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Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility

Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
We study fifteen months of human mobility data for one and a half million individuals and find that human mobility traces are highly unique.
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State and Local Governments Must Drive Innovation in the New Connected World

State and Local Governments Must Drive Innovation in the New Connected World | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
As technology continues to reshape our society, governments are stepping up and playing an important role.
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Another take on the role of gov in innovation.
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Ultimate AI battle - Apple vs. Google · Simply Statistics

Ultimate AI battle - Apple vs. Google · Simply Statistics | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
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Here's an interesting take on two approaches to using data-based AI from the Data Science folks at Johns Hopkins. One approach uploads user data for analysis, the other does not upload user data. Both have applications appropriate for state government innovation.  
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Google Asks DoT To Fast-Track Self-Driving Cars - InformationWeek

Google Asks DoT To Fast-Track Self-Driving Cars - InformationWeek | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
Google wants to fast-track self-driving cars to market. The company sent a letter to the US Transportation Secretary on March 18 that outlines how that can be accomplished.
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Tasmanian startup ecosystem reaches a “tipping point” as state government invests in innovation

Tasmanian startup ecosystem reaches a “tipping point” as state government invests in innovation | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
Starting a small business? StartupSmart is full of small business advice, small business mentors, and the latest small business news to help you start your business the smart way.
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State invests in private sector innovation, fosters economic development.
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California Public Sector CIO Academy Honors Innovative IT Leaders

California Public Sector CIO Academy Honors Innovative IT Leaders | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Before the lights went out at the 2016 California Public Sector CIO Academy at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on Feb. 25, California’s technology leaders dreamt of their names etched in Lucite. Public CIO, sister publication to Government Technology, concluded the 15th annual event with an award ceremony recognizing the most innovative and hard-working government technology workers in the state.
Along with sessions on women in leadership, future hacking technology trends and tools, and the evolving role of the CIO, to name just a few, was an award ceremony in which 38 individuals were recognized for their effective leadership, faithful service to their organizations and constituencies, innovative thinking, and promotion of information sharing and collaboration across California government.
And for the first time in the award's history, local government officials were represented. In addition to those presented IT leadership awards, eight were named CIO or CTO of the year in their respective categories.
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The CIO of the Year award in the Large State Department or Agency category was presented to the California Highway Patrol's Scott Howland for his many achievements, and for his continued perseverance in keeping the state’s technology fresh as his agency continues to pursue new technologies and ideas, evidenced by plans for a body camera pilot program.

Scott Howland, CIO of the California Highway Patrol, accepted the CIO of the Year Award in the Large Agency or Department category at the Public CIO Academy ceremony Thursday evening in Sacramento. Photo by Eyragon Eidam
Howland led the statewide deployment of the California Accident Reporting System (CARS) that eliminated manually entering collision reports into the state’s database and the launch of the CHP’s public website redesign; he replaced two old systems for tracking commercial motor vehicle terminal inspections with a single modern system, and completed a statewide vendor transition from Novell to Microsoft.
“I do want to say this, it’s quite the honor," Howland said,  "but as [state CIO] Carlos [Ramos] has said before, it’s all about the team. And whenever I talk about the Highway Patrol in public, I talk about the fact that it’s a team sport. You see the black and white car on the highway providing service to the public or arresting that drunk driver, helping people that need help and making sure you get home safely, but the amazing part is the huge team behind it. And I just happen to have the pleasure and the honor to lead an amazing team of people to do IT to enable those officers to do it."
Howland added how cool it is that he has such a great staff — a great team that he said deserves all the credit for the award, "because it’s our hard work that really enables our folks on the street to save lives. They actually take a huge part in saving lives and providing service to the public."
And there were four more CIO of the Year awards presented, two in the Small or Medium Department or Agency category and two in the Local Government category.
Ron Robinette, data processing manager III and CIO for the California Department of Community Services and Development was awarded in the Small or Medium Department or Agency category for his commitment to building morale within his organization and mastery of technological leadership. Judges noted reports of increased communication, technological advancement and people-focused management strategies in their consideration. Robinette’s nomination was accompanied by a testimonial to his passion for people, technology and leadership.
Scott Christman, CIO for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, also was awarded in the Small or Medium Department or Agency category, and is renowned for leading the maturation of the organization’s open data portal, which now houses more than 150 health-related data sets.
His vision was acclaimed for his service to the agency’s mission and a re-engineering of the IT arm’s organizational structure. Christman led development of a business intelligence dashboard that provides executives with critical data for making decisions and replacing a two-week manual reporting process with a robust interface that is refreshed daily. It was through Christman’s diligence and under his leadership that his agency remained the only government organization to participate in a pilot from the American Health Information Management Association’s data and information governance maturity model.
Local Government CIO of the Year awards were presented to Nevada County CIO Steve Monaghan and Alameda County CIO Tim Dupuis.

