportation industry while providing millions of on-demand rides for Americans.

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Administration Announces Cybersecurity National Action Plan

The Obama administration has announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, designed to examine myriad aspects of digital safeguards..

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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.