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Julia Edinger

Julia Edinger is a staff writer for Government Technology. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Toledo and has since worked in publishing and media. She's currently located in Southern California.

A new policy developed through the GovAI Coalition will help the Silicon Valley city to better align the technology with its administrative goals, CIO Khaled Tawfik said.
San Jose has announced several steps to shape AI governance, including an open letter to stakeholders, a resource toolkit and an invitation to participate in its growing GovAI Coalition.
Officials at the California State Parks system indicate the new capabilities, now applied to more than 8,000 points of interest, will facilitate rescue efforts and provide a more meaningful experience for visitors.
In the city of Fresno and in Merced County, government’s work with a private company has helped to create an environment that enables the advancement of digital equity initiatives.
The Southern California Association of Governments — a planning organization that represents six counties, 191 cities and over 19 million residents — is offering access to a resource made to power data-driven decisions for even the smallest cities.
The county is analyzing wastewater samples to provide health officials with a population-level perspective of drug use. That data is shaping response and intervention efforts.
As Merced County embarks on a multiple-year digital transformation journey to better serve constituents, evolving the permitting process involves the unification of previously siloed systems.
Teams across San Francisco government are collaborating on ways to enhance the accessibility of government services and resources, to be more supportive of those with disabilities.
A variety of technologies aid this work, including airborne electromagnetic surveys to monitor and map groundwater and those that help predict and prepare for future drought periods.
The California Department of Justice recently launched a new online portal that gives survivors of sexual assault a way to track the status of the DNA evidence kits associated with their cases.
The local government, the state’s second most populous county, has debuted two new initiatives to take on homelessness, both of which center on technology.
The technology leader has been at his city for about six years and is spearheading work to move many of its services online.
Residents in Culver City will get to experience an underground stormwater project in an AR experience designed to give them a better understanding of both the project and area.
The new initiative will use government data and analytics to better serve residents.
“I think both of these websites show how the city is really putting residents and their needs first,” said Ashley Bailey, the city’s strategic communications officer. “Because police and homelessness, those are two topics where someone might be in crisis.”
The California Department of Water Resources is conducting airborne electromagnetic surveys via helicopter to map aquifers and improve groundwater management.
Rick Klau, California’s chief technology innovation officer, and Phoebe Peronto, the state’s deputy chief technology innovation officer, shared ideas on IT and entrepreneurship at the recent 2022 NextGen Government Virtual Training Summit.
A government call center in California is among those grappling with the nationwide staffing shortage and an influx in demand, and implementing artificial intelligence tools to improve wait times and accessibility for callers.
While Los Angeles County weighs a comprehensive report on broadening Internet access, San Jose turns to cryptocurrency as a way to fund residents’ access.