TOP NEWS PayIt Adds Former State CTO to Board of Directors The company, which plays in the digital services and payments space, has nabbed a recent Illinois chief technology officer as its latest leader. Georgia Smart Cities Challenge will Give Local Governments Cash to Play With A new project in Georgia, led by Georgia Tech University and involving several other collaborators, will give $50,000 to up to four local governments to try out new technology.   FirstNet Off to a Good Start It will take years to build FirstNet, but the effort to build a dedicated nationwide law enforcement network has some good signs right off the bat.   Tech Ramps up DC Lobbying The big players are increasingly trying to make themselves heard in the highest levels of government. MARKET SPOTLIGHT The 10 Largest State IT Budgets The estimates aren't perfect, but they're a pretty good gauge of which state governments spend the most on technology. WATCHLIST GovTech company on our radar this week:

Community Connect Labs: A platform for communicating with and engaging citizens that has gotten buzz recently for helping San Jose, Calif., find people the U.S. Census might miss.   Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.

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Lessons Learned from Two Years of Digitizing Forms in Boston (Josh Gee/Medium)   No One's Coming. It's Up to Us. (Dan Hon/Medium)   Supposedly Air-Gapped Voting Machines Might Actual be Open to Remote Hacking (New York Times Magazine)   AI is Learning to Spot Phishing Links (MIT Technology Review) GovTechBiz is our weekly newsletter covering the companies, deals and trends in the business of gov tech. Got a news tip? Other feedback? We're listening. Send it to GovTechBiz Writer Ben Miller at biz@govtech.com.