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Adam Stone

Contributing Writer

A seasoned journalist with 20+ years' experience, Adam Stone covers education, technology, government and the military, along with diverse other topics. His work has appeared in dozens of general and niche publications nationwide.

From firefighting and social services to increased accessibility, public-sector agencies are using virtual and augmented reality to improve how staff train to interact with citizens — and it’s only the beginning.
Enterprise resource planning systems are foundational to efficiently run government organizations. Here’s how three jurisdictions navigated their modernization plans through COVID-19.
The winners in this year’s Digital Cities survey have long been following well-laid plans for modernizing infrastructure, cybersecurity and citizen services, meaning they were prepared to stand up to the pandemic.
2020 put all states to the test as they moved to deliver more services online than ever before. Leading states had laid the groundwork with strong as-a-service platforms and pivoted quickly to take on new challenges.
State and local public-sector agencies have long been making a move toward “cloud first” and now “cloud smart” strategies. COVID-19 gave them the change to prove whether those investments paid off.
As automation becomes an ever-more viable tool for government for everything from cameras on light poles to using AI to set prisoners’ bail, can policymakers ensure it is used responsibly and ethically?
Ohio Chief Information Officer Ervan Rodgers explains his approach to infrastructure consolidation, how to make a smart transition to cloud-based services and how the Innovate Ohio program will bolster citizen services.
Private-sector salaries and benefits often lure potential public employees away from state and local IT jobs. Here’s how government recruiters are reaching and keeping a new generation of tech talent.
Since it debuted last year, the first dedicated communications network for emergency responders has signed on 9,000 public safety agencies, and plans to grow in areas including portable services and improved connections.
Americans want more control over their data, but little is being done at the federal level to update regulations for the digital age. Here's what some state IT leaders are doing to fill the gaps.
At the state, county and city levels there has been an influx of chief information officers who are new to either their positions or government itself. They offer insight into what they’re working on and what’s ahead.
An Opioid Analytics Users Group will unite stakeholders in government, industry and academia to analyze available data to identify patterns and more effectively direct prevention and treatment activities.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District reports high engagement with a new mobile application meant to equip citizens with knowledge about current smog levels as well as air quality forecasts.
Blockchain, cloud, artificial intelligence, machine learning — the market for how we identify ourselves online is estimated to reach nearly $23 billion by 2025 and is poised to disrupt the way we appear on the Internet.
Laurel Caldwell, IT director in the county of just 39,000 residents, discusses delivering a full suite of online services and building strong relationships among county agencies despite limited resources.
The Coachella Valley Water District has overhauled and modernized its IT infrastructure, as part of a $16 million capital improvement plan that will improve data management, simplify payments and boost conservation.
At the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District in western Riverside County, Calif., smart meters throughout its coverage area and an upgraded ERP system are transforming how they operate.
While a handful of Oregon state agencies are already piloting e-procurement, an audit shows that a statewide system could have saved more than $1 billion over the last two years, enough to close the 2019-21 budget gap.
Guarding against the latest cyberthreats requires an aggressive training program. But can the human element ever be completely overcome?
By uniting under the GTY organization, the companies could leverage their marketing power, while also making it easier for government entities to access needed services.
FirstNet and AT&T distributed 80 FirstNet devices to fire, police and incident response teams to help connect first responders during the Boston Marathon.
A new platform could shave weeks off a monthslong process of putting together Rochester's annual financial report.
Housed in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, centrally-located geospatial expertise is fueling GIS projects across Washington state.
Michael Horn wrote the book on innovation in K-12 classrooms. Now he's making predictions about higher education.
Researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), say they are successfully correlating students’ online behaviors to the likelihood of academic success.
Over the last decade, state and local governments have invested in open data initiatives. Have those efforts done what we thought they should?
CSforAll Consortium is not about filling jobs, but creating conditions for innovation. Chief Evangelist Ruthe Farmer shares the work of CSforAll Consortium after a presidential administration change — and the true aim of the movement.
A new computer-based solution promises to streamline K-3 oral reading assessments, giving teachers valuable new data on student competencies while freeing up classroom time.
Nevada's Learn & Earn Advanced-career Pathways helps encourage and equip high school students with entry-level cybersecurity skills.
Orlando's first innovation director, Matt Broffman, has identified 225 city services that could be Web-enabled and he's hiring an innovation team to get them online.