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August 20, 2019

Cybersecurity Training for Government Moves Up the FedRAMP

Proofpoint’s interactive training modules and assessments aim to help government agencies train employees on safe Internet practices, reducing the likelihood that malware attacks or other scams will be successful.

August 20, 2019

What’s the latest news on Tesla's Starman?

Answer: He just completed his first orbit around the sun.

August 19, 2019

New York’s Interim CIO Calls for ‘Tangible Accomplishments’

Joseph Rabito has been named interim director and chief information officer for the Office of Information Technology Services. In a memo to staff, he outlined a push for efficiency and better investment of state resources.

August 19, 2019

Why did the FCC fine Jimmy Kimmel Live! $395,000?

Answer: For using the tone for the national wireless emergency alerts.

August 16, 2019

U.S. Customs IT Outage Snarls Airports Around the Country

A technology outage Friday afternoon delayed travelers throughout the U.S. The agency said it was working to fix the "temporary" technological setback, but gave no details on what the cause might be.

August 16, 2019

How mad are users about Google Nest’s new privacy feature?

Answer: Really mad.

August 15, 2019

Illinois Puts $420M Toward Broadband Internet Expansion

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Thursday launched a $420 million statewide broadband expansion project and appointed 25 public- and private-sector individuals to the broadband advisory council.

August 15, 2019

Amazon’s Rekognition software can now detect what emotion?

Answer: Fear.

August 14, 2019

How many states have sued to stop the T-Mobile/Sprint merge?

Answer: Fifteen, plus the District of Columbia.

August 13, 2019

Someone found a way to turn a Tesla into what?

Answer: A surveillance tool.

August 13, 2019

Minnesota Gov. Taps Off-the-Shelf Solution to Replace MNLARS

FAST Enterprises was selected to deploy its vehicle services software to replace the Minnesota Vehicle Licensing and Registration System over the next year and a half. The contract will cost the state about $33.9 million.

August 12, 2019

How many U.S. police departments have partnered with Amazon’s Ring?

Answer: At least 234.

August 9, 2019

Florida Deploys Telehealth Portals in 63 Public Schools

The new installation of telehealth portals in 63 public schools throughout six counties in Northwest Florida is aimed at providing mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

August 9, 2019

What do you call a drone that sails on the sea?

Answer: A Saildrone.

August 8, 2019

Why would you want a robotic tail?

Answer: For balance and agility.

August 7, 2019

West Virginia Taps OpenGov to Streamline Financial Reporting

State government in West Virginia is responsible for reviewing many aspects of local government finance. Now the state is using OpenGov to improve the way those governments report their data.

August 7, 2019

Westminster, Colo., Names Longtime Employee as IT Director

Emily Littlejohn, the city's new IT director, has worked with the city since 2012, having performed in a number of capacities within the Parks and Recreation, Human Resources and Library departments.

August 7, 2019

Uber Leader to Head Marketing for Gov Tech Startup PayIt

Alexandru Otrezov, fresh from the ride-share company Uber, will be joining PayIt, which offers digital services and payment solutions for state and local government, as chief marketing officer.

August 7, 2019

How hard is it to kill this robot cockroach?

Answer: Almost impossible.

August 6, 2019

Arkansas Announces $25M Grant for Broadband Expansion

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the Arkansas Rural Connect program to help communities with at least 500 residents receive funding for broadband infrastructure to provide residents with high-speed Internet access.

August 6, 2019

Can The Boring Co. dig all the way to China?

Answer: No, but it looks like it is going to get there another way.

August 6, 2019

New Alliance to Feed Police Data into National Search Engine

Mark43, which sells dispatch and records systems to law enforcement agencies, is offering free integration to customers who also use Forensic Logic's COPLINK X, a nationwide search engine for police.

August 5, 2019

Open Mobility Foundation Chooses Franklin-Hodge as Director

The city of Boston's former CIO will lead the new foundation, which governs the transportation-focused Mobility Data Specification. The nation's three largest cities and Microsoft are among the foundation's members.

August 5, 2019

Are EVs more likely to be stolen than non-electric cars?

Answer: No.

August 2, 2019

Where might facial recognition be able to reduce wait times?

Answer: At the bar.

August 2, 2019

New York State CIO Robert Samson Announces His Retirement

The decision, which takes effect as of Aug. 15, will mark the end of the veteran IT leader’s second career. Samson came out of retirement in May 2017 to accept the CIO position with the state.

August 2, 2019

Denver Hires Chief Data Officer, Looking for New Cyber Chief

Assuming the role of chief information security officer is filled before December, each of Denver’s three top officials for IT, cybersecurity and data will have been in their roles for less than 18 months.

August 1, 2019

Arizona’s New Security Officer Served 10 Years in the CIA

Tim Roemer, a former nonpartisan detailee to the White House Situation Room and congressional liaison for the Central Intelligence Agency, has accepted a position as the state’s chief information security officer.

August 1, 2019

Cisco to Pay $8.6M for Flaws in Software Sold to Government

The company has settled a suit with 15 states and several other government entities that alleged it continued selling video surveillance management software after learning of serious security flaws.

August 1, 2019

What upcoming music event will be streamed live on YouTube?

Answer: Lollapalooza.

August 1, 2019

Optibus Adds Multi-Route Planning for Buses to Platform

Optibus, which makes cloud-based software to manage public transportation, has added functionality to allow users to work on multiple bus routes at the same time, hoping it will allow for more rider-focused scheduling.

July 31, 2019

Verizon 5G Goes Live in Four More Major U.S. Cities

The company announced Wednesday the addition of Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Detroit; and Indianapolis, Ind., to its growing list of next-generation Internet-capable cities. Five other cities already have the service.

July 31, 2019

Is infinite scrolling illegal?

Answer: Not yet, but Congress is exploring the possibility.

July 31, 2019

The Boring Company Raises $120M to Dig More Tunnels

The company, one of several companies led by Elon Musk, is proposing huge tunnel projects in Chicago, Las Vegas and San Jose, Calif. It just got an injection of capital as it pursues those efforts.

July 31, 2019

Iowa Gov Appoints Transportation IT Chief as New State CIO

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Department of Transportation IT Director Annette Dunn to the role of state CIO. She replaces Robert von Wolffradt, who stepped down as state CIO in January.

July 30, 2019

GovQA Takes Equity Investment from Frontier Capital

The company, which makes workflow software for the public sector, has taken on an investment partner in order to expand its offerings in areas requiring information exchange such as Freedom of Information Act requests.

July 30, 2019

How quickly can these contact lenses zoom?

Answer: In the (double) blink of an eye.

July 29, 2019

Milwaukee County, Wis., CIO to Leave for Marquette University

After nearly 30 years of service to the county, Laurie Panella has accepted the job of chief information officer with Marquette University. She begins in the new role Aug. 19.

July 29, 2019

Can a car play chess?

Answer: It can if it’s a Tesla.

July 26, 2019

What is the secret behind this easily foldable drone?

Answer: It’s spring-loaded.

July 26, 2019

Idaho Governor Uses Tech to Simplify State’s Rulemaking

Gov. Brad Little unveiled new rulemaking steps this week, releasing a list that includes online posting of rulemaking public meetings, a new subscribe feature for administrative bulletins and more.

July 25, 2019

Can you use the sun to sail through space?

Answer: Bill Nye thinks so.

