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U.S. armed forces are widely considered the most formidable military force on the planet, the ultimate deterrent to foreign invasion and attack. However, there’s an invisible enemy breaching U.S. defenses all too often.
Building on its existing 5G small cell networks with AT&T and Verizon, San Jose, Calif., asked the companies to shift expansion to neighborhoods of high need, creating a “virtuous cycle” to boost connectivity.
When the rush for unemployment insurance crashed government websites in 2020, we learned how to navigate traffic surges in a crisis. So why weren’t sites prepared to handle vaccine appointments?
Whether it is maintaining the health and safety of the people or delivering services online, government's core competence is ultimately a matter of trust — just ask anyone living through the pandemic.
Now that the dust is settling after the rush to pivot to remote work for as many public-sector staff as possible, tech leaders look at what a hybrid workforce future may hold for state and local government.

By combining a city’s digital twin, a model of how it might be affected by factors like climate, with GIS, municipal leaders can make decisions based not only on physical factors, but the way people will be impacted.
As many as 42 million Americans, most of them in rural or remote areas, have no broadband available, and roughly three times that number can’t afford to hook into the lines running down their streets.
Jeff Cook, who advises on gov tech deals such as mergers and acquisitions, sees reasons to believe this year will be unlike any other for the market. Here's what's happening in the world of gov tech investment.
Facebook and Google publish local news articles, sell ads off them and pocket the vast majority of the profit, giving local news outlets little in return, which pushes readership online as profits erode.
So you're talking with investors and answered their early questions. Here are the numbers they'll want to know next and how to frame them, according to serial gov tech entrepreneur Steve Ressler.
If states invest just 0.5% of their funding from the American Rescue Plan in data infrastructure, they can ensure recovery supports all residents, especially the most vulnerable and historically underserved groups.
Government that took a responsible approach to the emergency actually improved public access, participation and oversight, meeting by Zoom, or some other videoconferencing system to which the public could connect.
The discussion as well as the demonstrated need surrounding high-speed Internet access — a need that is particularly great in Maine’s more rural areas — have far outmatched the public investment.
Local governments are increasingly making online services available to residents, but then end up drowning in follow-up emails that take up valuable resources to answer. Machine learning may be a solution.
In an ideal world that is being powered by an ideal economy, extension of and improvements to America's infrastructure would be driven by developers. But the ideal is sometimes outside our grasp.
In this new series, gov tech adviser Jeff Cook will run through the deals in the space during the preceding quarter. In the first part of 2021, he examines the biggest deal in gov tech history, as well as seven others.
Bills in several states would force companies to allow every developer to use their preferred payment system. If passed, this legislation could cost smartphone users their privacy and security.
Even unintentional racial bias can have long-lasting impact, particularly when making decisions about kids in the foster care system. Training via virtual reality can help eliminate those biases in the field.
The use of facial recognition technology by police represents a breach of the public trust and a move toward the sort of widespread and invasive surveillance that has no place in our communities.
Studies show Americans tend to trust their local leaders. The Biden administration should learn from local successes to drive COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and other public communications.