The city of Houston, Texas is hoping to hire a new digital broadband coordinator to help manage the development, implementation, and coordination of broadband initiatives and projects aimed at improving residential internet connectivity and affordability to close Houston’s digital divide.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed legislation establishing the Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council, which will study and monitor artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed, employed, or procured by Texas state agencies.
The City of Austin, Texas has opened a new grant program aimed at promoting digital equity. The Grant for Technologies Opportunities Program (GTOPs) Mini grant pathway was created to support smaller nonprofits working on a short-term digital inclusion project.
Every government entity these days seems to want to improve its overall relationship with its customers; a far different position than two or three decades ago when governments at all levels didn’t know their customers, and frankly, didn’t want to bother to find out.
The Treasury Department on Jan. 26 announced the approval of broadband projects totaling $793.7 million in four additional states under the American Rescue Plan’s Capital Projects Fund (CPF): Alabama, Kentucky, Nevada, and Texas.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has released the Texas Broadband Development Map, which uses data collected from internet service providers (ISPs) to highlight both the availability of various types of high-speed internet access, as well as areas eligible for additional broadband funding across the state.
Joining Maryland, Nebraska, and South Dakota, five additional states have banned the social media platform TikTok from government devices.
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has published its 2022 Biennial Performance Report that tracks state agencies’ technology progress in fiscal years 2021 and 2022, and set forth tech goals for the next five years.
The City of Round Rock, Texas – a city north of Austin – has appointed Ramsey Saad to serve as its chief information officer (CIO), leading the city’s Information Technology Department.
Governments are dealing with a big spike in cybercrime, and as international ransomware attacks escalate, state and local governments are being increasingly targeted. Texas is not immune to the trend, and state Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Nancy Rainosek provides a unique look at how the Lone Star State is reacting to the crime wave with a blow-by-blow description of a serious ransomware attack.