Tech & Data

A State Moves Its Mainframe System to the Cloud

With technicians retiring and fewer agencies using the state-run system, Washington state is turning to an outside vendor to provide mainframe computing services.

New Bill Would Codify States’ Ability to Use Federally Funded National Guard for Cybersecurity

National Guard troops currently being activated to monitor cybersecurity in the upcoming elections are paid for by states.

The Current and Future State of State IT Operations

COMMENTARY | Future trends in state IT were highlighted during the 2020 NASCIO Annual Conference.

AI Checks Out 'Rash Selfies' to Detect Lyme Disease

COMMENTARY | Researchers trained the tool to identify redness associated from Lyme disease from other skin problems.

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Today’s finance teams carry a heavy burden, supporting everything from growth strategies to long-term planning – all while continuously delivering monthly and quarterly numbers and keeping cash flowing. But even as demands on finance departments grow, many still spend excessive time using paper, spreadsheets, and e-mails to process vendor invoices, approvals, and payments.

Eleven States Join DOJ in Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Police in Colorado take off-road vehicles to homeless encampment to provide vaccines and Covid tests … Can city recoup cancelled RNC costs? … Colleges require flu shots.

How the Energy Department is Working to Engage Americans on Exascale Supercomputing

Officials also offered updates on how the buildout of U.S. exascale machines is unfolding.

FCC, USAID Partner to Advance U.S. 5G Security Policy

An agreement between the agencies aims to encourage the use of trusted networks and interoperable infrastructure.

With Census Count Over, Concerns Linger About Accuracy

Community groups raced to get more people to complete census questionnaires before the count ended Friday, but they still believe many were missed after the deadline was pushed up.

To Better Address Covid, States Need to Use Data Better

COMMENTARY | Covid-19 exposed gaps in data use for state governments but it also revealed innovative practices that can be applied in the future.

How Planning to Protect Data Privacy Helped One State’s Covid-19 Response

By creating standardized data sharing agreements that cover privacy issues unique to each state agency, Indiana officials say they were able to streamline requests to share data with the public.

Geolocation Data Could Help Planners Design Communities that Require Less Driving

“By actually knowing where people are going, we can start to rethink how we plan for investments of all kinds and other policies,” says one of the authors of a new study.

How State IT Officials Ramped Up Capacity, Security As Workers Went Remote

From increasing the capacity of VPN infrastructure to rethinking the IT help desk, chief information officers had to address new challenges during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Teachers Play a Critical Role in Shaping Girls' Future as Coders

COMMENTARY | Educators need to be aware of their own implicit biases that can lead to differences in how they recognize what girls can do in coding.

State CIOs Say Pandemic Bolstered Rollout of Automated Technology

Chatbots were the most likely automated technology to be deployed by state governments to respond to the coronavirus, according to a NASCIO survey.

In a Battle of AI Versus AI, Researchers Are Preparing for the Coming Wave of Deepfake Propaganda

COMMENTARY | Deepfake detection as a field of research was begun a little over three years ago.

House Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Provide Legal Backing for Blockchain Records

It marks the latest of several other acts recently introduced that hone in on the emerging technology.

No More Rush Hour? A Look at the Pandemic’s Impact on Traffic

The average number of vehicle miles traveled was 16% lower in July than the previous year, and rush hour traffic is now more spread out over time, according to a new report.

Federal Government to Offer $10M to Research Covid Spread on Public Transportation

Major cities could be excluded from receiving grants for “permitting anarchy, violence, and destruction,” per a presidential memo cited in the funding opportunity. 

A State Provides an Online Option for Driver's License Tests

Prospective drivers in Minnesota can now take their learner's permit knowledge test online, one of several state initiatives deployed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Everything from Cattle Branding to Cybersecurity

Utah simplifies the process of registering brands using image recognition technology, one of many projects that is part of the state’s AI plan.