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Jule Pattison-Gordon

Staff Writer

Jule Pattison-Gordon is a staff writer for Government Technology. She previously wrote for PYMNTS and The Bay State Banner, and holds a B.A. in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon. She’s based outside Boston.

Threats to critical infrastructure and ongoing discussions of elections security, together with increased risk from the rise of telework added complexity to the cybersecurity landscape this year.
A federal hearing discussed new cyber incident reporting requirements for rail operators, put focus on needs to shore up Department of Transportation system defenses and questioned the state of FAA cybersecurity.
Virtual hearings and e-filing tools bring convenience — but not to everyone. Individuals representing themselves in civil cases can struggle with limited digital offerings and user experiences designed for lawyers.
CIO Alan Cunningham stepped down Nov. 26, after his job responsibilities “totally changed,” he says. He tells GovTech the IT department struggled with limited resources, overwork and restrictive policies.
The Coalition of City CISOs aims to fill a professional networking gap by helping CISOs of cities and counties share advice and threat intelligence, and presents the local perspective to federal partners and policymakers.
Former Boston Innovation and Technology Department chief of staff Alex Lawrence returns to city government — and to the department — as interim CIO on the heels of David Elges’ departure.
Elges announced that he will be leaving city service later this month after three years in the position. His impending departure comes on the heels of the election of a new Mayor Michelle Wu.
National Cyber Director Chris Inglis and representatives of CISA and the FBI Cyber Division discussed state and local cybersecurity supports, incident reporting law and larger anti-ransomware strategies in a House hearing.
To combat false narratives and foster trust in reliable information, governments can invest in local news, support empathy-building initiatives, and ensure election processes are traceable, a new report says.
After an April ransomware attack downed systems for two weeks, Gary, Ind., officials are hoping a new cybersecurity contract will help fend off threats and reduce the chances of a repeat incident.
Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act Working Group has recommended giving the Attorney General’s office new tools to enforce the privacy law as well as launching consumer education efforts.
The Kansas Cybersecurity Task Force’s report (version 1.0) offers advice for filling cybersecurity posts, guiding the state through cyber emergencies and sharing ideas and resources across state, local and private partners.
Massachusetts’ fifth annual Cybersecurity Forum focused on three of the biggest cyber topics today: fighting ransomware, expanding the cybersecurity workforce and anticipating a U.S. central bank digital currency.
Ravi Krishnan will become state chief data officer on Nov. 1. Among his key plans: spreading awareness of strong data governance practices to all agencies in the enterprise.
Nadia Hansen concludes two years as CIO of Clark County, Nev., leaving behind a more human-centric department. In her next role, she will help support digital transitions for state and local governments worldwide.
States readying for the 2022 midterms will need to be prepared to push out truthful information to counteract the spread of fears and false narratives, and holdout states should adopt paper ballots.
Minnesota aims to have its simpler, more streamlined benefits application portal available statewide by the end of the year. The site’s deeper focus on user experience marks a growing trend for the state.
During the second week of the federal Annual National Cybersecurity Summit, experts shared their thoughts on the roles of states and federal agencies when it comes to dealing with cyber attacks within state borders.
The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services’ Task Force on Artificial Intelligence is considering how to prevent AI from perpetuating old forms of discrimination or introducing new ones.
Public- and private-sector speakers during the Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit highlighted local agencies’ particular vulnerability to ransomware as well as key strategies and resources to help.
The new Center for Internet Security (CIS) research measures its cybersecurity recommendations’ effectiveness at thwarting the common techniques used in attacks to guide organizations on maximizing cyber investments.
Los Angeles County court officials discussed what they learned while launching hybrid court sessions during the pandemic, including outfitting courtrooms, comparing commercial and custom platforms and supporting participants.
Courts around the country got creative during the pandemic, moving clerks’ support onto Zoom, offering self-serve hearing scheduling on Doodle and taking judges and court sessions on the road, and the river.
The cyber landscape has evolved to an almost unrecognizable degree in the past twenty years. We look at recent history, analyze policy changes aimed at battling today’s threats and consider what the future may hold.
Panelists during Forum Global’s Data Privacy Conference this week questioned what the path to a federal data privacy law would look like, and what it would mean for states with policies of their own.
The pandemic drove Pima County, Ariz.'s Family Drug Court to takes it sessions virtual and over the phone. The changes meant less camaraderie but more convenience, and the ability to reach new demographics.
Researchers say just seeing the algorithm’s risk predictions about an arrestee could change how judges weigh pretrial decisions, prompting them to put more priority on risk than they would otherwise.
Improving national cybersecurity means requiring organizations to report incidents — and giving these requirements enforcement teeth, said CISA Director Jen Easterly and National Cyber Director Chris Inglis.
Speakers at an Open Technology Institute event said government needs to establish clear procedures for vetting high-risk AI systems for bias and discriminatory impacts plus attach enforcement policies to drive change.
The First State has identified 11,600 homes lacking wired broadband service, and CIO Jason Clarke says fresh federal funds will enable the last-mile connections needed to reach everyone.