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Kirsten Errick

Staff Reporter, Nextgov

Kirsten Errick
Kirsten Errick is a technology reporter for Nextgov, where she covers GSA, tech workforce, automation and space tech. She is also working towards her master’s in journalism at Georgetown University. Kirsten received her B.A. in communication from Villanova University.
Cloud & Infrastructure

NSF will invest up to $28M for STEM open-source ecosystems

State and local governments can apply for funding that supports open-source ecosystems to make products such as hardware, software, programming languages and other tools publicly accessible.

Emerging Tech

IBM, NASA will use AI to improve climate change research

The research will use IBM’s artificial intelligence technology and NASA’s Earth and geospatial science data to make climate data more accessible to data scientists, policy makers and the public.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Tech gig workers love the flexibility, report finds

As the government looks to fill tech positions, it could consider offering some of the benefits that workers like about freelancing, such as flexibility and remote work.

Cybersecurity

NSF awards $29M in new CyberCorps scholarship for service grants

The funding will go to nine universities in 2023 to support building the next generation of cyber professionals to serve local, state and federal governments.

Emerging Tech

‘We have nothing’ showing UFOs are of alien origin, defense official says

So far, data has not shown unidentified anomalous phenomena to be from an alien source, according to defense officials.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Lack of cloud backups poses a ‘real problem’ for data protection, expert says

A Veeam report found that a third of IT leaders did not think their cloud data needed to be backed up for security.

Data & Analytics

Change data infrastructure to meet new needs, experts advise

Experts at an Urban Institute event noted that the decline of data sources like surveys has created a need for improved information sharing capabilities.

Data & Analytics

Report: Governments behind private sector in customer, employee experience

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

Emerging Tech

Building an AI-ready staff starts with data literacy, training

Agencies must train their workforce to get the most out of emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, federal technologists and data experts advise.

Cybersecurity

Latest guidance outlines customer responsibilities for software security

The guide provides recommendations for software supply chain security throughout the product lifecycle, from procurement to deployment.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Government makes good strides for cloud migration, report finds

According to the report, government and the public sector are strong in their cloud migration efforts, but lagging behind the private sector in other areas of digital modernization.

Cybersecurity

TikTok should be banned in the U.S., FCC commissioner says

The commissioner’s comments are the latest in a long line of concerns about the social media platform’s Chinese ties.

Emerging Tech

AI’s value to organizations parallels value to individuals, report finds

Personal benefit from AI was also linked to greater job satisfaction, according to the MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group report.

Emerging Tech

How government might work up to 3D-printed buildings

Panelists at the Imagine Nation ELC Conference noted that for some emerging technologies—like large-scale 3D printing and augmented reality—agencies may have to “start with smaller.”

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud training for all is critical to migration efforts, experts say

Panelists at an ATARC conference highlighted the importance of workers, not just technologists understanding the cloud to enhance its efforts.

Emerging Tech

Emerging tech training gets a $30M boost from NSF

The National Science Foundation’s new program, ExLENT, will help individuals gain work experience in emerging technologies through internships and other real-world experiences.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Government’s role is to ‘seed the field’ of semiconductor workforce, experts say

A panel discussed how government, industry and academia are each uniquely positioned to contribute to the semiconductor industry and how they can work together to fill in the gaps.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Most government orgs fail to meet digital transformation objectives, report finds

The report argued that governments should center digital efforts on workforce skills and enhancing citizens’ experiences.