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April 9, 2020

Report: 'American Dream' Distant for Teens Without Broadband

4-H and Microsoft released a report that captures how much broadband can mean to youth and their communities. Teens who lack Internet access were shown to be less optimistic than their peers.

April 9, 2020

Why are parts of the German government banning use of Zoom?

Answer: Because of security concerns.

April 8, 2020

Digital Government Company Calytera Appoints New CEO

Six months after CSDC rebranded itself as Calytera, the company has announced another public-facing change with the appointment of Zeynep Young from the venture firm Next Coast Ventures as chief executive officer.

April 8, 2020

Is Old Tech Standing Between You and that Stimulus Check?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced last week that stimulus checks would be deposited for some citizens by April 15. But this timeline is overly optimistic, according to some experts.

April 8, 2020

Where is the power grid most vulnerable to solar storms?

Answer: The East Coast and the Upper Midwest.

April 7, 2020

Bang the Table Teams With MessageMedia for SMS Functionality

The Australian company continues to build out its EngagementHQ platform by partnering with adjacent technologies, following similar integrations with Balancing Act, Granicus, Konveio and Auth0.

April 7, 2020

Does 5G cause COVID-19?

Answer: No.

April 7, 2020

CentralSquare Names New CEO, Who Sits on FirstNet Board

David Zolet, who sits on the board of FirstNet and is the former CEO of Logistics Management Institute with experience at several technology companies, will lead an executive team largely appointed last spring.

April 6, 2020

How is 3-D printing once again helping to fight COVID-19?

Answer: By making more face shields.

April 3, 2020

Where can you watch this year’s SXSW films?

Answer: Amazon Prime Video.

April 1, 2020

How is your favorite MLB team doing this season?

Answer: There’s a sports game simulator that will tell you.

March 31, 2020

How can you visit museums in Italy right now?

Answer: Virtually!

March 30, 2020

California PBS 'At-Home Learning' Model Spreads Across U.S.

A new learning initiative in Los Angeles has ignited dozens of similar programs in the country. The model involves broadcasting state-approved lessons for kids without Internet or digital tools at home during the COVID-19 crisis.

March 30, 2020

GTY Makes Executive Changes, Contemplates New Transactions

A little more than a year after combining half a dozen top SaaS companies in the gov tech space under one banner, GTY is promoting its budgeting software CEOs and weighing new "strategic alternatives."

March 30, 2020

How is NASA sending 10.9 million people to Mars, sort of?

Answer: By launching their names on a rover.

March 27, 2020

Why is Internet use dipping every day in Spain at 8 p.m.?

Answer: Because people are getting off the Internet for a few minutes to show their support for health workers.

March 27, 2020

Hackers Target WHO, Other Health Organizations Fighting COVID-19

The World Health Organization was the target of an unsuccessful cyberattack earlier this month, with hackers trying to steal passwords from agency staffers. Officials say attack attempts have more than doubled in recent weeks.

March 26, 2020

What is Tom Hanks doing while in quarantine?

Answer: Virtually encouraging people to register to vote.

March 25, 2020

CGI’s Latest Acquisition to Expand Federal IT Support

By bringing TeraThink’s application development and data analytics to its federal government subsidiary, CGI continues its strategy of using mergers and acquisitions to build end-to-end solutions.

March 25, 2020

Out-of-work rideshare drivers can be employed by what city?

Answer: New York.

March 24, 2020

What is available to stream for free on Apple TV+?

Answer: Oprah’s new talk show about the novel coronavirus pandemic.

March 23, 2020

Can a battery still work when it’s on fire?

Answer: There's one out there that can.

March 20, 2020

Why does the EU want Netflix to stream at a lower quality?

Answer: To reduce strain on broadband infrastructure.

March 19, 2020

Alabama Lawmaker Calls for Federal Emergency Broadband Funds

Describing rural Americans as "feeling abandoned and desperately in need of help," Rep. Robert Aderholt has asked the Trump administration to address connectivity that enables remote education and health services.

March 18, 2020

What is smell-o-vision?

Answer: A computer chip that can smell hazardous chemicals in the air.

March 17, 2020

Hard-Hit Transit Asks Congress for $12.9B in Emergency Funds

The coronavirus is expected to cost public transit around $6 billion in lost revenue in the coming months. As communities across the country opt to limit public exposure, transit agencies will struggle to make ends meet.

March 17, 2020

How can 3-D printing help save lives during COVID-19?

Answer: By preventing a shortage of medical supplies.

March 17, 2020

Startup Using Blockchain for Vital Records Gets First Client

Vital Chain, a Cleveland-based startup that uses blockchain technology to create a secure way of digitizing and cataloguing birth and death certificates, is the second of parent company Ownum’s product launches.

