Andrew Westrope

Managing Editor, Center for Digital Education

Andrew Westrope is managing editor of the Center for Digital Education. Before that, he was a staff writer for Government Technology and a reporter and editor at community newspapers. He has a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and lives in Northern California.

Distinguished professors from New York University, Columbia University and the Institute of International Education held a webinar on Wednesday about the post-pandemic future of higher education.
With ransomware attacks against K-12 schools on the rise, the federal cybersecurity authority and a nonprofit hosted a webinar this week to brief educators on what to expect and how to deal with it.
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A SaaS platform that hosts thousands of digital K-12 coursework materials pulled in its best-ever fundraising haul in February, while some say remote instruction is heralding the end of the era of textbooks.
Some who knowingly parroted former President Donald Trump’s debunked claims about election fraud could be on the hook for billions, while election security experts are encouraged by progress since 2016.
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A pair of agencies in one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic has invested in handheld devices that identify dangerous substances in minutes, saving time and potentially first responders’ lives.
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The latest of several public safety tech companies to receive multimillion-dollar investments in recent months, the Tampa, Fla.-based cloud software provider is focused on growth and product development.
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The government software company is launching a new online real estate auction service at no up-front cost to cities, after netting more than $4 million in real estate sales during a pilot in New Jersey.
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A new tool for hosting public meetings is the result of an integration between the nonprofit Open.Media and the public engagement platform People Speak, itself a product of a private-public partnership.
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A health and diagnostic testing company has repurposed its software to help state and local agencies coordinate with health-care providers manage health screenings, vaccinations and follow-ups.
Applauded by IT and cybersecurity officials, new legislation shifts responsibility for .gov domains from GSA to CISA and mandates outreach and support services for governments to make the transition.
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By combining one company’s expertise in human resources and the other’s in regulatory compliance, both companies hope to gain new government clients and compete in an increasingly paperless world.
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While having to close its offices and work remotely, a small city in Utah has cut its time for invoice processing in half using software from Stampli that automates and guides users through approval steps.
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In answer to the growing popularity of unregulated, virtual forms of currency, Avenu Insights & Analytics has added them to its software for state governments to manage unclaimed properties.
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While much of its clientele is in the national defense space, the SAP NS2-backed collaborative is hoping to make progress on other government problems such as cloud management and supply chain security in 2021.
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The Boulder, Colo.-based company’s first product since launching in May is a portable, smartphone-controlled reconnaissance robot to give first responders enhanced situational awareness in dangerous conditions.
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Adding a more detailed assessment of damage and repairs on roadways to its software, the Pittsburgh-based startup aims to help governments expedite planning and maintenance during a budget-strapped time.
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The company that used to make branded, customized apps for individual police departments has spun its work with North Carolina's largest city into a one-size-fits-all app for more than just public safety.
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Previously programmed with state and local regulations in nine cities, a free online application to guide homeowners through building ADUs on their property now includes 12.6 million parcels.
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The licensing and permitting company from California has new applications to help governments process occupational licenses and service requests, as well as new data visualization and mobile tools.
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Cisco consulted legislatures domestic and abroad to design a videoconferencing tool that would help them weather the pandemic, and beyond that, allow representatives to vote remotely while traveling.
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Another company has announced a vaccine management solution, this one especially focused on convincing people to take the vaccine by monitoring and addressing the obstacles of public opinion.
The last half-century or so has seen incredible but inequitable innovation in both private and public sectors, so it's on the next generation of innovators to make sure everyone has a seat at the table from the start.
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Partially built on the Salesforce platform, Accenture is offering a new set of tools and consulting services for health departments and other agencies to meet unprecedented demand for a vaccine.
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The Washington, D.C.-based company AlphaVu recently filed for patent protection for two algorithms: one dedicated to assessing public sentiment on COVID-related issues, the other for finding misinformation.
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In a virtual iteration of its annual conference, the Seattle-based data visualization company enlisted public-sector employees to discuss the growing need for clear, transparent data in government.
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With the addition of software and expertise from SeamlessDocs, the Dallas-based company is competing in the digital services market alongside gov tech giants like Accela, Tyler Technologies and Oracle.
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The San Francisco-based cloud software company is expanding its Work.com platform to include vaccine management, and also making its first foray into the competitive permitting and licensing market.
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A new AI-based tool scans incident reports in real time to notify 911 call centers when they’re being inundated with calls about the same emergency, so they can coordinate the most efficient response.