Tod Newcombe

Posted By Tod Newcombe

Sep 11

Government Data Privacy: Who's Minding Your Business?

California's tough new online privacy laws, combined with the emergence of chief privacy officers in city and county governments, send a signal that it's a new day for data protection in the Golden State.
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Sep 11

FirstNet Closer to Becoming Reality

FirstNet was conceived in the wake of 9/11 as a solution to the radio communications failures that plagued first responders at the height of the disaster. FirstNet is supposed to give police and fire personnel a seamless, state-of-the-art, high-speed voice and data communications system. Sixteen years later, FirstNet is closer to becoming a reality.
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Sep 30

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Big Thing in Government IT

It has the potential to make public services more efficient and citizen-friendly. But first, people have to get over their A.I. fears.
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Aug 11

Rip Up the IT Rule Book to Make Better Investments

James Keene, city manager of Palo Alto, wants cities to break up big technology projects into more manageable pieces that can be built more quickly, an idea called “agile development” that is already a growing trend in public-sector IT.
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Jul 29

High-Speed Police Chases Go High-Tech

Technology is transforming the way police fight crime, making it safer for not only officers but also criminals and innocent bystanders.
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May 6

CIOs Fear Mass Exodus of Government IT Workers

States are not only anticipating a wave of retirements but also trouble filling the vacancies. How are they preparing?
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Feb 11

Digital Services, Tools Designed Explicitly for Government

Thanks to a combination of venture capital, new tech and entrepreneurial spirit, more companies than ever now offer digital services and tools specifically for government.
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Dec 17

Making Government More Transparent

Oakland is among a growing number of cities publishing public records requests online for anyone to see.
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Nov 24

States Are Slacking on Cybersecurity

A recent audit finds California’s efforts are woefully inadequate. And that’s the good news.
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Aug 17

The (Hidden) Cost of Open Data

For all of open data's advantages, cost isn't always one of them. But there are ways to keep them down.
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May 14

A Cautionary Tale for Any Government IT Project: L.A.'s Failed iPad Program

How did Los Angeles spend more than $1 billion to buy an iPad for every student and instead end up losing its leader and being investigated by the FBI and SEC?
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Mar 16

States Use Big Data to Nab Tax Fraudsters

Technology has made it easier for people to commit tax fraud and for governments to catch it.
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Nov 11

5 Tech Issues Every Governor Needs to Know

A recent survey of state CIOs shows how governments can modernize and run efficiently.
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Oct 17

States Approach Federal Data Breach Law with Caution

With 47 different state laws on what companies are supposed to do when they become victims of cyberattack, is it time for federal legislation?
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