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Lauren Harrison

Managing Editor

Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and more than 10 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.

March 1, 2021

Electric SUV Maker Raises $2.65B, Expands Charging Network

Plus, an AI-powered chess bot is designed to play like a human, SpaceX competitor OneWeb adds 500 low-earth orbit satellites to its ranks and renewable energy surpasses fossil fuels in Europe.

January 5, 2021

Netherlands Converts Iconic Ashtrays to E-Bike Chargers

Plus, footlong robotic earthworms that analyze soil, the federal government contracts with Uber and Lyft to give employees free rides and the state of presidential social media accounts amid the transition.

December 1, 2020

NASA Fits Orbiter Camera With AI to Track Changes on Mars

Plus, drones that can plant thousands of trees in a day, mobile Microsoft data centers designed to set up in remote or hazardous locations, and a five-story building in Shanghai that “walked” itself down the street.

October 15, 2020

CIOs on How to Reframe the Future With Emerging Tech

The annual NASCIO conference concludes with a look at how states are developing governance frameworks around the latest technologies to ensure a focus on citizens and avoid being drawn toward “every shiny widget.”

October 13, 2020

Enabling State Government: A New Role Emerges for CIOs

In a live virtual panel, NASCIO released its annual survey of state chief information officers today, supporting the notion that state IT leaders led the transition to remote work and a renewed push for digital services.

October 1, 2020

Selfies for Safety? Moped-Share Company Revel’s Approach

Plus, startups use machine learning to reduce the massive amount of waste in U.S. grocery stores, an app raises funds to identify users’ personal risks in emergencies and LG launches an air-purifying face mask.

September 2, 2020

Camera Small Enough for a Beetle Offers Peek at Insect Life

Plus, the amount of equity-based investments made in the space sector, Google Maps integrates bike share information after a year-long pilot in New York City, and app downloads in the U.S. versus China this year.

July 1, 2020

Translating Civic Tech to the State Level in New York

Interim New York State Chief Information Officer Jeremy Goldberg discusses the transition from city to state IT, and what lessons from initiatives like Startup in Residence can be applied at higher levels.

June 1, 2020

Sidewalk Map Shows Challenge of Staying 6 Feet Apart in NYC

Plus, the dramatic jump in Internet traffic from COVID-19, a new tool from Microsoft that identifies politically incorrect language online and a device that prevents digital home assistants from always listening.

May 5, 2020

Looking Past COVID-19: State CIOs on What Comes Next

While the novel coronavirus has brought new challenges to government IT teams, chief information officers from Georgia, Ohio and Utah discuss the opportunities presented by changing the status quo.

May 4, 2020

Effective Cybersecurity Requires a ‘Whole of State Approach’

At a virtual session of the NASCIO midyear conference, North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson explained why states must help their cities and counties in the fight against hackers.

April 1, 2020

Connected AI Device Detects Drownings, Improves Pool Safety

Plus, the predicted growth of 5G adoption worldwide, drones that navigate via bat-like echolocation and a new ride-sharing app that proved far more popular than Uber when it first hit the streets of London.

March 24, 2020

Yessica Jones

CTO, Arkansas

March 1, 2020

Balancing Emerging Tech with Citizen Need in California

California Chief Information Officer Amy Tong explains how technology is helping combat deadly wildfires, her approach to making state agencies digitally accessible and ensuring Internet connectivity for all.

December 1, 2019

Report Uncovers Cause of 2018 Self-Driving Uber Fatality

Plus, new tech IDs people by the sound of their bones, the number of tweens who have their own smartphones, and a giant ocean buoy that designers believe will generate enough energy to power a small town.

November 25, 2019

Wisconsin Poised to Hire a Chief Analytics Officer

Speaking at the NASCIO conference last month, Wisconsin CIO David Cagigal talked about the data analytics work the state will undertake when it gets past its current state of being “data rich and information poor.”

November 21, 2019

Card-Catalog-Level Data Work Underway in Kentucky

Hiring a chief data officer last year helped kick off some transformational data work in the commonwealth of Kentucky, according to Chief Information Officer Chuck Grindle. Here, he outlines their progress so far.

November 19, 2019

2020 Election: DNC in Milwaukee Ups the Ante for Wisconsin

Chief Information Officer David Cagigal says Wisconsin has a responsibility to help locals with cybersecurity. But the state has its own unique pressure related to the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee next July.

October 31, 2019

Future-Proofing North Dakota: A Growth Mindset Is Key

Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley says it is inevitable that technology will leapfrog state IT preparedness and explains why developing a culture focused on adaptation and evolution is critical.

October 28, 2019

Is Government Procurement Ready for Emerging Tech?

