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Theo Douglas

Theo Douglas is a staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes covering municipal, county and state governments, business and breaking news. He has a Bachelor's degree in Newspaper Journalism and a Master's in History, both from California State University, Long Beach.

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Dec 6

Calfornia Reps Asking Questions About Amazon Facial Recognition Insider

Dec 6

Should the CIO Rejoin the Governor's Cabinet? Why and Why Not. Insider

Dec 6

FirstNet Debuts New Orion Voice App for First Responders Insider

Dec 4

Tech Leaders Among Two Dozen Newsom Transition 'Ambassadors' Insider

Dec 3

Kiley: AI, Privacy, Cybersecurity Among Possible 2019 Legislative Tech Priorities

Nov 29

Reading Between the Lines on Newsom's Book Insider

Nov 28

CIO talks 5G, Wi-Fi, Smart Cities

Nov 26

Kiosks on Hold, but 5G Moving Apace

Nov 20

L.A. County to Launch New All-Digital Investigations System in Early 2019 Insider

Oct 11

Silicon Valley City Plans RFPs to Use Data, Apps to EaseTraffic

Its Silicon Valley location has long been a boon to the tech-forward city of Fremont, but that proximity has brought with it a significant rise in commuter traffic. Now, city officials hope that joining the Startup in Residence program and leveraging a partnership with the makers of a popular travel app will help them manage gridlock by keeping drivers on the freeway.
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Oct 1

2 New Laws Tighten Internet-Connected Devices' Security

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills that could make manufacturers of Internet-connected devices more responsible for ensuring the privacy and security of California residents.
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Sep 4

Blockchain Bills Would Allow Pilot, Involve CIOs

Two bills from the state Legislature, one of which is headed to the governor's desk, would convene a working group on blockchain technology and conduct a private-sector use case if approved.
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Jun 18

San Jose’s to Expand Broadband and FirstNet Infrastructure

The city of San Jose announced agreements with AT&T, Verizon and Mobilitie that will bring better cell and Internet service, hundreds of miles of fiber and millions of dollars in private-sector investment.
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Jun 12

Chief Innovation Officer Promoted in Riverside Revamp

The city of Riverside has promoted its longtime chief innovation officer to an assistant city manager's position, underscoring the city's growing emphasis on IT in government.
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May 30

San Jose-AT&T Small Cell Pact Important to Closing City's Digital Divide

San Jose's recent agreement with AT&T on small cell deployments could bridge the city's digital divide and enhance the provider's FirstNet rollout, while serving as a signpost for other municipalities.
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Mar 19

SF Innovation Chief Steps Down; Deputy CIO Steps Up

San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath, a key architect of its groundbreaking Startup in Residence (STiR) program, has left City Hall to focus more exclusively on leading the fast-growing civic-tech sector collaboration, now in its fourth year.
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Mar 7

Utilities Commission Hones Experience in Apps, Platforms

The California Public Utilities Commission, which has been exploring mobile technology and making its work more digital, is beginning to change both customer and employee experiences as the agency expands its presence and its IT workforce in Sacramento.
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Feb 22

LA Police Making Inroads with 'Chip' the Chatbot

"Chip," the city of Los Angeles’ new chatbot, has been off probation only since July — but, impressed by “his” performance, innovation officials have deputized him to deliver answers to potential police department recruits.
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Feb 14

Innovation, Emerging Tech Committee in the Works for Los Angeles County

Following the sunset of its Information Systems Committee, county officials are exploring formation of an innovation and emerging technologies committee, and the potential for an innovation incubator.
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Jan 4

A Year After Leaving EPA, CIO Reflects on New Role

When Ann Dunkin transitioned last February from being CIO of the federal Environment Protection Agency to the same position in Santa Clara government, her focus shifted dramatically.
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Oct 3

Riverside Broadband Process Could Change IT Procurement

Riverside County officials aren’t saying yet who responded to an RFP that marked the public debut of their RIVCOconnect Broadband Initiative, a public-private partnership aimed at building out what may be the nation’s largest broadband network. Already, it’s clear this process could signal a new way of streamlining large, essential IT infrastructure projects.
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Sep 26

5 Key Ways to Improve State IT Procurement

In a joint publication from leading government IT and procurement associations, communications and teamwork are listed as key to transforming IT procurement in the public sector.
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Sep 6

For Public-Sector IT, RFP Process Makes Procurement a Pain Point

Public agencies have been working to improve how they find and purchase technology for decades, and yet one of government’s most sensitive pain points remains, in the words of San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath, “procurement, procurement, procurement.”
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Sep 1

Women Tech Leaders: 'We Should Be Expanding'

Women can forge careers in technology by following their passions, being more assertive and working harder, but organizational and cultural constructs must further change to improve equity, four female panelists told a mostly male audience of more than 200 during day two of the Los Angeles Digital Government Summit.
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Aug 31

Privacy and Security Concerns Need Attention as IoT, Machine Learning Take Hold

Agencies need to consider when and how they keep public data secure and private, as vulnerable machine learning and Internet of Things devices come into wide use, state and local officials warn.
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