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          Daniel Castro

          Contributing Writer

          Daniel Castro is the vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of the Center for Data Innovation. Before joining ITIF, he worked at the Government Accountability Office where he audited IT security and management controls.

          March 30, 江苏体彩11选5走势图

          Making Cities More Walkable with Better Data and Technology

          A city’s walkability contributes to improved health outcomes for residents, lower crime rates and increased civic engagement. Governments can use data and artificial intelligence to improve their streets for pedestrians.

          March 1, 江苏体彩11选5走势图

          States and Feds Must Help Local Cybersecurity Efforts

          Cyberattacks are on the rise at all levels of government, but many small jurisdictions do not have the resources to protect themselves. Their vulnerability affects states and the federal government, who must pitch in.

          January 6, 江苏体彩11选5走势图

          Deepfakes Are on the Rise — How Should Government Respond?

          Bad actors are increasingly using artificial intelligence to manipulate images to misrepresent their subjects. As states work to legislate deepfake technologies, perhaps a federal approach would be better.

          November 25, 2019

          Is Automation the Key to an Effective Government Workforce?

          New technologies are poised to automate everything from infrastructure to traditionally human jobs, and some fear a coming robot takeover. But the real problem is it isn't happening fast enough.

          October 1, 2019

          Digital Twin Technology Can Make Smart Cities Even Smarter

          As technologies like the Internet of Things, virtual reality and augmented reality mature, city planners can build virtual replicas of urban infrastructure to better respond to local energy and environmental changes.

          September 1, 2019

          Hit with a Ransomware Attack? Don’t Pay the Hackers

          Ransomware attacks are on the rise across the country江苏体彩11选5走势图 — 22 U.S. cities were hit in the first half of 2019. Some governments pay and some don’t, but to benefit everyone and stop the growing epidemic, no one should.

          July 1, 2019

          5 Lessons the U.S. Can Learn from European Privacy Efforts

          GDPR has been in effect in the EU for one year, and regulators, consumers and businesses are facing its unintended consequences. Other countries can take those outcomes and do better with their own data protections.

          June 1, 2019

          Moves to Halt Cashless Stores Short-Sighted, Inhibit Growth

          Some state and local governments are moving to ban increasingly popular cashless retail stores, citing equity issues, but there are steps policymakers can take to increase access to non-cash payment options.

          April 1, 2019

          Are Governments Right to Ban Facial Recognition Technology?

          Proposed public-sector bans of facial recognition are often based on inaccurate misconceptions, and following through on them would harm law enforcement, 江苏体彩11选5走势图 safety and technological progress.

          March 1, 2019

          E-Scooter Bans Show Cities Are Hesitant to Embrace Innovation

          As scooters from companies like Bird and Lime become regular fixtures in U.S. cities, local governments should adopt regulatory sandboxes to determine how to best handle the new technology rather than ban it altogether.

          January 1, 2019

          5G Can Enable Smart Cities — If Policymakers Allow It

          As cities work to install connected devices and sensors throughout their communities, 5G wireless infrastructure will be essential to making it all go. What may stand in the way is government itself.

          December 1, 2018

          How Can Smaller Cities Join the Growing AI Economy?

          As artificial intelligence gains ground, countries are setting national strategies to promote the technology’s adoption. Local governments may not have those same resources, but they can make AI more accessible.

          October 1, 2018

          Designing Accessible Government Websites

          To be equitable for all citizens, governments must make sure their websites are accessible to people of all abilities.

          September 1, 2018

          Boosting State Website Security

          For your safety online, your state should implement DNSSEC if it hasn't already (and it likely hasn't).

          July 1, 2018

          When Do Privacy Regulations Go Too Far?

          While privacy laws are often well-intentioned, their unintended consequences can be far-reaching.

          June 1, 2018

          States Should Revisit Their Data Breach Laws

          Do states need to update their regulations after the Cambridge Analytica debacle?

          April 2, 2018

          Boosting the Cyberworkforce

          Amid persistent shortages in cybersecurity positions, what can states do to strengthen their numbers?

          March 1, 2018

          Drawing Outside the District Lines

          Putting algorithms in charge of redistricting could fix gerrymandering.

          January 8, 2018

          Fixing Up 江苏体彩11选5走势图-Buying

          How government can use technology to make it cheaper to buy and sell your 江苏体彩11选5走势图.

