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Paul W. Taylor

Contributing Writer

Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., is the editor-at-large of Governing magazine. He also serves as the chief content officer of e.Republic, Governing’s parent organization, as well as senior advisor to the Governing Institute. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO and chief of staff of the state Information Services Board (ISB). Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet start-ups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the non-profit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C.

August 28, 2018

Making the Most of Data-Driven Government

It's not enough to simply produce data — what that data shows must track with residents' lived experience.

August 14, 2015

Podcast: Social Media Lessons from Donald Trump, Twitter Breaks the 140-Character Cap

The GovTech Social podcast goes on location at the California Technology Forum in Sacramento with a lively discussion of where government social media is going, and the intersection of social media and open data.

June 2, 2015

Managing Public Records: A Dull and Difficult -- but Necessary -- Job

New technologies add to the dilemma of public records management.

May 22, 2014

Chopra on The Daily Show: Defends VA Health-Care Systems

Jon Stewart quizzes the former federal CTO on why data-sharing problems have not been fixed.

February 28, 2014

Twitter Typo Causes Accidental Gay Marriage Endorsement for Texas Senator

Politicians took to Twitter to respond to the court's decision to strike down Texas' ban on same-sex marriage.

February 25, 2014

Government Transparency Means All-ish Data All the Time

Open data is a change in thinking and behavior as much as legislation.

November 27, 2013

5 Government IT Trends with Staying Power

What have we learned in 2013?

June 26, 2013

5 Things Every Good Website Should Have -- and This One Does (Finally)

Government Technology is changing with you: mobile, social, discoverable

May 22, 2013

Automation Is a Dirty Job

CIOs aren’t Mike Rowe, but their job can get really dirty at times.

December 2, 2010

5 Things We’ve Learned This Year — From Smartphones to Transparency (Opinion)

Cloud computing and IT consolidation were also hot in 2010.

February 4, 2010

What Happens When a Public Record is Actually Public? (Opinion)

More signal, less noise as Paul W. Taylor's monthly column signal:noise changes frequency.

January 26, 2010

Can Other States Learn from Michigan Agency Consolidations? (Opinion)

Gov. Jennifer Granholm to reduce 18 state departments to eight.

January 13, 2010

How to Procure a Portal, Texas Style (Opinion)

Texas' innovative procurement of an updated state portal.

November 24, 2009

Five Things to Remember About 2009

Public records, internal cloud computing and citizen coders figured prominently.

October 30, 2009

It Doesn't Pay to Skimp on Cyber-Security (Opinion)

Governments must still protect domains, critical infrastructure and Web 2.0 platforms.

October 14, 2009

Tracking Transparency's Direct and Indirect Costs (Opinion) costs a bundle, but government openness promotes efficiency.

September 30, 2009

Stimulus Fund Reporting Begins (Opinion)

Get ready for a very public test of the federal government's transparency initiative.

August 26, 2009

Michigan, Utah and California Update Their Web Portals (Opinion)

State Web sites try to cater to citizens' needs while exploring Web 2.0.

August 12, 2009

Questions Arise on Broadband Stimulus Agenda (Opinion)

Money cannot fill a public policy void.

August 5, 2009

Governments Need Social Networking Policies (Opinion)

Web 2.0 requires public sector to consider security policies.

July 6, 2009

Enterprise Technology: Web 2.0 Comes of Age (Opinion)

GIS mapping and Twitter -- once dismissed as toys -- are becoming platforms and platform extenders.

June 19, 2009

Stimulus Act Will Bring Long-Term Change in Accountability (Opinion)

Transparency and accountability are key in using economic stimulus funds.

June 8, 2009

Utah Updates State Portal facelift includes location-relevant information, and state Twitter feeds, YouTube videos and blogs.

June 3, 2009

Center for Digital Government Launches Digital States Performance Institute

Digital State Survey leader to connect more with Twitter feed, modernize government with institute.

June 2, 2009

Missouri CIO Bill Bryan Focuses on Consolidation and Web Improvements

Bill Bryan also looks to boost unified communications and collaboration capabilities.

May 1, 2009

Facebook's Response to Terms of Service Flap Offers a Governance Lesson

Facebook shows agility in confronting tough transparency and openness issues.

