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.

State

Vermont calls for AI 'code of ethics'

by Ryan Johnston • 2 days ago

A state task force that published a report this week says the state's policy work could also be used by other states navigating the emerging ethical minefield that is artificial intelligence.

County & Local

California, Texas slated to benefit most from new FCC broadband fund

by Ryan Johnston • 3 days ago

An internal analysis of the FCC's new $20.4 billion rural broadband initiative breaks down how many homes and businesses in each state can expect to be connected to high-speed internet.

City

Facial-recognition ban in Cambridge, Mass., marks a trend

by Ryan Johnston • 4 days ago

Absent federal regulations on government's use of facial recognition, more states and localities are coming up with their own rules and prohibitions.

City

Time to level up your 'smart city' tech, says Baltimore DevOps chief

by Ryan Johnston • 5 days ago

Most cities only have "Level 1" internet-of-things devices. It's time to start connecting them, says Baltimore director of digital DevOps Jet Lu.

City

Cities need specialists to keep pace with emerging tech, experts say

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

Panelists at the Consumer Electronics Show suggested cities hire people — which they referred to as "lookers" — to manage civic-tech pilot projects.

City

Sidewalk Labs pilots AI-powered recycling system

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

AI-powered cameras to detect what people are recycling and detailed reports sent back to tenants are hoped to encourage more responsible waste management.

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