Ben Miller

Associate Editor of GT Data and Business

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.

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The company, a spinoff from Google-affiliated Sidewalk Labs, hopes to circumvent privacy concerns by making location-based data “synthetic.” It’s also planning on putting out a new scenario-modeling product this year.
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The nation's water utilities have three years to do something most of them haven't done before: inventory their lead pipes. Doing so will take a lot of work, so one startup is offering tools to help organize the effort.
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Cybersecurity is only becoming a more urgent and important need as time goes on. Now CivicPlus, which has thousands of local government customers, is bringing on a partner dedicated just to that challenge.
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The new software combines a huge database for verifying identity with AI-powered tools meant to comb them, looking for fraud and irregularities. And it's found an early user in California, which was at the center of a massive unemployment insurance fraud scheme last year.
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One is a giant, publicly-traded company. The other is a two-year-old startup. Together, they're putting out a solution that seeks to help local government speed up bus systems by keeping dedicated lanes clear.
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While still processing the largest corporate buyout in its history, Tyler Technologies is acquiring two more companies. ReadySub helps schools find substitute teachers, while DataSpec deals in veterans’ benefit claims.
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So you've got investors calling and emailing about your company. Now you'll need to prepare to talk to them. Here's how to cover financials, technical details and your story when talking with interested parties.
Though the idea of vaccine passports has attracted criticism, the state of New York has taken the plunge as the first state in the U.S. to create one, saying it will help facilitate economic activity. Here's how it works.
Karkera, who Government Technology recently named to its Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers list for 2021, will work at Deloitte to advise chief data officers in state and federal government.
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The company behind FirstNet is now offering its faster 5G+ option to public safety users in 38 cities. It’s also adding encryption from “tower to core” and creating a new coalition focused on health and wellness.
Officials involved in the project say it's the first in the U.S. to use a new international standard meant to make mobile IDs interoperable. So in the next year, Utah's pilot project just might show everyone the future.
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Starting in April, the collaborative effort announced last year will begin rolling out features for finding public safety technology products, industry events, grants and educational resources.
The annual report from Search.gov, which aggregates statistics from searches performed on federal government websites, shows an increase in overall activity as well as several changes in topic interest.
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PrimeGov offers tools to manage public meetings, including livestreaming and managing audience participation. That kind of tech has been in high demand during the pandemic, and now the company is being acquired.
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The two Indiana companies both offer technology to help law enforcement agencies train and manage officers’ performance, but Envisage is significantly larger. As calls for police reform intensify, they are merging.
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The new firm, called GovEmpower, is very new. But its ambitions are to help the vast number of small and medium-sized governments across the country reimagine the way they design services and processes.
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Tech companies are now creating tools to help government find and fight misinformation online. One startup, Logically, explains how its new platform Logically Intelligence can root out dangerous content.
Executive Director, The Policing Project at New York University
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StateRAMP is aiming to bring the federal process for vetting the cybersecurity of tech companies and products to the state and local government level. Recently, the organization outlined how it will work for vendors.
What would have happened if the COVID-19 pandemic had hit in the 1980s?
Granicus, which has a wealth of data on the performance of emails sent from government to the public, has released statistics on which kinds of emails about the COVID-19 vaccines do best. Here are the big takeaways.
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The startup was founded in 2017 but already has more than 200 governments across the globe participating, including New York City, London and Los Angeles. Now it's pulling in investment money.
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At 46 years old, Vision Government Solutions is among the eldest gov tech companies. But the investment it just took from a private equity firm might portend fast growth and mergers in Vision's future.
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The company has been growing in recent years, gathering city customers around the world and expanding into curb management and street closure solutions. Now its investors are re-upping, and new ones are jumping aboard.
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Can data help make transit more equitable? While pulling in a giant investment round, the startup Optibus is working on ways to put demographics and other data into the hands of local transportation officials.
In gov tech, growth and recognition tends to mean interest from many different people. Here, one entrepreneur offers a guide on how to sift through different types of requests and proposals.
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The move brings Zencity's sentiment monitoring tools together with Elucd's polling technology, which the companies hope will give public officials a better way to see how the public responds to their actions.
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After stepping down as digital services chief for the city of San Rafael, Calif., Woodbury is continuing her work at her new company, Department of Civic Things. Her focus: Helping small jurisdictions change.
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Digital permitting software is one of those niches that became very relevant as social distancing became the norm in 2020. Camino, a startup in that space, saw massive growth and used it to raise an investment round.
COBOL is a 50-year-old programming language that some say government should get away from. But it could still have a place in modern IT organizations.