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A special report on digital transformation

“Digital transformation” may mean different things depending on who’s explaining what it is, but most technologists agree that it involves making services better than they were. While private-sector companies like Amazon, TurboTax and even Domino's are frequent objects of admiration for state and local CIOs striving to improve their governments' digital services, many are still focused on first getting more of their residents simply connected to the internet at all. In a new special report, StateScoop and EdScoop explores what's next for digital government. See the full report.

A Message From AWS Educate

With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

Why aren't schools required to report ransomware?

According to Emsisoft, 58 schools and school districts have publicly reported ransomware attacks in 2021, but we know this is only a fraction of the actual figure, Recorded Future intelligence analyst Allan Liska writes in a new column. Liska's team filed freedom-of-information requests with all 50 states and D.C. to see if they had documents about ransomware attacks against schools last year — almost none of them did, even when their schools had acknowledged being targeted. Trying to hide the number of ransomware attacks against schools in a state doesn’t change the fact that school systems around the world are under assault by ransomware groups. Read the full column

Take this 'disruption' and shove it

"Disruptive technology" is one of more than a dozen terms that current and former CIOs say have been bandied about so much in recent years, they've become meaningless buzzwords. “You really should be describing what you want in plain language. With buzzwords, no one wants to challenge you because they don’t want to show they don’t understand this hip, cool jargon," Nebraska's Ed Toner says. Colin Wood spills some tea.

Splashy debut for city app

You still shouldn’t jump into the pool with your phone, but the City of Austin, Texas, on Tuesday announced a new web and mobile app that allows residents to book tickets for the city’s public pools in advance. The app, developed with a French software firm, lets people reserve spots at Austin's 45 public pools, springs and aquatic centers, with pool attendants scanning QR codes to verify the tickets. Ryan Johnston reports.

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