July 24, 2019

Cityzenith Raises $100K in Crowdfunding in Six Weeks

The Chicago-based SaaS company has pulled in more than $6 million in investment since launching its first product in July 2016, trying to get a head start in an industry that's expecting heavy growth in the coming years.

July 24, 2019

Is there such a thing as remote control dogs?

Answer: Yes, thanks to a haptic vest.

July 23, 2019

Arkansas Governor Taps State’s First-Ever Broadband Manager

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that Nathan Smith, who helped craft the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, will lead the efforts to expand Internet access to communities with more than 500 residents by 2022.

July 23, 2019

Pennsylvania Looks to Add Chief Data Officer Position

The newly created position in Pennsylvania will report directly to the chief information officer, with the state’s online job opening for the gig set to close for new applicants on Aug. 2.

July 23, 2019

How much is Equifax being fined for the 2017 data breach?

Answer: About $4 per person.

July 22, 2019

How might humans be able to stop glaciers from melting?

Answer: By showering them with artificial snow.

July 22, 2019

OpenGov Adds Katherine August-deWilde to Board of Directors

After the addition of two advisers and a new president in March, the company’s fourth high-level appointment in 2019 gives it an experienced boards of directors, with several co-founders and partners of major businesses.

July 22, 2019

Motorola Solutions Buys Body Cam Maker, Consolidating Market

The buyout of WatchGuard brings Motorola Solutions into some of the largest police departments in the country, simultaneously creating a potential path for facial recognition to those departments.

July 19, 2019

CenturyLink Looks to Build Bridges Between Legacy 911, Cloud

The Louisiana telecommunications giant says its new subscription service works as a bridge between old technologies and cloud functionality for governments that can’t yet afford a full-scale overhaul.

July 19, 2019

Can a trucker drive two rigs at once?

Answer: Yes, if they’re both Peloton Technology trucks.

July 19, 2019

AI Road Assessment Startup RoadBotics Raises $7.5M

The Carnegie Mellon University-linked company, which raised a $3.9 million seed round at the end of last year, has pulled in more capital — and customers — as it continues on a rapid growth trajectory.

July 18, 2019

What could be more unnerving than a regular flamethrower?

Answer: A flamethrower attached to a drone.

July 17, 2019

What do you get when you combine T-Mobile and Taco Bell?

Answer: T-MoBell.

July 16, 2019

Who will appear on the U.K.’s new £50 note?

Answer: Alan Turing.

July 15, 2019

Hennepin County, Minn., Board of Commissioners Names New CIO

After the departure of CIO Jerry Driessen, the Hennepin County, Minn., Board of Commissioners chooses new CIO Glen Gilbertson, who has more than 23 years of experience working within the county.

July 15, 2019

Where can you go with Google’s new AR in Search feature?

Answer: Into the Apollo 11 spaceship’s cockpit.

July 12, 2019

Can a robot do the #BottleCapChallenge?

Answer: Yes.

July 11, 2019

Why did Virgin Orbit just drop a rocket on California?

Answer: To test it for spaceflight.

July 11, 2019

Digital Counties 2019: Winners Push Shared, Citizen Services

In the 17th annual Digital Counties Survey, the top 58 counties nationwide stand out for their commitment to using tech to improve quality of life, shore up cybersecurity, support municipal resources and more.

July 10, 2019

How many satellites does Amazon want to launch into orbit?

Answer: 3,236.

July 9, 2019

St. Louis County, Mo., to Invest $650,000 in Tech Upgrades

A slew of bills will go before the St. Louis County Council tonight for final approval. The pieces of legislation allocate funding for a new website, mobile app upgrade and system backups in the cloud.

July 9, 2019

How did Toyota add 27 miles to the range of a Prius?

Answer: Solar cells.

July 9, 2019

Utah Expands Teleworking Program After Successful Pilot

State officials in Utah hope to roll out a teleworking program for 2,555 eligible employees during the next 18 months to reduce vehicle emissions, save taxpayer dollars and increase staff productivity.

July 8, 2019

How will FaceTime ensure that callers maintain eye contact?

Answer: By faking it.

July 5, 2019

With Uber Eats Dine-in, you can eat your meal where?

Answer: In the restaurant that you ordered it from.

July 3, 2019

What is the only thing that can control this robotic arm?

Answer: Thoughts.

July 2, 2019

NGA Names States, Territories for Cybersecurity Program

The National Governors Association will assist workgroups in identifying and protecting critical infrastructure at all levels of participants' governments during workshops, which will be held between July and December.

July 2, 2019

How crowded will your commute be tomorrow?

Answer: Just ask Google Maps.

July 1, 2019

What annoying part of the Facebook app could be going away?

Answer: The red notification dot.

June 28, 2019

Where does this smartphone hide its selfie camera?

Answer: Under the screen.

June 27, 2019

Axon Decides Against Facial Recognition for Body Cameras

A report on face-recognition technology from the company’s independent advisory board raises serious concerns about face matching, and recommends treating face recognition with caution.

June 27, 2019

Who will get to name NASA’s next Mars rover?

Answer: K-12 students.

June 27, 2019

Vision Zero Network, Road Safety Company Numetric Partner Up

The company, which makes tools to help governments find and fix dangerous stretches of roadway, will become an official supporter of the network. In return, the network will promote the company in its activities.

June 26, 2019

What was historic about SpaceX’s most recent launch?

Answer: A lot of things.

June 25, 2019

Can an iPhone automatically block robo calls?

Answer: Yes, if it's running iOS 13.

June 24, 2019

What can you now see from anywhere in the world?

Answer: Stonehenge.

June 21, 2019

Cohesity Integrates Data Unification Tool with AWS GovCloud

As the public sector amasses more data than it knows what to do with, a California-based company takes aim at fragmentation and storage. The company is now offering one tool through Amazon's government-focused cloud.

June 21, 2019

Another Mobile App Lets Cops Use Cellphones Like Body Cams

Blueforce Development is actually the second company to try the concept out in recent years, but its app plugin would allow users to integrate with facial and object recognition software for the video they stream.

June 21, 2019

What powers Cornell’s new robo-fish?

Answer: Robot blood.

June 20, 2019

What does San Francisco want to ban now?

Answer: E-cigarettes.

June 19, 2019

BlackBerry Renews Government Push, Nears FedRAMP Clearance

The cloud-based endpoint management solution awaits final approval from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, having met its stringent security standards for cloud software.

June 19, 2019

When is Facebook launching its own cryptocurrency?

Answer: 2020.

June 18, 2019

IBM and Cúram to Pay Maryland $15M for Health System Debacle

Beset with problems attributed to various contractors, Maryland’s health insurance exchange website launched a saga of investigation and litigation that cost the state tens of millions for the better part of a decade.

June 18, 2019

What, besides data, is Facebook helping to collect?

Answer: Blood.

June 17, 2019

What’s missing from Volvo’s new big rig truck?

Answer: A cab.

June 14, 2019

How long is this beverage-maker’s new energy contract?

Answer: 5 billion years.

June 13, 2019

Alabama Governor Announces CIO's Decision to Step Down

Chief Information Officer Jim Purcell will cease to be the acting secretary of the Office of Information Technology on July 1 after two years in the position. Marty Redden will take over as acting secretary.

June 13, 2019

Where is Uber Eats going to start making drone deliveries?

Answer: San Diego.

June 12, 2019

Polaris Wireless Helps Mark43 Put 3-D Locations into CAD

The integration of 3-D location technology with computer-aided dispatch promises to give police, firefighters and other emergency responders the ability to track their teams indoors with floor-level accuracy.

