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How Texas is approaching generative AI

On this week’s Priorities podcast, Texas Chief Information Officer Amanda Crawford says the state’s artificial intelligence advisory council — which includes members of the legislature, academia and government agencies — is currently working through an expansive set of issues that include privacy, bias and security. States vary in their readiness to begin using generative AI. Some state CIOs, like Crawford, are joining councils, advisory boards and task forces, while others are drafting policies and finding ways to incentivize responsible adoption of AI. Also on the podcast, U.S. Virgin Islands’ Bureau of Information Technology Deputy Director Jonathan Tucker outlines his approach to digital transformation.

In the news this week:

Colorado’s Department of Higher Education waited more than a month to report a massive data breach to the state attorney general’s office, evading state law, according to an investigation by the Denver Gazette.

Contracts for technology services awarded to a private firm in Orange County, New York, are drawing scrutiny from state legislators after an alleged conflict of interest was discovered between the contracted company’s owner and the county’s human resource coordinator.

Civic technology nonprofit Code for America announced it’s reached a collective bargaining agreement with its union, CfA Workers United, after nearly two years of negotiations.

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Priorities Podcast


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.