Clickability tracking pixel

Ryan McCauley

Former Staff Writer

Ryan McCauley was a staff writer for Government Technology magazine from October 2016 through July 2017, and previously served as the publication's editorial assistant.

October 1, 2017

The Case for Ransomware Insurance

Cyberinsurance polices increasingly include ransomware protections to help recover losses in the cases of such attacks. Are they worth the price tag for small and mid-size governments?

July 21, 2017

U.S. House Subcommittee Approves Self-Driving Legislation Pre-Empting State Regulations

This week, a House subcommittee approved a bipartisan markup of legislation dealing with the onset of autonomous vehicles.

July 21, 2017

Don't Fix the Worst First: How Next-Gen Tech Tools are Changing Road Maintenance

Two solutions using data analytics and artificial intelligence may serve as a model for how cities across the country can take better care of their streets.

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.

July 11, 2017

How States Are Legislating Autonomous Vehicles (Interactive Map)

Throughout the country, states are setting their own pace when it comes to autonomous vehicles. Where some choose to move quickly and aggressively, others opt for lighter legislative touches.

July 5, 2017

Determining the Feasibility of Shared Mobility Services in Low-Income, Rural Areas

By looking at pilot programs across the country that seek to increase mobility options for low-income residents in rural areas, the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis worked to understand if these programs were feasible for more widespread adoption.

June 29, 2017

How Building Baseline Video Analytics via Crowdsourcing Can Lead to Safer Streets

The the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero program calls on the public to help teach computers to recognize vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and any near-misses in the hope it can prevent deadly accidents.

June 28, 2017

Tech Showcase Conveys that Sacramento, Calif., Is Not All Talk When It Comes to Autonomous Vehicles

The capital city of California is using its leverage as the backyard of state regulators and its willingness to form partnerships to get driverless vehicle manufacturers to the table.

June 27, 2017

Congress Unveils 14 Proposed Pieces of Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee met to discuss more than a dozen pieces of proposed self-driving vehicle legislation and begin crafting the framework that will ultimately lead to bipartisan legislation that regulates self-driving vehicles.

June 21, 2017

How Can Advances in Technology Contribute to Evolving Electrical Grid?

During a panel at the Advanced Energy Economy’s Pathway to 2050 event, experts from the public and private discussed the impact technology will have on how energy is consumed over the course of the next 30 years.

June 19, 2017

The Time Is Now for San Francisco Municipal Fiber, Says Report

The report, authored by San Franciscans for Municipal Fiber, argues that to properly address the digital divide and provide affordable, equitable Internet access, the city must begin building its own fiber network.

June 15, 2017

Congress Releases Guidelines in Effort to Regulate Autonomous Vehicles

This week members of Congress released bipartisan legislative principles for self-driving vehicles that will guide any future laws.

June 15, 2017

Building Out Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Where Are the Best Locations for Charging Stations?

Researchers from Ohio State University released a report chronicling how to best determine where charging stations can go to encourage electric vehicle adoption.

June 8, 2017

Experts: Cities Must Think Differently About Resilience Planning

Resilience planning means a lot of things to different communities. In San Francisco, a panel of infrastructure and design experts shared their thoughts on how to combat increased flooding due to a rise in sea level.

June 7, 2017

San Francisco Announces Next CIO: Linda Gerull Talks Customer Service, Partnerships and Cloud

As CIO of the tech-centric city, Gerull says she plans to provide the best services to residents as possible.

June 2, 2017

San Jose, Calif., Releases Autonomous Vehicle RFI

The Bay Area city is looking to implement several autonomous vehicle pilot projects on its streets to determine how the technology can be integrated into the entire transportation ecosystem.

June 1, 2017

Miami-Dade County Demonstrates How to Overhaul Urban Mobility Through Integration

Miami-Dade County, along with the City Innovate Foundation, is releasing a playbook for local governments that adds ride-hailing and bike-sharing to the mix in the quest for truly multi-modal mobility.

May 31, 2017

Balancing Needs of Urban, Rural Residents Key in Establishing Washington's First Smart County

Snohomish County, Wash., is trying to figure out how best to use smart tech to serve very different populations.

May 30, 2017

Will New Jersey Be the First State to Hire a Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer?

New Jersey Chief Technology Officer Dave Weinstein spoke about the growing cyberthreat against the state, and how automation could help the resource-constrained state.

May 24, 2017

Unified Cybersecurity Unit Is Necessary to Protect New Jersey Agencies from Threats

At the New Jersey Digital Government Summit, Chief Technology Officer Dave Weinstein said that the state needs to adopt a more unified identity in order to protect itself in the future.

May 23, 2017

North Carolina's New CIO Outlines Top 3 Short-Term Priorities

Eric Boyette, a long-time public servant who was appointed as North Carolina's CIO on April 7, has solid plans to bolster the state's data resources and cooperative efforts.