June 12, 2019

Laura Meixell Jumps from Pittsburgh to Allegheny County, Pa.

Meixell, who served for more than five years of tech and innovation work for the city, will be joining the region’s county government as enterprise data architect.

June 12, 2019

When can you stream Steven Spielberg’s new horror show?

Answer: Only at night.

June 11, 2019

What would make deepfake videos even more concerning?

Answer: A tool that lets you change what someone says just by typing it.

June 10, 2019

Which retail giant wants access to your home?

Answer: Walmart.

June 7, 2019

Six States Tapped by NGA for Election Security Policy Academy

The National Governors Association has selected the states to undergo cyberattack policy and response training geared toward helping them better prepare for the 2020 presidential elections.

June 7, 2019

Does Uber have flying cars?

Answer: No, but it is getting helicopters.

June 6, 2019

New URBAN-X Cohort Has Ideas for Public Spaces, Firefighters

Seven more startups have joined URBAN-X’s accelerator program, which now offers $150,000 and 20 weeks of hands-on help from a global network of experts. Four of them are gov tech companies, tackling a variety of niches.

June 6, 2019

How is IKEA helping people adapt to small living spaces?

Answer: With robotic furniture.

June 5, 2019

What might an AI name its pet cat?

Answer: Probably something like Sparky Buttons, or maybe Tom Glitter.

June 4, 2019

What can Lyft drivers get for free in Portland, Ore.?

Answer: EV charging.

June 3, 2019

Michigan Announces Nationwide Search for New State CIO

The state is looking for a ‘visionary leader’ to represent and spearhead IT matters, following in the footsteps of David DeVries and serving under the direction of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and DTMB Director Tricia Foster.

June 3, 2019

How do Uber drivers feel about the new low-star passenger ban?

Answer: On the whole, they seem to support it.

May 31, 2019

How cute is this robot cat?

Answer: Too cute.

May 30, 2019

Nebraska Governor Signs Bill Expanding 5G Potential

Gov. Pete Ricketts hosted a ceremonial bill signing for the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act.

May 30, 2019

Contactless payment for public transit is coming to which major city?

Answer: New York City.

May 29, 2019

How can you get exactly the pizza you ordered?

Answer: With Domino's AI-powered DOM Pizza Checker.

May 28, 2019

Which popular work of art has been brought to life by AI?

Answer: The Mona Lisa.

May 24, 2019

How is the London Underground going to track riders?

Answer: Through its Wi-Fi connection.

May 23, 2019

Where will the heaviest electric garbage truck in the U.S. be used?

Answer: Seattle.

May 23, 2019

Idaho Gov. Signs Executive Order Forming Broadband Task Force

The task force is charged with mapping the state's existing services and pinpointing gaps in broadband infrastructure to aid in the eventual development of a comprehensive statewide plan.

May 22, 2019

What could one day replace your credit card?

Answer: Your palm.

May 21, 2019

Alex Alben Out as Washington’s Chief Privacy Officer

Wilford Saunders Jr. has been tapped as Alben’s acting replacement. Saunders is a veteran of government IT work with many years of experience in the Washington State Department of Commerce.

May 21, 2019

Y Combinator Puts Out Call for 'Government 2.0' Companies

The incubator has worked with several gov tech companies in the past, but this is the first time it's formally and explicitly called for startups in the space. It doesn't, however, want to "replace government."

May 21, 2019

What might be making New York crosswalks more dangerous?

Answer: Texting.

May 20, 2019

Which company is slowly taking over the world of drone deliveries?

Answer: Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

May 17, 2019

Clark County, Nev., to Search Nationally for Replacement CIO

Chief Information Officer Michael Lane left his post May 17 after almost six years of working in Clark County IT as both the CIO and deputy CIO.

May 17, 2019

How many governments does it take to bust a $100M cybercrime ring?

Answer: Six, plus Europol and Eurojust.

May 17, 2019

Nextdoor Raises $123M Investment Round, Expands in Europe

The social networking platform that also works with local governments and public safety agencies has pulled in a lot of money for a company its age. It's using it to jump into two new European countries.

May 16, 2019

How can you prevent your Uber driver from being too chatty?

Answer: Ask for a quiet ride when you book.

May 15, 2019

Avenu Acquires Two Document-Focused Companies in Louisiana

The deal, done with Avenu under ownership by a private equity firm, will bring together a company focused on document scanning and a company that stores files and other data and provides government software.

May 15, 2019

Why is Amazon giving its employees $10,000 to quit?

Answer: It’s not because it doesn’t like them.

May 14, 2019

Colorado Gov. Touts Increase in Rural Broadband Access

The state wants 100 percent of households to have access to high-speed Internet, and toward that end it will put $155 million toward rural broadband expansion projects during the next five years.

May 14, 2019

Can AI make whiskey?

Answer: Not entirely, but it can come up with the recipe.

May 13, 2019

Mastercard Partners with Kisio for New Transportation App

By partnering with Kisio and its own City Possible network, Mastercard aims to create a ‘mobility-as-a-service’ platform in which passengers can search, book and pay for multiple transportation options through one app.

May 13, 2019

Who will listen to your life story when no one else will?

Answer: An AI voice assistant.

May 10, 2019

Do robots feel pain?

Answer: No, which is why they could be a good way to help people express negative emotions.

May 9, 2019

How much does it cost to own a Bird scooter?

Answer: $1,299.

May 8, 2019

Q&A With ArchiveSocial's CEO on Building a Gov Tech Startup

Today, ArchiveSocial announced a $53 million investment from Level Equity. We sat down with ArchiveSocial’s founder and CEO, Anil Chawla, to get his perspective on growing a successful company in the gov tech market.

May 8, 2019

How much does this 3-D printed dress weigh?

Answer: 30 pounds.

May 8, 2019

NIC Acquires Marijuana Permitting Platform Complia

The acquisition expands NIC’s dozens of tailored licensing services to include the burgeoning cannabis industry, which contends with differing regulations at the federal, state and local level.

May 7, 2019

Code for America Gears Up for Annual Summit in Oakland

The leading civic tech organization, known for its disruptive approach to using technology in government, will welcome a wide range of guests, including speakers from the private sector, public sector and nonprofits.

May 7, 2019

Can AI make people’s writing better?

Answer: Microsoft certainly seems to think so.

May 6, 2019

FirstNet Reports Usage Milestones, New Technologies

The nationwide public safety broadband network reports more than 600,000 device connections, more than 7,250 user agencies, and performance numbers that are 25 percent faster than commercial networks.

May 6, 2019

What is Instagram going to start hiding?

Answer: Likes.

May 3, 2019

What did a drone just deliver for the first time?

Answer: A live human kidney.

May 2, 2019

Is Amazon's Alexa bilingual?

Answer: Not in the U.S., but she will be soon.

May 1, 2019

How does ClimaCell make its weather predictions?

Answer: With data collected from cellphone signals.

April 30, 2019

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Names Interim CTO Amid Corruption Probe

As CTO, Andy Molls inherits the supervision of a $25 million ERP project, as well as a key role in an IT department under scrutiny by state prosecutors for conflicts of interest, mishandled money and other allegations.

April 30, 2019

Is Earth about to be hit by an asteroid?

Answer: No, but some scientists are going to pretend that it is.

April 29, 2019

NIC Names Seasoned Technologist Brian Anderson as New CTO

The former software engineer and technology strategist will bring experience from more than half a dozen companies to a leadership role in NIC, which provides digital-service tools for some 6,000 government agencies.

