The ways in which technology has changed how we all work over the last couple of decades amounts to nothing less than a paradigm shift. We do almost everything differently now than we did back then. On most days we do more, do it more accurately and do it more quickly.
The drawbacks to the digital age have been well documented by the media, though. Data breaches and system communication glitches have put residents at risk and certainly jeopardized our peace of mind about our financial and personal information. Certainly, modern technology is a double-edged sword. The Municipal wants to help keep you on the non-lethal side of it.
In our article about data breaches, Lauren Caggiano provides tips to do just that with proper training and policies — in addition to preparing for worst-case scenarios. As expert Dr. Gerald Cliff noted in the article: “It can generally be assumed that if an entity maintains a database of confi dential information, there will be some form of data breach it will become a victim of.” So best be prepared.
Throughout this issue, we present a cornucopia of high-tech solutions being considered by municipalities. In law enforcement, body-worn cameras continue to be a much-discussed nationwide topic; however, it is not only technology making a difference for law enforcement agencies today. Elsewhere, we explore the benefits of 3D modeling in relation to city planning, the continuing impact of social media, how rural broadband is bringing businesses into town and more.
In refreshing juxtaposition to all of this hightech talk, though, is the fact that parks and recreation departments in many U.S. cities whooped it up with their professional organization recently. In September, the National Parks and Recreation Association observed a major milestone, its 50th anniversary, and invited thousands of its members to whoop it up at the NRPA conference in Las Vegas. You can see a few pictures on pg. 70.
Now that I think about it, what better way would there be to rest your eyes and your mind from a bunch of reading about hardware, software, Internet connections and social media than to visit the park nearest you and “download” some fresh air, sunshine and chattering critters? Give it a try.
Last but never least, The Municipal wants to say a big thank you to all our readers who served their country in the U.S. Armed Forces. We have a shout-out to you in this month’s issue as well, and it’s very heartfelt. Thank you for your service and also for the conscientious work you continue to do every day at your post-enlistment jobs. We owe you a debt of gratitude.