Massachusetts CIO Curt Wood is eager to explore ways new technologies can be incorporated into the enterprise, but current procurement processes aren’t set up to easily adapt to new vendors offering the latest tech.

October 28, 2019

Cloud Services Enable IT to Be the 'Agency of Yes'

Mississippi Chief Information Officer Craig Orgeron explains why moving services to the cloud is a priority for his state, and why their decentralized IT structure means they can then offer services to more agencies.

October 25, 2019

Moving Away from MNLARS: A Smart, Future-Proof Pivot

After Minnesota’s custom-built driver and vehicle system failed to successfully launch, the state opted to purchase a third-party system that CIO Tarek Tomes describes as the right choice going forward.

October 24, 2019

Five Pillars Will Advance the Illinois Technology Plan

Ron Guerrier leads the relatively new Innovation and Technology Department, but before he can get to work on the technology stack, he has to establish a cohesive departmental culture and understand existing processes.

October 23, 2019

Technology Investment Must Go Beyond Single Use Cases

West Virginia CTO Josh Spence on why tech chiefs need to be cautious when taking on new projects if they do not serve a greater purpose for the organization, and how that plays into the state’s resiliency.

October 18, 2019

The IT Avengers: Teaming Up Is Critical for Resilience

At the annual NASCIO conference in Nashville, Ohio Chief Information Officer Ervan Rodgers talked about why teamwork is key for IT resiliency and how he generates collaboration across the state enterprise.

October 17, 2019

Coordination Is King: Wisconsin Navigates Off the Mainframe

Wisconsin CIO David Cagigal is committed to the mainframe, at least for the next couple years. His challenge is making sure agencies are on the same page about the timing of their exit strategies.

October 16, 2019

North Dakota Takes on Equity, Ethics and Emerging Tech

State CIO Shawn Riley is a strong proponent for looking at technologies on the bleeding edge and how they can benefit government and citizens alike, as long as they are used for the benefit of all.

October 15, 2019

Centralizing Citizen Services Is Top of Mind in Tennessee

CIO Stephanie Dedmon is looking forward to the soft launch of an application in December that will streamline the services offered by several agencies. Five agencies will spearhead the rollout, with more to follow.

October 15, 2019

States Transition from Cloud-First to Cloud-Smart Strategy

At the NASCIO Annual Conference, Arkansas Chief Information Officer Yessica Jones explained how her state’s data center consolidation has set the stage for making smart choices about what’s going to the cloud.

October 14, 2019

Recovery, Risk and Ransomware: NASCIO Kicks Off in Nashville

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is holding its annual conference — and celebrating its 50th anniversary — by convening state CIOs to crowdsource the most pressing concerns in government IT.

October 14, 2019

Cyber Is Like the Dentist: The Importance of Good Hygiene

In light of a recent audit that found widespread lack of cybersecurity compliance among agencies, CIO Craig Orgeron discusses the importance of regular maintenance for both people and systems to keep Mississippi secure.

October 14, 2019

Sophisticated Foreign Attacks Strain Maine’s Cyber-Resources

Acknowledging a surge in “malicious traffic” a few weeks ago, Maine Chief Information Officer Fred Brittain outlines his layered strategy for managing cyberthreats in his small state.

October 14, 2019

Building a Future-Proof IT Organization in Kentucky

At NASCIO, Commonwealth Chief Information Officer Chuck Grindle explained that there are three elements of his strategy to make Kentucky and its technology as resilient as possible in the years ahead.

October 1, 2019

Underwater Robots Track Declining Shark Species with Lasers

Plus, Toyota’s mobility play at the Olympics, a high-tech virtual reality technique that could reduce the need for multiple heart surgeries and the perhaps surprising case for building a bigger microchip.

September 1, 2019

Virgin Hyperloop One Announces World’s Longest Test Track

Plus, a company partnering with IBM to use AI to stop wildfires before they burn out of control, and the Canadian government plans to put $600 million toward low Earth orbit satellites over the next decade.

July 1, 2019

Maryland’s CIO on Workforce, Security and the Outlook for 5G

Michael Leahy, Maryland Secretary of Information Technology, explains his approach to cybersecurity, the challenges of competing with the private sector for tech talent and how he’s handling privacy concerns.

June 1, 2019

What Is the Most Common Password Used on the Internet?

Plus, artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies may help doctors diagnose and treat patients suffering from glaucoma, and the number of smartphones in the world surpasses the human population.

May 31, 2019

Optimizing Processes and Systems in Washington State

Chief Information Officer Jim Weaver explains the importance of good governance, repeatable business processes and a move to Microsoft Office 365 that will be a crucial first step toward all-around efficiency.