Tim Dupuis, CIO of Alameda County, accepted the CIO of the Year Award in the Local Government category at the Public CIO Academy ceremony Thursday evening in Sacramento. Photo by Eyragon Eidam
Judges were impressed by Dupuis’ commitment to citizen engagement through public hackathons branded by the county under the name Rethink AC, and employee-only hackathons called App Challenges that together generated more than 190 ideas and 10 apps that push the county’s service offerings onward. Dupuis was recognized as a people-oriented leader who promotes continuous training and growth while establishing new roles within the organization to allow the county to compete with the private sector for emerging talent. The CIO led large system upgrades that passed without major catastrophe and at relatively low cost, including a rewrite of the county’s decades-old criminal justice system.
“I do want to certainly thank the CIO Academy for honoring local government and government CIOs, Dupuis said upon accepting his award, and echoed Howland and other winners' sentiments that work done is a team effort. "And I am really, really honored to work for a tremendous leadership team and our county board of supervisors and our county administrator. But also to have a tremendous, a fantastic team of people supporting me, people in IT supporting me in some of the crazy ideas we come up with. Again, thank you for the honor of the award, and thank you for all the hard work that you do.”
Monaghan was awarded for both his achievements and his longevity, having served Nevada County for the past 16 years. During his tenure, Monaghan has led his rural county from a position of obscurity to high esteem — the Center for Digital Government has ranked the county highly in each iteration of the Digital Counties Survey for the past 12 years.
Monaghan leads a multi-county website information architecture development team used by counties across the state. He led local cable TV franchise negotiations that yielded a public-sector fiber network that today connects many county agencies. Monaghan helped build a cloud-based video streaming platform and assisted the county in securing $16 million to build a fiber-to-the home gigabit network. Judges were impressed by Monaghan’s dedication to technology, his community and the schools that his projects frequently served.

Steve Monaghan, CIO of Nevada County, accepted the CIO of the Year Award in the Local Government category at the Public CIO Academy ceremony Thursday evening in Sacramento. Photo by Eyragon Eidam
“It is certainly an honor and privilege to be part of the program,” he said after expressing thanks for his award. “As counties, we are a legal subdivision of state government, so we can’t do what we do at our level without all the good work and hard work and innovation you do in this room. On behalf of all of California’s 58 counties, I’d just like to say thank you to all of you.”
The CTO of the Year award in the large department or agency category was jointly awarded to Kem Musgrove and Marlene White of the California Franchise Tax Board for co-managing its Enterprise Data to Revenue (EDR) project, the largest tax project in the agency’s history. Musgrove and White met 10 major releases on time, generating more than $2 billion for the state.
The leadership of programs like EDR allows the state to provide citizens a higher level of service and transparency, while reducing the tax gap that has for years put a burden on the state. Without their leadership, the Center for Digital Government was told that such phenomenal progress on such an important project would not have been possible.
The CTO of the Year award also was presented to the California Natural Resources Agency's Tony Morshed, who is credited with championing a new style of IT within his agency that promotes the use of technologies that foster efficiency and innovation. Morshed knocked down silos and increased agency agility, and is responsible for modernizing the agency’s technology to the tune of 5,500 virtual servers, 11 petabytes of data storage, 2,600 applications and 1,254 networked sites. Under his leadership, 33 of his agency’s organizations were given the support needed to transform their businesses and serve the citizens, all to meet the agency’s mission of protecting California’s natural, historical and cultural resources.
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Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
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Innovation Statement: states key to making progress

Innovation Statement: states key to making progress | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it

Cooperation between the states and the Commonwealth is key to stimulating innovation, thinks KPMG's head of infrastructure and government.

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Australia recognizes the need for a collaborative innovation environment. Competition between jurisdictions is healthy, but there also needs to be considerable cooperation to ensure governments play a constructive role in spurring innovation. 

