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Tod Newcombe

Senior Editor

With more than 20 years of experience covering state and local government, Tod previously was the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for information technology executives in the public sector. He is now a senior editor for Government Technology and a columnist at Governing magazine.

The smart cities movement has evolved from sensors on light poles aimed at improving traffic flow to connected platforms that are practical, efficient and equitable for government, businesses and residents.
CIO, Connecticut
CIO, Cabarrus County, N.C.
Government used to have a one-size-fits-all approach to software development, called waterfall. In recent years agile development has gained in popularity, but it may not be the only path that makes sense.
Outsourcing gov tech through mega contracts was gaining steam in the early 2000s. Now, as states and localities turn toward more agile methods, GT looks back at what led to the demise of those large-scale agreements.
After an attack, some governments are deciding to pay the ransom to restore their data and get systems and services back online. But insurers can also help negotiate a different path forward.
Quantum computers can vault far past today's systems. They could help resolve issues around health care and policy outcomes, but technologists, academia and government will need to collaborate to make them truly useful.
Thanks to massive gains in accuracy and lower costs, facial recognition is better than ever and its applications for governments are growing. But with the technology’s adoption come increased threats to personal data.
Citizens would like government to deliver more artificial intelligence-enabled services, but they aren’t confident it can be done ethically. That’s a trust issue, which CIOs can help solve by requiring AI fairness.
States and localities are saddled with legacy tech debt, but the problem can be fixed by delivering the variety, quality and timeliness of public services citizens expect, using this transformational, collaborative methodology.