Pandemic showed local IT digital transformation work ‘paid off’
Local IT leaders who won 2020 LocalSmart Awards said the pandemic proved the importance of the work IT offices had been emphasizing for the last decade.
San Jose, Calif., mayor says more collaboration needed for 5G leap
Sam Liccardo said cities need help from telecom firms and the federal government to avoid saddling citizens with the cost of 5G infrastructure.
New $2M US Ignite project seeks ideas to fix digital divide
Project OVERCOME is asking for groups of concerned citizens to apply for funding, driving projects that seek innovative ways to connect those who remain offline.
17 local governments join inaugural STIR Labs cohort
Cities including Austin, Texas; Detroit, and San Jose, California, are among the first members of new program that recruits research universities to solve community challenges.
San Jose to distribute 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to students this year
An announcement by Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday advances one leg of San Jose’s $8.2 million “COVID-19 Digital Inclusion Expenditure Plan."
San Jose's new innovation chief wants to build antifragile communities
Former U.S. Army technology officer Jordan Sun said he'll use his position atop the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation to provide services that afford San Jose's residents economic resilience and social mobility.
Coronavirus kicks Code for America brigades into action across cities
The civic tech group's local chapters have been developing apps and other tools to help people navigate through the economic hardships of the pandemic.
'Hygiene is core to everything' on ransomware, San Jose CIO says
San Jose CIO Rob Lloyd told a San Francisco CyberTalks audience that as ransomware attacks have matured, how governments defend against and respond to them have had to as well.
San Jose's chief innovation officer steps down after four years
After leading tech initiatives that include a $24 million project to close the city's digital divide, Shireen Santosham has taken a position with a vertical farming company.