Tech & Data

America Is Running on Fumes

COMMENTARY | In film, science, and the economy, the U.S. has fallen out of love with the hard work of ushering new ideas into the world.

No Strategy Needed to Start Leveraging AI in Government

While states should formulate a strategic vision for long-term use of artificial intelligence, the pandemic showed that AI can successfully assist with vital public services, according to a survey of state CIOs.

Robocallers Try New Tactics to Evade Crackdowns

Scofflaws innovate after every government attempt to block scam calls.

Food Delivery Robots Gaining Popularity

The emerging technology poses regulatory questions for state and local governments.

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Eliminate Manual Processes Route and Approve Invoices from Anywhere

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.

How One City is Working to Make Spending Data More Transparent

Efforts by Los Angeles' controller to open up city fiscal data took on an added dimension when Covid-19 hit.

Input Needed on Emerging Tech Trends and Risks for Congressional Study

Topics of interest include artificial intelligence, blockchain, quantum computing, autonomous delivery technologies and more.

White House Holiday Warning Identifies Options for Reporting Ransomware

The FBI has a prominent portal for governments and entities to report cybersecurity incidents, but Congress is considering legislation that officials fear could change the dynamic.

Information Disorder Is Biggest Social Danger, Commission Warns

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder made multiple structural recommendations for the information ecosystem.

Senators Urge Better Cyber Protection For K-12 Schools

A recent Government Accountability Office report dove into how virtual classrooms are increasing vulnerability to ransomware and other cyber threats.

Cyber Insurance for Local Governments Costs More, Covers Less

More governments have cyber incident coverage than ever before, but the escalated risk of ransomware and cyberattacks means higher premiums, rising deductibles and greater scrutiny of security protocols.

Most Employees Want Stronger Cybersecurity Standards in the Workplace, Survey Finds

Two-thirds of respondents found national cybersecurity guidelines to be “extremely” or “very” valuable.

The 311 Lifeline: How Governments Enhanced Call Centers During the Pandemic

State and municipal governments established special hotlines or expanded the type of services residents could access through 311 call centers during the pandemic.

Taking Race Out of Criminal Charges

Prosecutors in Yolo County, California, are attempting “race-blind charging” by using software to redact identifying information, including race and other descriptors, from police reports.

New Survey Finds Differences in How Local Agencies Adopt Software

The poll of over 800 local government officials looks at trends with how departments are embracing specialized software and how satisfied they are with it.

What’s Ahead for State Tech Leaders

In a new special report Route Fifty examines some of the emerging issues and challenges that state chief information officers are contending with.

Infrastructure Package Includes Major Investment In Cybersecurity

Among the $1 trillion in overall funding, the bill features a $100 million cyber response and recovery fund for critical infrastructure and other cyber benefits.

Broadband Dominates Tech Funding In Infrastructure Bill

Funds will go to expanding broadband and 5G connectivity nationwide.

How to Identify Phishing Emails and Foil Attacks

COMMENTARY | A cybersecurity researcher explains what to do to protect your organization.

Building a Cloud-savvy Workforce May Mean Rethinking Degree Requirements

Government and industry officials question how they can keep cloud positions filled when they require various college degrees and certifications, but onboarding is key.