April 29, 2019

What does Twitter want its users to start reporting?

Answer: Election misinformation.

April 26, 2019

How far can the new Tesla Model S go on a single charge?

Answer: All the way from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

April 25, 2019

Verizon Announces 5G Mobile Service to Come for 20 Cities

These cities, along with others yet to be announced, join Chicago and Minneapolis, which are the first in the world where customers have access to the company’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service.

April 25, 2019

Where does this pacemaker get its energy?

Answer: Heartbeats.

April 24, 2019

Illinois, Puerto Rico Tap AmpliFund for Grant Management

The grant management platform has been integrated for agencies in Illinois and Puerto Rico, with the promise of relieving some of the government’s burden of compliance oversight and finding new funding opportunities.

April 24, 2019

Can snow create electricity?

Answer: Yes.

April 23, 2019

How is this Swiss company cleaning up the air?

Answer: With giant vacuum cleaners.

April 22, 2019

Sacramento County Joins Pot Conviction Clearance Initiative

The new partnership makes Sacramento the fourth California county to partner with Code for America. Developers estimate that this will clear roughly 5,300 eligible convictions related to marijuana.

April 22, 2019

What was the Weather Channel's Thursday forecast?

Answer: Cloudy with a chance of ransomware.

April 19, 2019

Is Your Smart City Watching You? There's an Icon for That

In lieu of fine-print user agreements or nothing at all, a prominent urban innovation startup offers a visual language to tell people, at a glance, when they’re being scanned or surveilled, by whom and for what purpose.

April 19, 2019

Utah Embarks on a Mission to Familiarize Residents with AVs

Over the next year, a small electric autonomous shuttle will be deployed to showcase the potential for rapidly evolving transportation technology across the state.

April 19, 2019

Greenhouse gas emissions can't hide from what?

Answer: Satellites.

April 18, 2019

How many robo dogs does it take to pull a truck?

Answer: 10.

April 17, 2019

Atlanta Creates Advisory Board to Consult With Its CIO

The new body comprises members from the public and private sectors, with participants coming from organizations that range from Equifax to Georgia State University to the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

April 17, 2019

What tech will be instrumental in restoring Notre Dame?

Answer: Lasers.

April 16, 2019

Cook County, Ill., Looks to CfA to Expunge Pot Convictions

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told local media that she hopes to start expunging minor cannabis convictions soon, noting that the nonprofit civic tech group Code for America might be able to help.

April 16, 2019

Why does NASA want people to take pictures of trees?

Answer: Because the agency would like help checking its work.

April 15, 2019

Google Fiber to Pay Louisville, Ky., $3.84M After Exit

The money will go toward restoring certain roads and public rights-of-way affected by the private company's recent decision to discontinue efforts to establish the high-speed Internet service in the city.

April 15, 2019

What America's Governors Are Saying About Tech (Infographic)

Now that all 50 governors — including a robust crop of new faces — have made "State of the State" speeches, Government Technology takes the opportunity to break down how many touched on various technology topics.

April 15, 2019

Motorola Solutions Adds Situational Awareness to Emergency Suite

Motorola Solutions is the latest on a growing list of companies to offer cloud-based software that collect data from IoT devices and send it to first responders and call centers with its CommandCentral Aware platform.

April 15, 2019

These students created an AI that predicts what?

Answer: Who will live and who will die in the final season of Game of Thrones.

April 12, 2019

North Dakota Adopts Statewide Cybersecurity Approach

A newly signed law gives the Information Technology Department the authority to define cybersecurity for all public entities within the state.

April 12, 2019

Who could be receiving the FAA’s first drone delivery license?

Answer: Wing, a sister company of Google.

April 11, 2019

Who have Oregon police caught from their 'Most Wanted' list?

Answer: A Roomba robot vacuum cleaner.

April 10, 2019

Detroit Hires Its First Director of Digital Inclusion

The role, which will be filled by Joshua Edmonds, is aimed at helping the city address digital equity issues, specifically when it comes to expanding access to the Internet for residents of Detroit.

April 10, 2019

Why did Lime temporarily pull its scooters in Lubbock, Texas?

Answer: So that Texas Tech fans wouldn’t damage the scooters or endanger themselves.

April 9, 2019

Gatewood Out as Georgia CISO, Allen Steps Into the Role

Though details are vague, the state has replaced the name of former CISO Stanton Gatewood on its website with that of David Allen, who comes from the Georgia Army National Guard's IT leadership.

April 9, 2019

New Innovation Project Targets Small and Rural Governments

The program, launched through a partnership between ELGL and UrbanLeap, is specifically focusing on cities, counties and towns with fewer than 30,000 residents. Other similar projects have often focused on big cities.

April 9, 2019

How can 5G potentially save patient lives?

Answer: By enabling remote surgeries.

April 8, 2019

Cask Spins Off Digital Transformation into Separate Business

Cask Government Services will focus on program management and other operational support for federal agencies, while Cask NX will offer end-to-end consulting on digital transformation.

April 8, 2019

Geotab to Acquire Public Fleet-Focused BSM Technologies

The joining of two telematics firms will add thousands of government vehicles to Geotab’s customer base and BSM products to its ecosystem. In return, BSM customers get access to Geotab’s tools, marketplace and expertise.

April 8, 2019

i3 Verticals Buys Texas Software Firm NET Data for $24M

The publicly traded i3 Verticals mostly works in payment processing and serves both the private and public sectors. NET Data, meanwhile, offers a variety of services to several government verticals.

April 8, 2019

How easy is it to find cybercriminals operating on Facebook?

Answer: Very easy.

April 5, 2019

Who says Netflix films should be eligible for Oscars?

Answer: The U.S. Department of Justice, that’s who.

April 5, 2019

Sidewalk Labs Wants People, Not Tech, to Study Public Spaces

The Alphabet-backed company has created a new app that it hopes will make it easier for people to study how other people use common spaces like parks to better inform decisions about those spaces.

April 4, 2019

CitySourced Merges With Rock Solid in Private Equity Deal

Civic engagement company CitySourced is joining forces with Rock Solid, which does similar work but also has a diverse software portfolio that spans energy companies, the medical field and back-office government tech.

April 4, 2019

Two Special Districts Leaders Honored by GovTech Magazine

Downers Grove Sanitary District Administrative Supervisor Clay Campbell and San Antonio Water System VP and CIO Sree Pulapaka are among those recognized in the 2019 class of Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

April 4, 2019

These self-driving cars are learning to drive like whom?

Answer: Race car drivers.

April 4, 2019

ProudCity Aims to Build More Disaster Recovery Websites

The company has a history of helping wildfire-stricken communities in California set up recovery websites quickly. Now it's launching a website theme so it can do so for more local governments.

April 3, 2019

Uptrust Brings Court Texting to 4 More California Counties

The company, which makes technology to help defendants avoid unnecessary jail time, is going live in Ventura County, Calif., while preparing to launch in three others in a push toward the state's highly populated south.

April 3, 2019

Former Boston CIO Franklin-Hodge Joins Remix in Advisor Role

San Francisco-based Remix is a gov tech company that has designed and continues to manage online platforms for the transit agencies within more than 350 municipal governments across the globe.

April 3, 2019

How long is the world’s longest electric bus?

Answer: 88 feet.

April 2, 2019

Ever wondered why you are seeing a particular Facebook post?

Answer: Now the platform will tell you.

