Information Technology

Colorado Becomes Fourth State to Give Residents Control of Their Online Data

The Colorado Privacy Act allows residents to opt out of data collection and gain access to more insight about how their information is collected and used.

A 50-year-old Unemployment System (Finally) Nears an Overhaul

Wisconsin officials have said the outdated computer technology contributed to problems processing claims during the pandemic. Now they’re looking for bids to revamp it.

Better Customer Experience a Priority for State, Local IT Post Pandemic

Experts testified before a U.S. House committee about government digital services, noting the pandemic pushed long-standing information technology issues to the forefront.

From New Hampshire to California, Parks Departments Embrace Video Games

Esports leagues, where gamers of all ages compete online in tournaments, are an increasingly popular programming choice for parks and recreation departments.

Report: Governments Need to Share More Data to Solve Complex Issues, Grow Economy

But governments should use the expertise of private companies to help guard sensitive data that is shared, according to a Georgetown University study.

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Help State and Cities Modernize IT Systems

The bill would provide $120 million annually for seven years to fund tech teams and tech planning grants.  

Billions of Federal Dollars to Close Broadband Gaps are About to Start Flowing

The FCC has launched a program that provides $50 subsidies to help households pay internet bills and also approved rules for a $7 billion fund for libraries and schools.

New Mexico Must Provide Internet, Devices to At-Risk Remote Learners, Court Rules

The ruling is the latest development in a years-long case alleging that the state’s education department failed to provide uniform public education to Native Americans, low-income children and others.

Why States Should Modernize and Future Proof Aging IT Systems

COMMENTARY | States have largely ignored IT modernization efforts because they are complex, lengthy and require significant investment dollars. With additional federal aid on the way, states have the opportunity to update IT systems to be more effective and efficient.

Nevada Plan to Let Tech Firms Form Local Governments is Scaled Back

Gov. Steve Sisolak’s revised proposal would create a bipartisan committee to study the controversial "innovation zone" concept.

Florida Poised to Enact Digital Privacy Law

Privacy rights advocates say if the bill becomes law it will pressure Congress to pass federal legislation to ease the growing regulatory burden due to a patchwork of state laws.

Centralizing State IT Functions Gains Momentum

Connecticut is building an information technology organization within its government, joining a number of other states consolidating people, hardware and software to reduce costs and inefficiencies.

Increasing Number of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

The jump can be attributed to the rise in social media use and the spread of misinformation, like falsehoods about the 2020 election and Covid-19 vaccines, according to an analysis by The Marist Poll.

How Governments can Shape 6G Technology Infrastructure

An engineering organization’s new guide provides recommendations to help governments foster the evolution of wireless technology to benefit them and their residents.

How Two Local Governments Got Covid Vaccination Registrations Right

From system failures to overbooked appointments, the technology many governments relied on to manage vaccinations crashed and burned. But New Orleans and Dallas County found software that worked.

Single Sign-in For Government Services Expands to States, Localities

The federal government is looking to partner with state and local governments to grow its Login.gov service, which it says is secure and user friendly.

Are Plastic Driver's Licenses Headed For the Dumpster?

Utah is one of nearly two dozen states exploring digital driver’s licenses, stored on smartphones, that state officials say come with enhanced privacy and control.

Lawmakers Urge Internet Companies to Join New Discount Broadband Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, slated to start at the end of April, will provide discounts on internet service to struggling households.

The FCC Wants Your Feedback to Improve Broadband Access

In an effort to create more accurate maps detailing broadband connections and service, the Federal Communications Commission is collecting first-hand accounts from users.

How One State Will Work With the Feds On a Major Tech Overhaul

Wisconsin has turned to a federal team of tech experts as the state seeks to revamp its antiquated unemployment computer system.