May 20, 2019

Cybersecurity, Shared Services Among Montana’s 5 Focus Areas

Montana Chief Information Officer Tim Bottenfield outlines five things he wants the State Information Technology Services Division to focus on as they work to expand services for both agencies and citizens alike.

May 16, 2019

Balancing Technology with Cybersecurity Needs in Kansas

Kansas Chief Information Technology Officer Lee Allen explains how, in addition to implementing agency-level security, he gives his CISO the autonomy he needs to protect the enterprise at large.

May 15, 2019

Protecting Privacy in New Jersey: Consistency Is Key

New Jersey Chief Data and Privacy Officer Carrie Parikh explains how she’s working to standardize protocols for keeping citizen data safe across the state enterprise while also incorporating emerging tech.

May 9, 2019

Colorado Chief Customer Officer Aligns Agencies, IT

William Chumley talks about how his work in Colorado IT drives efficiency across the state by ensuring that tech is an effective part of the work agencies are doing to improve the citizen experience.

May 8, 2019

Blockchain, Biometrics: Utah Taps New Tech to Serve Citizens

CIO Mike Hussey talks about how the state is looking to streamline customer-facing processes like the transfer of vehicle ownership, as well as internal methods of screening for potential fraud and identity theft.

May 8, 2019

NASCIO Day 2: Hard Transformations and ‘Soft’ Skills

State CIOs discussed not only the risk-taking and strategy involved in making major enterprise-wide changes, but also the people skills and communication tools necessary to create transformation.

May 7, 2019

Confronting Washington, D.C.’s Unique Cybersecurity Challenge

Washington, D.C.’s Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Parker says running an effective IT shop relies on good people, strong cyberdefenses and an eye toward bolstering the workforce for the future.

May 6, 2019

Breaking Old Habits and Leveraging New Networks in Colorado

From breaking long-held processes to capitalizing on the benefits of faster networks, Colorado Chief Information Officer Theresa Szczurek shared the challenges and opportunities facing her state.

May 6, 2019

NASCIO Day 1: States Showcase Partnerships for Success

The midyear gathering of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers kicked off today with state technology leaders discussing their crucial relationships with the private sector.

May 6, 2019

Privacy Is Key to Modernizing the Citizen Experience

Maryland CIO Michael Leahy said that while updating the way citizens interact with government is a high priority, issues around keeping personal data secure must also be addressed to make any system truly efficient.

April 1, 2019

China Aims to Launch First Solar Power Station in Space

Plus, Google expands to 24 U.S. states with a $13 billion investment, Audi’s new vehicle-to-infrastructure tech helps drivers hit only green lights, and smart crosswalks could help reduce pedestrian fatalities.

March 26, 2019

Doug McCollough

CIO, Dublin, Ohio

March 1, 2019

Amazon’s High-Tech Safety Vest Aims to Save Workers from Bots

Plus France fines Google $57 million for violating Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation laws, and Microsoft expands its Code Jumper software to teach visually impaired students basic coding skills.

January 1, 2019

New Jersey’s CTO on Modernization and Funding Cyber

In the role of chief technology officer since June, Christopher Rein describes the challenges he sees around modernizing legacy systems and striking a balance between implementing current and emerging tech.

December 28, 2018

Outgoing Illinois Governor to Elevate CTO to Interim CIO

Outgoing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner named Chief Technology Officer Jack King to serve as the state’s interim CIO starting with the new year. King brings nearly three decades of private-sector experience to the position.

December 1, 2018

Lime Launches $3M Campaign to Increase Scooter Safety

Plus, a university café sells students coffee in exchange for their personal data, and a team of researchers at NYU have created artificial fingerprints that accurately imitate real biometric IDs.

November 12, 2018

Maine CDO on Data Governance in a Decentralized State

At the NASCIO conference in San Diego last month, Maine Chief Data Officer Youri Assi Antonin discussed his plans to implement internal data controls and contribute to the digital transformation of the state.

October 25, 2018

NASCIO Day Two: Accelerating Change

Multi-sourcing in Texas, Indiana's data-driven opioid strategy, a unified citizen experience in Tennessee and powering through procurement pain points: highlights from state IT leaders at NASCIO.

October 24, 2018

3 Strategies for Successful Cybersecurity Programs

The 2018 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study found that while CISOs are gaining a real foothold in state government, there remain key areas where progress can still be made.

October 23, 2018

Tennessee: Making Innovation Matter

CIO Stephanie Dedmon says it’s not enough simply to modernize — new IT projects must be in the state’s best interests.

