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California CIO explains how first generative AI report was made

On this week’s Priorities podcast, California Chief Information Officer Liana Bailey-Crimmins outlines how her office approached putting together its first report on generative artificial intelligence, which was published last month.

Bailey-Crimmins, who heads the California Department of Technology, played a key role in drafting the report — the first major product of an executive order signed in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom — along with the state’s Government Operations Agency and other technology offices. The first report tallied the benefits of generative AI, along with a laundry list of risks the technology could bring.

Also on the podcast, Maryland’s artificial intelligence adviser, Nishant Shah, explains how he’s approaching the new role. And later, Arkansas CIO Jonathan Askins explains how he’s implementing strong cybersecurity governance.

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Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.