Lauren Harrison

Managing Editor

Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and more than 10 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.

Plus, Google’s voice assistant gets better at pronouncing names, a hacked password manager compromises information for nearly 30,000 users and cryptocurrency companies tackle climate change.
NASCIO Midyear wraps up with a look at the new reality of part remote, part in-person work, as well as an exploration of the massive gains in digital service delivery during the pandemic.
Technology leaders in California, Colorado and Minnesota convened at NASCIO to offer best practices on bridging connectivity and digital literacy gaps in their states.
At the virtual convening of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers this week, sessions looked ahead to improving how states will continue to serve agencies and citizens in a post-pandemic world.
Plus, an AI for diabetes platform raises millions, Ford plans to stop selling gas-powered vehicles in Europe, and Baltimore ends its controversial drone surveillance program.
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Plus, an AI-powered chess bot is designed to play like a human, SpaceX competitor OneWeb adds 500 low-earth orbit satellites to its ranks and renewable energy surpasses fossil fuels in Europe.
ConnectMaine Executive Director Peggy Schaffer discusses her role within Maine government, the challenges and opportunities offered by the pandemic, and getting broadband to the state’s rural areas.
Work in New York City collects systematic data on street-level flooding, partnering with local agencies to design real-time flood sensors and an open code that other cities can build on.
Researchers collected survey and online data to tell the story of how the pandemic affected Boston’s diverse communities and how urban policymakers can use that information to navigate the path forward.
Plus, footlong robotic earthworms that analyze soil, the federal government contracts with Uber and Lyft to give employees free rides and the state of presidential social media accounts amid the transition.
Using human-centered design principles and behavioral nudges, researchers revised court summons for low-level offenders and instituted a text messaging reminder system, increasing court appearance rates.
Federal funding will soon be available to local governments and nonprofits to expand broadband for telehealth and at-home learning in the wake of COVID-19, but competition will be steep.
A data-driven look at how cities across the country have invested in workforce, doubled-down on cybersecurity and embraced new technologies to serve their communities before, during and after COVID.
Plus, drones that can plant thousands of trees in a day, mobile Microsoft data centers designed to set up in remote or hazardous locations, and a five-story building in Shanghai that “walked” itself down the street.
Undergraduates from Rice University worked with the Harris County, Texas, Clerk’s office to learn how the pandemic affected in-voter preferences, like mail-in and drive-through voting, and impacted election outcomes.
The winners in this year’s Digital Cities survey have long been following well-laid plans for modernizing infrastructure, cybersecurity and citizen services, meaning they were prepared to stand up to the pandemic.
A project out of Georgia Tech has developed an online tool that could help state and local governments assess the risk of coronavirus spread at gatherings from dinner parties to protests in their regions.
The annual NASCIO conference concludes with a look at how states are developing governance frameworks around the latest technologies to ensure a focus on citizens and avoid being drawn toward “every shiny widget.”
In a live virtual panel, NASCIO released its annual survey of state chief information officers today, supporting the notion that state IT leaders led the transition to remote work and a renewed push for digital services.
Plus, startups use machine learning to reduce the massive amount of waste in U.S. grocery stores, an app raises funds to identify users’ personal risks in emergencies and LG launches an air-purifying face mask.
The Data, Responsibly project, based out of New York University, has taken its research on responsible data management and expanded it to improve messaging around what it means to collect and use data ethically.
In the fourth annual Government Experience Awards, winning jurisdictions proved that in the face of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to bring vital services to communities with innovative digital tools.
Plus, the amount of equity-based investments made in the space sector, Google Maps integrates bike share information after a year-long pilot in New York City, and app downloads in the U.S. versus China this year.
Work at Carnegie Mellon University originally intended to use machine learning to develop cost-effective bus routes for K-12 students in Allegheny County, Pa., pivoted amid COVID-19 to focus on food-insecure families.
As Congress prepares legislation for new broadband infrastructure projects, it is imperative there be parity between rural and urban programs. Everyone should benefit directly from these investments
A partnership between the University of Texas at Austin and the city looks at how AI can identify residents at risk of experiencing homelessness, as well as helping those currently in need find access to services.
At the IBM Think Gov Virtual Summit, state, local and federal public-sector IT leaders discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19, like increased cyberthreats and rapid workforce shifts.
Plus, Equifax’s payout for its massive 2017 breach, a look at American fears of riding in autonomous vehicles and a potential solution for sanitizing sports arenas between events post-COVID.