Julia Edinger

Julia Edinger

Staff Writer

Julia Edinger is a staff writer for Government Technology. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Toledo and has since worked in publishing and media. She's currently located in Southern California.

Plus, Philadelphia launches new cross-sector household Internet assessment survey, Ohio has built a distracted driving dashboard, and Los Angeles is working to help young people impacted by the digital divide.
Last week, the Texas Department of Information Resources announced the relaunch of the state’s official website, texas.gov. The new design offers scalability for periods of high demand and a user-friendly layout.
Speakers at the Arizona Virtual Digital Government Summit examined how the pandemic tested existing digital infrastructure systems — and how it demonstrated the need for governments to evolve.
Plus, Baltimore unveils a new data dashboard related to traffic stops; a Tennessee accelerator pushes to boost tech companies in the state; New Mexico seeks to improve Internet access and more.
Gov. Larry Hogan has invested $6.5 million into strategic partnerships through an employment program aimed at boosting information technology, cybersecurity and green jobs training.
Plus, a new online platform tracks health disparities across the country, a study in Kansas is the latest regional effort to obtain more precise broadband data and new data details equity gaps related to public parks.
Coming on the heels of a political scandal and a large cyber attack, Scranton’s recent move to modernize its ERP system is key to rebuilding public trust, ensuring security and bringing city operations up to date.
Plus, Dayton, Ohio, rolls out a police transparency portal for public info; Howard County, Md., announces a new robust digital equity initiative; and a Florida sheriff’s office deploys tech to find wandering seniors.
During the 2021 Code for America Summit earlier this month, experts discussed lessons they have learned using data to guide resource allocation and intervention efforts while combating housing insecurity.
Plus, Virginia launches a statewide public health equity dashboard, data from Yelp shows the impact of car-free streets in communities, Alabama launches new centralized COVID-19 response app, and more.
A Johnson C. Smith University project will give individuals a view into the destruction of historical Black neighborhoods of Charlotte, N.C., through virtual reality tech. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.
Following the departure of Matthew Arvay, Phoenix, Ariz., has selected an acting CIO in Steen Hambric, who has been the city’s assistant CIO since 2017. Arvay now works in the private sector.
This Cyber Citizenship initiative, developed by a partnership between New America and Cyber Florida, will equip educators with resources to teach K-12 students how to identify misinformation online.
Plus, this week Code for America holds its annual summit event, Boston’s Digital Team shares case study giving transparency to its work, a map charts recent American migration data, and more.
To address the diversity gaps in the state’s public- and private-sector workforce, the Delaware Prosperity Partnership has developed a strategy to help build a more inclusive tech talent pipeline.
The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, a public-private partnership focused on spurring innovation, is working to move the needle on the mission to make the state the “technology capital of the East Coast.”
Plus, an internal federal government innovation program picks 22 ideas to receive phased support funding, a new data warehouse aims to consolidate California’s statewide data on homelessness, and more.
The Texas county’s EMS now includes SPARTAN: a program using drones to assist first responders in various missions to improve public health and safety and give the department a better look at the big picture.
As the definition of literacy evolves to include digital and technological literacy, libraries are also evolving to include new technologies in their offerings to meet a wide range of community needs.
Middletown, Conn., leaders have decided the virtual meeting format adopted during the pandemic will remain — and incorporate AI. The new approach is offering residents unprecedented opportunity to engage in town business.
Plus, Maine rolls out an innovation challenge around advancing the state's clean energy sector; New Mexico welcomes an aerospace-technology collaborative program hub; Microsoft shares open data campaign tips; and more.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services in Texas has incorporated augmented and virtual reality into its training process, allowing first responders to prepare more effectively for mass-casualty events.
Sonoma County, Calif., is implementing artificial intelligence technology to help emergency management workers detect wildfires before they spread out of control. Could this be the blueprint for other at-risk counties?
Plus, Boston offers free public transit to test financial incentives’ influence over commuter behavior, San Diego expands its free Wi-Fi program to 300 new locations, and more.
Mayor Brandon Scott is spearheading efforts to increase transparency in city government. Data-driven tools are helping Baltimore residents drill into how the administration is meeting its goals and a range of other topics.
School districts across the U.S. have implemented cloud-based software to monitor student nutrition, with the goal of simplifying meal planning and improving student health.
To encourage city agencies to reimagine and transform their internal and public-facing services, Philadelphia, Penn., has established an accessible and flexible innovation grant process.
A congressional hearing last month took up the sticky issue of when and how to hold companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter accountable for misinformation. Lawmakers are now faced with a regulatory maze.
Mayor Brandon Scott recently made two key technology hires – a chief data officer and a director of broadband and digital equity – that will help to address the city’s data needs and digital divide.
The North Dakota Information Technology Department is focusing on several new initiatives to increase cybersecurity across government agencies as well as for the individuals they serve.