March 16, 2020

COVID-19: Federal Bill Would Provide State Election Support

Concerns that the novel coronavirus could hamper turnout for the presidential elections have prompted legislation that could provide $500 million in funding to close gaps and allow for mail-in and drop-off ballot options.

March 16, 2020

What are people turning to in place of toilet paper?

Answer: Bidets.

March 16, 2020

GTY Pays OpenGov $5.8M to Settle Lawsuits Regarding Merger

In 2018, OpenGov accused GTY of stealing information and then cutting it out of a merger deal, and the companies filed competing lawsuits against each other. Now the parties have settled out of court.

March 13, 2020

New York State Digital Service Puts Out Call for Technologists

Applications are being accepted for a New York State Digital Service program, which seeks "mid-career technologists" to drive efforts to modernize state government. Applications will be accepted through April 10.

March 13, 2020

What tunes besides Happy Birthday can we wash our hands to?

Answer: Anything, thanks to this new website.

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: Data Work Creates National Picture of Outbreak

The COVID Tracking Project collects info from all 50 states and D.C. to create a comprehensive set of testing data for the coronavirus in the U.S. Data sets include results, pending tests and total residents tested.

March 12, 2020

Ride Report, Dealer of Micromobility Data, Raises $10M

Less than a year after its last cash infusion from investors, Ride Report is once again pulling in money. And in the intervening months, the company's customer count appears to have grown quickly.

March 12, 2020

How did the NHL make history on International Women’s Day?

Answer: With two all-female broadcasts.

March 11, 2020

Governments Are Paying Increasingly High Ransoms, Study Says

A new report from Deloitte highlights the degree to which state and local governments are being targeted by ransomware attacks. These attacks prove profitable for hackers, who are increasingly having their demands met.

March 11, 2020

Blockchain Emerges as Useful Tool in Fight Against Coronavirus

As countries fight what the World Health Organization is now calling a global pandemic, blockchain technology is finding a place in a number of efforts to assist individuals, institutions and businesses around the world.

March 11, 2020

Can you clean your iPhone with a Clorox wipe?

Answer: Yes.

March 10, 2020

State, Local Gov Coalition Urges Fed Broadband Investment

Several of the most prominent membership organizations for state and local government leaders have united in support of an effort to urge federal decision-makers to invest in broadband infrastructure.

March 10, 2020

Where is Amazon’s cashierless store tech going next?

Answer: To other stores not owned by Amazon.

March 10, 2020

SeamlessDocs Adds Payments to Digital Forms Software

The gov tech startup, which helps governments create digital versions of forms, is now offering all customers the ability to put customizable payment fields into those forms, including popular gateways like PayPal.

March 9, 2020

What could make robocalls less common?

Answer: If phone companies authenticated them before they went through.

March 6, 2020

Indiana Names Lt. Gov.'s Chief of Staff to CIO Post

Tracy Barnes brings experience from the public and private sectors, including oversight of four Indiana state agencies, to the role of CIO. He steps in for Dewand Neely, who left last year for a nonprofit job.

March 6, 2020

Michigan Government Veteran Brom Stibitz Named State CIO

Stibitz, who has spent the past five years with the state's technology department, was appointed to the position this week.

March 6, 2020

Code for America Cancels Summit Due to Coronavirus Concern

The civic tech organization is working out how to address refunds for registered attendees while also exploring virtual opportunities for sharing the programming that it had planned for the event.

March 5, 2020

VR can train this robot to do what?

Answer: Clean the bathroom.

March 4, 2020

Group Criticizing Mobility Data System Includes Uber, Others

When Los Angeles set up a new system for collecting data from — and communicating rules to — emerging mobility companies, Uber refused to comply and lost its permit. Now, it's backing a group criticizing the data system.

March 4, 2020

Amazon Prime will stream 21 Yankees games in which states?

Answer: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

March 3, 2020

3-D printing allowed this cat to get a new set of what?

Answer: Limbs!

March 3, 2020

West Virginia Pauses Use of Voatz Voting App, Cites Security

Voatz, a mobile voting app that utilizes blockchain, has been part of successful election pilots in multiple states. But West Virginia, the first state to use Voatz, won't employ the app for its primary election in May.

March 2, 2020

South Dakota Pulls New CIO from Illinois Secretary of State

Gov. Kristi Noem has named Jeffrey Clines, currently serving in Illinois, as the new commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications. He starts his new role in South Dakota on April 6.

March 2, 2020

How many fake COVID-19 cures has Amazon.com had to remove?

Answer: 1 million.

