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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.


Drawing on user survey results, Utah has revamped how its official website presents services in order to reach younger generations. The state plans to offer even more services soon through its “Next Gen Citizen Portal.”
According to a recently proposed Massachusetts bill, companies could soon face penalties for misusing facial recognition technology, causing them to pay hefty fines or go to court.
In an online webinar hosted by the Aspen Institute, Facebook Oversight Board members gave insight into their decision to uphold Facebook's Trump ban. The ban must be made permanent or temporary within the next six months.
New Hampshire lawmakers are waiting to see how the federal government navigates recent hacks before moving ahead with a piece of legislation aimed at tightening security around vendors and the supply chain.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma have partnered with Nokia and NewCore to extend Internet access to tribal households, businesses and schools.
Newly signed legislation will give Washington state agencies the choice to move to the cloud or continue utilizing the state’s data center. The lawmaker behind the bill says the shift could save the state millions.
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.