Emerging Tech

Startups get hands-on intro to the smart city space

The Smart Futures Lab in Denver provides a physical and digital community where participants can hone their technology and find government partners.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Virginia has a data center problem

Some argue that data centers are not worth the cash they bring in as concerns over the facilities' environmental impact grow.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Fears grow over plan to distribute billions in broadband dollars

State and local officials are raising alarm about what they say are major flaws with a federal map that will guide where the infrastructure money is sent. They want the Biden administration to extend a timeline for flagging the problems.

Sponsor Content

State CIOs Report Greater Workforce Challenges

A rapidly changing work environment is demanding more of the CIO as a strategist while complicating efforts to fully staff a highly skilled workforce.

Cloud & Infrastructure

The hidden connection between politics and spend management platforms

Bureaucracy and business relationships can stymie the evolution of an agency’s tech stack, preventing efficient, accurate processes for data and spend management.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Efficient public safety demands evolving tech

Modern cloud, mobile and data analysis tools are key to streamlined, professional police work, a new survey found.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Congress moving ahead on new state and local government financial reporting rules

The new requirements, tacked on to a must-pass defense bill, call for financial data to be standardized, machine-readable and searchable. State and local advocates argue the plan is an “unfunded mandate” that will create significant costs.

Cybersecurity

Gov. Greg Abbott bans TikTok on state phones and computers, citing cybersecurity risks

Following the lead of several other states, Texas' governor banned the social media platform from government-issued equipment and called for a plan to address TikTok's use on employees' personal devices.

Data & Analytics

Ridership trends emerge from transit data archive

The nation’s local transit data now sits in a centralized archive, giving officials an understanding of how communities use transportation systems.

Public Safety

Addressing the public safety resource crisis

By investing in assistive AI technology, facilitating collaboration and experimenting with new programs, agencies can begin addressing the multilayered challenges facing responders.

Sponsor Content

How Agencies Can Bolster Cyber Resilience

Shifting critical information to a cloud environment can introduce new cybersecurity concerns if not done properly.

Cybersecurity

More states move to ban TikTok from government devices

Maryland joined South Dakota in announcing a ban on state employees or agencies from using the app on government-issued devices, while South Carolina asked for it to be blocked.

Data & Analytics

Report: Governments behind private sector in customer, employee experience

Governments have improved their digital transformation efforts, but much work remains.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Scarce GIS resources could hamstring state broadband challenges

The FCC allows states to challenge its new national map through January 13, but the requirements could be too onerous for those without specialized staff.

Cloud & Infrastructure

The low-code remedy for public health IT

Low-code development gives public health IT experts a powerful tool to respond to new crises quickly and develop the platforms they need to collect and use data to improve community wellness.

Data & Analytics

The cost of wildfires is rising. But by how much?

States are struggling to budget resources for wildfire management given inadequate tracking and reporting of costs.

Emerging Tech

The ChatGPT chatbot is blowing people away with its writing skills. An expert explains why it’s so impressive

The text-generating model stands out from its cohorts for its mostly accurate and helpful responses and it can even reject inappropriate prompts, but one expert says the chatbot's impressive feats are still not up to par with human capabilities.

Cybersecurity

Local governments make common cyber mistakes, auditor finds

A Missouri state auditor identified key problem areas and solutions that local governments must address to protect against cyber threats.

Cybersecurity

Ohio to offer CMMC cyber coaching

The state is looking to help local contractors comply with Defense Department cyber standards – an effort which could have knock-on effects for state and local government contracting in Ohio.

Cybersecurity

Chinese drones could expose state, local governments

Amid the uncertainty surrounding drones’ cybersecurity, a new program vets drones to ensure they meet rigorous security requirements.

Emerging Tech

Text-to-image AI: powerful, easy-to-use technology for making art – and fakes

As AI-generated images become more popular, one expert says the inherent creative freedom coincides with the ability to create false and sometimes harmful media.