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Zack Quaintance

Zack Quaintance is the assistant news editor for Government Technology magazine. His background includes writing for daily newspapers across the country and developing content for a software company in Austin, Texas.

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Jun 18

How One City Built a Wi-Fi Network During a Pandemic

Officials in the San Rafael’s tech shop were able to build a mesh Wi-Fi network to connect students with the help of volunteer expertise and funding from across sectors.
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May 4

Code for America’s New CEO Has California Roots

CfA's board chair, John Lilly, said that over the last 25 years, Renteria has "risen to the highest levels of government and politics. She will be a game-changer for Code for America.”
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May 1

Project Manager Sought for State Data Project

The California Homeless Data Integration System, under the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, is among the state government departments that are looking to hire tech talent.
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Apr 21

UC Team Builds Open Source COVID-19-Tracking App

The tool is called TrackCOVID, and it is a free, open source app that its creators say also ensures the privacy of those who are potentially affected.
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Feb 3

Lessons from San Jose on 5G Digital Equity, Inclusivity

Jan 24

Code for America’s Pahlka Steps Down This Week

She will remain on in an advisory capacity as two senior leaders from within take over as co-interim CEOs. The organization’s search for a permanent CEO will continue with a goal of finishing by the end of the year.
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Jan 24

SF Recruiting as Part of Digital Services Expansion

The positions the city is filling include a visual designer, a senior UX designer, a senior product strategist, a Drupal engineer, and a senior Web engineer. All positions, of course, will be based in San Francisco.
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Sep 6

All 58 Counties Can Now Access CfA's Record-Clearing Software

Releasing Code for America's software and step-by-step guide builds upon the organization's five-county pilot program within the state, within which the automatic record-clearance project led to 75,000 cannabis convictions being dismissed or reduced.
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Jul 26

SF Recruiting for Data and Analytics Manager

The responsibilities include leading the ongoing effort to drastically improve access to data analytical capacity by modernizing products, tools and workflows within the Land Use Information System.
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Jul 16

San Francisco Works to Speed Up Tech Staff Hiring

As a recent RFP shows, the consolidated city-county is updating its hiring process for technology employees in an effort to improve its chances at competing with private-sector tech companies.
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Jun 28

San Jose is First U.S. City to Extend FirstNet to All First Responders

FirstNet's expanded role in San Jose has been made possible by an ongoing public-private partnership between the city and AT&T, which is building and running the national emergency network.
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May 24

CfA Seeks New Leader as Pahlka Shifts Her Role

Jennifer Pahlka, who founded the group in 2009, will remain on Code for America's board and will advise the new executive director on matters of strategy and telling the group’s story.
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Apr 1

More Counties to Use CfA Algorithm to Erase Pot Convictions

Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties are the latest to announce a partnership with Code for America to use the group's algorithm to detect and erase eligible individuals' marijuana-related records.
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Feb 28

Planners Look to Cloud Tech for Seamless Travel in Bay Area

Feb 4

For SF Innovation Office's Civic Bridge, Today is Demo Day

San Francisco, home of the now-international Startup in Residence program, bridging the gap between City Hall and the private sector, has a product demo scheduled for today.
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Dec 21

Code for America Seeks Proposals for CA Summit

The group will meet in May in Oakland, and it's seeking proposals for presentations and speakers on GovOps, Digital Delivery and Civic Innovation. The application deadline is Jan. 11.
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Oct 18

Los Angeles Expands its Cybersecurity Lab

Los Angeles is expanding the nation's first city-backed cybersecurity lab, which it launched last year, and now it has $3 million in federal grant money to better develop its threat intelligence.
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Oct 10

STiR: California Opportunities Abound for Gov-Tech Vendors

The Startup in Residence Program (STiR) is now open for applications from private-sector entrepreneurs. As such, STiR’s website has posted its annual list of civic challenges, which this year includes more than 80 potential use cases from 28 government partners, including cities, counties, states and even regional transit organizations — many in California.
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Sep 25

Toolkit Targets Bias in Government Algorithms

A new algorithm toolkit could help local government guarantee that their automated decision-making processes are free of bias.
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Sep 12

New Chief Innovation Officer Talks Tech

Tech veteran George Khalil discusses using technology to bridge gaps and move the agency forward as he takes over the helm of technology and innovation in the city.
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Sep 7

Santa Clara County Launches Health Data Portal

The platform, which is the work of the Santa Clara County Health Department, gives its users an online tool they can use to access health data at a near-granular level, broken down by city and neighborhood.
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Sep 5

CIO's Advice to Government: Be Open to Startups

Aug 31

County Sees Benefits from Family Homeless Portal

Aug 8

Stanford Undergrads' New Platform Connects Voters with Elected Officials

Jul 30

User-Centric Design Has Growing Role in Gov Tech

Designers — real modern designers who conduct human-centric research to create products and pages that work for people rather than systems — have started to arrive in local government, bringing with them philosophies that are changing cultures. A California city is in the forefront of the movement.
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