January 2019

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio looks at data from ShotSpotter's gunfire tracking technology

Drones. AI. Bodycams. Is Technology Making Us Safer?

Across the country, law enforcement agencies are using emerging tech to gather an unprecedented amount of data to drive down crime statistics. But are their efforts actually making a difference?

The 2019 GT 100: What It Takes to Win in Gov Tech

In our fourth annual look at the growing market serving public-sector technology needs, 2018 saw some big deals and big exits that reshaped the way companies are approaching the gov tech space.

Cybersecurity Strategies

7 Tips for New Cybersecurity Leaders in Their First 100 Days

The beginning of a new security chief's tenure is critical. From opening lines of communication to creating a strategic plan, here are seven dos — and three don’ts — for successfully navigating a new position.

Four Questions

New Jersey’s CTO on Modernization and Funding Cyber

In the role of chief technology officer since June, Christopher Rein describes the challenges he sees around modernizing legacy systems and striking a balance between implementing current and emerging tech.

Departments

Portland, Ore., Tackles Untested Sexual Assault Kits with Tech

Portland, Ore., is tackling an abundance of untested sexual assault kits with an upgraded IT system that brings new efficiencies. Across the country, police agencies are using it to move past unwieldy spreadsheets.

Next-Generation Emergency Alerts — What’s Working Where?

From hurricanes to wildfires, emergency events are getting more destructive and more deadly. States, counties and cities are finding ways to reach a mobile population where they are with the vital information they need.

States Battle the Devastating Opioid Crisis with Data

Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are among states focused on using data-driven methods and prescription drug monitoring programs to track the opioid epidemic, reduce its impact and save lives.

Products

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Offers 14.5-Hour Battery Life

Plus, the Vx Touring CitySports Daypack has room for a 15-inch laptop, and Moshi’s second-generation Digital Audio Adapter with Charging has been certified by Google to ensure compatibility and performance.

Point of View

The Key to Modernizing the Public-Sector Workforce

Studies show American workers are changing jobs more frequently than ever before — government workers included. Updating the workplace for public-sector staff is just as key as any technology evolution.

Data Points

5G Can Enable Smart Cities — If Policymakers Allow It

As cities work to install connected devices and sensors throughout their communities, 5G wireless infrastructure will be essential to making it all go. What may stand in the way is government itself.

GovGirl on Social

GovGirl: Using Instagram Stories Effectively in Government

Creating content that only lasts for 24 hours may seem like a waste of time for government, but Instagram Stories is an increasingly popular platform that can add a new channel for reaching constituents.

Spectrum

How Much Would You Pay to Never Forget Your Smartphone?

Plus, an ice-skating robot that could prove useful for scientific research in the Arctic, and a life-saving device that alerts drivers to animals or children left alone in cars in hot weather.

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