Technology

The Move to Digital Government Requires More Than Just Tech

COMMENTARY | Processes, power and people are also crucial elements.

Making a Successful Shift to Digital-first Government

COMMENTARY | As they transition to providing more services online, there are ways governments can get creative working around talent shortages and entrenched bureaucracies.

The Most Future-ready US Cities

Cities that leverage data, partnerships and emerging technologies can best adapt to changing citizen expectations, a new report found.

How One State’s Phishing Training Evolves With Threats

Indiana regularly tests employees on various platforms and attachment formats, including prompts related to headline news and retests of scams that have proved difficult for workers to catch.

Twitter Turbulence Under Elon Musk Poses Headache For Governments

States and localities have come to depend on the social media platform to get information out in emergencies and other situations. But a surge in imposter accounts has some worried.

State Chief Information Officers are Handling Much More Than Just Tech

In state government, the role of the CIO has evolved to center on the business of IT, rather than the nuts and bolts of computers. It’s something that new governors will have to keep in mind.

Could Tech Workers do Peace Corps-like Stints for New York City?

Announcing a new legal fellows program to help address a shortage of city lawyers, Mayor Eric Adams said he wants other industries to loan employees to municipal government.

The Basic Questions Bedeviling How States Manage Data

States have tons of data. But much of it is redundant and it’s sometimes hard to know where it is stored, who can access it and how it can be used.

Almost Half of Phishing Attacks Target Government Employees, Research Says

Traditionally aimed at stealing credentials, phishing attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated.

The Future of Government Jobs: No Field Will Be the Same

It’s impossible to perfectly predict what state and local public sector employment will look like a decade from now. But some clear signs are emerging.

The Metaverse Holds Big Opportunities for the Public Sector

COMMENTARY | It’s poised to revolutionize how governments train employees, deliver services and manage systems.

Enough With the Weak Passwords, Already

The most common passwords on the dark web are those users have been repeatedly warned away from. Can training help?

The Future of Government Jobs: Change is Inevitable

But it may not be smooth for everyone in the state and local workforce. “Major disruptors are converging at a pace that we haven’t had happen, at least in my lifetime,” notes one expert.

The Power of State and Local Government Tech

Route Fifty and GCN join forces for the virtual GovExec SLG Tech Summit happening this week, Nov. 1-3. Tune in to hear from local leaders from across the country about how innovations in technology are improving operations and services.

Algorithm Analyzes Escort Ads to Detect Human Trafficking

Researchers have developed an algorithm that identifies similarities in escort advertisements, which often indicates trafficking behavior.

A Scientist's Quest for an Accessible, Unhackable Voting Machine

After 19 years of work, Juan Gilbert says he has invented the most secure voting machine. Will anyone prove him wrong?

Public Entities in Nearly Every State Use Federally-Banned Foreign Tech, Report Says

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology found that at least 1,681 state and local governments purchased equipment from five Chinese companies that were banned by the federal government between 2015 and 2021.

City’s Custom-built App Scores Homeless Encampment Safety

With the Homeless Emergency Management Tracking and Prioritization Tool, Austin gets consistent health, safety and impact data on encampments citywide to support cross-departmental intervention.

How Government Might Work Up to 3D-Printed Buildings

With some emerging technologies—like large-scale 3D printing and augmented reality—agencies may have to start smaller, according to panelists at a recent conference.

Striking the Right Balance Engaging With Residents Online

A new survey looks at preferences around giving input to local governments virtually, versus in person. It also finds most people don’t recall ever being asked for feedback.