Jessica Mulholland served as the Web editor of Government Technology magazine from October 2012 through September 2017. She worked for the Government Technology editorial team for nearly 10 years.
Two years after Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs was named the private-sector partner to revitalize a waterfront community in Toronto, citizens and city officials remain divided about whether to move forward.
After a public firestorm surrounding data use and privacy, CEO Dan Doctoroff says the company is committed to complying with whatever data specifications Waterfront Toronto deems appropriate.
The rating system would drive improvement by setting a standard in the industry and increasing transparency and accountability.
Constructing a nearly 2,000-mile energy park along the border could provide security, energy and water for both countries. And a consortium of engineers and scientists think it's a viable alternative to Trump's wall.
Broadband Internet access has been a focal point for legislators across the U.S. In 2017 sessions alone, many states have taken their own shot at crafting pro-access legislation.
The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.
Washington state's experiment with holacracy aims to find out.
As of July 6, 20 states are refusing to comply, 23 states are partially complying and 8 states are undecided. No state has yet agreed to full compliance.
With nearly six months under her belt, Jones also talked to us about chatbots and artificial intelligence in government.
Maine’s agile journey began five years ago, so CIO Jim Smith and Associate CIO Paul Sandlin offer tips to IT officials looking to make the change.
CIO Craig Orgeron says HB 999, which establishes the security program, also validates where the state has been.
Washington CIO Michael Cockrill says modeling government procurement after the private sector can cause conflict, but there are ways to make it work.
The state is working on two key upgrades: integrated payments within its Gov2Go app and chatbots that answer citizens' questions using machine learning.
Plus, the DATA Act is set to evolve, and the District of Columbia establishes a comprehensive data policy.
The state's Office of Information Technology prequalified a set of vendors so when projects come up, this select group is targeted, resulting in quicker response and implementation times.
CIO Tony Young says the state is looking to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into a useful product — and XPrize is offering a $20 million award to the team that can do it.
Plus, the Knight Foundation announces $1.2 million in funding for six cities to explore Internet of Things technologies, a Maryland county's Bicycle Stress Map serves as a template for others, and Boston stumbles upon inconsistencies with Web analytics.
On day two of the 2017 midyear conference, attendees participated in interactive and informal sessions to exchange ideas and discuss best practices.
Shared services can help streamline government operations, saving taxpayer money in the process. Pennsylvania is counting on it.
More than 530 government and industry attendees gathered to talk about top strategies, and management processes and solutions.
Just days after President Donald Trump signed legislation into law allowing Internet service providers (ISPs) to sell the personal data of customers, several states moved ahead with legislation to protect the data of their constituents.
Michael Roling, CISO
Steve Siegler, Deputy CIO
Rich Kliethermes, Acting CIO
The state's Open Data Initiative will help CDO Liz Rowe drive the development of common standards and governance across the executive branch, and develop an approach to enterprise data sharing.
This year’s top digital cities know data demands are only going to grow, and they want to be prepared.
It’s due to a combination of very powerful forces coalescing, according to one public official.
Despite the field office outages, DMV online services are still available and the department is updating its list of affected offices on its website.
Gamiño, currently the CIO of San Francisco, is leaving the West Coast to become New York City's chief technology officer.
Government must consider many new risks and factors in planning given rapidly changing technology and constituent behavior.
Just over halfway through its five-year contract with a firm that specializes in training for management and IT professionals, the state’s Office of Information Services is focusing on creating IT leaders and is seeing improved performance.
Indiana CIO Dewand Neely talks about how his state is applying data to address an issue on many governors’ agendas.
Cybersecurity is becoming part of the fabric of government operations, as proven by the fact that all respondents in NASCIO's biennial cybersecurity survey reported having an enterprise-level chief information security officer.
Agile development, cybersecurity and the cloud also make the agenda as the annual meeting kicks off in Orlando, Fla.
Results of the 2016 Digital States Survey indicate that the effort states are putting into innovation, collaboration and aligning their investments with citizens' priorities has never been higher.
Winning projects serve internal and external stakeholders well, proving the dedication and hard work in designing and creating these projects was well worth the effort.
This year’s best government websites shared in common a simple vision of user-centric content, a desire to iterate and collaborate more quickly than in years past, and to watch the market for the latest trends and standards.
In this year's survey, the Center for Digital Government recognizes 55 counties that understand technology's value, empower their tech leaders, and implement new ideas to make life better for those who live and work there.
Miguel Gamiño, CIO
Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer
Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer
Government Technology’s editorial team analyzes this year’s speeches to see which governors are talking tech.
