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The Evolution of the CIO, With Guest Luke Stowe — ICYMI

This week, the "In Case You Missed It" crew is joined by Luke Stowe, acting deputy city manager and CIO of Evanston, Ill. We discuss MIT's 10 breakthrough technologies of 2022 and explore how the role of CIO has changed.

What is the "breakthrough" technology that government should have on its radar?

For the past 21 years, MIT Technology Review has published an annual list of technologies it believes will change the world in the coming years.

MIT's 2022 list of breakthrough technologies includes:
  • Proof of stake
  • Malaria vaccine
  • A pill for COVID-19
  • Synthetic data for AI
  • A long-lasting grid battery

On this week's show, the "In Case You Missed It" crew takes a look at MIT's 2022 list and dives into which technologies could be used by — or most affect — government in the future.


The role of public CIOs has, understandably, morphed over the past several years. This change was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many governments and their workers to serve their communities remotely.

However, the change is also spurred by the changing needs, and expectations, of residents.

Luke Stowe has worked in government for more than 20 years. He was recently named acting deputy city manger of Evanston, Ill., but will continue serving as the city's CIO.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Haisler and Pressgrove ask Stowe about the changing role of CIOs, ever-present cybersecurity threats and how government can regain the trust of the people it serves.


For more insight into cybersecurity, IT and the ever-changing digital landscape, register for the 2022 Beyond the Beltway* virtual event. The annual briefing brings together top analysts and government leaders to share their insights into state and local technology markets.


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Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector. Read his full bio.
Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.
Joseph Morris is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.