Ben Miller

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects.

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Mar 26

Coronavirus: 2 CIOs Explain How They're Enabling Telework

Two key California cities' chief information officers discuss the solutions they're using to enable municipal employees to work remotely during "shelter in place" orders.
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Oct 2

Startup Wants to Work With Cities to Look at Mobility Data

A Palo Alto tech company aims to use open source technology to help local agencies aggregate and analyze dockless mobility and rideshare data.
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Aug 30

City's Second Data Center a Gateway to Change, Modernization

Intended to offer redundancy, the facility now highlights the possibilities in a cloud-forward posture, a remote workforce, improved backups and more.
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Nov 19

VIDEO: Why Innovation May Be Easier at Small Public Safety Agencies

It might seem counterintuitive, but in the public safety space, tech startup entrepreneurs say that big agencies with big budgets might not be the most innovative. Many like the creativity and agility of small agencies.
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Oct 26

Firm Closing Only California Office, But Staff Will Remain

A recently formed business that was created from the merger of three gov tech companies has announced that it's closing its only California office in March — but it's expecting that most of its employees in the state will remain and work remotely.
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Oct 22

IT Leader Jumps From Public to Private Sector

A longtime local government official who led technology, innovation and community development efforts in several cities is joining Oracle to work on a renewed push into public-sector software. The move brings Oracle a recognized local government voice in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as a person who has a lot of experience with a company Oracle recently began competing directly against: Accela.
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Sep 14

Data Sharing: What's the Worst that Could Happen?

Startups are producing lots of transit data that could help inform government policy — but not everyone agrees on what should be shared.
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Sep 12

Startup Using Tech to Reduce Court No-Shows

As California replaces its money-bail system with "risk assessments" to determine who is most likely to fail to appear for their court dates, Uptrust is expanding its tool that it says helps people stay in compliance.
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Sep 11

As Cities Push Back Against E-Scooters, One Company Launches "GovTech Platform"

The e-scooter company Bird's offering is tailored toward some of the exact complaints of cities like San Francisco and San Jose.
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Aug 30

Scooter Firm Wants to Play Nice With Cities Insider

Aug 29

Napa Sees Tech as Magnet for Engaged Tourism

The city of Napa is trying to add a tech-enabled, personalized experience to its local tourism scene, like what the tech giants of San Francisco and Silicon Valley have already made commonplace in visitors’ lives.
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Jul 2

CEO Steps Down, Company Embraces Microsoft Azure for Its Future

The CEO was only on board for a little more than a year, but a lot happened in that time. Now, as he leaves, the company is taking on a major cloud computing partnership.
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Jun 28

Accela Launches Apps to Help Cities Plan, Develop

The company said transparency, among other functionalities, can help reduce the amount of time it takes for a city to approve development.
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Jun 26

Accela's Daihl Stepping Down from CEO Role

Ed Daihl, chief executive officer of the gov tech company Accela, is stepping down after a little more than a year at the helm and will shift to an advisory role.
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Jun 20

With GitHub Buy, Is Microsoft Moving to Open Source?

There was a time when Microsoft meant the opposite of open source. The question of whether that’s still true is the crux of the disagreement between open source believers who are excited by the tech giant’s recent $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub and those who are dismayed by it.
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Jun 5

Digital License Plates: Opportunities Abound

May 31

Long Beach Finds Data Sharing Is Worth the Struggle

City Innovation head Tracy Colunga highlights what happens when multiple departments agree to share data that uncovers the high impact of repeat offenders.
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May 29

Here Are 7 Startups That Are Working with Cities

Here's a look at some of the companies that drew attention at last week's Bridge SF conference in San Francisco. They're doing business with, among others, cities in the Golden State.
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May 22

Startups at Conference Tout Government Applications

The Startup in Residence program, which matches tech companies with local government workers to help them solve public-sector problems, wants to grow a lot bigger. Today, some California success stories were showcased at a conference.
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Apr 5

Startup Gives Governments a Way to Test-Drive Tech

A new Silicon Valley startup called UrbanLeap is putting together a cloud-based platform for government — especially local government — to pilot-test products and services. It may be the first such product on the market.
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Mar 12

Google to Flag Unencrypted Government Websites

Google says a majority of state and local government websites aren’t doing enough to protect the people visiting them. Starting in July, that browser is going to start prominently telling those users that the sites they’re visiting aren’t secure — and that includes Los Angeles’ and San Diego’s.
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Feb 12

Muni Bonds: New Kid on the Blockchain?

That slow-moving stalwart of investing, the old municipal bond, is about to meet the trendiest tech in the country right now: blockchain. And in Berkeley, the people behind the initiative want to open the bond to investors using both U.S. dollars and some as-of-yet-unspecified cryptocurrency.
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Jan 26

AI in Government: Experts Are of Two Minds

Jan 9

These 31 California Tech Firms Rank Among GovTech 100

In a world of big tech investment, where a company with a zany idea may flare up and fizzle out or it may hit the stock market at a billion-dollar value, is there room for technology that helps city hall update its application forms? It’s beginning to look like the answer is yes — especially in California, home to 31 of the GovTech 100 firms that serve state and local government in unique, innovative, effective ways.
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Jul 6

CWDS Picks Contractor for CWDS Agile Revamp

The California Child Welfare Digital Services project, which the state government’s technology officials are treating as a pilot for agile methods, has awarded an early contract for development operations to CivicActions.
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