Ryan Johnston

Ryan Johnston

Staff Reporter

Ryan Johnston is a staff writer for StateScoop and EdScoop, where he writes about city and community efforts to expand technology access and utilize public data.

Johnston graduated from Wake Forest University in December 2017 with a major in communications and a minor in journalism and Latin American studies. He interned with Scoop News Group as an undergraduate, and returned for a year-long editorial fellowship in January 2018.
Johnston is a Vermont native and an avid golfer and soccer player, and resides in Washington, D.C.

County & Local

'Speed is expected' in government's post-coronavirus IT projects

by Ryan Johnston • 4 days ago

The Indiana Department of Child Services is developing new tools rapidly as the state reopens — a trend the agency's CIO said he expects to continue.

County & Local

Pennsylvania launches broadband map to prepare ISPs for federal auction

by Ryan Johnston • 5 days ago

The map, developed by Penn State researchers, shows the underserved areas where broadband companies will be eligible for federal funding to expand coverage.

City

Seattle dodges 'legacy nightmare' with paperless contract management

by Ryan Johnston • 5 days ago

A $3 million contract with Aurigo Software is allowing the city to dump its physical contract management system and collaborate with vendors more quickly.

City

Cities, counties unenthused by 'smart' projects in 2020, survey shows

by Ryan Johnston • 6 days ago

According to survey data released by the Public Technology Institute, just 10% of local government CIOs believe “smart” initiatives are met by agency leaders with enthusiasm.

City

Pandemic a 'test-run' for city resiliency, says Philadelphia's smart-city director

by Ryan Johnston • 7 days ago

Philadelphia smart cities director Emily Yates said cities are now facing critical tests that will reappear as climate change and other future crises emerge.

City

Newark, New Jersey, taps car dealerships for food delivery

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

Newark, New Jersey, is using interactive dashboards to connect local charities with car dealerships to fight food insecurity during the pandemic.

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