Colin has been writing for Government Technology since 2010. He lives in Seattle with his wife and their dog. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the second quarter of 2015, a few states created digital registries to track medical and recreational marijuana distribution centers, Facebook unveiled verified pages for government and transportation officials in Missouri unveil plans to launch America’s first smart highway.
From the launch of Google’s Government Innovation Lab and the January preview of Microsoft’s Windows 10 to use of predictive analytics in Chicago and Indiana, the first quarter of 2015 was chock full of newsworthy happenings in the world of government IT.
In an effort to bottle the tornado of fraudulent claims made each year, seven state assistance programs run by the Georgia Department of Community Health and the state's Department of Human Services will begin using a Fraud Detection-as-a-Service solution next year.
The police department's new District 3 headquarters building is equipped with 40 geothermal wells, solar panels that can generate 330 kilowatts of energy, and 29 energy zones that allow for unused systems to be turned off.
The partnership between the National Fusion Center Association and cybersecurity firm FireEye means that fusion centers nationwide will gain threat landscape visibility on a global scale, as well as in their individual states or regions.
The state is testing a new authentication system developed by NIST and LexisNexis that simplifies how people apply for benefits and other government services while saving taxpayer dollars. But privacy and civil rights advocates have concerns.
As citizens nationwide protest following the no-indict ruling in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting, police in Washington state wonder if their public records laws will prevent the adoption of body camera technology that could keep such a confusing scenario from happening again.
Winners of the 2014 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards have demonstrated they are serious about cybersecurity defense by putting into place systems, practices and policies that keep information safe for citizens.
To avoid a disruption when Corpus Christi, Texas, CIO Michael Armstrong retires, his successor is being trained before his departure -- and in 2015, Michigan plans to launch a leadership academy program to groom internal talent.
Atlanta CIO Samir Saini says that right now, the IT priority in the city is to make sure its infrastructure can support what it has today, and also can scale to support future solutions like citizen-facing applications.
In a response to a Los Angeles RFI for citywide broadband, Dutch start up Angie Communications said it would also build and operate a nationwide 4G network and a Wi-Fi network that reaches 90 percent of the population. But some are skeptical of the ambitious plan.
After serving as U.S. deputy chief technology officer, CfA's founder and executive director says in this Q&A that she's focused on creating a government that works for the people and by the people in the 21st century.
Governments could improve by pushing more information to constituents, entering into strategic partnerships with industry more easily and cooperating more broadly for the betterment of society, to name a few things.
After nearly four years of data collection, research and analysis, the project is expected to provide local governments with valuable information about expanding digital infrastructure -- without interfering with the marketplace.
Privacy is almost universally valued by humanity, but technology is advancing so quickly that people haven’t had time to settle on a useful definition for the word -- let alone a solution that everyone can live with.
The term “driver’s license” is only useful if people are thinking of it as an optional authentication tool, not as a permit to do something -- and one official says it is absolutely not to create a government-run online identity scheme.
The strategy is a keystone of the nation’s ambitious Vision 2030 program, which “aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens,” by 2030, by focusing on economic, social and political reforms.
A middle-school student showed the feds how to save hundreds of millions. Local CIOs agree it's a good idea, and one has already made the change, but the biggest savings will come when less printing occurs at all levels of government.