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SaaS Firm Thentia Launches Ascend Magazine for Gov Tech Pros

The publication covers the worlds of regulation and digital government and includes articles about AI and licensing reforms. Thentia recently raised $10 million as the company continues its U.S. expansion.

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Fresh off a funding round — and in the midst of a U.S. expansion push — Canada-based occupational licensing software provider Thentia has launched a magazine for regulators and the government technology community.

In a statement, the software-as-a-service company describes Ascend magazine as “a must-read publication for regulators that provides critical insight into the world of regulation and digital government, as well as commentary from established regulatory leaders.”

Thentia said the magazine is designed to appeal to government CIOs, CISOs and regulators, and “connect the dots between the policymakers who enact and amend regulatory legislation, the technological approaches that support effective regulation, and the people who bring regulation to life every day.”

The magazine offers opinion, commentary and analysis.

Contributors include Marie Bismark, a researcher, author and public health lawyer; Harry Cayton, a regulation expert; and Anna van der Gaag, a speech and language therapist who is the visiting professor in ethics and regulation at the University of Surrey, and who has written a piece about the use of artificial intelligence in regulation.

“Although every regulator is distinct, there are common threads between them,” said Julian Cardarelli, CEO of Thentia, in the statement. “They all seek to fulfill mandates laid out in legislation, many are in the throes of digital transformation, and they all serve the same purpose: to protect the public. We hope Ascend magazine will inspire the kinds of conversations that need to be happening around regulation, between regulators themselves and their government and public stakeholders.”

Among the subjects tackled by the new magazine are the impacts of presidential executive orders on professionals and the pace of licensing reform and deregulation efforts across the U.S. The magazine also explores recent cybersecurity trends, how the pandemic influenced regulation and the application of regulatory theory in a “real-world context.”

“Whether it’s a building collapse, illegal market manipulation, misconduct perpetrated by a licensed professional or a rocket launch, regulation makes headlines every day,” said Ascend magazine Editor Paul Leavoy, who has nearly two decades of combined experience in journalism and technology, in the statement. “However, due to swift news cycles, media outlets rarely discuss the nuances behind these events.”

The launch of Thentia’s magazine comes about a month after the company said it had raised $10 million in a Series B1 funding round — fresh capital likely to help fuel the company’s expansion in the U.S., where 15 states use Thentia products.