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Chris Teale

Chris Teale
Chris Teale is a staff reporter for GCN. He was most recently a technology reporter for Morning Consult, and prior to that covered smart cities for Industry Dive. He also has had spells in local news reporting in Northern Virginia. He graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2013.
Tech & Data

More Details Emerge on New York City Free Internet Pilot

Residents in Section 8 housing will be covered by a wireless mesh network under the program announced by Mayor Eric Adams.

Tech & Data

How One State Cut Its Vehicle Titling Time Down to a Few Days

West Virginia is the first state in the nation to digitize its titling process, but a DMV overhaul must be handled with care.

Infrastructure

Railroad Tracks Can be an Obstacle for High-Speed Internet Buildouts

State lawmakers are looking at the issue. Virginia’s Legislature wants to cap fees and streamline reviews for fiber infrastructure that crosses rail rights-of-way. Railroads say existing procedures are important for safety.

Tech & Data

Executive Order Blocks State Business With ‘Evil Foreign Governments’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s order will ensure companies associated with hostile nations do not access state infrastructure or data through IT or telecommunications contracts.

Tech & Data

Automated Vehicles Coming to Ohio Roads

The state will test trucks equipped with platooning technology along its Smart Mobility Corridor, and automated passenger vehicles will spend a year driving on rural roads.

Infrastructure

How One City is Cutting Down Speeding in Its Municipal Fleet

Newly adopted technology has kept drivers within speed limits and reduced hard braking by more than a third, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said.

Tech & Data

Cyberattack Turns Up the Heat on Common Security Problems

The ransomware attack that crippled a New York county again demonstrated the need for investment, regular updates and an enterprisewide approach to security.

Tech & Data

Flexibility, Culture Key to Attracting Laid-off Tech Workers

State and local agencies looking to pick up staff from layoffs at tech companies should be “leaning into different flexibilities,” said one expert.

Tech & Data

What’s Next in Government Tech

Blockchain, artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality offer agencies new opportunities, but modernizing legacy infrastructure will be key, a recent report says.

Management

How States Can Fill the Tech Workforce Gap

A private sector tech slowdown could present a recruiting opportunity for governments, especially if they appeal to younger employees looking for meaningful and consequential work.

Management

Public Employees Expect More Fraud, Waste and Abuse

State and local government employees say that they expect fraud to increase between now and 2024, and they would like to spend more time preventing than investigating it, a new survey found.

Tech & Data

More States Move to Ban TikTok From Government Devices

Maryland joined South Dakota in announcing a ban on state employees or agencies from using the app on government-issued devices, while South Carolina asked for it to be blocked.

Tech & Data

Transit Agency Pilots Gun Detection Tech

Philadelphia’s SEPTA will test an AI-based video analytics solution that aims to reduce gun-related violence on train platforms.

Tech & Data

Nonprofit Cites ‘Inaccuracies’ in New Broadband Maps

Open internet advocate Public Knowledge urged the FCC to clarify the challenge process, the availability of satellite internet and the role of anchor institutions.

Tech & Data

A City Seeks Digital Maps of Its Public Building Interiors

As original blueprints are no longer accurate, Aurora, Illinois, wants indoor, "digital twin" imaging to update records and increase public safety.

Tech & Data

Are We Building Cyber Vulnerability into EV Charging Infrastructure?

Amid a nationwide push to electrify transportation, observers said that cybersecurity doesn’t get appropriate attention.

Tech & Data

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.

Tech & Data

Almost Half of Phishing Attacks Target Government Employees, Research Says

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

Tech & Data

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?

Management

How One State Bolsters Its Employees’ Cyber Hygiene

Strengthening its weakest link has helped Arizona reduce its click rate on phishing emails from 14% to 4%, the state's chief information security officer says.