December 2019

A Closer Look at 2019

Ransomware, Robotics and Representation: 2019 in Review

In a collection of Government Technology’s top stories from the past 12 months, we look back on the year that was and take note of the tribulations and transformations in state and local government.

CIO Career Changes of 2019: Tracking Transitions Nationwide

Whether their title includes information, data, security or otherwise, Government Technology followed changes to the job titles of IT leaders at the state, county and local levels throughout 2019.

Digital Cities 2019: Diving into the Data (Infographic)

Our annual review of the country’s cities leading the way in tech, the Digital Cities Survey tallies best practices underway in cybersecurity, citizen engagement and analytics. Here are this year’s top-level numbers.

Departments

Proposed Columbus Hyperloop Would Link to Chicago, Pittsburgh

Officials with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission are finalizing a proposal for Virgin’s Hyperloop One to build high-speed transit to other metro areas, a plan that could help create a “mega-region.”

Point of View

Finding a Way Forward for Government and Big Tech Firms

Companies like Facebook and Google have ushered in some positives for individuals, communities and governments. But we still have a responsibility to ask whether they're serving the public interest.

News

Report Uncovers Cause of 2018 Self-Driving Uber Fatality

Plus, new tech IDs people by the sound of their bones, the number of tweens who have their own smartphones, and a giant ocean buoy that designers believe will generate enough energy to power a small town.

ASUS Laptop Features Secondary Full-Width Touchscreen

Plus, the Galaxy tab Active Pro tablet from Samsung is ruggedized for workers in the field and can withstand extreme temperatures, excessive pressure and drops from heights, and includes a water-resistant stylus.

Columns

Is Automation the Key to an Effective Government Workforce?

New technologies are poised to automate everything from infrastructure to traditionally human jobs, and some fear a coming robot takeover. But the real problem is it isn't happening fast enough.

Three Ways to Make Government Social Media Accessible to All

Removing barriers for people with disabilities of all kinds to access your agency's social media channels is not only the right thing to do, but it also ensures you maximize the reach of your messages.

Minn. CIO Tarek Tomes Tackles Modernization, Citizen Services

In the role of chief information officer since April, Tarek Tomes explains the importance of human-centered design, how the CIO should approach emerging tech and why moving away from MNLARS was the right choice.

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