April 2, 2019

W.Va. to Open Cybersecurity Office, Launch Unification Plan

A law signed by Gov. Jim Justice last week creates a new cybersecurity office within the Office of Technology to assess the vulnerabilities of state agencies and unify security policies.

April 1, 2019

What is a Samsung Firevase?

Answer: A flower vase that doubles as a fire extinguisher.

March 29, 2019

Who were the unknown programmers behind one of the world’s first computers?

Answer: Six women — Kathleen McNulty, Frances Bilas, Betty Jean Jennings, Ruth Lichterman, Elizabeth Snyder and Marlyn Wescoff.

March 28, 2019

PayIt Wins $100M+ Investment for Digital Services Software

The size of the investment — one of the largest gov tech fundings in recent years — represents a major development for the startup, which raised $4.5 million in 2016 and got a contract with the state of Kansas in 2017.

March 28, 2019

What does this viral Twitter prank trick users into doing?

Answer: Locking themselves out of their accounts.

March 27, 2019

Can AI tell you what food to order?

Answer: It’s going to start trying at the McDonald’s drive-thru.

March 26, 2019

This Florida city lets anyone read what online?

Answer: City commissioners’ emails.

March 26, 2019

Trump Nominates Michael Kratsios as Chief Technology Officer

Kratsios, who has been serving as deputy chief technology officer since 2017, has been nominated to fill a role that has been vacant for the past two years. He would be the fourth person to hold the position since its creation in 2009.

March 26, 2019

Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers at a Glance (Infographic)

GovTech’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2019 represent an impressive group of IT leaders working inside government offices and on the ground, using technology to push the public-sector forward.

March 25, 2019

Colorado's Technology Office to Hire 'Blockchain Architect'

The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology will soon name its first "Blockchain and Distributed Ledger (BDL) Solution Architect," the state's chief technology officer announced.

March 25, 2019

What historical event happens on March 29?

Answer: The first all-female spacewalk.

March 22, 2019

Who can learn to code with Code Jumper?

Answer: Children who are blind or visually impaired.

March 21, 2019

This research project aims to eliminate what in wearable tech?

Answer: Batteries.

March 20, 2019

Texas Awards $28M Contract for New Medicaid System

The four-year contract with CNSI revolves around the creation of a new system to enroll medical providers in Texas' Medicaid program. The enrollment system has caused frustration among physicians in the past.

March 20, 2019

Taser Co-Founder Joins Company Pitching Body-Binder to Cops

A new restraining tool is being marketed to law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad as non-lethal and potentially painless. The company is now led by former TASER International co-founder Thomas Smith.

March 20, 2019

Is it safe to leave your dog inside a Tesla?

Answer: Yes, if Dog Mode is engaged.

March 19, 2019

Where have autonomous drones started making deliveries?

Answer: To ships offshore.

March 19, 2019

Seven New Cities Join Mastercard City Possible Network

They include four U.S. cities: San Jose, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Wichita, Kan., and Erie, Pa. The network is meant to bring together cities from around the globe to collaborate on solving common problems.

March 19, 2019

San Antonio Makes Interim Innovation Chief Permanent

Brian Dillard was appointed as San Antonio’s chief innovation officer earlier this month, which puts him in charge of a host of initiatives such as local smart city efforts, innovation zones and the CivTechSA program.

March 18, 2019

Motorola Solutions Acquires Dispatch Provider Avtec

South Carolina-based Avtec is Motorola Solutions' eighth acquisition since February 2016, and brings in a company whose customers include public safety agencies, utilities, railroads, airlines and more.

March 15, 2019

Can smartphones stop arrows?

Answer: Yes, but then you’ll need a new one.

March 15, 2019

Portland, Maine, Makes Two New Tech and Innovation Hires

The city has selected Hanna Pickering as its next director of IT and Lena Geraghty as its first director of innovation and performance management. They will both start work for the local government there on March 25.

March 14, 2019

OpenGov Names New President, Two Experienced Advisers

The company's chief revenue officer will become the president, while Risk Management Solutions CEO Karen White and Premise CEO Maury Blackman, who formerly led Accela, will come on as advisers.

March 14, 2019

Which U.S. cities are getting a 5G mobile network in April?

Answer: Chicago and Minneapolis.

March 13, 2019

New ClearGov Feature Quickly Publicizes Capital Project Info

The feature lets users set up Web pages where they can publish budgets, blueprints, photos, timelines and more to keep citizens informed without calling in. They can also subscribe to receive updates as they come in.

March 13, 2019

Who is advocating for electric scooters?

Answer: The fastest man alive.

March 12, 2019

Gov Tech Giant CentralSquare Announces New Leadership Team

Seven executive positions around CEO Simon Angove have been filled, including decades of cumulative experience in government software, cloud adoption and market strategies for major tech companies.

March 12, 2019

What is the Trashtag Challenge?

Answer: A social media challenge that gets people to pick up trash.

March 11, 2019

How many engines does this Internet-providing drone have?

Answer: Ten.

March 8, 2019

What is the name of Amazon’s joint health-care organization?

Answer: Haven.

March 7, 2019

How long is the newly introduced act to save net neutrality?

Answer: Just two pages.

March 6, 2019

5G First Responder Lab Reveals First Cohort of Companies

Five companies have three months to work with Verizon’s new Washington, D.C., lab and its 5G network to produce next-generation solutions for first responders, with help on marketing and use-case testing.

March 6, 2019

What is the latest way to detect problems with your car?

Answer: Put it through a scanner and let an AI do all the work.

March 5, 2019

Is there such a thing as a perfect backflip?

Answer: Yes, if a robot does it.

March 4, 2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Names Ron Guerrier as CIO

Guerrier has spent more than two decades managing IT in the private sector, most recently working for Express Scripts, one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical benefit management companies.

March 4, 2019

ProudCity Launches One-Click Pricing Tool for City Websites

The tool automatically generates quotes based on population data. So naturally, Government Technology used it to see how much a new city website would cost for the hometowns of major characters in the TV show M*A*S*H.

March 4, 2019

What do other delivery robots have that this one doesn’t?

Answer: Wheels.

March 1, 2019

How much does a high-tech crosswalk built for safety cost?

Answer: $13,300.

March 1, 2019

Municipal ID Card Programs Take Hold in U.S. Cities

Often promoted for residents who do not hold drivers’ licenses, like homeless residents, young people and immigrants, ID cards are increasingly being issued in cities to access services like food assistance.

February 28, 2019

How can this robot alter its joints for different motions?

Answer: By melting them.

February 28, 2019

Transportation Startup Remix Raises $15M Series B Round

The leader on the funding round, Energy Impact Partners, specifically pointed to new mobility options like shared, electric scooters as a reason for backing Remix. The company serves more than 300 cities.

February 27, 2019

Where can you put an emoji on a license plate?

Answer: In Queensland, Australia.

February 27, 2019

NetMotion Debuts Tools to Manage Devices Outside the Network

The "Aware" release lets IT workers monitor and manage the network connections of mobile devices used by employees that are outside the firewall — for government, that often means people such as inspectors in the field.

February 26, 2019

What’s scarier than an electric skateboard that goes 37 mph?

Answer: An electric skateboard that goes even faster than 37 mph.

February 25, 2019

New Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to Retain CIO Mark Raymond

Raymond, who has served as Connecticut's CIO dating back to June 2011, confirmed this week that he will continue in his role moving forward with the new gubernatorial administration.