February 28, 2020

Michelle Thong Departs San Jose Office of Civic Innovation

Michelle Thong, the digital services lead for the city of San Jose, Calif., was one of the founding members of the Office of Civic Innovation. Now she's leaving to join a tech company that works with government clients.

February 28, 2020

The Sacramento Kings’ arena is using IoT devices for what?

Answer: Pouring drinks.

February 27, 2020

Can movie bad guys use iPhones?

Answer: Not if Apple has anything to say about it.

February 26, 2020

What else can you do with Bird’s app besides rent a scooter?

Answer: Pay for things.

February 25, 2020

How fast is this robot at car tire rotations?

Answer: It can rotate all four tires in 10 minutes.

February 24, 2020

New Hampshire's Denis Goulet Becomes New NASCIO President

Goulet takes over for Eric Boyette, who was CIO of North Carolina until the state's governor put him in charge of the transportation department. Goulet's tenure in New Hampshire has been a somewhat unique one.

February 21, 2020

These true wireless earbuds are powered by what?

Answer: The sun.

February 20, 2020

NYC Hub to Foster Startups Geared Toward Cybersecurity

The public-private partnership hopes to bolster cybersecurity businesses geared toward protecting banks and other large companies, while also creating a wealth of new regional jobs in the process.

February 20, 2020

How will Caucus Day votes be counted in Nevada?

Answer: With Google Forms.

February 19, 2020

This bracelet prevents who from hearing what you say?

Answer: Smart speakers.

February 18, 2020

Uber’s newest feature turns it into what?

Answer: A good old-fashioned taxi service.

February 14, 2020

Chicago Awards $74.9M Contract to CentralSquare for CAD

The nation’s largest provider of public safety software and technology has netted a massive contract, about a year after integrating with CAD-to-CAD and evidence management systems from other companies.

February 14, 2020

Can you make a cellphone with an old-school rotary dial?

Answer: Yes!

February 13, 2020

Oklahoma Governor Announces Jerry Moore as New CIO

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has announced Jerry Moore, the director of IT applications, as the state's new chief information officer. Moore replaces CIO Bo Reese, who had served in the role since 2014.

February 13, 2020

Baltimore Mayor Officially Names Todd Carter as IT Director

The new CIO of Baltimore first started working for the city government in May 2019, on the very same day it fell victim to one of the most damaging ransomware attacks ever to hit a local government.

February 13, 2020

How is Twitter hoping to combat 2020 Census misinformation?

Answer: By providing links to the official U.S. Census website.

February 12, 2020

This company uses plastic and old roads to make what?

Answer: New roads.

February 11, 2020

Civic Tech Startup ePluribus Changes Name, Adds Digital IDs

The company, now called Be Heard, has launched a blockchain-based solution for verifying users' identities it thinks could help with things like municipal IDs. The twist: All information is stored on a person's device.

February 11, 2020

What could replace our hard drives for data storage?

Answer: DNA.

February 10, 2020

Which major convenience store is going cashierless?

Answer: 7-Eleven.

February 4, 2020

N.C. CIO Eric Boyette Tapped to Lead Transportation Agency

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that state CIO Eric Boyette will serve as the next secretary of the Department of Transportation upon the retirement of current Secretary Jim Trogdon at the end of month.

February 4, 2020

Dallas Names Longtime Civil Servant as Interim CIO

Gloria Lopez Carter, who has been a public servant in the city for more than 30 years, will be the city's interim CIO until a permanent replacement is found. The city's last CIO, Hugh Miller, left the position in January.

February 3, 2020

FTC Responds to Axon Lawsuit: It’s Not Up to District Court

In a rebuttal last week to Axon’s lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission says its allegations against Axon must be settled in an administrative proceeding, which Axon has called unconstitutional.

January 30, 2020

Transit, Swiftly Team Up on Traffic Data for Super Bowl

With the addition of real-time predictions from Swiftly, the Transit mobile app proposes to help Miami handle congestion this weekend by giving transit riders a way to plan their trips with specificity.

January 30, 2020

Oklahoma Taps PayIt for Vehicle, Vital Records Services

PayIt has already won contracts to provide digital services in Kansas and Texas. Now it adds Oklahoma to the mix, as the state plays catch-up on issuing Real-ID-compliant drivers' licenses to its citizens.

January 30, 2020

How many satellites does SpaceX now have in orbit?

Answer: 240.

January 29, 2020

Where is Tesla offering free EV charging?

Answer: China.

January 28, 2020

Iowa CISO Jeff Franklin Steps Down After More Than 10 Years

As Iowa’s chief information security officer, Franklin worked under several governors and collaborated with state groups to develop a cybersecurity strategy, update emergency protocols and secure state elections.

January 28, 2020

Which state could be the first to have Emoji license plates?

Answer: Vermont.

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