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Plus, a new survey has found that more than 80 percent of respondents have high-speed Internet through fiber; the Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition has released a new strategic plan; and more.
Orleans Parish has become an early adopter of a new Carbyne 911 translation platform, reflecting a larger trend in public safety. What lessons have been learned so far, and what might happen next?
Pilot projects have become a fixture of the smart city evolution. City technology leaders offered some of their own personal insights into avoiding catastrophe at the recent Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo.
Adopting a patch released in October — and removing any threat actors that may already be exploiting unpatched instances of the software — is important to defending against new actors known to exploit this flaw.
At a recent gathering of public- and private-sector technology leaders, discussions included several examples of how AI can help the public sector without piling onto time and resource burdens.
As cities update timeless technology like streetlights, they are laying the groundwork for smart city connectivity and data gathering. Artificial intelligence will help sift through the mounds of data these projects create.
As ransomware attacks have continued to hit state and local organizations — and tech advancements like generative AI have continued apace — cyber experts predict evolving malicious tactics for 2024.
Career Ready DC, a new AI-matching technology platform from the DC Department of Employment Services and Eightfold AI, aims to help match residents with employment opportunities more efficiently and equitably.
Too often, urban technology doesn’t scale across cities because it’s simply not ready for prime time, experts argued at the recent Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo in National Harbor, Md.
The chair of the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence shares how the state is aiming to be one of the first states to harness the power of AI by redefining the workplace.
The new product embeds in Microsoft 365 and can save officials from labor-intensive work to save minutes, correspondence and other documents. Other companies, too, have found opportunity in this gov tech niche.
Long Beach Utilities Department CIO Paula Crowell was set to take over as Santa Monica’s CIO Dec. 18, but the far-reaching impacts of a November cyber attack prompted her to reconsider the transition.
Credit union solutions provider Ongoing Operations experienced a cyber incident in late November. About 60 credit unions are believed to be suffering a level of disruption as a result.
Ohio’s new policy aims to ensure AI accountability with human verification mandates, plus a council to set requirements for how agencies must use the new technology, among other considerations.
While the likes of ChatGPT and its competitors may give pause to leaders in both the private and public sectors, it would be hard to find a state or local CIO dismissive of the potential and influence of generative AI.
Propelus CEO Julie Walker and CTO John Barnes discuss how innovative tech solutions improve the interaction between regulators, employers, educators and licensed professionals.
A digital parking technology pilot in Arlington County, Va., is providing fresh, real-time data related to which areas of the city experience the highest parking demand and how to better manage those spaces.
There are several cybersecurity trends that truly deserve top attention when we look back at 2023 — and they will get it. Meanwhile, cyber attacks against critical infrastructure quietly grow, despite a lack of major attention.   
The licensing technology company, working to increase its presence in the U.S., has launched a data migration and management tool called Data Migration Accelerator. The new product is meant to streamline operations.
Generative AI. Social media upheaval. IT modernization. We look back at the top headlines from 2023 and what might be ahead for state and local tech in the new year.
At a recent event bringing together public- and private-sector leaders in government technology, many spoke about how hiring struggles are making AI both more appealing and more difficult to adopt.
Edinger, the former CIO of the city and county of Denver, shared his priorities as he takes over from outgoing CIO Anthony Neal-Graves. He said special attention will be paid to empowering staff and process improvement.
With generative AI poised to reshape the public sector, AI expert Beth Noveck says it's up to gov tech leaders to ensure that its story is one of progress and enhanced services.
Plus, the New York State Library is preparing to hold a digital equity roundtable, a report details the lack of Internet at rural Pennsylvania schools, and more.
As deputy executive director for the state’s Office of Information Technology, Richman focused on tech debt and other issues. She becomes senior vice chancellor at the University of Denver, a job that includes tech.
The software firm now serves federal clients, but CEO Tyler Sweatt says the company soon will start selling its services to state and local public agencies. NEA led the latest funding round.
A new executive order mandates that a council of representatives with backgrounds in IT, artificial intelligence, racial justice and cultural change will create a plan that outlines how government workers can use AI in a fair, equitable and transparent way.
The small historic town of Winchester, Va., will soon phase out its fixed-route bus system for a dynamic on-demand system providing shorter wait and travel times, for the same cost.
The North Texas Municipal Water District, which supplies water to sprawling Collin County suburbs, is the latest target of a ransomware attack. The breach has not disrupted service to the more than 2 million customers in the area.
A recap of 2023's pivotal trends in gov tech: transportation transitions, cybersecurity challenges and strides in digital inclusivity.
The Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa says one of its booster stations has been hacked and partially controlled by a cyber guerilla group tied to the Iranian government, according to news reports.
A new brief from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers underlines the importance of and reason for having a position dedicated to statewide digital accessibility coordination.
The Newsom administration's new examination of generative artificial intelligence tools in state government identified significant areas of potential risk, including privacy, security and several others.
Government has battle-tested playbooks for dealing with hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. As cyber emergencies become both more common and more devastating, what can cyber responders learn from physical emergency response?
Zencity CEO and co-founder Eyal Feder-Levy discusses the evolving ways in which government leaders can make informed, transparent and effective decisions to earn the trust of the communities they serve.
As we turn toward the new year, the Center for Digital Government looks at what it takes to survive and thrive as a gov tech leader in even the most challenging of circumstances.
Wisconsin’s Division of Enterprise Technology has a new senior leader in Troy Stairwalt. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the private sector to the chief information security officer role.
As a major California public transit agency grapples with ongoing public safety, funding and ridership challenges — the same issues many transit agencies are facing — its use of surveillance technology is evolving.
The affected health-care systems were hit by the cyber attack on Thanksgiving Day, and they were forced to divert ambulances in the aftermath, according to officials with Ardent Health Services.
In the past year, ChatGPT has become one of the fastest growing online services ever. But how popular are the generative AI apps? A recent study reveals the data behind the growth.  
Plus, Maryland to put $27 million toward getting Internet devices for residents of underserved households, Colorado releases a new broadband workforce plan, and more.
The seller of performance management software releases Envisio Projects, through which officials and residents can track capital projects and planning. The move comes as more agencies turn to digital dashboards.
Long Beach, Calif., continues to grapple with a Nov. 14 network security incident. It declared a local emergency on Nov. 17 and on Nov. 22 announced the restoration of a few services.  
A new report has found that Massachusetts has some key strengths — especially related to research — but could benefit from a clear quantum strategy and efforts to bring stakeholders together in collaboration.
How might California government make use of generative artificial intelligence? Officials suggest several ways that the technology could be introduced to state government functions.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the grant funding, allocated under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, aims to propel digital construction tools such as computer modeling and 3D design in 10 state DOTs.
Amid struggles to fill open cybersecurity positions, some states have looked toward volunteer citizen brigades trained to respond when smaller jurisdictions need help. Experts consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
The four winners of the startup pitch competition at this year's State of GovTech event included technology that can identify deepfaked video, assist with the administration of conservatorships and more.
The state of New Jersey now has a new policy to guide the use of generative AI by state employees; this closely follows the state’s creation of the Artificial Intelligence Task Force last month.
As outgoing Colorado CIO Anthony Neal-Graves reflects on his achievements during his time with the state, he welcomes David Edinger into the role to continue to build on advances in digital government.