Where are the lines being drawn between robots and humans, and looking ahead, how are costs, complexity, sustainability, and potential biases in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to be managed?

Top executives of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and CompTIA’s Public Technology Institute (PTI) briefed state and local government officials on July 28 about the latest trends in security, funding, and technology.


For once, the biggest problem with engineering effective IT modernization may not boil down to a lack of money to tackle the job. That conclusion was a top-line takeaway from Republicans, Democrats, and private sector experts at a hearing of the House Government Operations Subcommittee hearing today on how the COVID-19 pandemic exposed state and local governments’ antiquated IT systems, and what governments should do about it now that pandemic conditions are easing in many areas.

When it comes to cybersecurity, local governments can rely on established partnerships and a security culture that values improvement over punitive measures, said a panel of local IT officials and experts during an event hosted by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Public Technology Institute on Monday.

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