Lauren Harrison

Managing Editor


Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and more than 10 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.

October 1, 2018

Gone in 2 Seconds: Hacking Tesla

Plus, Molar Mic two-way communication, and the next generation of health trackers.

September 27, 2018

What's the Outlook for 5G in Rural States?

Given the promise of speeds 100 times faster than today’s, 5G providers have the ear of policymakers. But is it realistic in states like Nebraska?

September 1, 2018

Researchers Develop AI with a Sixth Sense

Plus, Uber hits a milestone, and the potential effects of climate change on high-speed Internet.

August 24, 2018

Nevada's Well-Rounded Approach to Security

Nevada CIO Michael Dietrich shares the advice he would give to a state agency faced with a cybersecurity breach.

August 3, 2018

Moving Off Mainframe

Tennessee Deputy CIO Stephanie Dedmon discusses the ongoing process of modernizing legacy systems.

July 31, 2018

The Realities of Evolving the IT Workforce

Acting Illinois CIO Kirk Lonbom weighs in on the importance of change management and preparing for a retirement wave.

July 27, 2018

Alaska's Strategy in the Fight Against Ransomware

Deputy Chief Information Officer Dan DeBartolo discusses the state’s approach to cybersecurity in the wake of recent high-profile ransomware attacks.

July 18, 2018

Could 5G Be the Answer to Rural Connectivity in Kentucky?

While fiber and broadband are often discussed as the best ways to get Internet to underconnected communities, Kentucky CIO Charles Grindle considers skipping those options altogether.

July 1, 2018

Creating an Equitable City in St. Paul, Minn.

For CIO Sharon Kennedy Vickers, residents are at the heart of St. Paul's IT goals.

June 4, 2018

Illinois Strives for "One DoIT"

Acting CIO Kirk Lonbom is prioritizing the unification of all IT in the state.

June 1, 2018

Microsoft Invests in AI for the Disabled

Plus, Norway's EV market hits a new high, Carnegie Mellon offers a degree in artificial intelligence and New York City police will instruct citizens how they can obtain body-cam footage.

May 23, 2018

Indiana's Plans to Change the Mindset on Large-Scale IT

CIO Dewand Neely is standing up new processes that cast the state’s big technology projects as investments.

May 21, 2018

How 5G Could Transform Connectivity in Alaska

Deputy CIO Dan DeBartolo has his eye on several technologies with potential to improve connectivity in the country’s largest state.

May 18, 2018

Florida’s Retirement Problem and Its Role in IT Modernization

Many CIOs want to get rid of legacy technology like the mainframe. Florida CIO Eric Larson explains how the state's workforce situation is forcing the issue.

May 9, 2018

Laying the Foundation for Data-Driven Policy

In Tennessee, Deputy CIO Stephanie Dedmon is putting the elements in place to enable data and analytics to truly benefit state operations.

May 4, 2018

One CIO’s Primer on the Evolving Ransomware Threat

Texas Chief Information Officer Todd Kimbriel explains his approach to ransomware in light of recent attacks on the public sector.

May 2, 2018

How Kentucky’s Large Contract Workforce Complicates IT Staffing

State Chief Information Officer Charles Grindle talks about what Kentucky is up against when it comes to its IT workforce, and what they’re doing about it.

May 1, 2018

Balancing Emerging and Legacy Tech in New Mexico

State CIO Darryl Ackley on the challenges of modernizing infrastructure and getting to the next big thing in gov tech.

April 30, 2018

Florida’s Data-Driven Future

Chief Information Officer Eric Larson talks about Florida’s plans to work on how the Agency for State Technology manages data to realize better outcomes across the state.

April 27, 2018

Optimizing Infrastructure: Job No. 1 in Arkansas

Chief Information Officer Yessica Jones outlines the many benefits the state hopes to achieve by consolidating its data center environment.

April 26, 2018

Cybersecurity: Bridging the Gap between Technology and People

For Indiana Chief Information Officer Dewand Neely, securing state agencies is more than just an IT problem.

April 26, 2018

NASCIO Midyear: CIOs Talk AI, Communication

In afternoon sessions at the NASCIO Midyear conference earlier this week, state IT leaders broke into groups to tackle issues both timely and timeless.

