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Past articles by Eyragon:

Some States Want to Track Your Phone – If You’re OK With That

The novel coronavirus has surfaced new approaches to monitoring the spread of the pandemic. Some officials have called for cellphone tracking to meet this end, stirring controversy around personal privacy. → Read More

Smart City Lessons from 4 Southern California CIOs

Chief information officers from four Southern California communities offered their experiences rolling out smart city efforts. While some offered an optimistic view, others tempered their comments with caution. → Read More

Optimizing Processes and Systems in Washington State

Chief Information Officer Jim Weaver explains the importance of good governance, repeatable business processes and a move to Microsoft Office 365 that will be a crucial first step toward all-around efficiency. → Read More

Balancing Technology with Cybersecurity Needs in Kansas

Kansas Chief Information Technology Officer Lee Allen explains how, in addition to implementing agency-level security, he gives his CISO the autonomy he needs to protect the enterprise at large. → Read More

Protecting Privacy in New Jersey: Consistency Is Key

New Jersey Chief Data and Privacy Officer Carrie Parikh explains how she’s working to standardize protocols for keeping citizen data safe across the state enterprise while also incorporating emerging tech. → Read More

Colorado Chief Customer Officer Aligns Agencies, IT

William Chumley talks about how his work in Colorado IT drives efficiency across the state by ensuring that tech is an effective part of the work agencies are doing to improve the citizen experience. → Read More

Privacy Is Key to Modernizing the Citizen Experience

Maryland CIO Michael Leahy said that while updating the way citizens interact with government is a high priority, issues around keeping personal data secure must also be addressed to make any system truly efficient. → Read More

Breaking Old Habits and Leveraging New Networks in Colorado

From breaking long-held processes to capitalizing on the benefits of faster networks, Colorado Chief Information Officer Theresa Szczurek shared the challenges and opportunities facing her state. → Read More

SXSW 2019: Can Facebook Handle Its Election Security Role?

Misinformation, fake accounts and a host of other issues have emerged out of online platforms once heralded as the saviors of democracy. Now, the companies are having to catch up to bad actors with a variety of agendas. → Read More

SXSW 2019: A GovTech Editor's Journey Through Photos

It’s garnered international acclaim, draws in the famous and unknown, but no one can really tell you what it is. South by Southwest is best experienced in person, but photos are the next best thing. → Read More

SXSW 2019: U.S. Mayors Weigh In, Armed with New Ideas

The collaborative environment offered at South by Southwest has made an impact on local government leaders. They share their thoughts and what they will be taking back to their respective communities. → Read More

SXSW 2019: Should Feds or States Govern Consumer Privacy?

States have been making more moves to protect consumers from data misuse. But some worry federal blanket protections could do the trick without creating a national patchwork for companies to deal with. → Read More

SXSW 2019: No Silver Bullet in Election Security Fight

Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, discussed the challenges facing her office and where new tech fits. → Read More

SXSW 2019: Mayors and the Future — An Inextricable Bond

Body cameras, surveillance, neural implants and more are beginning to pop up in cities. During a session at the Civic I/O Mayors’ Summit at South by Southwest, local leaders considered their roles in a changing world. → Read More

Where Data Privacy Is Concerned, There's a Lot to Consider

As technology advances, privacy and cybersecurity have become more closely linked. Privacy experts took to some of the core issues around data protection at the Washington Digital Government Summit Nov. 8. → Read More

How Washington IT Is Shifting to Service Brokerage

Since being tasked with providing IT services across the state, WaTech has had to move thoughtfully into the space. Government Technology caught up with acting CIO Vikki Smith at the Washington Digital Government Summit to talk about it. → Read More

During Election, Utah's Cyber Center Wards Off Threats

During the presidential primaries, more than a billion “knocks on the door” were blocked by analysts at the newly formed center. Roughly three years on, the cybersecurity hub is still at it and evolving rapidly. → Read More

Salt Lake City Commits to Ending Digital Access Inequality

Public and private partners gathered in Salt Lake City with Mayor Jackie Biskupski to discuss the future of the city’s connectivity and the introduction of a policy that will formalize the city’s commitment. → Read More

Contractor Left Maricopa County, Ariz., in an Election Day Lurch, Officials Say

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said county election staff needed to be quickly trained and deployed to open polling sites that had been neglected by contracted technicians. → Read More

How Government Can Deal with Tangled Webs of Agency Social Media Accounts

From deciding which agencies need their own social channel to figuring out when it's time to call it quits, governments are discovering there is more to pulling the plug than they might have originally thought. → Read More