Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., is the editor-at-large of Governing magazine. He also serves as the chief content officer of e.Republic, Governing’s parent organization, as well as senior advisor to the Governing Institute. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO and chief of staff of the state Information Services Board (ISB). Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet start-ups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the non-profit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C.
Taking steps to stay safe online is a year-round effort, but every October — during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — things are ramped up a notch. Individuals and organizations of all types stop to remind themselves about the importance of cybersecurity and of making sure that everyone has the resources they need to protect themselves online.
It is estimated that the increasing pace of urbanization is bringing 3 million people into cities every week. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Chicago moving into a city every week.
When I started in technology 30-plus years ago, I never would have imagined we’d have the smart devices we enjoy today. There are so many types of gadgets that improve our quality of life, from smart lighting toand smart refrigerators (to remind you it’s time to buy more milk), and even smart hairbrushes for healthier hair. I have to admit, there are times when I just sit back, a little awed, and wonder how in the world did this all get started?