In its 2015 Digital Counties Survey, published in July, the Center for Digital Government recognizes these counties with populations of up to 150,000 for their use of technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.
1. Allegan County, Mich.
2. Nevada County, Calif.
3. Montgomery County, Va.
4. Roanoke County, Va.
5. Skagit County, Wash.
The general public backs the use of body cameras for law enforcement personnel, transcending partisan and racial lines.
SOURCE: YouGov, “The Economist/YouGov Poll,” April 11–13, 2015
Microsoft's next big operating system upgrade arrived Wednesday, and brings with it a host of new features.
Along with the sleek, new user interface design, the biggest changes that come with Windows 10 are the return of a traditional start menu, Microsoft's new web browser Edge, and Cortana, a personal digital assistant. Windows 10 also comes with a new feature called Continuum which allows for seamless transition of work from a tablet to desktop.
States face myriad challenges in maintaining IT services. About 33 percent anticipate a decrease in staffing in the next year due to the following:
Attrition with no backfill
SOURCE: NASCIO, “State IT Workforce: Facing Reality with Innovation,” April 2015
More than 700: Last year, data breaches gained more notoriety than singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The New York Times devoted more than 700 articles to data breaches in 2014, compared with roughly 400 articles about Swift.
SOURCE: Verizon, “2015 Data Breach Investigations Report,” April 2015
Leaders among the state and local IT communities often share their thoughts on Twitter, so we pulled out some highlights.
— City of Boston DoIT (@DoITBoston) April 4, 2015
Bloomberg Philanthropies recently launched a $42 million initiative to help 100 midsized cities use data and evidence to engage the public, strengthen services and improve the lives of residents.
With the help of partners, the What Works Cities program will offer mayors and other officials technical assistance, training and peer networking to enhance their use of data. Eventually, the initiative will provide benchmarking so that cities can see how they perform relative to their peers.
To participate in the program, cities need to have a population of between 100,000 and 1 million residents and commitment from mayors and other senior city leaders. Find out more at whatworkscities.org.
“The vehicle is a data-rich fortress which can provide most of the information the first responder needs, yet nearly all operations require the user to be outside the vehicle, quite the contradiction in many ways.”
One blog quotes technologist Britt Kane, who notes that having instant access to mission-critical data through the nationwide public-safety broadband network will be increasingly paramount for the safety of first responders. The FirstNet blog offers frequent updates on the national effort.
Keep an eye on the following public-sector IT solutions and practices this year, according to the Public Technology Institute.
VMware’s recent integration to enable one-click deployment of Docker containers from the desktop to the cloud signals that the development technology has truly arrived. Many organizations already use or are evaluating Docker for quality assurance or development.