Paul W. Taylor

Chief Content Officer, e.Republic Inc.

Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., is the editor-at-large of Governing magazine. He also serves as the chief content officer of e.Republic, Governing’s parent organization, as well as senior advisor to the Governing Institute. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO and chief of staff of the state Information Services Board (ISB). Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet start-ups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the non-profit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C.

June 13, 2016

Podcast: Getting Serious About Social Media Beyond Campaigning

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

June 10, 2016

10 Steps to Successful Podcasting on the Cheap

A cheat sheet on how to create a podcast -- presented as a Letterman-esque Top 10 list.

May 17, 2016

Podcast: When Cops Troll Back, Streaming Live Video from Drones, the Mic Drop Heard Across the Internet

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

April 8, 2016

Podcast: Social Media Metrics that Work for Government, GSMCON 2016 Recap Recorded Live in Reno

Meet the 2016 Government Social Media Conference scholarship winner, and hear the answer to the question that earned her a ticket to the conference.

April 4, 2016

Podcast: Boaty McBoatface and Trolling of Government on Social Media, Plus Countdown to #GSMCON2016

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

March 11, 2016

Podcast: #GSMCON Scholarship Opportunity, and Are Potholes the 'Gateway Drug' of Community Engagement?

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package. This episode features Ben Berkowitz, CEO and founder of SeeClickFix.

March 3, 2016

Confronting Yesterday’s Future: It’s Hard to Look Forward Through the Rearview Mirror

It would be a pity for public officials and policymakers to revert to DeLorean-style thinking and double down on the familiar at the cost of missing a larger, future-leaning opportunity.

February 23, 2016

Podcast: Be Like Boston — Leverage Memes, Policy, Infrastructure for Effective Social Media

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

January 20, 2016

Introducing the GovTech100: Civic Innovation’s Next Phase

The public-sector technology market has evolved to be broader and more robust, to the tune of $1 billion in private capital investment. Here we unveil the GovTech100 — the top 100 companies focused on government customers.

January 13, 2016

Podcast: Social Strategy for 2016, Plus Politwoops' Return and Twitter Breaks its 140-Character Limit

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

December 18, 2015

Podcast: Social Media Runs Counter to Police Culture — but Law Enforcement Should Embrace It Anyway

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package. This episode: an interview with Lauri Stevens, founder of LaWS and the SMILE conference.

December 9, 2015

Is 2016 the Year of Government as an API?

Looking forward, public APIs will play a key role in helping to complete the e-government experiment.

November 20, 2015

Podcast: Social Media Safety Checks Following Attacks on Paris, the Rise of Hacktivism

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

October 22, 2015

Podcast: Speaking Emoji, Controlling Rumors and FCC CIO David A. Bray on Being a Social Exec

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

October 2, 2015

Can Urban Innovation Projects Survive Political Shifts?

They have become a staple in several cities. Whether they stay around is up to new mayors in charge.

July 15, 2015

Podcast: Doing Social Media on a Shoestring, During Times of Social Change

The GovTech Social podcast welcomes the co-author of the original field guide for social media in government to provide practical advice on getting buy-in, getting started, and the tricky business of moderating social media comments.

June 10, 2015

Podcast: 5 Takeaways for Expanding Your Social Presence, Verifying Accounts

Government Technology magazine and special guests discuss what it means to respect the platform, align with the agency’s strategy and stay alert in a rapidly changing social media environment.

December 12, 2014

4 Things From 2014 You’ll Remember in Five Years

Getting at what mattered amid the noise of public service.

October 3, 2014

College Republicans Unveil 'Say Yes to the Dress' Ad Campaign

Playing off the reality TV show, the ads compare gubernatorial candidates to wedding dresses. Critics call the campaign a failed attempt to connect with female voters.

September 9, 2014

What Apple's Big Announcement Means for Government

Larger iPhones, Apple Pay and the Apple Watch will all impact the public sector.

August 19, 2014

The Big Leagues: Government Must Reclaim its Role as a Driver in the Innovation Economy

Government is more than a venture capitalist with patience or a market fixer, and is uniquely able to take on the crazy risks of failure.

July 23, 2014

Making Innovation Safe for Government (Again)

In his first book, former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra sets out to do nothing less than recover and redeem government’s reputation for innovation.

June 4, 2014

Big Data Raises Questions about Privacy, Innovation and Choice

Big data has just begun to show us the potential for solving intractable problems, and powering innovation and economic growth, but analytics have the potential for misuse of personally identifiable information.

February 20, 2014

Everything is Awesome: The LEGO Movie as Metaphor for FutureStructure

Animated feature about building blocks and the people who love them illustrates the softer side of FutureStructure

February 3, 2014

When Social Media Hits Home

How one agency handled a tragedy as it unfolded live on Twitter.

January 9, 2014

Video: A Strong Progressive Streak in Mayors' Inauguration Speeches

New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh and Seattle all welcomed new mayors in the last seven days.