May 19, 2017

Infrastructure Week: Should Cities Be at the Center of Infrastructure Discourse?

Local government leaders discussed the current administration's trend toward financing infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships and eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds.

May 18, 2017

Infrastructure Week: Keep People, Not Cars, at the Center of Planning, Design

The former U.S. Secretary of Transportation joined other transportation leaders during Infrastructure Week to discuss the future of mobility and provide a few things to keep in mind.

May 16, 2017

First Steps for Cities in Harnessing the Value of Untapped Data

Despite the abundance of data and analytics, cities often don't realize their possible uses.

May 10, 2017

Zombie Software Is Just One Obstacle for Building Smarter Cities

Zombie software, or systems that have been maintained well past the expiration date, are just one symptom of outdated procurement processes for cities.

May 9, 2017

How Tech-Enhanced Infrastructure Will Promote Equity in Transportation

Recognizing the opportunity that technology-enhanced infrastructure presents is key to combating an inequitable and crumbling transportation system.

May 5, 2017

Demonstration Partnership Policy Readies Sacramento, Calif., for Smart City Pilots

California's capital city released its demonstration partnership policy, which is applying the principles of agile software development to procurement processes.

May 4, 2017

New York City, Seattle Enlist in Fight to Preserve Internet Privacy for Residents

The cities on opposite sides of the country are not sitting on the sidelines when it comes to Internet privacy — both are taking concrete steps to protect digital privacy rights.

May 1, 2017

Chicago's Brenna Berman Leaves City Hall, Continues to Use Technology to Help Government

The former CIO of Chicago will be a few miles away, working on laying the foundation for future partnerships among cities, universities and private industry.

April 28, 2017

Cities Take a Stand Against the FCC's Proposed Net Neutrality Rollback

Cities are speaking out against the recent FCC proposed rollback of regulatory power over Internet service providers. Boston, New York City, Seattle and San Francisco have all weighed in.

April 27, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: New York City Rebukes FCC's Actions on Internet Privacy, Net Neutrality

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.

April 26, 2017

FCC Chair Announces Proposed Net Neutrality Regulation Rollback

The 2015 regulation that created more government oversight of Internet service providers is in danger of being repealed as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that the rules are onerous and stifle investment.

April 25, 2017

How Cities and Automakers See California's Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

At a public hearing in Sacramento, the DMV heard comments from a wide range of stakeholders on the state's proposed autonomous vehicle rules.

April 21, 2017

Sacramento, Calif., Is Creating a Reference Architecture to Scale Up Autonomous Vehicles

As all the levels of government align to push California's capital to become the next hub of self-driving vehicles, the city is setting up standards and protocols to help developers figure out how to scale their technology.

April 20, 2017

Using Technology to Make the Vision of Zero Traffic Fatalities a Reality

Eliminating road deaths is a tall order, but cities nationwide are taking the challenge.

April 19, 2017

How Cities Should Be Preparing for the Onset of Autonomous Vehicles

A report published by the National League of Cities breaks down the issues cities should be thinking about in anticipation of self-driving vehicles.

April 17, 2017

How the Supercomputer in Our Pockets Can Help With Road Redesign

The combination of the gyroscope, GPS and accelerometer in all smartphones turns them into really powerful sensors.

April 12, 2017

Who Should Regulate Cybersecurity for Connected Cars?

The federal government regulates safety standards for vehicles. Should cybersecurity standards be treated differently?

April 10, 2017

Federal Mobility Data Helps State, Local Governments to Make More Intelligent Transportation Systems

The Department of Transportation's data exchange program has made hundreds of data sets available for city and state governments to analyze and utilize.

April 5, 2017

How Infrastructure Disrepair Is Holding Back Autonomous Vehicles

By distributing some of the burden for autonomous vehicles to connected infrastructure, we could see mobility-enhancing technology improve and come to market more rapidly.

March 31, 2017

Preparing Artificial Intelligence to Safely Transport a Vehicle's Passengers

Artificial intelligence holds the promise of rapidly altering existing industries, and transportation is not immune.

March 30, 2017

4 Components for Cities Seeking Data-Driven Governance Certification

Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative created a checklist for cities to determine how well they factor in big data and performance management to effectively govern.

March 29, 2017

Samir Saini

CIO, Atlanta

March 24, 2017

Seattle Micro-Investments to Help Solve Connectivity, Digital Literacy Issues

Seattle's Technology Matching Fund has opened applications for community organizations to apply for grants to help solve connectivity and digital literacy issues.

March 23, 2017

Three Revolutions Turning the Transportation World Upside-Down

How will the sharing, electrification and automation of mobility affect transportation as we know it? The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies has launched a 3 Revolutions Policy Initiative that intends to find out.

