Dawn Kawamoto

Former Staff Writer


Dawn Kawamoto is a former staff writer for Government Technology.

August 10, 2018

How an Illinois Park District Scored Free Wi-Fi for Its Facilities

Faced with a potential budget-busting bill of $120,000 to provide Wi-Fi at its aquatic facility, Naperville Park District’s IT director scored a deal to receive free broadband equipment, Wi-Fi installation and service at eight facilities. Now the company is looking to take the idea nationwide.

August 9, 2018

Is Geofencing the Answer to Cities' Electric Scooter Challenges?

Major cities like San Jose are talking to folks involved in geofencing, while Denver is already using geofencing for dockless scooters.

August 3, 2018

Cops Wearing Cameras: What Happens When Privacy and Accountability Collide?

Law enforcement agencies across the nation are increasingly adopting body-worn camera programs that citizens hope hold the promise of accountability and transparency of police actions, but that trend is colliding with another citizen movement that puts a high value on privacy.

August 2, 2018

3 Big-City Bay Area Mayors Talk About E-Scooters and Communication Tech Tools

Mayors from San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland discuss their stand on these technologies during Nextdoor’s first annual Mayor Summit.

August 2, 2018

Civil Rights Groups Call for Reforms on Use of Algorithms to Determine Bail Risk

Over 100 national, state and local organizations from the ACLU to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund call for reforming the use of algorithms in risk-based bail assessments.

July 27, 2018

North Dakota’s Newest C-Suite Leaders Reveal Strategies for IT Unification

CTO Duane Schell and Chief Reinvention Officer Julie Cabinaw talk about their plans to address North Dakota’s massive IT unification plans.

July 24, 2018

Facial Recognition Gets Better as the Debate About Its Merits Gets Louder

Privacy and civil rights concerns have escalated, as the technology becomes easier to deploy and gains traction as a law enforcement tool.

July 23, 2018

Today's IT Security Team: Bouncer, Hairdresser and IT Administrator

Non-traditional IT hires are just one unique way that CIOs and CISOs are looking to attract IT professionals as the industry faces a steep labor shortage of 1.8 million by 2022.

July 17, 2018

Hacked Voter Records in Illinois Soar to Half a Million

The state previously notified 76,000 Illinois residents that their data may have been breached before the 2016 election, but recent numbers from the Department of Justice are much higher.

July 16, 2018

Pennsylvania Department of Health System Taken Offline Following Security Incident

The department’s vital records system received unauthorized changes to the internal site, resulting in the system being taken down for six days late last month.

July 13, 2018

Federal Legislation Could Open New Doors for State, Local Bug Programs

State and local agencies have yet to fully embrace bug bounty programs, but a bill introduced last month may provide an introduction to bug bounty programs.

July 11, 2018

Orlando Police to Launch Round Two of Facial Recognition Testing

The Florida police department is part of a growing movement by local law enforcement agencies to dive deeper into facial recognition technology, despite growing concerns on the part of civil rights and privacy groups.

July 6, 2018

Adaptive Technology Programs Turn to Robotics and IoT to Help People Who Have Disabilities

Government agencies and education institutions have increased the use of smart technologies to assist the disabled. But federal funding remains an issue.

July 3, 2018

Former Westchester County, N.Y., CIO Builds New Career in Construction

John McCaffrey retired from his Westchester County, N.Y., CIO post in January to launch a consulting service. But in April, construction management giant LiRo Group hired him as its first CIO to jump on a growing trend in public-sector projects.

June 28, 2018

California Passes Major Privacy Bill, Averting a Ballot Showdown in November

California lawmakers rushed the passage of Assembly Bill 375 in a deal to knock a privacy initiative off the November ballot.

June 26, 2018

Major California Privacy Legislation and Ballot Measure Race Toward Looming Deadline

The closely watched California Consumer Privacy Act initiative became eligible for the November ballot late Monday, but its authors are willing to withdraw the measure if state legislators can pass their major privacy legislation by Thursday’s ballot withdrawal deadline.

June 25, 2018

Washington State to Launch Privacy Checklist Beta

Washington state is planning to launch a beta version of its Privacy Checklist tool in the next two weeks. The resource is designed to give governments a starting point in implementing privacy best practices.

June 21, 2018

City-Owned ISP Captures Title of Fastest in the Nation

NextLight, a community-owned fiber-optic network ISP in Longmont, Colo., kicked Google Fiber from its top-seeded post and vows to retain its No. 1 rank as neighboring Fort Collins prepares to launch a similar broadband service.

June 20, 2018

North Dakota's IT Unification Effort Is No Easy Task

State CIO Shawn Riley believes plans to unify the state's disparate IT systems will go ahead, but first he has to convince the legislature the initiative will work.

