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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.

Deputy Chief Information Officer Neal Underwood of Louisiana has his staff focused on being ready for catastrophic infrastructure failure so if the worst ever happens, they can rebound quickly.
Minnesota’s new Office of Transformation uses a modernization playbook to update not only the kinds of technology state agencies are using, but how they’re being implemented with stakeholders and citizens.
The state’s “data center 2.0” project is aimed at upgrading infrastructure to make it more secure and resilient. It will also provide a critical foundation for future plans to take advantage of cloud technologies.
Delaware CIO Jason Clarke explains that the challenge of having done so much high-quality tech work for state agencies early in the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to meet those expectations with the same staff.
Bijay Kumar, Rhode Island’s chief information officer, is looking beyond technology needs related to the pandemic. He’s focused on reducing technical debt and ensuring the long-term stability of state IT.
Plus, facial recognition helps nab a criminal after 15 years on the run, NASA tests 3D printing with moon dust at the International Space Station and Periscope Holdings is acquired for more than $200 million.
At the NASCIO Annual Conference in Seattle, state chief information officers explored the challenges they're encountering as they move systems to the cloud and how to navigate them moving forward.
Now a responsive web app, Texas by Texas will soon be available to download in app stores, featuring a single login to access a variety of government services. And CIO Amanda Crawford says there’s more to come.
Veteran public chief information officer Bill Kehoe wants to grow and streamline the citizen experience to match what they get in the private sector while also trying to get everyone connected.
At this week’s NASCIO conference in Seattle, Ohio Chief Information Officer Katrina Flory talked about an unexpected effect of the pandemic on IT staff, and how her state is preparing for future staffing needs.
Research finds that the pandemic drastically changed how governments are thinking about AI, and Nevada CIO Alan Cunningham discusses how tools like AI will ultimately make it easier to interact with the state.
At the NASCIO Annual Conference Monday, Washington state Chief Privacy Officer Katy Ruckle explained that data privacy and cybersecurity are different, but you can’t have one without the other.
Indiana Chief Information Officer Tracy Barnes discusses how the need to deliver quickly in response to COVID-19 has elevated the role of state IT, bringing them into conversations earlier on and throughout the process.
As NASCIO convened in person in Seattle for the first time in two years, Acting Secretary and CIO for the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology Jennifer Ricker discusses efforts to streamline access to internal and external state systems.
Minnesota CISO Rohit Tandon explains that as cybersecurity threats grow, so does the need for staff to protect the state, and in a world of remote work, competition for skilled talent is fiercer than ever.
Most state CIOs expect remote work to continue and for digital services to keep proliferating. That introduces a host of shifting priorities, including a renewed need for cybersecurity enhancements and identity tools.
Plus, Japan tests the world’s fastest Internet download speeds, New York state bans Zoom weddings and the world’s smallest battery-free camera helps uncover the fate of a very tiny snail in Tahiti.
In his first year as Arkansas chief technology officer, Jonathan Askins brings his private-sector background to bear on state IT modernization, broadband and where the state stands in its ongoing data work.
Plus, the U.K. launches an emergency alert system, Walgreens turns to AI to improve targeted email campaigns and one fan of a 46-year-old calculator endeavors to outfit it for wireless charging.
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.