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Digital Champions - Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission

Digital Champions - Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it

Member States appoint Digital Champions, who help everyone get digital. They are all creative and motivated people who lead innovative projects in ICT education, digital inclusion, access and e-government.

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European Member States appoint Digital Champions, who help government agencies make better use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

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Big data gains ground through regional hubs - CUInsight

Big data gains ground through regional hubs - CUInsight | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has established a new “Big Data brain trust” here in the Midwest.

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NSF sponsors collaboration on Big Data

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State Agencies Begin Contests for Assemblyman Gatto’s Innovation Awards

(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) authored Assembly Bill 2138 to bring innovation and efficiency to state government. AB 2138 offers up to ...
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Jerry Brown embraces 'permissionless innovation' with drone bill veto - Watchdog.org

Jerry Brown embraces 'permissionless innovation' with drone bill veto - Watchdog.org | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown's recent veto of a bill regulating drones is a nod to the novel notion of "permissionless innovation."
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First States & Regions Policy Innovation Briefing shows how South Australia ... - The Climate Group (blog)

First States & Regions Policy Innovation Briefing shows how South Australia ... - The Climate Group (blog) | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
Today, the Climate Group States & Regions launched a new series of Policy Innovation Briefings, detailing innovative climate and energy policies currently being developed at the state and regional level.
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Australia continues to apply principals of innovation for positive constituent outcomes...
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San Francisco Opens Superpublic Innovation Lab

San Francisco Opens Superpublic Innovation Lab | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth opened the lab intended to create solutions for cities by harnessing academic, private-sector and government partnerships.
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The DNA of Sparking Innovation in a Roomful of People, Some of Whom May Be Skeptical or Cranky

The DNA of Sparking Innovation in a Roomful of People, Some of Whom May Be Skeptical or Cranky | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
Most people think that the ability to be innovative is a mystical state available only to the chosen few.
The effort, they imagine, takes a lot of time and hard work.
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Why states have trouble innovating: "But innovation is not a mystical state. It's a natural state -- a human birthright. The people in your organization, in fact, already are innovative. The only thing is: their natural ability to be innovative is being obscured by their own habits of mind and a variety of bothersome organizational constraints."
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7 Ways Leaders Can Inspire Innovation Across Teams

7 Ways Leaders Can Inspire Innovation Across Teams | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
Learn seven tips for building a culture that tolerates change and provides the freedom to explore big ideas.
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Making a Digital Transformation: Focus Less on Flash, More on Cash

Making a Digital Transformation: Focus Less on Flash, More on Cash | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
Leaders must start demanding that IT projects specify how they will improve productivity, and hold these projects accountable for delivering the promised value.
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100RC Network Exchange Program

Report: Through the Network Exchange Program, 100RC is helping to scale best-practice solutions around the globe to address urban water challenges.
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Open government, open data and innovation

Open government, open data and innovation | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
Linda O'Brien writes on open data as part of a wider innovation agenda Within the last week we have seen the release of The Open Government Partnership Third Open Government National Action Plan for the United State of America.  This Plan not only reaffirms the government’s commitment to open and transparent government but recognizes the…
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MN Department of Revenue Receives the State Government Innovation Award

On August 7, 2014 the Minnesota Department of Revenue was awarded a State Government Innovation Award from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of P...
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Microsoft opens second US innovation centre in Atlanta

Microsoft opens second US innovation centre in Atlanta | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it

Microsoft has opened its second US-based innovation centre, which is located in the historic Flatiron building.

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In Atlanta, Microsoft has opened its second US-based innovation center, which is located in the historic Flatiron building.

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Compare 50

Compare 50 | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it

Compare Data For All 50 States. Explore Data State-by-State on the Economy, Jobs, Innovation, Equity, Income, Community and Government.

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National Data is an easy to use tool to compare economic measures across states. 

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NASCIO honors state IT innovations, welcomes new officers - StateScoop (registration)

NASCIO honors state IT innovations, welcomes new officers - StateScoop (registration) | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
The state chief information officer organization honored 11 IT innovations across eight states for achievements in state information technology.
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Specter of Lethal Drones Are Growing Industry's Latest Headache - NBCNews.com

Specter of Lethal Drones Are Growing Industry's Latest Headache - NBCNews.com | Innovation in State Government | Scoop.it
The leading drone industry group, the FAA and some law enforcement groups have spoken out against equipping the unmanned devices with weapons.
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