This year’s top digital cities have developed a mature infrastructure that lets city leaders experiment with technology projects that are molded in the image of the average citizen's lifestyle.
Winning sites in the 2015 Best of the Web competition tend to use simple, high-image, low-text designs; prioritize accessibility and mobility; and start with a design philosophy that puts the user first.
In this year's survey, the Center for Digital Government recognizes 54 counties as adaptive IT leaders, collaborators and arbiters of the public trust.
Keeping in touch with millennials is key, whether it’s during the recruiting process, while they’re employed with your organization, and even after they've left for another job.
The California Independent System Operator is like a giant pool of electricity with streams constantly flowing in and out, and operators must keep that flow in balance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To find technology in this year’s speeches, you often need to read between the lines.
In this year's Digital Cities Survey, top cities recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives there.
With 36 governorships up for election, the fate of many state IT leaders hangs in the balance. Here’s what we know.
Citizens, with their rapidly changing expectations, can play a role in making government what they want and need it to be.
#Converge@flySFO is a place for travelers to innovate and collaborate while waiting for their flights.
At the 10th annual NY Tech Meetup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Minerva Tantoco will be the city's first chief technology officer.
After serving as U.S. deputy chief technology officer, CfA's founder and executive director says in this Q&A that she's focused on creating a government that works for the people and by the people in the 21st century.
FirstNet began negotiations with eight testbed jurisdictions, and the projects that did reach agreements should help shape the FirstNet network.
When it comes to testing whether sites have been affected, two primary resources exist.
Chief innovation officers popping up in state and local government have scopes as different as the jurisdictions they serve.
See which state and local governments have made their open data promises official.
State CIO says the new law will help excite and engage citizens in developing solutions around government data.
Starting this July, the department is overhauling its automated testing system, which handles all driver’s license testing in the state.
After nine years in the public sector, Locatis -- former assistant secretary of Homeland Security for Cybersecurity and Communications -- departs, joining private industry.
Despite searching for a replacement for its IT chief, the California health insurance exchange is slated for an on-time launch.
Lea Deesing begins on April 8, and will employ her seven point path to successful leadership in the position.
During his State of the Union address, Obama mentioned the signing and called for Congress to take action to protect the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.
Six public- and private-sector leaders outline what it takes to succeed as a C-level executive in government.
The former San Francisco CIO discusses his legacy in the City by the Bay and his plans for San Mateo County.
After two years as deputy CTO for the White House, Vein is taking what he's learned in open government and innovation, and applying it internationally.
State Sen. Alex Padilla announced legislation to create a statewide system to warn of impending earthquakes.
The new partnership also calls for the standardization of health score data nationwide.
Cockrill, a technology entrepreneur, will begin as Washington state's CIO on Jan. 23.
In this position, Tim Wisniewski will leverage technology like mobile apps for civic gains, and will work with the CIO and other city departments on how to be more efficient.
The largest connected vehicle project in the nation is working on standardizing equipment that allows cars to communicate with one another, improving driver safety.
After just over a year as the state's CIO, Shyam submits his resignation, leaving the post at year's end.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' new iOS app, Chihuly, lets users shape virtual glass into pieces of artwork by blowing into the iPhone or iPad’s microphone.
Walton will become San Mateo County's CIO on Jan. 14, 2013.
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker shares his experience eating for $30 per week via Twitter.
Fontly helps preserve "an incredibly important aspect of the world’s visual heritage."
Here's a look at some of our most disappointing stories of 2012.
The number of data centers in operation worldwide will increase from more than 191,000 to almost 202,000 between 2011 and 2014.
Using galaxy images, star renderings and sun images from Wikipedia, NASA and other sources, Google has created an "interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood."
The range, opened on Nov. 9, trains cybersecurity professionals in detecting and preventing cyberattacks in a real-world setting.
NASA's Spot the Station service will only send out alerts for “good” sighting occasions.
The White Sea Biological Station aims to transform the fields of marine science, molecular biology and sustainable coastal management.
Over the last five days, the city has tweeted and retweeted information about evacuations, road and bridge closures, and shelters to keep citizens informed and safe.
The 2012 NASCIO Annual Conference comes to a close in America's Finest City.
Only 24 percent of chief information security officers are very confident in their states’ ability to guard data against external threats.
Tech chiefs across the nation keep up with the old while introducing the new in state government IT.
Two 'A' grade states and those with best practices receive awards during special event held Oct. 21 in San Diego.
What's being developed to help with a burned tongue?
The state of Illinois, University of Chicago and local communities are partnering with Gigabit Squared to build a gigabit-speed broadband network for mid-south Chicago neighborhoods.