June 18, 2018

Alaska Adds Innovation Officer to Its Ranks

The state wants to use the position to produce greater engagement and outcomes while developing new ideas for using technology.

June 15, 2018

CISO’s Retirement Leaves Another Vacancy in Washington’s C-Suite

Agnes Kirk retired as Washington state’s chief information security officer June 1, a move that comes only two weeks after the state’s acting CIO Rob St. John announced his June 30 retirement plans.

June 13, 2018

The Battle Over California Privacy Ballot Initiative Looms Large in 2018

Among the small field of tech-related ballot proposals and ballot measures nationwide in 2018, a dog fight over privacy issues may erupt come June 25.

June 11, 2018

Facebook Apologizes to U.S. Mayors, Promising ‘Philosophical Shift’

The chief operating officer issued an apology for recent data use and elections scandals during the United States Conference of Mayors in Boston June 8.

June 11, 2018

Education Technology Investments Heat Up

Money for ed tech startup companies continues to grow, with Glimpse among the latest to score a funding round.

June 7, 2018

Honolulu Passes Bill to Cap Uber, Lyft Surge Prices

The city and county of Honolulu becomes the first government agency in the nation to pass a bill that caps fares charged by ridesharing services.

June 6, 2018

Growth in Open Source Leaves Government Exposed to Vulnerabilities

The open source community is doing a poor job monitoring its software for security flaws, say experts.

May 31, 2018

Migration: Where State CIOs Come From, and How They Move Around (Infographic)

Fewer than a dozen state CIOs currently come from the private sector and only a handful of sitting state CIOs have survived a change in governor. But the number of the rarest type of state CIO is rather surprising.

May 30, 2018

How to Reap Millions in Cost Savings from a State-Sponsored Hackathon

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and state CIO Todd Nacapuy took an unusual approach and launched a monthlong hackathon, rather than a typical weekend warrior hackfest. The results? Millions of dollars and hundreds of hours saved.

May 25, 2018

Louisiana Bill Calls for Bringing Greater Government Spending Transparency via Website

Louisiana is the latest state to consider using its website to bring its constituents greater transparency on government spending.

May 22, 2018

Tech Companies Embrace Some GDPR Privacy Practices Outside of Europe

With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement deadline fast approaching, tech companies like Microsoft are applying their GDPR practices beyond their EU customers.

May 18, 2018

Race Against Time: States Debate Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Amid Aging Population

The number of U.S. residents ages 65 or older is expected to double to 83.7 million by 2050, yet 30 percent of the nation’s states do not have any autonomous vehicle legislation enacted or executive orders in place.

May 16, 2018

Rash of Italian Cyberattacks Target State Governments

The group known as AnonPlus defaced three New Mexico Workers Compensation websites Wednesday, marking the third such attack on state government in six days.

May 14, 2018

Volcano Puts Hawaii's IT, Communications Systems to the Test

Hawaii is bracing for the potential that the Kilauea volcano could explode this week, putting pressure on state IT personnel to keep the lines of communication operational.

May 10, 2018

How Honolulu Cut $1 Million from the IT Budget and Continues to Innovate

Honolulu CIO Mark Wong slashed annual IT budget costs by $1 million for four consecutive years during his tenure at the Aloha State, yet he continues to innovate. Here’s his secret.

May 4, 2018

Nonprofit Sues Georgia, Seeking to Prevent Voting on All-Electric Systems in November

The state is one of five that currently rely on an all-electronic voting system with no paper ballot backup to verify the vote, but some of these states are changing their ways.

May 3, 2018

Will GDPR Rules Impact States and Localities?

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) May 25 enforcement deadline is fast approaching, but state and local governments shouldn't worry, say experts.

May 1, 2018

If Facial Recognition Comes to Body Cameras, How Will Government Respond?

But will cities adopt new policies in the face of controversy over the potential use of the technology in police body worn cameras?

April 25, 2018

Map: As Net Neutrality Officially Ends, States Rush to Pass Workarounds

Portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality repeal order officially began to take effect Monday, as more than two dozen states aim to find workarounds to the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.

April 23, 2018

Data USA Launches ‘Universities’ Section, Offering Comparisons for 7,000-Plus Institutions

The new user interface aims to provide rich data on colleges and universities and make it easier to compare institutions.

April 20, 2018

Munetrix Unveils New Educator Evaluator Tool

The tool’s debut comes as Michigan prepares to give greater weight to student performance and growth when conducting annual teacher reviews.

April 19, 2018

Nevada Appoints New State CIO

Michael Dietrich is named Nevada's new CIO and deputy director of administration, a move designed to aid the state in its digital transformation.

April 18, 2018

If Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Online Sales Taxes, Government Needs a Better Way to Collect

If the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately rules states can collect sales taxes on Internet-based transactions regardless of where the e-retailer is based, CIOs don't want to leave money on the table.