Elizabeth Zima


Elizabeth Zima is a former staff writer for Government Technology. She has written in depth on topics including health care, clinical science, physician relations and hospital communications.

April 12, 2018

What Is 5G, and Why Will It Take So Long to Arrive?

While telecommunications companies say they will deploy 5G technology in the near future, significant barriers to its implementation exist.

April 10, 2018

New York MTA to Launch Employee-Focused Chatbot

This summer the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority will pilot a mobile system designed to allow employees to document traffic and infrastructure issues in real time.

April 6, 2018

Rural Broadband’s Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?

As states struggle to close the connectivity gap in rural areas, some experts believe a federal mandate, similar to the one that first brought those residents electricity, might be in order.

April 5, 2018

Digital Currencies Drive Up the Temptation to Misuse Government Resources

Recent incidents have left the public sector on edge when it comes to how it safeguards public resources from employees’ ad hoc cryptomining operations.

March 29, 2018

Sensor, Drone Research Will Paint a More Accurate Picture of California’s Water

A sizable research grant is behind a University of California Natural Reserve System effort to monitor the state’s most precious resource.

March 28, 2018

Ron Baldwin

Former CIO, Montana

March 23, 2018

Cryptocurrency in Government: Opportunity or Headache?

A handful of states are considering cryptocurrency’s place when it comes to taxes, while some local governments are determining if it fits in at all.

March 19, 2018

FCC Ruling on 5G Infrastructure May Hurt Cities

San Jose, Calif., and Lincoln, Neb., cry foul over the FCC's plan to cut red tape for small cell antenna deployment rules.

March 14, 2018

LA Will Iron Out Body-Cam Transparency Rules

The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners is scheduled to vote on whether to implement a body-worn camera policy this month.

March 8, 2018

Google Tests 911 Cellphone Service to Pinpoint Caller Location

Call centers in Texas, Florida and Tennessee recently completed a pilot test of the new service with favorable results.

March 5, 2018

The Government CIO Has Three New Roles

We live in an age of continuous disruption and transformation, which means CIOs have to become brokers, integrators and orchestrators.

February 28, 2018

Working Across Generations: Inspiring a Multigenerational Workforce

From baby boomers to millennials, governments are having to change the way they think about engaging their workforce as new generations take over.

February 27, 2018

Covered California to Use AI to Validate Health-Care Eligibility

The state has 100 full-time employees dedicated to determining subsidy eligibility. One CIO thinks they could be freed up to do other things.

February 27, 2018

State Regulators Take Steps to Streamline Licensing for Fintech Firms

The move by state bank supervisors could save time and millions of dollars in application fees for fintech companies and cryptocurrency exchanges.

February 26, 2018

Report: Effective Government Outreach Requires Social Media

The role of social media in citizen-government interactions has steadily increased in recent years as the public becomes more reliant on the medium for real-time information.

February 23, 2018

California Wants to Govern Bots and Police User Privacy on Social Media

The proposed legislation will hold social media and Internet companies accountable for user privacy, and force them to stop the spread of misinformation by bots.

February 16, 2018

Policing Tech, Privacy: California Agencies Work Through the Details

For several California communities, policing technology like license plate readers has kicked off a frenzy of discussion about how the data they produce will be used and shared. Agencies have had to work harder to find middle ground and assuage public fears.

February 16, 2018

Virginia May Be the Next to Hire a CDO

Virginia is considering a flurry of data-centric bills, including one that would create a state chief data officer position.

February 9, 2018

4 Wyoming Bills Could Boost Blockchain, Tech Growth

Wyoming legislators are seeking economic development through bills to make it easier to invest in blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the state.

February 2, 2018

Information Sharing, Commitment Transform Albuquerque’s Homeless Outlook

A number of committed partners and the right tools have helped the New Mexico city house many of its homeless, boasting 100 percent success with homeless veterans.

February 1, 2018

Sex, Money Laundering and Blockchain: 11 States Look at FinTech

At least 11 states introduced laws in January to regulate cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

January 26, 2018

Facebook’s Newsfeed Algorithm Will Negatively Impact Government

Efforts to shake up the amount of commercial content on the popular social media platform are affecting government agencies that use it as a way to reach their constituents.

January 23, 2018

A Flood of Net Neutrality Bills Have Been Launched in State Legislatures

More than a dozen states have started legislative responses to the FCC's ruling to roll back net neutrality, but the bills are likely to face legal challenges.

January 19, 2018

Vermont Bill Aims to Draw in Blockchain Business and Study Remote Citizenship

Vermont looks at Estonia innovations in virtual statehood and blockchain technology as a form of economic development.

January 6, 2018

California IT Leaders Examine Blockchain

The distributed digital ledger system could have a big impact on existing government programs, but the lack of standards remains a problem.

January 5, 2018

Local Control at Heart of ‘Small Cell’ Debate

The small cell wireless antenna legislation has seen some success nationwide, but it has also prompted local governments to voice concern around the loss of control.

January 4, 2018

Could New York City's AI Transparency Bill Be a Model for the Country?

The recently-passed legislation is aimed at ensuring government is not "black boxed."

December 20, 2017

Meet El Paso’s Chatbot, Ask Laura. She's a Real ‘Game Changer’

After seeing some success with the tool on the city's procurement website, officials are considering how to implement across other platforms.

December 15, 2017

Four Blockchain Bills Introduced in New York State Assembly

A New York lawmaker has introduced four bills covering blockchain, making it one of several states to consider the issue in 2017.

December 8, 2017

Research Shows Police Body-Worn Cameras Reduce Misconduct and Cost for Las Vegas

A Las Vegas PD study on body-worn cameras is positive and shows the department saved money.