April 10, 2009

Washington State's Financial Crisis Jump-Starts Reform (Opinion)

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire's shared services directive aims to reduce government costs.

March 25, 2009

Electronic Tax Filing: Are Cell Phones the New Frontier? (Opinion)

Mobile phones have plenty of power to file a simple tax return.

March 3, 2009

Stimulus Bill Proposals Include Broadband Networks and Other Information Technology (Opinion)

Are shovel-ready infrastructure projects a higher priority than information technology?

February 11, 2009

Seven Traits of Successful State CIOs

CIOs improve span of control in crucial areas, survey finds.

February 2, 2009

South Dakota CIO Prepares State for DTV Transfer

CIO Otto Doll troubleshoots so residents can still receive state's public broadcasting stations.

December 28, 2008

Virtualization, Consolidation Lead Next Year's Top Priorities for Public-Sector IT

NASCIO and Gartner rate technology strategies and applications for 2009.

December 25, 2008

Government and Technology: Five Things We'll Remember About 2008

Alternative funding goes mainstream; public records go very public.

November 12, 2008

Internal Catalysts for Community Collaboration in Public-Sector Renewal

Paul W. Taylor blogs on making change in government at Center for Digital Government event.

November 4, 2008

Opinion: Balancing Ubiquitous Connectivity and Human Deliberation

Will unified communications deliver too much 'presence'?

October 30, 2008

Genealogy, Death and Facebook

The Internet connects us in difficult times.

October 13, 2008

Why Does the CIO Label Keep Expanding?

CIOs' ever-changing roles.

October 1, 2008

Maturing Market Blurs Lines Between Open Source and Commercial Software

The intersection of Microsoft, open source and public-sector IT grows more civil.

September 9, 2008

Web 2.0 Challenges Notions of Public and Private Information offers salary details and workplace reviews from company employees.

July 29, 2008

Funding Schemes, in the Nicest Sense of the Word

Alternative financing offers options for IT modernization in tough times.

July 8, 2008

Virginia and New York Point to Savings from Green IT Efforts

Virginia and New York Point to Savings from Green IT Efforts

July 7, 2008

Funding: Bonds and Investment Funds Help Agencies Modernize

Governments consider hybrid funding approaches as budget crunch hits.

June 25, 2008

Presidential Candidates' Stance on Technology

Presidential Candidates' Stance on Technology

April 13, 2008

Another Chief at the Table

Peggy Feldmann, Virginia's new chief application officer, charts new waters.

April 8, 2008

Electronic Tax Filing: Is SaaS the Platform of the Future?

SaaS may level the playing field in contentious electronic tax filing arena.

February 22, 2008

The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

Reviewed by Paul W. Taylor, chief strategy officer, Center for Digital Government  

January 31, 2008

Questioning the Wisdom of IT Critics

The number and influence of outsiders who criticize IT is growing.

January 13, 2008

Assessing the Value of Social Networking in an Over-Heated Market

Despite the hype, social networking and Web 2.0 collaboration are what many people expect government transparency to look like.

November 8, 2007

Wiki by Wiki

August 31, 2007

Back to School (Again)

The lyrics of Back to School Again, a minor and late hit for The Temptations, still seem to speak for the downcast countenances of students as they ride iconic yellow buses back to school.

July 31, 2007

Putting People With People

What the Internet, and government, still does best.

July 1, 2007

"Lablogatories" of Democracy

Toward a public journal about what matters.

May 31, 2007

Eclipsing Portals

Toward an anti-proliferation pact.

March 23, 2007

The Traf-O-Matic

Everything old is new again

March 1, 2007

New Sense of Place

Hyper local community building and government's place in the mash-up.

January 29, 2007

Public Records Dance

Still trying to turn government inside out.

December 1, 2006

Looking Back Five Years Into the Future

Notes from the fourth year at Sarducci U.

November 5, 2006


It's what's for dinner ... and the way IT should get done.

October 2, 2006

The Harvest

There's still something to learn from the agrarian revolution.

September 7, 2006

Turks, Tribes and Trouble

Networked approaches may be trendy but tap lack of trust in government.

July 31, 2006

Global Locals

A strategy to be some place.

July 6, 2006

De Minimis Redux

An important stand on trivial Internet use.

June 2, 2006

Another Bite of the Apple

A lesson for government's operating system.

