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Katya Maruri

Staff Writer

Katya Maruri is a staff writer for Government Technology. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University, and more than five years of experience in the print and digital news industry.

 

Is having two cyber insurance policies better than having just one? The Texas Department of Transportation could soon find out if state legislators expand the agency’s purchasing ability with Senate Bill 1908.
Can the government regulate information shared by social media companies during an election? According to one West Virginia lawmaker, the answer is "yes." The ACLU, however, says not so fast.
Cybersecurity projects led by the Florida Digital Service and other state agencies could soon receive up to $31 million in funding. However, it all hinges on the passage of House Bill 1297.
Oregon legislators have proposed a bill to establish guidelines outlined by the state’s CIO office to address data privacy concerns. Other state legislatures are looking at similar laws.
CISO, or data services director? The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services recently updated its website, a source told Government Technology, resulting in department officials having two titles.
As President Biden works with Congress to make his $100 billion Internet plan a reality, state lawmakers have introduced legislation to expand broadband access to communities in need.
A bill aimed at punishing social media platforms for "de-platforming" or censoring state lawmakers and candidates for office is making its way through the House of Representatives after clearing its second committee stop.
In a move to modernize West Virginia's government-citizen experience, Gov. Jim Justice recently signed a bill that will allow residents to pay for a range of state and local government services online.
In an attempt to move small companies out from under the shadow of big tech companies, an Arizona bill looks to let app developers set up their own payment systems to process user purchases.
Lawmakers in Olympia are running through the specifics of House Bill 1127, which aims to protect the data collected related to the coronavirus. Washington has been a frontrunner in the creation of data privacy rules.
Secretary, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Building on the early successes of moving citizen-facing services online, the city of Indianapolis is broadening digital transformation efforts, adding new facets through new partnerships.
CIO, Arlington County, Va.
To get a bird's-eye view of the city, Sioux Falls, S.D., has partnered with Nearmap, an aerial imagery technology company, to track the progress of its roadway construction and large landscape projects.
As expected, the Maryland law that created an online advertising tax is facing legal opposition from lobbying groups backed by Amazon, Google and Facebook. The groups argue the law violates the commerce clause.
From communicating with residents to building lines of communication with county and state entities, four mayors discussed their experience with using open data in local government during a virtual event last Friday.
Mark Quimby, deputy director for technology and operations at Washington Technology Solutions, has been named acting director and state CIO by Governor Jay Inslee following James Weaver’s departure.
Now in its sixth year, the Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program has awarded $54 million in grants to 39 projects as part of its goal to provide broadband access to all residents within the state.
So called "innovation zones" — or tech company-owned territories that operate like local governments — could soon be a new alternative to traditional government structure in Nevada, thanks to a proposal from Gov. Steve Sisolak.
This year, $118.7 billion in technology spending is projected for state and local governments. Industry experts shared their projections during the annual Beyond the Beltway event, along with challenges facing the market.
In response to reports detailing AI tech's disproportionate impact on communities of color, Washington State Sen. Bob Hasegawa introduced a bill to ban AI tech and regulate automated decision systems.
Indian River County is leveraging a new vaccine registration system aimed at residents 65 and over. The new process is a notable change from the "first-come, first-served" system residents were struggling to navigate.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has named WaTech CIO James Weaver to serve as the state’s new IT chief. This is not the first cross-country move for Weaver, who has also served Pennsylvania state government.
Online voting. Biometrics. Post-election audits. Today, election administrators have many new options to improve the democratic process. But the system is complicated, and security concerns hover over everything.
After experiencing a large data breach late last year, the Washington state Legislature is considering a proposal that would create a state cybersecurity office to tackle cyberthreats.
California's Supreme Court has declined to hear a case against Proposition 22, a ballot initiative that allowed "gig economy" companies such as Uber and Lyft to treat their workers as independent contractors.
A bill unanimously passed by the Florida Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee aims to expand the use of drones by law enforcement and government agencies, spurring concern among privacy and civil rights advocates.
With the goal of creating a "digital society" in mind, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced the creation of the city's first innovation department, along with a new digital equity infrastructure.
With the backing of big technology companies like Amazon and Microsoft, the Washington Privacy Act could mean new rights for the consumer. But not everyone is convinced the bill has the teeth it needs to work.
The proposal out of the Senate is the latest in a string of efforts to limit the use of the technology in Utah. Allegation of misuse first surfaced in 2019, kicking off a long-running conversation about guardrails.