March 20, 2017

Seattle in Search of Smart City Coordinator to Drive Collaboration, Consistency in Deployments

Seattle's smart city coordinator will be someone who can help smart initiatives both internally and with outside partners, including the MetroLab Network and the University of Washington.

March 16, 2017

Oakland CIO to Tackle Agile, Take Advantage of Civic Tech Opportunities

Andrew "Pete" Peterson is moving fast as the new CIO for Oakland, Calif., just the way he wants to.

March 15, 2017

Why Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Are Inextricably Linked

The future of autonomous vehicles is directly tied to the cost-effectiveness of electric vehicles.

March 10, 2017

California's Revised Driverless Vehicle Rules Nix Human Driver Requirement

The California DMV has released the third iteration of regulations for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles on Friday, March 10.

March 6, 2017

Driverless Shuttle Program Kicks Off in California to Tackle First Mile/Last Mile Mobility Obstacle

Two shuttles will begin operating in a San Francisco Bay Area business park in order to test and provide data for autonomous shuttles.

March 6, 2017

Utah Finds Unexpected Benefits from Statewide Road Data Project

Lidar uses 40 sensors strapped to a vehicle to collect 2,000 points of data per second, creating a visual representation of the streets.

March 2, 2017

Creating User-Centric Services for Residents Is Crucial

Public agencies are finding that they must upgrade their digital service delivery to match users' expectations from the private sector.

March 1, 2017

The Internet of Things Needs Standardization — Here's Why

In order to play offensively, managers and IT leaders must come up with a standardized code for how Internet-connected devices are set up.

February 28, 2017

5 Takeaways from Federally Administered Next-Gen Transportation Programs for Modernizing Infrastructure

Transportation is a rapidly evolving industry. The worst-case scenario is allocating millions to a resource that quickly becomes obsolete. Federal agencies play a vital role in helping cities hit the moving target.

February 21, 2017

San Francisco Digs into Data, Compares Its Livability with Peer Cities

The city and county of San Francisco released a citywide benchmarking report comparing itself to 16 other "peer cities" on factors like public safety, transportation, demographics and more.

February 17, 2017

How to Cope With the Loss of Smart City Funding

How can cities continue their progress toward becoming smart when funding tied to a ballot measure fails?

February 13, 2017

How Limiting Autonomous Vehicle Rollout Can Ease Driver Transition

The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report on how self-driving vehicles will interact with traditional drivers, and how states can ease the growing pains.

February 8, 2017

Smart Cities Council Announces Readiness Challenge Winners

Each winning city will receive an individualized Readiness Workshop and host of tech tools to help further its efforts toward becoming a smart city.

February 3, 2017

Data Shows Promise for Autonomous Vehicles' Progress

The California DMV has made autonomous vehicle disengagement reports from Google, GM, Tesla and more available to the public.

January 31, 2017

Assessing the Future of Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Infrastructure Under President Trump

Elaine Chao has been approved to serve as the next secretary of Transportation. How will she implement Trump's infrastructure agenda?

January 30, 2017

How Data Visualization is the Future of Information Sharing

By creating easily accessible visual representations of data and building interactive models, engagement in infrastructure planning and disaster preparedness increases exponentially.

January 19, 2017

U.S. DOT Names 10 Proving Ground Sites for Testing Autonomous Vehicles

The designees will share testing data and research in order to advance driverless vehicle technology.

January 19, 2017

3 States Form Smart Belt Coalition to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicle Development

The coalition of state agencies and academic institutions will share insights and best practices while supporting research and testing for automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

January 13, 2017

How State and Local Tech Leaders Are Looking at 2017 Differently

Representatives from state and local governments convened to discuss tech trends they are preparing for in 2017, and some of the difficulties they face.

January 9, 2017

Tech Giants Bring Artificial Intelligence, Reality-Altering Devices to Market

Widespread use of these technologies may still be a ways off, but early pilots have begun to hint at their vast potential in government.

December 16, 2016

Boston Invites Smart City Providers to the Table

The city has issued a request for information that seeks help in creating better, more efficient services utilizing technology.

December 15, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., Announces it's Ready to Join Self-Driving Car Game

Bringing together members from local, state and federal government, Sacramento announced its is open for business for autonomous vehicles.

December 8, 2016

Austin Commits to Creating a Smart City Roadmap (Pt 1)

The Austin City Council recently passed a resolution directing the city manager to form a Smart Cities Strategic Roadmap to guide the city's next phase of innovation.

December 7, 2016

How to Innovate Without Fear: Lessons from Boston

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics says public trust is a key ingredient to becoming an innovative city.

December 5, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Helps Cities Get Smarter About Infrastructure Planning

Data analytics goes hand in hand with IoT, but adding a sophisticated AI into the equation helps make recommendations that maximize available resources.

