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Kate Elizabeth Queram

Staff Correspondent

Kate Elizabeth Queram is a staff correspondent for Government Executive’s Route Fifty. She most recently covered state and local government for the News & Record, a daily newspaper in Greensboro, N.C. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
IT Modernization

A Plan to Reduce Bench Warrants—By Text Message

After success in one county, Minnesota is rolling out a statewide program that sends reminders to defendants about their court appearances.

Emerging Tech

States Try to Stop Political Deepfake Videos

State lawmakers are increasingly focused on deceptively edited videos, a pervasive technology that advocates say has the potential to disrupt elections. But are bans constitutional?

IT Modernization

Leveraging Technology to Clear Criminal Records

Cook County, Illinois, will automatically expunge low-level convictions for marijuana offenses using software from Code for America.

Emerging Tech

How Libraries are Embracing Artificial Intelligence

A humanoid robot named Pepper helps teach coding at Roanoke County Public Libraries, one of many branches across the country embracing the emerging technology.

Emerging Tech

States Move Ahead With Digital License Plates

Maryland is the latest state to launch a pilot program to test the technology for consumer use.

Data

America is Aging and Growing More Diverse, Census Data Shows

“More than four out of every five counties were older in 2018 than in 2010," said one Census Bureau official about new population estimates.

Data

Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

A new online tool compiles NOAA water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods.

CIO Briefing

'Phone Addicts' Are the New Drunk Drivers, Report Says

An analysis of driver behavior data found that drivers are growing more distracted by their devices.

IT Modernization

Want to Address Food Insecurity in Your Community? There's an App For That.

How a county housing authority partnered with a tech nonprofit to deliver food to vulnerable residents.

CIO Briefing

Expunging Criminal Records Offers Clear Benefits—But Few People Take Advantage

New research finds that automatic expungement of nonviolent criminal records could be a boon for eligible offenders, but few apply when the process is complicated.

CIO Briefing

The Gig Economy is Actually Pretty Tiny

An analysis from the Economic Policy Institute found that workers who sourced jobs through apps like Uber and Lyft comprised just a minuscule fraction of the overall workforce.

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Emerging Tech

How a Library Embraced New Technology and Helped Build a Prosthetic Hand

The public library in a small Texas town used an assessment tool that helped officials eventually upgrade equipment—including buying a 3D printer. One community member used it to make a prosthesis.

IT Modernization

New York's Online Voter Registration Will Become Accessible to Blind Voters

Websites for the board of elections and DMV must be accessible by the end of the year under the terms of a lawsuit settlement.

Cybersecurity

Los Angeles to Expand Cyber Lab with Federal Grant

The lab, established last summer, is a public-private partnership aimed at protecting the city from hacker attacks.

IT Modernization

Broadband Access Lags on Tribal Lands, Study Finds

More than a third of Americans residing on tribal land lack high-speed internet access.

Data

Thousands of Miles of Internet Cables Could Be Underwater by 2033

Rising sea levels could threaten internet access for millions of people, according to a recent study.