Dawn Kawamoto is a former staff writer for Government Technology.
Faced with a potential budget-busting bill of $120,000 to provide Wi-Fi at its aquatic facility, Naperville Park District’s IT director scored a deal to receive free broadband equipment, Wi-Fi installation and service at eight facilities. Now the company is looking to take the idea nationwide.
Major cities like San Jose are talking to folks involved in geofencing, while Denver is already using geofencing for dockless scooters.
Law enforcement agencies across the nation are increasingly adopting body-worn camera programs that citizens hope hold the promise of accountability and transparency of police actions, but that trend is colliding with another citizen movement that puts a high value on privacy.
Mayors from San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland discuss their stand on these technologies during Nextdoor’s first annual Mayor Summit.
Over 100 national, state and local organizations from the ACLU to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund call for reforming the use of algorithms in risk-based bail assessments.
CTO Duane Schell and Chief Reinvention Officer Julie Cabinaw talk about their plans to address North Dakota’s massive IT unification plans.
Privacy and civil rights concerns have escalated, as the technology becomes easier to deploy and gains traction as a law enforcement tool.
Non-traditional IT hires are just one unique way that CIOs and CISOs are looking to attract IT professionals as the industry faces a steep labor shortage of 1.8 million by 2022.
The state previously notified 76,000 Illinois residents that their data may have been breached before the 2016 election, but recent numbers from the Department of Justice are much higher.
The department’s vital records system received unauthorized changes to the internal site, resulting in the system being taken down for six days late last month.
State and local agencies have yet to fully embrace bug bounty programs, but a bill introduced last month may provide an introduction to bug bounty programs.
The Florida police department is part of a growing movement by local law enforcement agencies to dive deeper into facial recognition technology, despite growing concerns on the part of civil rights and privacy groups.
Government agencies and education institutions have increased the use of smart technologies to assist the disabled. But federal funding remains an issue.
John McCaffrey retired from his Westchester County, N.Y., CIO post in January to launch a consulting service. But in April, construction management giant LiRo Group hired him as its first CIO to jump on a growing trend in public-sector projects.
California lawmakers rushed the passage of Assembly Bill 375 in a deal to knock a privacy initiative off the November ballot.
The closely watched California Consumer Privacy Act initiative became eligible for the November ballot late Monday, but its authors are willing to withdraw the measure if state legislators can pass their major privacy legislation by Thursday’s ballot withdrawal deadline.
Washington state is planning to launch a beta version of its Privacy Checklist tool in the next two weeks. The resource is designed to give governments a starting point in implementing privacy best practices.
NextLight, a community-owned fiber-optic network ISP in Longmont, Colo., kicked Google Fiber from its top-seeded post and vows to retain its No. 1 rank as neighboring Fort Collins prepares to launch a similar broadband service.
State CIO Shawn Riley believes plans to unify the state's disparate IT systems will go ahead, but first he has to convince the legislature the initiative will work.
The state wants to use the position to produce greater engagement and outcomes while developing new ideas for using technology.
Agnes Kirk retired as Washington state’s chief information security officer June 1, a move that comes only two weeks after the state’s acting CIO Rob St. John announced his June 30 retirement plans.
Among the small field of tech-related ballot proposals and ballot measures nationwide in 2018, a dog fight over privacy issues may erupt come June 25.
The chief operating officer issued an apology for recent data use and elections scandals during the United States Conference of Mayors in Boston June 8.
Money for ed tech startup companies continues to grow, with Glimpse among the latest to score a funding round.
The city and county of Honolulu becomes the first government agency in the nation to pass a bill that caps fares charged by ridesharing services.
The open source community is doing a poor job monitoring its software for security flaws, say experts.
Fewer than a dozen state CIOs currently come from the private sector and only a handful of sitting state CIOs have survived a change in governor. But the number of the rarest type of state CIO is rather surprising.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige and state CIO Todd Nacapuy took an unusual approach and launched a monthlong hackathon, rather than a typical weekend warrior hackfest. The results? Millions of dollars and hundreds of hours saved.
Louisiana is the latest state to consider using its website to bring its constituents greater transparency on government spending.
With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement deadline fast approaching, tech companies like Microsoft are applying their GDPR practices beyond their EU customers.
The number of U.S. residents ages 65 or older is expected to double to 83.7 million by 2050, yet 30 percent of the nation’s states do not have any autonomous vehicle legislation enacted or executive orders in place.
The group known as AnonPlus defaced three New Mexico Workers Compensation websites Wednesday, marking the third such attack on state government in six days.
Hawaii is bracing for the potential that the Kilauea volcano could explode this week, putting pressure on state IT personnel to keep the lines of communication operational.
Honolulu CIO Mark Wong slashed annual IT budget costs by $1 million for four consecutive years during his tenure at the Aloha State, yet he continues to innovate. Here’s his secret.
The state is one of five that currently rely on an all-electronic voting system with no paper ballot backup to verify the vote, but some of these states are changing their ways.
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) May 25 enforcement deadline is fast approaching, but state and local governments shouldn't worry, say experts.
But will cities adopt new policies in the face of controversy over the potential use of the technology in police body worn cameras?
Portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality repeal order officially began to take effect Monday, as more than two dozen states aim to find workarounds to the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
The new user interface aims to provide rich data on colleges and universities and make it easier to compare institutions.
The tool’s debut comes as Michigan prepares to give greater weight to student performance and growth when conducting annual teacher reviews.
Michael Dietrich is named Nevada's new CIO and deputy director of administration, a move designed to aid the state in its digital transformation.
If the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately rules states can collect sales taxes on Internet-based transactions regardless of where the e-retailer is based, CIOs don't want to leave money on the table.