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Tod Newcombe

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.
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.
It has the potential to make public services more efficient and citizen-friendly. But first, people have to get over their A.I. fears.
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.
Technology is transforming the way police fight crime, making it safer for not only officers but also criminals and innocent bystanders.
States are not only anticipating a wave of retirements but also trouble filling the vacancies. How are they preparing?
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.
Oakland is among a growing number of cities publishing public records requests online for anyone to see.
A recent audit finds California’s efforts are woefully inadequate. And that’s the good news.
The vast amounts of video data -- and the metadata to track and manage the video clips for retention and chain of custody purposes -- is a technology issue that CIOs are trying to address.
For all of open data's advantages, cost isn't always one of them. But there are ways to keep them down.
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?
Technology has made it easier for people to commit tax fraud and for governments to catch it.
A recent survey of state CIOs shows how governments can modernize and run efficiently.
With 47 different state laws on what companies are supposed to do when they become victims of cyberattack, is it time for federal legislation?