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Superion, TriTech and Aptean Merge into One Gov Tech Behemoth

Plus, PayIt makers former Illinois CTO its Chief Client Officer, ACLU tests Amazon Rekognition on lawmakers, software misidentifies many and more...


Superion, TriTech and Part of Aptean Merge Into Gigantic Gov Tech Company One company had a big presence in Canada. One was strong in the bigger U.S. cities. One had a lot of middle-market customers. Now, they're one gov tech behemoth.

PayIt Makes Former Illinois CTO its Chief Client Officer Mike Wons, who helped establish Illinois' existing IT strategy, was already an adviser to PayIt. Now, he's their CCO.
ACLU Tests Amazon Rekognition on Lawmakers, Software Misidentifies Many The civil rights organization is skeptical of governments' use of facial recognition software, so it put Amazon's to the test.
Giant New California Tax-Filing System Faces Usability Complaints The state Board of Equalization hired Fast Enterprises to build the system, but the Department of Tax and Fee Administration took over. The system launched on-time and on-budget, but users say it's hard to navigate. Consequently, the governor is considering waiving late fees for people who don't file their upcoming returns on time.


Welcome to the Middle The biggest cities get the lion's share of attention, but as a market the middle-sized cities and counties are much larger. We explore the middle market in an infographic here.


GovTech company on our radar this week:

OpenCities: Helping local governments set up websites, including content management and digital forms. OpenCities has offices in Melbourne, Australia, and San Francisco, and has worked with U.S. customers such as Miami and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.



>NextDoorCEO Nirav Tolia is reportedly leaving the company, per Recode, and is searching for his own replacement.
>Case Commons, which makes the Casebook platform, has become a public benefit corporation and changed its name to Casebook PBC.
>Swiftera, which offers mid-altitude aerial imagery to local government and other customers, has raised an undisclosed amount of money, per an informal announcement made at a recent URBAN-X/Urban.Us event in San Francisco.


Stats on Diversity at Venture Capital Firms (Richard Kerby/Medium)
Building a Prototype for Navigating Public Sector Innovation Toolkits (Observatory of Public Sector Innovation)
Announcing the 2018 DKAN Open Data Summit (Kim Davidson/Medium)
California's Toolkit for Determing Accessibility Compliance of State Websites (California Dept. of Rehabilitation)

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Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.