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.

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.
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.
CIOs face increasing pressure to deliver badly needed change on a number of fronts. Here are 10 steps on how to accelerate transformation that can meet and exceed these expectations.
Connected technology can solve many urban issues, yet local governments have struggled to demonstrate the value of smart city initiatives. However, the path to measurable returns is more straightforward than you might think.
With limited time, expanding technological demands and a litany of constraints, state CIOs have to focus on the essentials to ensure success in their job and in meeting the needs of their citizens.
High turnover and long learning curves have impacted the ranks of skilled caseworkers. But VR technology has the ability to change the status quo and deliver active learning techniques that can speed up training.
Increasingly, state and local government needs to deliver services with both speed and quality. The best way to do that is with a new IT collaborative practice known as “DevOps.”
Despite years of investments worth billions of dollars, government has not seen the kind of radical results it expected from technology. A key reason why: States and localities first need to fix their capacity problem.
No city official wants to see the growth of their smart city initiatives hindered by poor cybersecurity. Here are three ways CIOs can ensure security while benefiting from connected technology.
In a short period of time, the number of state chief data officers has exploded and it’s why a new network has formed to support their distinct challenges and opportunities with managing and using data at the state level.
Under pressure from growing constituent demands, the government CIO must become a change agent who brokers partnerships at multiple levels. The payoff can include improved operations and lower costs.
The story of how the case involving the “Empire” actor went from hate crime to hoax involves dogged detective work and the latest in high-tech police technology, including video surveillance and data analytics.
As cybersecurity risks continue to grow across government agencies, the little-known world of identity and access management still receives scant attention — but services can't move forward without it.
In response to numerous challenges, state and local governments should explore how sharing public-private resources, talent and knowledge can strengthen cyberdefenses while simplifying the overall process.
State and local governments can benefit financially and technologically from the latest trend in subscription services.
Columbus, Ohio, wants to boldly change how cities integrate communities and transportation with Smart Mobility Hubs in what could be a new way forward for multimodal travel.
Just as thriving communities need well-equipped and expertly trained police and fire departments, state and local governments require the best in cybersecurity.
eDiscovery and FOIA requests don’t have to consume so much time and expense. A methodical approach is the solution.
The Metropolitan Information Exchange, a small, prestigious group of local-level chief information officers, has released its annual list of priorities and challenges to help public-sector leaders understand the CIO role.
States now have access to federal grant money to upgrade prescription drug monitoring systems, many of which need modern technology to improve how they track and share important information.
Despite its large following, open source software suffers from persistent misconceptions about cost, security and general acceptance.
As citizen acceptance of AI grows, government needs to be more effective in how it leverages data while adhering to responsible practices and fair use, with privacy as a major priority.
By keeping an eye on what happens on the dark Web, government agencies can gain insight into cybercriminals, their crimes and find ways to stop illegal deeds before they happen.
As natural and man-made disasters strike with greater intensity, the need has increased for effective technology during these crises.
The potential for IoT to improve residents’ lives is significant, but only if cities have adequate digital infrastructure.
The Internet of Things has the power to transform how we work and live. But without the right leadership, new investments and better strategies, government risks losing out on this opportunity.
What started as an academic project has morphed into something special: a new methodology that allows developers to efficiently process city data while making it accessible to any modern Web application.
Chief Data Officer, Chicago