February 25, 2019

Self-driving cars can now read what?

Answer: Hand signals.

February 25, 2019

Transit Startup Optibus Adds Route Planning to Platform

The company already offered route optimization, but now it's getting into the actual building and redesigning of routes as well. The idea is to help transit agencies be more flexible in their daily operations.

February 22, 2019

How is Google Maps helping combat the opioid epidemic?

Answer: With a drug drop-off location search feature.

February 21, 2019

How are people protesting against Tesla?

Answer: By "ICEing" charging stations.

February 20, 2019

Databricks Taps Splunk Leader to Help Bring AI to Government

Kevin Davis, whose 25-year career includes time working with the public sector at both Splunk and Oracle, will now join Databricks as a vice president as the company looks to bring data analytics and AI to government.

February 20, 2019

What is a ‘guerrilla rainstorm’?

Answer: A sudden torrential downpour of rain.

February 19, 2019

Is Twitter finally getting an edit feature?

Answer: No, but it might be getting a 'clarification' feature.

February 15, 2019

Company Builds Electric Three-Wheeler for First Responders

The Arcimoto Rapid Responder is just a little different from most emergency response vehicles. But with possible advantages in operating cost and size, it has three local government agencies on board to test it out.

February 15, 2019

What kind of news is this AI good at creating?

Answer: Fake news.

February 14, 2019

What happened to NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity?

Answer: It finally died.

February 13, 2019

This AI-powered shelter is a winter haven for what animals?

Answer: Stray cats.

February 12, 2019

Minnesota Gov. Walz Forms Blue Ribbon Council to Study IT

Gov. Tim Walz has formed a 19-member advisory task force to study the Minnesota IT Services department and advise on ongoing and future initiatives within the state.

February 12, 2019

Michigan Picks Former White House Adviser DeRusha for CSO

Chris DeRusha will oversee cybersecurity for the state of Michigan, having had prominent roles with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Obama administration and Ford Motor Co.

February 12, 2019

This art exhibit allows strangers to do what?

Answer: Take control of other peoples’ smart homes.

February 11, 2019

Cloud Emergency Dispatch Startup RapidDeploy Raises $12M

RapidDeploy, which recently moved its headquarters from South Africa to the U.S., also added a former Oracle executive to its board of directors. The company makes software in the competitive emergency dispatch space.

February 11, 2019

The 2020 Olympic medals will be made out of what?

Answer: 100 percent recycled e-waste.

February 8, 2019

Tyler Acquires Mobile Citizen Services Company MyCivic

Folding MyCivic’s application into its existing software for government-citizen interaction, the gov tech giant continues to diversify the range of software tools working together under its banner.

February 8, 2019

Do machines and dogs get along?

Answer: Yes, so long as the machine can pet the dog.

February 7, 2019

What is the latest way to visualize the footprint of California’s wildfires?

Answer: With an interactive map.

February 6, 2019

What makes up the 'ink' of this 3-D printer?

Answer: Light.

February 6, 2019

UPDATE: After Less Than Two Months, Alaska’s CIO Leaves

State officials are mum as websites and turnover point to more changes in the Alaska Department of Administration. After the departure of the department's leader, new CIO Peter Zuyus has also left.

February 5, 2019

Atlanta Taps IT, Risk Management Veteran as New CISO

William Wade III was named as the Information Management Department's chief information security officer.

February 5, 2019

Charlotte, N.C., Brings Aboard New CIO from Houston

Reenie Askew takes over as CIO of Charlotte, N.C., in March from Jeff Stovall, who stepped down in September after more than a decade in the role. Askew has been serving as deputy CIO of Houston for five years.

February 5, 2019

How are some people preparing for the State of the Union speech?

Answer: By placing bets online.

February 4, 2019

MIT researchers taught a robot to play what game?

Answer: Jenga!

February 1, 2019

How is Volvo trying to get people to ignore the Super Bowl?

Answer: With facial recognition technology.

January 31, 2019

NIC's Chief Operating Officer Robert Knapp Steps Down

Knapp has been with the company since its early days, and the company's CEO gave him credit for helping NIC expand in recent years with new products and platforms. The company has not yet named a successor.

January 31, 2019

Who can fly the small, high-tech Icon A5 plane?

Answer: Anyone.

January 31, 2019

San Antonio Planning New Cybersecurity Operations Center

City officials told local media they are exploring the capabilities and potential locations, hoping the new center will be more cost efficient than deploying a shared services concept.

January 31, 2019

State of the States 2019: Getting America Connected

The nation’s governors are laying out policy priorities for the coming year — some for the first time. Many are focused on technology-driven economic and workforce development as paths to prosperity.

January 30, 2019

Illinois CISO Steps Down as New Governor Begins Term

Chris Hill worked in Illinois' Department of Innovation and Technology as a cybersecurity leader for nearly two years, but his state service was much longer than that. Now he's headed to the private sector.

January 30, 2019

Waze’s Bluetooth beacons have expanded to what major U.S. city?

Answer: New York City.

January 29, 2019

Kansas Becomes First State to Add AI Tax Assistance Chatbot

The state has created an official 24/7 chatbot named Agent Kay that is capable of answering hundreds of questions from residents about WebFile, the state’s full-service online tax filing portal.

January 29, 2019

Why couldn’t the 2013 Mac Pro be made entirely in the U.S.?

Answer: Not enough screws.

January 28, 2019

Kansas Gets Private-Sector IT Exec Eric Davis as Its New CTO

The appointment was made days after new Gov. Laura Kelly announced that she would retain as state CIO Lee Allen, who took over the position in July and is working to modernize and secure state IT.

January 28, 2019

What is one thing robots can probably do better than humans?

Answer: Park our cars at the airport.

January 28, 2019

Stanford, Suffolk Universities to Make Civil Courts Accessible with AI

Pew Charitable Trusts, which has been engaged in the work dating back to last year, also published a new article elaborating on its new partnerships with the law schools at each institution.

January 25, 2019

3 minutes with this charger gives an EV how much range?

Answer: 100 kilometers (about 62 miles).

January 24, 2019

CSDC Creates Environmental Health Tool for California

The tool integrates with the state's central reporting system and gives inspectors a way to manage their cases on mobile devices. Most of California's 58 counties have environmental health departments.

January 24, 2019

How well can you recognize a phishing email?

Answer: Find out with Google’s new phishing quiz.

January 23, 2019

Where is Waymo planning to build its self-driving cars?

Answer: Michigan.

January 22, 2019

Is the government shutdown affecting robocalling?

Answer: Not yet, but it could happen if the shutdown continues.

January 22, 2019

STiR Startup Raises $4M to Make Regulations Machine-Readable

The company, Symbium, operates on the concept of "computational law" — that regulations and laws can be translated so that computers can work with them just like any other data. It got its start in planning and zoning.

January 18, 2019

Why did half the robots working at a hotel get fired?

Answer: Because they were bad at their jobs.

January 17, 2019

Which popular flip phone may return as a folding smartphone?

Answer: The Motorola Razr.

January 16, 2019

How do you make a robot cute?

Answer: Give it giant googly eyes.

January 15, 2019

What nefarious act can Apple’s AirPods be used for?

Answer: Spying.

January 14, 2019

Motorola Solutions Buys Major License-Plate-Reading Company

The company, Vigilant Solutions, has attracted some controversy for the way customers use its product. It has also pursued facial recognition technology, a concern for civil rights groups.

