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Australia-based Pulse focuses on public-sector human resources management. Springbrook will use the tech to help local governments better manage hiring and onboarding, in a time of gov tech staffing shortages.
A new survey of Affordable Connectivity Program users detailed the financial hardships recipients face in affording broadband, and found more than half access government services online.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s redesign of its marketplace is focused on smoothing navigation. The update to FedRAMP, first launched in 2011, followed dialog with users on pain points.
Experts have long debated a nationwide ban on paying cyber extortionists. But any ban must be paired with measures to help targets improve defenses, cybersecurity experts say.
Cox Enterprises’ investment caps a busy fourth quarter for OpenGov — and makes it one of just a few gov tech companies with a value of $1 billion or more. Plans are for its workforce and leadership to remain in place.
During the time that Nevada CIO Timothy Galluzi has been serving in the CIO role, he has witnessed the value of collaboration and partnership in guiding state IT. Galluzi has been the state’s IT leader since 2022.
The state’s new risk assessments aim to strike a balance between harnessing the benefits of AI and managing data and ethical concerns. Meanwhile, Indiana’s first customer-facing AI tool is now in service.
As the U.S. continues to shift toward using more renewable energy sources, officials are starting to grapple with how to keep a changing infrastructure cyber secure.
RIDE On Demand, a new shared on-demand transit service in Middlesex County, N.J., aims to give riders in the county seat more transit options and reduce traffic congestion. It arrives Tuesday through technology provider Via.
Microsoft Azure now offers Azure OpenAI Service. A company executive described how governments might use it, and what that could mean for staff workloads.
Ava Community Energy in the San Francisco Bay Area has drafted its Zero-Emission Medium and Heavy-Duty Goods Movement Blueprint to aid in the transition of trucking toward zero-emission vehicles.
NIST released its first major update to the framework since 2014. The new version adds a key cybersecurity function, aims to support all sectors and is accompanied by the release of supplementary resources.
Artificial intelligence software can be a powerful force in helping government agencies that are responsible for managing and analyzing massive amounts of data, both quantitative and qualitative.
In this interview, Pavlina Pavlova, public policy adviser at the CyberPeace Institute, describes the organization’s mission and global activities to reduce harm online for vulnerable populations.
Austin plans to fully electrify its bike-share fleet, in addition to increasing the number of bikes and docking stations. This is in line with other cities and the broader trend of electrifying bicycle fleets.
When innovation needs a boost, advance market commitments are a tool that not only secures value for taxpayers but also fosters environmental sustainability and economic development.
The two sellers of technology for emergency responders said that CentralSquare will become a verified reseller for RapidSOS. The deal is the latest to bring together gov tech vendors in that space.
As we head into the rest of 2024 and the buzz around artificial intelligence continues unabated, here's advice on how government can make practical use of the new tech — and ensure it remains secure in the process.
The co-author of a new book suggests that when technology, data and collective effort converge, government, the tech industry and higher education can tackle major challenges while bringing a new generation into the workforce.
The public-sector-facing technology industry convened this week for the Center for Digital Government’s annual Beyond the Beltway event. Highlights included a forecast of how state and local government will invest this year.
Customers across the nation reported outages of call, text and Internet service. The incident prompted some emergency and police departments to issue advice to residents who were unable to place 911 calls.
Plus, Maine is the first state to have its digital equity plan accepted, the NTCA is calling for a more effective challenge process for the national broadband map, and more.
2023 saw more cloud-based intrusions and data breach-based extortion. Cyber extortion and ransomware, plus election-related disinformation, are likely to be key concerns in 2024, too.
Mark Wong, the longtime director of technology for the city and county of Honolulu, plans to retire at the end of the year, according to officials with Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office.
This week, House Speaker Mike Johnson and Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries announced the establishment of a new task force that will help Congress to better understand artificial intelligence and its related risks.
North Carolina is making $14 million available to nonprofits, government agencies and others as part of the Digital Champion grants to expand digital equity. Some 230 applicants have applied.
As the state of South Dakota works to transform outdated IT systems, enhance cybersecurity and explore emerging technologies, state IT leadership is keeping the citizens’ experience at the heart of these efforts.
Members of the National Association of Counties were in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to extend funding for a program providing subsidies to help low-income households afford broadband Internet service.
New terminology and cyber questions about generative artificial intelligence keep popping up. Can AI be governed? How can GenAI be secured? By whom? Using what tools and processes?
A new proposal in the state Legislature could claw back $40 million in local government cybersecurity grants. The move would be a substantial blow to the state’s Local Government Cybersecurity Grant program.
At Net Inclusion 2024, digital equity experts weighed in on the potential inequities inherent to the acceleration of artificial intelligence, offering advice to those wanting to prepare.
This week, Gov. Maura Healey signed an executive order to establish the Artificial Intelligence Strategic Task Force in order to better understand the potential impacts of AI and GenAI.
After a Kansas drinking water treatment facility was compromised through remote access on a former employee's cellphone in 2019, the state is launching a tool to assess the cybersecurity of the agencies in charge of keeping drinking water safe.
Denis Goulet plans to build up his state’s privacy, potentially using its cybersecurity program as a model. New Hampshire may also bring its popular “.Gov In a Box” offering to more local entities.
Plus, the state of Washington has appointed Aaron Wheeler to serve as the new broadband director, a digital navigator pilot program has been launched in the city of Cambridge, Mass., and more.
Falling prices, increased availability and incentives are giving the secondhand electric vehicle market the thrust it needs to grow, introducing the vehicles to a wider cross-section of consumers.
Brookings Institution panelists considered how the proliferation of generative AI tools, weakening of social media platform trust and safety teams, and drawdown in federal communications with social media firms will impact the the 2024 elections.
The legislation would set mandatory AI safety testing requirements before training or market release and would mandate an internal fail-safe be included in all AI systems to trigger an immediate shutdown if issues are detected.
A New Hampshire city joins a growing list of local governments that are turning over some of the more time-intensive tasks of planning operations to artificial intelligence technologies.
The creation of a new position in Indianapolis highlights an emerging trend of recruiting employees with technical data skills to focus on DEI initiatives. But can agencies successfully fill the roles and develop robust programs?
The startup brings public officials together to share expertise and advice about cybersecurity, elections management and other issues that can challenge government agencies. Veterans of Mark43 help run the company.
Just over a year since the launch of Atlanta’s new Office of Technology and Innovation, city tech leaders reflect on the role of the office in the city's work to build a broader technology ecosystem.
Following the lead of Nevada and other states, two state senators say they will introduce a bill giving the state CIO a seat at the cabinet table. The move comes amid growing concerns about cybersecurity.
Ashley Bloom, the state's first chief IT accessibility officer, shared that she is approaching the role with the mindset that accessibility should be integrated into all of the state's IT work.
In the job for just more than three years, Askins now has a job with a telecommunications firm based in the South. Among the issues he has tackled are artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data migration.
When we persevere through difficulties our results are often better than initially expected. Here’s a story of how pandemic disappointments and travel problems led to new professional opportunities.  
In accordance with President Joe Biden’s 2023 executive order on artificial intelligence, the federal government is moving forward with key actions — namely, the creation of an AI safety consortium.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is aligning with national trends on AI regulation, establishing a task force via executive order to examine the current and future applications of the technology in state government.
The 12-year-old company reports big recent sales gains — a reflection of larger trends in the gov tech world. A company executive also expresses skepticism about the role of private equity in the industry.
CISO Michael Makstman explains what it takes to secure San Francisco, how the city is approaching generative AI and the importance of sharing information in the Coalition of City CISOs.