April 25, 2018

The Workforce Reality in North Carolina

North Carolina Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette talks about recruiting “a new wave” of IT employees.

April 24, 2018

NASCIO Midyear: 3 States Take on User-Centered Design

By designing with the user in mind, websites and other technology tools can come out working better.

April 23, 2018

NASCIO Midyear: Day One Takes on Cybersecurity, Innovation and Analytics

Monday's programming dove deep into top-of-mind issues for state CIOs.

April 23, 2018

Are States Equipped to Fend Off Ransomware Attacks?

Kentucky CIO Charles Grindle weighs in at the NASCIO Midyear conference on what he’d tell an agency confronting ransomware.

April 23, 2018

Post-Consolidation, Nebraska Turns to Applications

CIO Ed Toner talks about how the state is taking stock of applications now that consolidation is out of the way.

April 23, 2018

NASCIO Midyear: To Drive Change, Adjust Your Perspective

The IT community loves to talk about driving change and innovative ideas, but achieving those goals often falls flat without a change in perspective.

April 2, 2018

A Dog's-Eye (Street) View

Plus, Germany doubles its number of EV chargers, a small restaurant hires a robot and Apple Maps improves its bike-sharing services.

March 28, 2018

Mike Hussey

CIO, Utah

March 1, 2018

Former Tech Employees Work to Curb Tech Addiction

Plus, South Australia creates the world's largest virtual power plant, and Amazon solves the problem of accidental Alexa wakes.

January 8, 2018

Girl Scouts Earn Merit Badges for Coding

Plus, the cost savings of electric vehicles, and "living" temporary tattoos.

December 1, 2017

Cloudflare's Groovy Solution to Web Encryption

Plus, the world's tallest wind turbine begins construction in Germany, and Alexa learns Japanese.

November 21, 2017

Texas Reconsiders Citizen Privacy

In the wake of September’s Equifax breach, CIO Todd Kimbriel talks about how to securely represent Texans digitally.

November 15, 2017

Why Dewand Neely Gave Up His Office

The Indiana CIO explains a recent move to a more modern, no-offices workspace for his workforce.

October 19, 2017

Making the Most of Data: Internal, External Partners at the Table in Indiana

Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah discusses how Indiana works to get data to out of government silos and into the hands of groups that can use it.

October 4, 2017

Cybersecurity: Lessons from 5 States

With protection from cyberthreats an ever-present concern for IT leaders at all levels, five states presented their approaches at NASCIO's annual conference in Austin.

October 3, 2017

Opioids, Customer Experience and Workforce Grab Attention at NASCIO, Day Two

The second full day of programming takes deep dives into top-of-mind issues for CIOs.

October 3, 2017

Communication, Collaboration Are Key to Effective Procurement

At NASCIO's annual conference, Minnesota CIO Tom Baden and Idaho Chief Procurement Officer Sarah Hilderbrand talked best practices in procurement, emphasizing the importance of relationship-building.

October 3, 2017

NASCIO: New Tech, Changing Business Models Are Transforming CIO Role

The 2017 National Association of State CIOs survey examines how the job of chief information officer is changing in response to emerging technology and new business models.

October 2, 2017

Indiana’s Analytics Strategy: Unlocking Data to Unlock Solutions

The state’s Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah discusses his approach to using IT to improve citizen well-being.

October 2, 2017

5 State CIOs Discuss Priorities, Share Recommendations

At NASCIO's annual conference, five CIOs were given five minutes each to revisit their respective priorities and make recommendations based on their own experiences.

October 2, 2017

NASCIO Day One Kicks Off with a Call for Teamwork

State CIOs gather in Texas to share ideas and create new relationships.

October 1, 2017

Farm Giant John Deere Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup

Plus, social media grows as a news source, and an app to help protect your smartphone PIN.

September 1, 2017

SpaceX Becomes Fourth Most Valuable Privately Held, Venture-Backed U.S. Company

Plus, the frightening amount of e-waste generated annually worldwide, and artificial intelligence helps protect against drowsy driving.

July 19, 2017

Digital Counties Survey 2017: Winners Focus on Knowing When, How to Introduce New Tech

The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.