January 14, 2019

Dallas City Manager Names First Chief Innovation Officer

City Manager T.C. Broadnax tapped Laila Alequresh, a veteran of public-sector technology innovation work in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, to lead the city's freshly created Office of Innovation.

January 14, 2019

Will microwaving a smartphone charge it?

Answer: No, definitely not.

January 14, 2019

Florida CIO Eric Larson Departs Agency for State Technology

Larson, who was appointed CIO in 2017, previously served as the Florida Agency for State Technology’s chief operations officer and chief technology officer.

January 11, 2019

Incoming Kansas Governor Will Retain Lee Allen as IT Chief

Allen, who took the reins as state chief information technology officer in July, will remain in the position after Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is sworn in. He will continue work to modernize and secure IT in Kansas.

January 11, 2019

Iowa CIO Robert von Wolffradt Steps Down After 6 Years

Re-elected Gov. Kim Reynolds has named Jeff Franklin, former deputy CIO and information security officer for the Department of Natural Resources, as Wolffradt’s interim replacement.

January 11, 2019

How do you keep your pets from eating each other’s food?

Answer: By using a feeding bowl that can tell them apart.

January 10, 2019

How did Florida police get around a surveillance drone ban?

Answer: With a blimp on a tether.

January 9, 2019

Colorado Names Tech Veteran Theresa Szczurek as New CIO

Gov. Jared Polis has announced several new cabinet appointees, including incoming CIO Theresa Szczurek, who has a long career in private-sector technology.

January 9, 2019

LG’s new world-first TV is what?

Answer: On a roll.

January 9, 2019

Washington State Names Permanent CISO

Ronald Buchanan, the chief information risk officer at the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services, will become the next chief information security officer for the state.

January 8, 2019

What is a good way to (peacefully) protest a driving ticket?

Answer: With Twitter videos.

January 7, 2019

Washington, D.C., Appoints Lindsey Parker as Acting CTO

Parker has served as Mayor Muriel Bowser’s deputy chief of staff dating back to 2015. Parker also has previous experience leading cybersecurity work from her time in the private sector.

January 7, 2019

Minnesota CIO Departs State Service Ahead of New Appointee

Johanna Clyborne took the lead at Minnesota Information Technology Services in early 2018 following the departure of Tom Baden, and after roughly a year is stepping aside as a new administration sets up shop.

January 7, 2019

Cubic Buys Traffic-Counting Company GRIDSMART for $87M

GRIDSMART, based in Knoxville, Tenn., uses cameras and computers to classify and count vehicles going through intersections. The company, now joining Cubic Transportation Systems, works in 1,200 cities across the globe.

January 7, 2019

Government-Serving GIS Company Boundless Spatial Acquired

Planet has yet to announce the details of its pending acquisition of the government-serving, open-source GIS software company Boundless Spatial, but will retain its St. Louis headquarters and select staff.

January 7, 2019

How can fishermen better keep track of their catches?

Answer: With a smart sensor for their fishing rods.

January 4, 2019

How much will Vuzix’s smart glasses set you back?

Answer: Only $1,000.

January 3, 2019

Outgoing Illinois CIO Details Progress of IT Consolidation

Kirk Lonbom, who served as Illinois CIO under outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner, delivered a report to the state Legislature on Dec. 28 outlining how his department has responded to legislative mandates and saved money.

January 3, 2019

Tricia Foster Replaces DeVries as Michigan Tech Director

Foster will serve as the director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, though it is unclear whether she will assume the duties of the CIO position as well.

January 3, 2019

What kept the NYPD from flying security drones on New Year’s Eve?

Answer: Rain.

January 2, 2019

Fulton County, Ga., Appoints Nicole Keaton Hart as CIO

Hart, who was essentially promoted from within, took over tech and innovation work for Georgia’s most populous county in December, following the August departure of former CIO Sallie Wright.

January 2, 2019

Ford used tech in its cars to make life easier for whom?

Answer: Dogs!

December 28, 2018

When is the best time to take a ‘volcano selfie’?

Answer: Never. Never, ever.

December 27, 2018

New Mexico Gov.-Elect Lujan Grisham Picks New Tech Secretary

Incoming New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has tapped Vincent Martinez, currently with the state as managing director of cloud and communications, to serve as secretary of the Department of Information Technology.

December 27, 2018

Pittsburgh Taps South Bend, Ind., CIO to Lead Innovation Team

Santiago Garces, who was hired by South Bend, Ind., after graduating from Notre Dame University in 2013, is resigning to become the next director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation and Performance.

December 27, 2018

How much is Santa’s house worth?

Answer: $764,389.

December 21, 2018

What caused a total shutdown of one of the UK’s busiest airports?

Answer: Drone sightings.

December 20, 2018

How has Google put Santa’s elves to work?

Answer: Teaching kids to code in Google’s Santa Tracker.

December 19, 2018

What do former NASA engineers do for fun?

Answer: Build glitter bombs to teach porch pirates a lesson.

December 19, 2018

Vermont's New CISO Comes with Years of High-Level Experience

The state has tapped Nicholas Andersen, a 12-year industry veteran who has helped with cybersecurity work in partnership with a number of U.S. military organizations. Andersen took over the role earlier this month.

December 18, 2018

How do you get a robot to act like a human?

Answer: Put a human in a robot costume.

December 17, 2018

2018: Highlights from the Year in Data (Infographic)

Throughout the year, the Center for Digital Government surveys cities, counties and states driving public-sector technology forward. Here are some takeaways from those surveys and a look back at the year in gov tech.

December 17, 2018

Who has been getting New York City’s LinkNYC kiosks to play creepy music?

Answer: A phone phreak who doesn’t like them.

December 14, 2018

Deloitte Wins 4 State Contracts to Update Medicaid Systems

Montana, Ohio, Virginia and Wyoming have enlisted Deloitte to try to future-proof their modular Medicaid enterprise systems with a flexible integration tool for states adapting to new federal guidelines.

December 14, 2018

Who was 2018’s worst password offender?

Answer: Kanye West.

December 13, 2018

Startup Optibus Raises $40M for Mass Transit Planning SaaS

Optibus’ Series B financing, led by Insight Venture Partners, will allow the company to expand into new markets, hone its AI tools for planning mass transit schedules and develop a new product.

December 13, 2018

This smart bowl catches people in the act of what party sin?

Answer: Double-dipping.

December 13, 2018

Sunlight Foundation Offers Open Data Road Map

The Sunlight Foundation’s project is called Roadmap to Informed Communities, and it’s essentially a procedural framework aimed at helping cities create open data programs that incorporate constituent feedback.

December 13, 2018

Hawaii CIO Todd Nacapuy to Leave for the Private Sector

Nacapuy, whose stint as the state’s top technology executive began back in 2015, told local media that he will be assisting with the transition to a new IT leader before ultimately returning to the private sector.

December 12, 2018

Digital Cities Survey 2018: Key Data Points (Infographic)

The Digital Cities Survey is an annual review of IT best practices of U.S. cities, a look at what’s going right in municipalities of all sizes as well as where growth can be made. Here’s the 2018 survey by the numbers.

December 12, 2018

How long has it been since Puma made its first smart shoe?

Answer: 32 years.

December 12, 2018

Morgan Stanley Invests $47M in California Software Firm

Visionary Integration Professionals announced the windfall last month with the intention to expand its market share, which consists of more than 1,200 government and commercial clients.

December 11, 2018

What do you get when an AI tries to name cookies?