          December 1, 2017

          State Credit Freeze Laws Need a Reboot

          Following major data breaches, states must revisit their policies and protect citizens.

          October 1, 2017

          States Compete for Top Data Science Talent

          As more and more data government data becomes available, states struggle to hire the right professionals to make sense of it.

          September 1, 2017

          Building the Learning City

          Networks of smart cities will help make the most of data-driven governing.

          July 3, 2017

          The Cost of Government Bans on the Sharing Economy

          Many state and local governments prohibit employees from using shared services like Airbnb for official travel, even though it often means they end up paying more.

          June 1, 2017

          Using Data to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

          Data can play an important role in the fight against addiction, but privacy concerns are hampering the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs.

          March 29, 2017

          Worst of the Web

          Somebody tell government: A great online presence isn’t reserved for agencies with extensive resources.

          March 6, 2017

          Reports of the Death of Big Data Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

          A close look at U.S. presidential election predictions shows that more investment in data, not less, is the way to avoid replicating these problems in the future.

          January 13, 2017

          States Need to Embrace Data-Driven Education

          Measuring a student’s academic progress with valid, reliable data should go hand-in-hand with providing that child an education.

          December 16, 2016

          How Artificial Intelligence Will Usher in the Next Stage of E-Government

          The defining feature of the new perceptive stage is that the work involved in interacting with government will be significantly reduced and automated for all parties involved.

          October 18, 2016

          If Only One U.S. City Wins the Smart City Race, the Whole Nation Loses

          Just as it would not make sense to only fund bridges and highways in one city in the United States, it makes no sense to limit investment in the sensors, systems and networks needed to build smart cities to a single location.

          September 2, 2016

          California Came Dangerously Close to Ruining What Makes Open Data ‘Open’ (Opinion)

          Policymakers must recognize the importance of this public resource.

          July 13, 2016

          Agencies Should Use Data to Offer Personalized Nudges

          Policymakers can improve people’s lives by strategically framing decisions to direct them toward a preferred outcome.

          May 31, 2016

          Connecticut's Facial Recognition Bill: A Model for States?

          State legislators step back from a bill that would limit such technology and instead take a reasonable approach — that should serve as a model for state legislators considering regulation for other emerging technologies.

          April 7, 2016

          Making a Digital Transformation: Focus Less on Flash, More on Cash

          Leaders must start demanding that IT projects specify how they will improve productivity, and hold these projects accountable for delivering the promised value.

          March 8, 2016

          Privacy, Security Risks Make Government Databases a Political Battleground

          As government agencies try to use databases to solve serious policy issues such as curbing prescription drug abuse and improving student education, they find themselves fighting political battles rather than technological ones.

          January 15, 2016

          Will ‘Helicopter Policymakers’ Stifle New Technology Over the Long Term?

          Sometimes policymakers want to alleviate anxiety about future conditions, which often manifests itself in calls for laws that will create “trust” in a particular industry.

          December 11, 2015

          States Should Kill the Annual Report, Here’s Why

          Such relics of a paper-based world are no longer the best option for an increasingly digital government.

          October 1, 2015

          Why Didn’t Government Invent Uber?

          The public sector failed to innovate the taxi industry, but there are other opportunities.

          September 4, 2015

          Can Data Impact the Drought?

          Smart infrastructure can help policymakers make the most use of limited water resources.

          July 9, 2015

          States Should Use Open Data to Empower Consumers

          State regulators should consider how they can unlock additional data sets to enable the development of sophisticated choice engines that help consumers make wiser purchasing decisions in economic areas where the market lacks transparency.

          May 20, 2015

          Why Skills Matter More than Ever in Our Data-Driven Economy

          To improve public services with data-driven technology, governments need to work harder than ever to recruit, hire and retain highly skilled data engineers and managers.

          April 1, 2015

          Elections Need a Tech Reboot

          U.S. elections have not kept pace with the opportunities afforded by technology.

          February 27, 2015

          How Open Is University Data?

          States should push public universities to adopt open data policies.

          January 5, 2015

          Data-Driven Innovation: Why States Should Build Multipurpose Analytics Platforms

          From education to transportation, virtually every state agency is looking to data to improve performance.

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