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Steve Towns

Steve Towns

Steve Towns is the former editor of Government Technology, and former executive editor for e.Republic Inc., publisher of GOVERNING, Government TechnologyPublic CIO and Emergency Management magazines. He has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience at newspapers and magazines, including more than 15 years of covering technology in the state and local government market. Steve now serves as the Deputy Chief Content Officer for e.Republic.

For New York, the platform approach has a number of advantages over traditional software development.
Millennial workers without tech backgrounds and coding on their phones -- this isn't your father's IT shop.
County CIO Rich Sanchez says data sharing and analysis are growing priorities for the nation's most populous county.
CIO Ted Ross says the city will use data from a growing number of smart and mobile devices to run more efficiently and effectively.
IT chiefs react to looming retirements and tech changes.
Failure to teach students even basic theory behind how computer technology works has several implications -- none of them positive. That’s the motivation behind a new push to boost computer learning in public schools.
Allowing drought-plagued Californians to see how much water their neighbors use inspired customers to consume 5 percent less.
Most agencies can’t match private-sector pay, and governments can no longer depend on superior benefits packages as a recruiting tool.
The top 3 tech policy trends that will demand attention from state and local leaders this year.
One of the surest ways to crush innovation is to run it through the typical government procurement process. Government purchasers have to act faster.