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Kaitlyn Levinson

Assistant Editor, GCN

Kaitlyn Levinson
Kaitlyn Levinson is assistant editor at GCN and covers data and analytics. She has previously reported for Maryland-based publications Capital News Service in Annapolis and the Greenbelt News Review.
Emerging Tech

3D-printed homes save time, money, state pilot shows

A potential solution to Virginia’s housing shortage comes from the nozzle of a 3D printer.

Public Safety

Digital floor plans of schools can speed emergency response

Providing first responders with a digitized map of school buildings may result in quicker response times and less confusion during crises.

Emerging Tech

Smart tactics for introducing technology to a skeptical community

Education and engagement can get residents and local leaders on board with new projects, experts suggest.

Data & Analytics

A strategy for ethical, responsible release of public data

Agencies must balance access and privacy when deciding which data should be made public and how, according to a recent report.

Public Safety

Audit reveals why city’s efforts to curb homelessness fall short

Oakland, California, doesn’t have the data to tell if it’s making any progress on reducing homelessness, a new audit shows.

Data & Analytics

Dashboard showcases local-level census data

Data Explorer allows city officials and residents in Takoma Park, Maryland, to explore detailed demographic data on their community.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NTIA updates broadband funding site

The changes will help state, local and tribal governments tap into federal funding opportunities to expand and improve internet access within their communities.

Data & Analytics

Charm City steps up digital initiatives

Baltimore aims to improve delivery of core city services and bring the city in line with established best practices in civic technology.

Public Safety

Crash data analysis gets $1M infusion

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles will use the funding to improve reporting on commercial motor vehicle accidents.

Data & Analytics

How integrated city data ensures social services delivery

Philadelphia’s Office of Integrated Data for Evidence and Action has been analyzing cross-program data to improve outreach to residents who qualify for assistance but have not applied.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Digital divide: Tribal communities undercounted, underserved

Gaps in digital access and poor data quality disproportionately affect already underserved native communities, one expert says.

Data & Analytics

State pulls in $9M to improve public safety, justice IT systems

The funds will help West Virginia modernize IT systems and improve back-end services that will help protect the public.

Data & Analytics

Child abuse risk analysis tool flags families that need enhanced social services

By providing supervisors with data on children at risk early in the assessment process, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services can better respond to family crises.

Data & Analytics

NASCIO selects 31 finalists for state IT recognition awards

States nominated their IT success stories, detailing how they improved government operations through IT modernization and business process innovations.

Emerging Tech

Autonomous receiver tracks fish to improve hydropower dam operations

The underwater autonomous receiver uploads tracking data from tagged salmon to the cloud in near real-time to help hydroelectric plant operators know when, where and how many fish are expected to pass through dams.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Extending broadband from anchor institutions can reduce the homework gap

A new study finds that implementing wireless broadband networks “to-and-through” anchor institutions is often the most effective option for connecting students and underserved households.

Public Safety

Mobile app aims to reduce work zone-related crashes

Florida is testing the Lane Closure Notification System, which allows highway workers to send notices of traffic changes to navigation services like Waze.

Public Safety

USDOT awards funding for tech infusion to transit, highway systems

More than a dozen cities and states received funds for intelligent transportation programs that promote safety, improve access and reduce congestion.

Cybersecurity

States invest in SNAP fraud detection, prevention

Several states have won U.S. Department of Agriculture grants for services and programs to stop fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.