Colin Wood

Colin has been writing for Government Technology since 2010. He lives in Seattle with his wife and their dog. He can be reached at and on Google+.

Posted By Colin Wood

Aug 12

Best of California 2016: Successful Public-Sector IT Exhibits Flexibility, Adaptability

Following a day of discussion on data analytics, identity access management and enterprise architecture at the 2016 California Technology Forum held Aug. 11, top technology and project leaders in the state were recognized for achievements in many of the same discussion areas.
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Jul 29

What Is a Chief Information Officer?

For CIOs, emphasis is usually placed on the customers and their needs rather than the technology itself.
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Jul 13

Los Angeles CTO Peter Marx Departs, Jeanne Holm Named as Replacement

Marx is credited with leading projects around broadband, legacy system upgrades and open data.
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Jul 6

City of San Jose Creates Office of Civic Innovation

The crux of the city's new efforts is to assist other departments with forming strategies that align priorities and resources, while lowering barriers to the adoption of new processes.
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May 20

One Year After OPM Breach, Federal Cybersecurity Continues to Struggle

A new report shows that the federal government is slow to adapt to cyberthreats, even in the face of severe consequences.
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May 17

Los Angeles Connects to 100 Gbps Education Network

Los Angeles leaders say they hope to encourage other cities to do as they have and join the infrastructure connecting California's education and research worlds.
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May 16

Open Data Market Is Growing, Study Says

According to a study conducted by open data company Socrata, investment in and support for open data remain steady. In fact, the company's CEO called today's market the strongest he's ever seen.
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May 12

San Francisco's Superpublic: Cross-Discipline Working Space to Target City Challenges

San Francisco's new lab brings partners from academia, state and federal government, and the private sector to tackle such challenges as performance-based procurement and transportation.
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May 4

Email Privacy Act: Updating Decades-Old Legislation to Account for Cloud-Stored Data

A bill making its way through Congress may finally remedy legislation drafted three decades ago — that couldn't predict a future of digital mobile devices and cloud-stored data.
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Apr 27

Study Reveals Biggest Barrier to Cloud Adoption

The perennial concern with cloud adoption is security, according to the survey, but 70 percent of respondents also said they believe security will become less of a concern by the end of the year.
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Apr 14

San Jose Partners with Facebook Connectivity Lab to Test Gigabit Wi-Fi

San Jose will be one of Facebook Connectivity Lab’s first examples of how the Terragraph network might be used to cheaply scale high-bandwidth wireless connectivity for a high volume of users.
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Apr 5

Formulating a Model for Small-City Innovation Offices

Innovation offices in major cities like Los Angeles and New York are interesting and inspirational, but don’t necessarily serve as useful models for cities with a fraction of the population or resources.
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Mar 17

Los Angeles County CIO Richard Sanchez Announces Retirement

During the past several years, Sanchez is credited with leading an agency that created a chief data officer role, building a county open data portal and replacing many of the county’s legacy applications, among other accomplishments.
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Mar 16

San Francisco's Gigabit Master Plan: A Sign of the Times

The diversity in recent municipal broadband projects history indicate a trend of innovation. No longer content to wait for private industry, cities large and small are building the kinds of networks and partnerships that serve the persistent demand for connectivity.
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Jan 29

San Francisco Recruits Three California Cities for Regional 'Startup in Residence' Program

A regional Startup in Residence program with West Sacramento, Oakland and San Leandro expands on San Francisco's 2014 effort and builds toward an international program.
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Jan 26

LA Unified Inches Toward Districtwide Tech Upgrades, Wireless Access

The biggest school district in the nation is preparing its students with big investments in broadband connectivity and device support.
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Dec 17

National Guard to Deploy Cyber Surveillance Reconnaissance Squadron in California

Federal cyber protection efforts grow this month with new soldiers being deployed across the nation to protect America's digital borders.
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Oct 21

Setting Government Procurement Data Free

Open Procure is looking to speed government adoption of breaking technologies and ease startup entry into the government sector.
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Oct 19

Nevada Appoints CIO Shannon Rahming

The state's newest IT leader is looking for chances to collaborate as she keeps Nevada's several large, multi-year modernization projects moving.
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Aug 14

2015 Best of California Awards Honor Public-Sector Tech, Innovation

The 13th annual awards celebrated excellence in apps, management, collaboration, infrastructure and social media.
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Jun 9

Technology Is a Social Change Agent

Technology can make governments more efficient, but pushed outward, it can change society too, says incoming Long Beach, Calif., tech chief Bryan Sastokas.
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Mar 19

California Finishes Last in Financial Data Transparency Survey

California ranked poorly for several reasons, the biggest being that the state’s data is spread across multiple agencies and portals.
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Mar 17

Business Oregon Launches Entrepreneurship in Residence Program

Entrepreneurship in residence (EIR) programs are popular in the tech world, and another has popped up in government.
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Feb 13

New LAPD Program Seeks to Dethrone City as King of Hit-and-Runs

A new alert system will pit the efforts of the police, the private sector, the city and the public against one of Los Angeles' bloody problems.
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Jan 26

Oakland Releases Automated License Plate Reader Data

The Electronic Frontier Foundation discovered that lower-income neighborhoods saw a disproportionate amount of license plates being scanned by police, but poor neighborhoods also tend to have more crime, which explains greater police presence.
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