Answer: Quitterbread Bars and Merry Hunga Poppers.

December 10, 2018

Tyler Acquires Emergency Responder Firm SceneDoc

SceneDoc, a startup that manages evidence collection, will bolster Tyler's portfolio of public safety solutions that include computer-aided dispatch and records management.

December 10, 2018

Where does Alexa get her answers?

Answer: Crowdsourcing!

December 10, 2018

Justice Systems Debuts New Court Tech After Acquisition

Working under the auspices of Ontario Systems since being acquired in May, Justice Systems will unveil new case management and revenue recovery tools at a conference next week in Las Vegas.

December 7, 2018

Oregon Makes Interim CIO Terrence Woods Permanent

Nearly eight months after former CIO Alex Pettit resigned and took a newly created position within the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, Terrence Woods has been tapped to fill the role for the foreseeable future.

December 7, 2018

How did a robot send 24 Amazon workers to the hospital?

Answer: By accidentally bear-spraying them.

December 6, 2018

NASCIO Releases Top CIO Priorities for 2019

The report, released Thursday, breaks down where state IT leaders will be focusing their attention in the coming year.

December 6, 2018

Which government building is piloting facial recognition technology?

Answer: The White House.

December 5, 2018

URBAN-X Invests in Startup to Improve Garbage Collection

Backed by $100,000 and a support program from the startup accelerator, Israel-based GreenQ joins the U.S. gov tech sector alongside Rubicon and others as a competitor in waste-management technology.

December 5, 2018

Dallas Appoints Gov Tech Veteran Hugh Miller as New CIO

Miller previously served as the chief information officer for San Antonio. He takes over from William Finch, who held the position for approximately six years.

December 5, 2018

What could be just as annoying as ads when videos are playing?

Answer: Ads when videos are paused.

December 4, 2018

How are drones helping repair forests after wildfires?

Answer: By planting trees!

December 3, 2018

Atlanta Names Tye Hayes New Chief Technology Officer

Hayes is a veteran of the tech sector, bringing to the role a wide array of experience, including executive positions in the private sector as well as a stint as deputy CIO for Atlanta’s public schools.

December 3, 2018

App Unveils New Feature Connecting Ride-Hailing to Transit

Transit, a Canadian startup, is bringing ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft into its app so that users can buy rides to and from public transit stations in the U.S. and around the world.

December 3, 2018

Twitter’s most influential user of 2018 tweeted how many times?

Answer: 13.

December 1, 2018

Year in Review 2018

A look back at our most popular stories of the year, and a glimpse of what the next chapter holds.

December 1, 2018

CIO Career Changes 2018: Highlights of Who Went Where

All year, we track the major job moves of state, city and county technology leaders. Whether coming into a new position or moving on from an old one, these tech chiefs drove changes in cybersecurity, analytics and more.

November 30, 2018

Why does this robot act like a bad customer?

Answer: To help people get better at interacting with the real thing.

November 29, 2018

OpenGov and GTY Holdings Sue Each Other Over Revoked Merger

OpenGov was originally going to be part of the deal that proposes to merge six companies into one publicly traded entity. But the company behind the merger cut OpenGov out, and now the matter is going to court.

November 29, 2018

You can pay for your java in the UK using what?

Answer: Your cup!

November 28, 2018

U.S. DHHS Shares Code with States to Fight Opioid Overdoses

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General is publishing a toolkit for states that includes a step-by-step guide and code for finding people at risk of overdosing on opioid painkillers.

November 28, 2018

Gmail’s Smart Compose algorithm no longer uses what words?

Answer: Gender-specific pronouns.

November 27, 2018

West Virginia Names New Chief Technology Officer

Joshua G. Spence has been named as the state's CTO, an appointment that takes effect immediately.

November 27, 2018

What are Grinch Bots?

Answer: Bots that buy things online before humans can.

November 26, 2018

How many speeding drivers did a town in Italy catch in 10 days?

Answer: More than 58,000.

November 21, 2018

Boston Hires D.C. Agency Tech Leader as New City CIO

David Elges, who has served as the CIO of Washington, D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency for two years, will become Boston's new CIO. The position has sat vacant since January, when Jascha Franklin-Hodge left.

November 21, 2018

Can Alexa cook a turkey?

Answer: No, but she can give you advice from the experts.

November 20, 2018

Ford Gives $50K to Soofa to Set Up E-Ink Signs in Miami-Dade

Soofa was one of two winners for Miami-Dade County, Fla.'s challenge in Ford's City of Tomorrow program. Now it will set up its informational displays in different areas of the city for transportation purposes.

November 20, 2018

What is the latest skill being added to AI's resume?

Answer: Writing television commercials.

November 19, 2018

Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski Steps Down

Wisniewski has been in the city's CDO for more than four years. His departure comes as the city looks to restructure the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation.

November 19, 2018

Callyo’s i911 Gives Caller’s Location to First Responders

The police tech startup’s website aims to skirt outdated infrastructure that doesn’t give public safety professionals accurate location data. The technology can use cellphone GPS to help locate the caller.

November 19, 2018

Daro Mott Departs Louisville's Performance Improvement Office

The outgoing chief has accepted the role of vice president of process and execution for Farm Credit Mid-America after leading tech efforts in the city dating back to August 2016.

November 19, 2018

What comes after the Internet of Things?

Answer: The Internet of Ears.

November 19, 2018

Cities Are Rapidly Taking on Internet of Things Technology

In 2015, 61 percent of cities participating in a national survey project said they were considering the Internet of Things in their IT strategic plans. This year, that number reached above 90 percent.

November 16, 2018

Do you really need to use a computer to be a government cybersecurity official?

Answer: Apparently, not in Japan.

November 15, 2018

Washington State Names Pennsylvania CTO to Top IT Post

Interim CIO Vikki Smith, who alluded to her imminent departure in a conversation with Government Technology last week, will be succeeded by Pennsylvania Chief Technology Officer James Weaver.

November 15, 2018

What is an Alexaphone?

Answer: Alexa inside a retro telephone.

November 14, 2018

Road Assessment App RoadBotics Raises $3.9M in Seed Funding

With new funding from Hyperplane Venture Capital and other urban-tech investors, the Pittsburgh-based company plans to diversify and cover more territory.

November 14, 2018

Verizon to Fund 5G Inventions for Emergency Responders

In partnership with Responder Corp., the telecommunications giant is launching 5G First Responder Lab, a maker space in Washington, D.C., for designing and building faster communications tech for emergency situations.

November 14, 2018

How can you optimize your images for the Web?

Answer: ‘Squoosh’ them!

November 14, 2018

6 U.S. Cities Join Mastercard's Global Problem-Solving Network

The new City Possible network is made up of 16 cities across the globe, and is open to more. It's meant to help cities work together to identify common problems and the solutions to them.

November 13, 2018

What is the latest problem affecting some Lime scooters?

Answer: They are literally falling apart.

November 13, 2018

Granicus Acquires Record Management Firm SouthTech

The company has made several big mergers and acquisitions since receiving private equity money in 2016. This one brings in a company, SouthTech Systems, founded on building software for California county clerks.

November 12, 2018

What is ‘smishing’?

Answer: SMS phishing.

November 9, 2018

West Virginia Not Planning to Expand Use of Blockchain Voting

A limited pilot program for overseas military personnel and U.S. citizens used blockchain technology for secure Internet voting. It was a first-of-its-kind project, but the state isn't looking to make it the default system.