December 1, 2016

DOT Asks Autonomous Vehicle Test Sites to 'Prove It'

The Automation Proving Ground Pilot Program will help identify and designate specific facilities as qualified proving grounds that will safely test, demonstrate and deploy automated vehicle technology.

November 23, 2016

Connected Vehicle Tech Could Ease Routes for First Responders

Due to the growth of connected cars, one Chicago-based startup is looking to enable emergency vehicles to notify drivers to get out of the way.

November 16, 2016

How L.A. County Is Digitally Transforming Human Resources

The Los Angeles Department of Human Resources is pushing the envelope of how technology is aiding service delivery for county residents.

November 15, 2016

3 Recommendations for Keeping Autonomous Vehicle Safety In Check

During a federal public hearing, autonomous vehicle makers voiced recommendations for the structure and content that should be required in a safety assessment letter required for each highly autonomous vehicle system.

November 11, 2016

Autonomous Delivery Robots to Hit Redwood City, Calif., Streets in December

On the whole, autonomous robot delivery could significantly reduce a city’s traffic congestion, as a single robot takes as many as 10 cars off the road.

November 9, 2016

2016 Digital Cities: Winners Focus on Transparency, Security, Infrastructure

This year’s top digital cities know data demands are only going to grow, and they want to be prepared.

November 9, 2016

Cool Cities Rely on Technology; Smart Cities Rely on Data and Partnerships

Kansas City, Mo., serves as a model for how municipalities can encourage innovation and reap the long-term benefits.

November 4, 2016

Absentee Voting Data: How Much Is Too Much?

In North Carolina, data on citizens casting absentee ballots contains a host of personal identifiers and is readily available. But should it be?

November 3, 2016

Just Filling Out an Application Makes Cities Smarter

The Smart Cities Council has opened up the application process for its Readiness Challenge Grant. Winners will receive a host of products and services, but even missing out on the prize holds value.

October 31, 2016

'Driving Robots' Aren't Taking Our Jobs — They Create Higher-Paying Ones

The self-driving vehicle industry has yet to displace drivers, and data from the Indeed Hiring Lab shows that high-income job creation in the industry is rising fast.

October 28, 2016

What Small Cities Should Know About Getting Smarter

Oakley, Calif., is one small city trying to cash in on the explosion of smart city technology. Here's how they're doing it.

October 27, 2016

Meeting of the Minds 2016: Using Tech to Enhance the Future of Our Society

At the 10th annual summit, thought-leaders shared their perspectives on the future of infrastructure, civic technology and bridging the digital divide in cities worldwide.

October 26, 2016

3 Ways Cities Are Using Tech to Solve the Problems of Tomorrow

At the CityLab 2016 Conference held by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute, city officials were in the spotlight sharing their efforts to create a more livable space for residents.

October 20, 2016

3 Concerns Automakers Have With California’s Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

State transportation officials held a workshop to discuss the deployment of autonomous vehicles and the recent draft of regulations released by the DMV.

October 17, 2016

Illinois Signs Smart State Partnership with Telangana, India

Through an international partnership, Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt is excited to exchange information, ideas and data to help make both states leaders in their respective countries.

October 14, 2016

Breaking Down Data Silos Would Add Tremendous Value, Disrupt Policing as We Know It

That type of data made available by police and health departments leads to easy-to-implement solutions that work for everyone.

October 13, 2016

Future of Transportation: Shared Vehicles Could Dramatically Alter City Landscapes

Our future roadways will consist of more than self-driving cars and smart traffic systems.

October 12, 2016

Boston App, Safest Driver Competition Seek to Nudge Behavior on the Roadways

In a new way to encourage responsible driving, Boston released an app for residents to earn prizes for safe driving.

October 11, 2016

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Reaching the Tipping Point of a New Revolution in Aviation

During a meeting of private industry and regulatory officials, the future of drones and the difficulties in regulating the technology was a hot topic.

October 7, 2016

What Procurement Officers Should Know Before Finalizing Deals with Smart Tech Vendors

A recent report details 13 steps necessary to ensure companies creating well-secured Internet of Things devices — steps that, when followed, will also protect government-procured devices from being exposed to breaches.

September 18, 2016

How Digital is Your State?

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.

September 1, 2016

2016 Best of the Web Winners Demonstrate Technological Innovation, Service Delivery Improvements

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.

July 20, 2016

Digital Counties Survey 2016: Winners Make Collaboration, Innovation, Civic Engagement Top Priorities

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.

March 23, 2016

David Couch

K-12 CIO and Associate Commissioner, Office of KIDS, Kentucky

January 30, 2016

2016 State of the State Addresses: Does Technology Matter?

Government Technology’s editorial team analyzes this year’s speeches to see which governors are talking tech.

E.REPUBLIC Platforms & Programs