CTG WebNews September 2017
Social media virality: what makes the perfect storm?

When more than 270 young girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria by heavily armed members of the Islamic extremist group 'Boko Haram' in April 2014, a social media and e-petitioning phenomenon took storm. Now, a research team led by a Center for Technology in Government faculty fellow has found clear evidence of a link between certain social media efforts and the likelihood that someone will sign an e-petition. Continue reading...
Students wrap up another summer of innovation

Every year, a group of talented, energetic students make their way to CTG for a summer of learning and innovation. This summer was no different; here's a peek into what students were up to.

Evaluating government's cyber risk through a legal lens

This past spring, CTG partnered with Albany Law School to help local governments better understand the legalities of investing in new technologies. Three Albany Law School graduate assistants worked with CTG and Albany Law Dean Antony Haynes to develop research pieces on cybersecurity, cyber-insurance, data accountability and the internet of things.

The pieces were then turned into an editorial published in Smart & Resilient Cities, a widely sought resource for urban planners, leaders, commerce developers and academics.   Read the published editorial here.

CTG receives federal IMLS funding

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that CTG is a recipient of a federal grant that will fund a project,  led by CTG's Associate Research Director Mila Gascรณ, to create new understanding of public libraries as community catalysts that can enable more collaborative engagement between local government, citizens, and other stakeholders in smart city initiatives.

"We are delighted to announce today's grant recipients whose projects are designed to have lasting benefits for the library and archives fields," said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. "These grants highlight how IMLS helps steer the nation's investments in libraries and ensure that librarians are equipped to provide citizens access to the information, resources, and services they want and need."

More information about the grant and fellow recipients can be  found here.

Quick Links
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Register: Open Data Policy & Management 101
Together with the Center for Open Data Enterprise, CTG's Leadership Institute is offering two sessions of:

Instructor:  Laura Manley &  Audrey Ariss

Wednesday, 9/27
Wednesday, 10/18

On the Move
Cook Receives Two Awards
Program Director Meghan Cook received two awards within weeks of each other; the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the Excelscior College Alumni Achievement Award.   Continue reading...
On the Calendar
Upcoming events where CTG staff are presenting. To see more about our participation in these events, visit our website.

Meghan Cook presenting keynote at Metropolitan Information Exchange Conference
September 10-14
Indianapolis, IN

Meghan Cook invited to speak at Metrolab Network Annual Summit
September 13-15
Atlanta, GA

Theresa Pardo to keynote at NYS Digital Summit
September 22 
Albany, NY

Recent events:
Theresa Pardo gave e-gov lecture in China
September 11
Chengdu, China

Ramon Gil-Garcia presented at IFIP EGOV
September 4-7 
St. Petersberg, 
In the News
Does the IRS have a cloud strategy?
Federal Computer Week
Comment by Theresa Pardo

The Times Union
Comment by Derek Werthmuller