November 13, 2013

State and Local Leaders Discuss Building Toward the Future

State, local and community leaders grapple with the hard issues -- and the huge opportunities -- of FutureStructure at San Francisco Summit.

November 7, 2013

The Long, Strange Journey of Toronto's Crack-Smoking Mayor

The mayor of Canada's largest city admitted to smoking crack but has no plans to resign or go to rehab. The news has been a boon for late-night comics.

September 23, 2013

The Blurred Lines Between Social Media and Censorship

Indiana’s governor and D.C.’s transit agency sparked controversy by removing comments from social media accounts. Do public officials need to learn to keep their fingers off the delete button?

August 5, 2013

Scaling Down the Data Center

Data centers don’t need to be a permanent fixture on the IT landscape.

March 28, 2013

Column: Leadership and the Real-World Risks of Innovation

The terms transformation and innovation are imbued with a sense of solving old intractable problems and modernizing old, tired processes to produce better outcomes through better and smarter means -- and that's a tall order.

December 4, 2012

4 Things We've Learned in 2012

What Father Guido Sarducci would make of the year in public-sector IT.

August 16, 2012

The Slow Government Movement (Opinion)

In a world focused on faster, better and cheaper, a well timed pause may produce better decisions.

June 8, 2012

CIO’s Role Shifts From Managing Information to Promoting Innovation

Every generation in government has come with an impulse to reform or innovate.

May 25, 2012

7 Ideas for Next-Generation Strategic IT Planning

More than half of states are improving their strategic plans, while others need to make their goals clearer.

November 29, 2011

When Talking Becomes Doing: 4 Tech Issues We’ll Recall in the Future

A year in review the way Father Guido taught us.

August 17, 2011

State CIOs Shift Away from Direct Operational Responsibilities (Opinion)

The sands of public-sector IT are shifting as state CIOs get a seat at the cabinet table.

May 27, 2011

CIOs Become Business Process Experts

Mission pivot means being more flexible with agency methods.

February 11, 2011

CIOs Anticipate Increased Information Sharing (Opinion)

Innovation matters more during lean times.

August 18, 2010

Cloud Computing Needs a Meteorologist (Opinion)

A new set of analogies for a cloud-based world.

May 17, 2010

Transparency Has Become Another Unfunded Mandate (Opinion)

Somebody must pay for the plumbing if transparency is to fulfill its promise.

January 4, 2010

New Year's Resolutions for Zombie Governments (Opinion)

'Aging funk' among politicians and government agencies, as well as zombie programs, demand a good housecleaning.

December 31, 2008

Opinion: Five Thoughts for 2009

Digital investments are key to nation's future.

May 21, 2008

How to Cut Data Center Energy Consumption

Green strategies for reducing energy consumption and improving performance of government data centers.

May 6, 2008

Shared Service Keeps Inglewood, Calif., Competitive for Parking Ticket Processing

Public-private partnership lets California city upgrade multi-jurisdiction processing service.

February 29, 2008

Aging Population Triggers Huge Economic and Policy Implications.

Baby boomer retirements and weakening economy influence 2008 legislative priorities.

February 8, 2008

NASCIO Top 10 List Counts Down State Government's IT Priorities

Strategy by Top 10 Lists.

October 12, 2007

Simply Green II

An errand on the road home

October 2, 2007



August 8, 2007

Simply Green

On the road to environmental stewardship.

April 24, 2007

A Remembrance

Farewell to a modern Tom Sawyer.

December 27, 2006

Lost in Translation

On the Internet, nobody knows you're unilingual.

November 16, 2005

On Politics and Propositions

If it was easy, anybody could do it.

September 26, 2005

FEMA Not On Alert

"The Department is in contempt of Congress. If I were called by Congress to testify on why public warnings did not go forward, it would only take one word: FEMA" -- NASCIO Consultant Peter Ward

August 3, 2005

The Sleeper C

Fifty billion reasons to ask, "Who is minding the store?"

June 5, 2005

Lessons Learned?

May 7, 2005

Seeking Cover

Riding out the ferment in the field

November 18, 2003

Nebraska Governor Directs Agencies to Convert Paper Forms to Digital Format

High-use forms must be ready by end of this year

November 18, 2003

Nebraska Governor Directs Agencies to Convert Paper Forms to Digital Format

High-use forms must be ready by end of this year

June 27, 2003

Weight and Height Health Crisis

Evaluating portal health at middle age.

May 21, 2003

Seize the Inevitable (Again)

Looking offshore but not over your shoulder

April 22, 2003

The New Public Square

Fear inhibits conversation between citizens and government.

February 14, 2003

Governing into Adversity

What will we do the morning after?

January 29, 2003

Privacy: A Civilized Luxury

The Next Vital Public Conversation

December 20, 2002

'Much Worse than Expected'

Predictable headlines coming soon to a newspaper near you.

October 31, 2002

All Over But the Shouting

Examining the changing nature of the polling place.

September 24, 2002

The Essential CIO

The case for a catalyst and collaborator in chief.