May 2, 2006

Signs of the Times

Big screens at a tipping point between toy and tool.

March 29, 2006

A Market View of What You Do

Public-sector technology is dead. Long live public-sector technology.

March 1, 2006

Keepers of the Public Record II

Nothing like the disinfecting power of digital sunshine.

February 3, 2006

Keepers of the Public Record I

Digital does not mean "different" where government's responsibility is concerned

January 2, 2006

Year One, A.D.

Drucker called the computer a "moron," but IT will miss him.

December 8, 2005

Don't Get Stuck on Stupid

Reviewing another year in the life of the public-sector IT community.

November 4, 2005

FEMA Not on Alert

Federal agency defies Congress and delays state-based approach to emergency alerting.

September 30, 2005

Getting Government's Wiki On

Collaboration and creativity in the new commons.

August 31, 2005

Methodology to Our Madness

It may be the only real choice IT owns.

July 28, 2005

An Overnight Sensation 50 Years in the Making

Lessons from the first half-century of digital government.

June 27, 2005

Stargazing, Internet-Style

Doers have to dream sometime.

May 26, 2005

Lessons Learned?

All of this sounds terribly familiar.

April 27, 2005

Choking on Information Exhaust

Confounded by government's relationship with data aggregators.

March 28, 2005

The Replacement Track

Readers mark the spot.

March 2, 2005

Real-Time Sunshine

Getting the public record back out of the box (literally).

February 8, 2005

Too Many Chiefs

Diluting the brand and the discipline.

January 26, 2005

Doing Privacy in Public

Hurry up and wait for RFID.

January 5, 2005

The Next Prize

Is "X" the new "e?"

December 3, 2004

The Five-Year Test, Revisited

Measuring another year in the life of the public-sector IT community.

November 29, 2004

The New Consolidation

"Consolidation often treats symptoms of bad habits without making changes to avoid getting back to the same mess, or worse."

November 1, 2004


It really is not about software.

October 5, 2004

Political CRM

Swing voters and the systems that love them.

September 2, 2004

A Mulligan for the Homeland

Excuses running out for excesses.

August 3, 2004

A Flock of Eagles

Networked nesting in good places, wherever they are.

July 9, 2004

In Defense of a Good Patchwork Quilt

Where analog values and digital futures converge.

June 3, 2004


Forecast is hot and sticky.

May 11, 2004

Another Look at Carly's Renaissance

Lessons in leadership and other observations.

March 29, 2004

Old School About New Methods

The legacy of the first blogging candidate.

March 2, 2004

Plan 9 for Outer Space

The Mars two-step and missed opportunities.

February 4, 2004

The Value of X

Exchange points shaped and sized for government.

January 6, 2004

Deliberative and Digital

It is the legislature's turn.

December 4, 2003

Passing the Five-Year Test

Measuring a year in the life of the public-sector IT community.

October 28, 2003

Digital Democracy's Defining Moment

The 12-month countdown for electronic voting.

October 13, 2003

Revenue Redux

Sympathy for the taxman.

September 3, 2003

Love of Institutions and Innovation

Legacy, serendipity and public affairs TV.

July 29, 2003

The End of Architecture

Where public service and Web services meet.

April 4, 2003

The Disruptive Moment

A broader view of adjustment assistance to finish what we started.

November 22, 2002

signal:noise Governing Informatics

When digital government becomes digital governance.

October 8, 2002

Business Continuity: Muddling Through

Institutional improvisation and disaster-proofing vital government functions.

October 8, 2002

Homeland Security: Digital Government with National Purpose

Management at the dawn of a new era in statecraft.

September 24, 2002

No Back Button

A New Mandate to Implement Possibilities

September 5, 2002

The Anniversary Paradox

Getting on with the American experiment, anyway.

August 8, 2002

High Stakes Neighborly Competition

Digital government in the global village.

July 1, 2002

Of Patriots, Prophets and Fools

Friction is still what makes America famous.

June 3, 2002

Irreducibly Complex Questions

A few good answers can make a world of difference.

May 1, 2002

Beware the Blow Back

Beware the Blow Back

April 16, 2002

The Duty of Curiosity

The Duty of Curiosity

April 16, 2002

Whither The State Portal?

Fifty-some channels and nothing on. Its a bleak scenario, and entirely avoidable.

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