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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.


Digital licenses and IDs are currently being tested before being rolled out to the public later this year. Once released, users will be able to share their app-based ID with law enforcement and participating retailers.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has assembled a 15-member bipartisan task force to protect the state against cyber crime. The group, made up of government and private-sector reps, will submit its first report later this year.
To increase Indiana’s cybersecurity stance, a recently enacted bill will require state agencies and political subdivisions to report all threats to the state’s Office of Technology within two business days.
Recently signed legislation will ramp up the state’s cybersecurity and legacy system upgrades through the newly created Technology Improvement and Modernization Fund. The new law takes effect Sept. 1.
A New Jersey state lawmaker has proposed the creation of an "innovation partnership" to help fund emerging tech companies within the state. The effort is being pitched as a way to renew the state's innovative roots.
Now that fully vaccinated individuals can meet indoors without wearing masks, will state legislative sessions continue to meet online? Or will lawmakers go back to meeting in person?
A recently proposed New York bill could soon allow the state's IT office to select a third party to evaluate its IT infrastructure, which was stretched to the limit during COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.
Big tech companies could soon be facing down new antitrust rules if a suite of five bills from the U.S. House gain enough support. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have voiced interest in reining in tech monopolies.
In a bill recently sent to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, state lawmakers have proposed increasing the state’s cybersecurity by creating a dedicated council and better defining the role of the Office of Information Technology.
Following the departure of Ohio's former CIO Ervan Rodgers earlier this month, Deputy CIO Katrina Flory has been named as Rodger’s permanent replacement. She served in the deputy CIO position since 2011.
With the cybersecurity mishaps of the 2016 presidential election in mind, Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed a bill to do a cybersecurity assessment of its election systems to prevent future cyber attacks.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has pulled a controversial proposal that would allow tech companies to form local governments throughout the state. Instead, it will now be carried out as a study.
Next month, West Virginia Chief Technology Officer Joshua Spence will be recognized as the state chief information officer. Spence said the title change represents a larger strategic vision for the state.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recently signed a bill to set data and cybersecurity standards, which will be overseen by the state insurance commissioner, to protect insurance consumers’ private information.
Big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple could soon face a 2 percent tax in New York state for profiting off of consumer data — if a recently proposed bill gains enough support to become law.
While Gov. Jay Inslee supports the idea of safeguarding citizens' COVID-19 health data, he vetoed a data protection bill due to phrasing in the law that could have prevented entities from offering vaccination incentives.
Municipal DNA identification indexes in New York have raised privacy concerns after a report showed they’re widely unregulated. One state lawmaker proposes to shut down these databases and create a single state-run index.
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.