Government Technology

Tod Newcombe

Senior Editor

With more than 20 years of experience covering state and local government, Tod previously was the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for information technology executives in the public sector. He is now a senior editor for Government Technology and a columnist at Governing magazine.

Twitter: @dcommunities

Recent Articles

Wages of Fear: How is Ransomware Affecting Government?
October 01, 2014 - Ransomware was once a small-time malware problem, but it has exploded in use and become more sophisticated.

Forecasting the Future for Technology and Policing
September 26, 2014 - With funding spigots turning off, law enforcement agencies must find ways to operate more affordably, such as using technology in more efficient ways, which also means being smarter.

Civic Apps: Can They Help Fight Crime?
September 25, 2014 - The few cross fertilizations between civic data enthusiasts and police departments are bring together the needs of safe communities with law enforcement's efforts to fight crime and improve public safety.

Social Media: Big Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing
September 24, 2014 - Following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the importance of social media as a policing tool, in particular Twitter and Facebook, soon became apparent.

Cloud Computing: (Nearly) Ready for Prime-Time Policing
September 23, 2014 - Like other government agencies, police hope they can save some money and get rid of legacy hardware and software by using the cloud.

Predictive Policing: The Promise and Perils
September 22, 2014 - As analytical tools have become more sophisticated and data sets much larger, the ability to forecast crime has grown more nuanced.

Force Multiplier: Police Seek Effective Uses of Technology
September 22, 2014 - Localities can achieve effective levels of public safety through the selective use of technology. But which technologies are having the biggest impact and why?

Wearable Cameras: This Arrest Is Being Recorded
September 19, 2014 - Small cameras worn on an officer's vest, lapel or eyewear can capture interactions that have ramifications on several levels.

Can Body Cameras Really Reduce Police Use of Force?
September 05, 2014 - Ferguson police are the latest of more than 1,000 departments to wear body cameras, which are proven to reduce officers' use of force and citizens' complaints against cops.

New York City Tackles Rising Lawsuit Costs with Data and Maps
August 29, 2014 - ClaimStat is a data-driven risk management tool that can spot patterns in lawsuit claims and help find ways to reduce the costs of settlements and judgments.

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