October 23, 2018

Colorado Goes Live with New Citizen-Facing Projects

Chief Technology Officer David McCurdy on some of the major initiatives the state has recently completed.

October 22, 2018

Arizona Moves Toward Single Sign-On

Arizona CIO Morgan Reed on how his agency is developing single sign-on to protect against cyberattacks and make government easier to use.

October 22, 2018

How a Data-Driven Government Tackles Privacy

At the annual NASCIO conference in San Diego, Indiana Chief Privacy Officer Ted Cotterill talks about the CPO’s place in the C-suite.

October 21, 2018

Cutting Ties: Virginia’s Bumpy Breakup with Northrop Grumman

Described by CIO Nelson Moe as “groundbreaking” in 2005, the commonwealth has severed its relationship with its former mega-contractor that limited Virginia’s agility in meeting today’s IT needs.

October 1, 2018

Gone in 2 Seconds: Hacking Tesla

Plus, Molar Mic two-way communication, and the next generation of health trackers.

September 27, 2018

What's the Outlook for 5G in Rural States?

Given the promise of speeds 100 times faster than today’s, 5G providers have the ear of policymakers. But is it realistic in states like Nebraska?

September 1, 2018

Researchers Develop AI with a Sixth Sense

Plus, Uber hits a milestone, and the potential effects of climate change on high-speed Internet.

August 24, 2018

Nevada's Well-Rounded Approach to Security

Nevada CIO Michael Dietrich shares the advice he would give to a state agency faced with a cybersecurity breach.

August 3, 2018

Moving Off Mainframe

Tennessee Deputy CIO Stephanie Dedmon discusses the ongoing process of modernizing legacy systems.

July 31, 2018

The Realities of Evolving the IT Workforce

Acting Illinois CIO Kirk Lonbom weighs in on the importance of change management and preparing for a retirement wave.

July 27, 2018

Alaska's Strategy in the Fight Against Ransomware

Deputy Chief Information Officer Dan DeBartolo discusses the state’s approach to cybersecurity in the wake of recent high-profile ransomware attacks.

July 18, 2018

Could 5G Be the Answer to Rural Connectivity in Kentucky?

While fiber and broadband are often discussed as the best ways to get Internet to underconnected communities, Kentucky CIO Charles Grindle considers skipping those options altogether.

July 1, 2018

Creating an Equitable City in St. Paul, Minn.

For CIO Sharon Kennedy Vickers, residents are at the heart of St. Paul's IT goals.

June 4, 2018

Illinois Strives for "One DoIT"

Acting CIO Kirk Lonbom is prioritizing the unification of all IT in the state.

June 1, 2018

Microsoft Invests in AI for the Disabled

Plus, Norway's EV market hits a new high, Carnegie Mellon offers a degree in artificial intelligence and New York City police will instruct citizens how they can obtain body-cam footage.

May 31, 2018

Governments Don't Always Pay Hackers, But What If They Did?

Going against the FBI's ransomware advice is one way state chief information officers are thinking for themselves.

May 23, 2018

Indiana's Plans to Change the Mindset on Large-Scale IT

CIO Dewand Neely is standing up new processes that cast the state’s big technology projects as investments.

May 21, 2018

How 5G Could Transform Connectivity in Alaska

Deputy CIO Dan DeBartolo has his eye on several technologies with potential to improve connectivity in the country’s largest state.

May 18, 2018

Florida’s Retirement Problem and Its Role in IT Modernization

Many CIOs want to get rid of legacy technology like the mainframe. Florida CIO Eric Larson explains how the state's workforce situation is forcing the issue.

May 9, 2018

Laying the Foundation for Data-Driven Policy

In Tennessee, Deputy CIO Stephanie Dedmon is putting the elements in place to enable data and analytics to truly benefit state operations.

May 4, 2018

One CIO’s Primer on the Evolving Ransomware Threat

Texas Chief Information Officer Todd Kimbriel explains his approach to ransomware in light of recent attacks on the public sector.

May 2, 2018

How Kentucky’s Large Contract Workforce Complicates IT Staffing

State Chief Information Officer Charles Grindle talks about what Kentucky is up against when it comes to its IT workforce, and what they’re doing about it.

May 1, 2018

Balancing Emerging and Legacy Tech in New Mexico

State CIO Darryl Ackley on the challenges of modernizing infrastructure and getting to the next big thing in gov tech.

April 30, 2018

Florida’s Data-Driven Future

Chief Information Officer Eric Larson talks about Florida’s plans to work on how the Agency for State Technology manages data to realize better outcomes across the state.

