|OKLAHOMA'S eGOV NEWS REPORT|
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OKLAHOMA CITY – October 1, 2012 – Public sector web and communications professionals convened Oct. 16 in Oklahoma City’s Metro Technology Center for the Oklahoma State Webmanagers Group (OSWG) Fall Conference 2012: Innovation and Modernization. The conference featured a keynote address by State of Oklahoma Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit and State Representative Jason Murphey, House Government Modernization Chair.
Students at Comanche Nation College in Lawton utilize the Internet for everything from conducting extensive research for reports to creating high-tech graphics for movies and advertisements. Currently, Internet projects can be time-consuming for students, due to slow connection times for Internet users without access to Oklahoma’s high-speed networks. That will soon change thanks to a new network designed to offer high-speed broadband services to rural and underserved Oklahoma. This network, the Oklahoma Community Anchor Network (OCAN), reached its year-two construction milestone July 31, 2012, and construction of the network is now 88 percent complete.
For years and years, governments have been feeling the pressure to communicate more effectively with the public. Social media and other readily available tools have been a big factor in changing citizen expectations, and some governments have done a better job than others at meeting the increased demand for transparency and real-time information. Some governments have chosen to bring in outside expertise to modernize their communications. One of the biggest players in this emerging market is GovDelivery, a St. Paul, Minn.-based company providing automated messaging solutions, social networks and other tools that are tailored to the needs of government.
Government Technology caught up with the company’s CEO Scott Burns about the present and future of government-to-citizen communication. What he had to say might surprise you.
At the 2012 NASCIO Annual Meeting held in San Diego, the association, along with TechAmerica and Grant Thornton LLP, released a survey that discusses how state CIOs deal with the continual introduction of new technologies, such as mobile devices and applications, social media, big data, cloud computing and public safety broadband, while simultaneously providing essential IT services to states.
"More than ever, state CIOs must keep up with the old while continuing to bring in the new," said NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson in a press release. "It's a real balancing act for CIOs who are trying to be responsive to governors, legislators, state agency heads and citizens."
This year's survey, Advancing the C4 Agenda: Balancing Legacy and Innovation, finds that CIOs are confronted with a variety of responsibilities and leadership challenges, and they're working to advance that agenda in a fast-changing environment where budget hardships and uncertainty overshadow everything.
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