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The Urban Institute’s new report around autonomous vehicles advises they have the potential to greatly improve the transportation systems in the United States, with the proposed set of regulatory controls and incentives.
The federal Affordable Connectivity Program helps people get high-speed Internet at home for $30 a month, but enrollment is at less than 40 percent among eligible households across the country.
The recently announced funds will be used to expand cybersecurity and IT education programs across the state to help grow the state's high-tech workforce. The money is part of a larger $30 million workforce training push.
The four-year-old software-as-a-service provider sells technology that can handle not only titles and auto registrations but liens and insurance issues. DMVs around the country are striving to acquire better technology.
Plus, the NTIA has updated its guide for federal broadband funding; New York City is offering free municipal broadband to housing authority residents; a new paper explores telehealth’s impact on maternal health; and more.
Two companies have announced a new partnership, combining Aclima’s air quality data with UrbanFootprint’s vulnerability data. The data shows disproportionate impacts on people of color and low-income communities.
Karen Dahut worked on cloud, data science and other technologies at the consulting firm, and has experience working with public agencies. The recently launched Google Public Sector helps governments improve digitally.
Gabe Klein has been named as the head of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, charged with overseeing the buildout of some 500,000 high-speed public chargers across the nation, among other projects.
The autonomous transportation projects being lead by the Minnesota Department of Transportation are testing not the technology, but the use cases these new forms of mobility can serve.
CSC 2.0, the successor to the Congress-backed Cybersecurity Solarium Commission, has released its first annual assessment since becoming part of a D.C. think tank, marking progress on dozens of federal cyber policies.
Aldridge, who has served as the city’s chief information officer since May 2021, will join the business development consulting firm Gartner, the city announced Tuesday. His last day in city service will be Oct. 4.
As broadband expansion efforts increase nationwide, digital equity advocates are working to ensure that urban communities are included. New federal funding opportunities are adding fuel to these efforts.
It's a relative newcomer in the world of enterprise IT, but it's been making waves — especially in the public sector, and especially since the beginning of the pandemic. So what is HCI, and why is it growing?
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is partnering with SHARE Mobility on a last-mile transportation solution for two suburban job centers where workers need better connections from transit to their destinations.
For Chicago Ridge Public Library, funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund has gone toward purchasing new laptops and Wi-Fi hot spots to help residents connect to the Internet.
After being put on hold in May 2022, the Internet Master Plan has been in a state of limbo as officials map the next steps. Another newly announced undertaking, however, promises to put a dent in the digital divide in the meantime.
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed one piece of tech legislation into law and has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the other bills that have cleared the statehouse, including several related to IT and cybersecurity.
Edmonds, who was one of the first digital inclusion directors for a municipal government anywhere in the United States, is taking a position as CEO of DigitalC, a Cleveland-based nonprofit that works on digital equity.
White House efforts to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce nationwide took several new steps forward over the past few months.
The Department of Homeland Security released the long-anticipated Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. A separate NOFO for the Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program will follow.
The Florida Department of Transportation is partnering with INRIX to deploy the company’s IQ Signal Analytics platform across 3,000 miles of roadways in the state in the hopes of gathering new insights.
Adversarial foreign nations might use data about specific politicians to blackmail them or troves of data about the public to refine disinformation campaigns, according to a Senate hearing. Getting that data could entail hacking or simply purchasing from data brokers.
Plus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for a program that will invest $1 billion in rural high-speed Internet, Tennessee has announced $447 million in broadband investments, and more.
As CIO in Asheville, he moved the city to the cloud, expanded free high-speed Wi-Fi, boosted cybersecurity and built better relationships with residents. He joins a county that has recently won praise for its tech efforts.
The imagery and intelligence technology relies on private aircraft, crowdsourcing and even the U.S. Forest Service to provide tactical data to first responders and residents. Bridger recently said it would go public.
Plus, AI will help make offside calls at the World Cup, research reveals social media users’ satisfaction with Twitter and Facebook, and the Department of Energy gives out a major loan.
In the sixth annual Government Experience Awards, winning jurisdictions made it easier than ever for constituents to access services online in ways that are streamlined, intuitive and accessible for all.
As public agencies embrace real-time data and push computing out of the office and into the urban landscape, edge computing can handle all that information more quickly. But there’s more work to do.
In partnership with one.network, the Florida Department of Transportation is piloting a new technology solution that aims to improve work zone safety throughout the state's highway network with real-time updates.
Fremont, Calif., has long been the manufacturing hub of the Silicon Valley tech ecosystem, but it is quickly becoming a focal point in the battery and green energy storage space as the need for the technology increases.
GovTech checked in with Boston; Mesa, Ariz.; and Oakland, Calif., to get a sense of what some of the newest things happening in digital equity are across the country, as cities continue to prioritize the digital divide.
Four pilot projects in cities across the country demonstrated some of the everyday challenges faced by deployments of small, self-operating delivery robots. The infrastructure the device must navigate can be a major limitation.
A data-driven look at how top winners in the annual Digital Counties Survey are setting policy, staffing their IT shops and using emerging technologies.
The new integration is designed to help police, fire and medical personnel gain more precise location data in emergencies. The deal marks the latest gov tech partnership involving U.K.-based what3words and U.S. firms.
The gov tech accelerator's new 12-startup cohort spans a wide range of work in transportation, civic engagement, benefits management, diversity initiatives and more. The companies will work with CivStart for two years.
The federal government has unveiled a new resource, the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation portal, which aims to help communities assess climate risks and plan resilience projects accordingly.
At a boarding school in Switzerland, the Rosenberg Space Habitat allows students to explore hands-on what it will take to work, explore and live well on the moon.
As we emerge from the most life-changing pandemic in a century, discouraging workplace trends, like "quiet quitting," are commonplace. So what works to improve morale and productivity?  
A White House listening session this week explored the possible negative impacts related to social media platforms, and the Biden administration offered six core principles to increase accountability moving forward.
The vast quantities of data governments collect can sometimes become too numerous to adequately tell the stories of what’s happening in our world. But interpreted well, they illustrate fact.
Cities around the world are exploring ways to mitigate the effects of extreme heat and make urban areas cooler. Officials sometimes look to new technology to this end, but are also using low-tech devices, like trees.
A week after taking over as chief technology officer for the Georgia Technology Authority, Dmitry Kagansky shared his vision for the agency and how he hopes to optimize state IT across the board.
Plus, the Colorado Broadband Deployment Board distributes a historic amount of funding; the New York Digital Inclusion Fund announces five innovation grants; a new program offers broadband support training for communities; and more.
Heidi Norman explains Pittsburgh’s agency-level data coordinator system and how they’re modernizing the city’s legacy IT infrastructure and learning from academic and nonprofit partners.
Kelly, who just finished his third year as the state’s chief data officer, announced his plans to retire from the Department of Information Resources. His last day with the agency is Sept. 16.
The California Air Resources Board is set to consider new regulations that would phase in the electrification of delivery vans, and other medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, starting in 2024.
JusticeText, launched in 2021, has attracted some big names for its $2.2 million seed round. The company produces automated transcripts of video to help public defenders handle an ever-increasing load of video evidence.
When asked what they’d invest in if funding were no object, many state chief information officers gave the same answer: hiring more people and developing current staff.
The Series C funding round comes amid other recent and sizable investments in the emergency dispatch and public safety tech space. Carbyne has raised $128 million so far, and has reported a big U.S. revenue jump.