Fucci accepts CIO position with the city of Henderson.
The Department of Energy approved two programs to advance the next generation of nuclear energy technology.
These 13 local, public-sector leaders have committed themselves to creating a more open and innovative government.
Here's a fun look at the 2012 Best of the Web awards held in San Francisco last week.
Using the Lytro camera means that focusing isn't so important in the moment -- it can be done after the picture is taken.
After just over three years of construction, the new terminal at California’s Sacramento International Airport is a leader in operations and efficiency.
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office goes paperless, swapping out copiers, faxes and printers for iPads.
Bring-your-own-device policies allow government employees to use their iPads for both professional and personal purposes.
At Issue: Is Twitter -- and other social media use by police -- a return to the days when police officers walked a beat and talked to people, or a public relations activity that distracts from dealing with crime?
The department’s communications director says the Philadelphia Police hope the move will help build trust with the community.
The researchers say their discovery represents a success in the advancement of lightweight materials that can help the auto industry design cars that get more miles per gallon with no compromise in safety or comfort.
A former hacker shares just how vulnerable local governments are to attacks on their systems — and how they can better protect themselves.
Waters discusses state IT consolidation and transition to Google Apps for Government.
Paramedics in Austin, Texas, use motorcycles to shorten emergency response times on a congested highway.
AT&T's Global Network Operations Center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
ASIMO can walk, run, hop on one leg, pour a beverage for you and save lives at disaster sites
The prototype arrived at Florida’s Canaveral Air Force Station over the weekend, and is being prepped for its 21-day docking mission.
Port Washington public school district tests cameras with eyelids for privacy and security.
Though it's one-third lighter than the satellite that fell to Earth in September, the Roentgen satellite's entry is expected to be "dangerous."
High-resolution photos of five of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls can now on the Web, thanks to expert digital photography and Google.
A 20-square-mile town is planned solely to test emerging intelligent and green technologies and innovations -- no inhabitants necessary.
Scientists say the bulk of UARS' will burn up during re-entry, but some pieces will likely survive.
The closest supernova to Earth in the last 25 years will be its brightest this weekend.
New social media platform tasks citizens with helping change their cities.
The magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck Tuesday, Aug. 23, in central Virginia was felt far and wide — from New York City to the Carolinas and west to Ohio. Downtown Washington, D.C., was not excluded.
PayPal Founder Peter Thiel predicts full settlement of the first island in 2019 and 10 million floating residents by 2050.
Why allowing the “unnatural act” of a government failure is a necessary part of innovation.
Though the test flight of DARPA’s Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 ended early, some believe the agency will continue to pursue hypersonic flight.
Ocala, Fla., residents will soon get to pay for their electricity from the city utility the way they do gas for their cars.
NYC residents can use the NYC Solar Map to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in NYC’s five boroughs.
Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on Friday, July 8 for the shuttle program’s final flight—a 12-day mission to the International Space Station.
NASA is counting down to its final space shuttle launch — and its giving 150 of its Twitter followers a front-row seat.
At TransparencyCamp 2011, where some presenters and attendees opted for privacy, some presented information openly. This speaker shared information about Civic Commons at the Ignite Session on Sunday May 1.
City Program Director Alissa Black discusses 2011 city fellowships. This year's partner cities include Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Is this the way of the future? Government Technology magazine visited three Chicago schools to find out.
After several months of testing iPads, public schools in Chicago see multiple enhancements in teaching and learning.
Rachel Sterne, previously a consultant and entrepreneur, aims to make the city more transparent and accessible.
Next month, the San Francisco Police Department officially opens its Bay Area Regional Crime Center.
New York City’s first – and only – water filtration plant is a marvel of engineering.
The Greater Houston Transportation and Emergency Management Center coordinates responses with all Harris County jurisdictions and agencies from its TranStar facility.
A recent report claims that the federal government could save lots after implementing tech innovations. Could states and localities find such cost savings too?
Sewer-based fiber to the home networks may be a cost-effective way to provide superfast Internet connections. Quincy, Ill. is pursuing this option slowly.
Technology and new approaches like the Western Governors University can cut the cost and improve the performance of public colleges and universities.
Crowdsourcing allows the public to report impacts from the oil spill and could provide the federal government with another view of the disaster.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management will pilot a 'results-only work environment,' moving 400 agency employees into the flexible work program.
From easing traffic congestion to enhancing public safety, information technology makes the city more livable.
Tony Cardenas seeks funding for port security enhancements.
With a good portion of the public-sector IT work force hitting retirement age, the question about whether that turnover will be a positive or negative on the industry remains