April 27, 2018

Optimizing Infrastructure: Job No. 1 in Arkansas

Chief Information Officer Yessica Jones outlines the many benefits the state hopes to achieve by consolidating its data center environment.

April 26, 2018

Cybersecurity: Bridging the Gap between Technology and People

For Indiana Chief Information Officer Dewand Neely, securing state agencies is more than just an IT problem.

April 26, 2018

NASCIO Midyear: CIOs Talk AI, Communication

In afternoon sessions at the NASCIO Midyear conference earlier this week, state IT leaders broke into groups to tackle issues both timely and timeless.

April 25, 2018

The Workforce Reality in North Carolina

North Carolina Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette talks about recruiting “a new wave” of IT employees.

April 24, 2018

NASCIO Midyear: 3 States Take on User-Centered Design

By designing with the user in mind, websites and other technology tools can come out working better.

April 23, 2018

NASCIO Midyear: Day One Takes on Cybersecurity, Innovation and Analytics

Monday's programming dove deep into top-of-mind issues for state CIOs.

April 23, 2018

Are States Equipped to Fend Off Ransomware Attacks?

Kentucky CIO Charles Grindle weighs in at the NASCIO Midyear conference on what he’d tell an agency confronting ransomware.

April 23, 2018

Post-Consolidation, Nebraska Turns to Applications

CIO Ed Toner talks about how the state is taking stock of applications now that consolidation is out of the way.

April 23, 2018

NASCIO Midyear: To Drive Change, Adjust Your Perspective

The IT community loves to talk about driving change and innovative ideas, but achieving those goals often falls flat without a change in perspective.

April 2, 2018

A Dog's-Eye (Street) View

Plus, Germany doubles its number of EV chargers, a small restaurant hires a robot and Apple Maps improves its bike-sharing services.

March 28, 2018

Mike Hussey

CIO, Utah

March 1, 2018

Former Tech Employees Work to Curb Tech Addiction

Plus, South Australia creates the world's largest virtual power plant, and Amazon solves the problem of accidental Alexa wakes.

January 8, 2018

Girl Scouts Earn Merit Badges for Coding

Plus, the cost savings of electric vehicles, and "living" temporary tattoos.

December 1, 2017

Cloudflare's Groovy Solution to Web Encryption

Plus, the world's tallest wind turbine begins construction in Germany, and Alexa learns Japanese.

November 21, 2017

Texas Reconsiders Citizen Privacy

In the wake of September’s Equifax breach, CIO Todd Kimbriel talks about how to securely represent Texans digitally.

November 15, 2017

Why Dewand Neely Gave Up His Office

The Indiana CIO explains a recent move to a more modern, no-offices workspace for his workforce.

October 19, 2017

Making the Most of Data: Internal, External Partners at the Table in Indiana

Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah discusses how Indiana works to get data to out of government silos and into the hands of groups that can use it.

October 4, 2017

Cybersecurity: Lessons from 5 States

With protection from cyberthreats an ever-present concern for IT leaders at all levels, five states presented their approaches at NASCIO's annual conference in Austin.

October 3, 2017

Opioids, Customer Experience and Workforce Grab Attention at NASCIO, Day Two

The second full day of programming takes deep dives into top-of-mind issues for CIOs.

October 3, 2017

Communication, Collaboration Are Key to Effective Procurement

At NASCIO's annual conference, Minnesota CIO Tom Baden and Idaho Chief Procurement Officer Sarah Hilderbrand talked best practices in procurement, emphasizing the importance of relationship-building.

October 3, 2017

NASCIO: New Tech, Changing Business Models Are Transforming CIO Role

The 2017 National Association of State CIOs survey examines how the job of chief information officer is changing in response to emerging technology and new business models.

October 2, 2017

Indiana’s Analytics Strategy: Unlocking Data to Unlock Solutions

The state’s Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah discusses his approach to using IT to improve citizen well-being.

October 2, 2017

5 State CIOs Discuss Priorities, Share Recommendations

At NASCIO's annual conference, five CIOs were given five minutes each to revisit their respective priorities and make recommendations based on their own experiences.

October 2, 2017

NASCIO Day One Kicks Off with a Call for Teamwork

State CIOs gather in Texas to share ideas and create new relationships.

October 1, 2017

Farm Giant John Deere Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup

Plus, social media grows as a news source, and an app to help protect your smartphone PIN.

September 1, 2017

SpaceX Becomes Fourth Most Valuable Privately Held, Venture-Backed U.S. Company

Plus, the frightening amount of e-waste generated annually worldwide, and artificial intelligence helps protect against drowsy driving.

July 19, 2017

Digital Counties Survey 2017: Winners Focus on Knowing When, How to Introduce New Tech

The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.

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