Government I.T. – Keeping up with the Pace : Sean O’Kelly and Randy Kowalski, Former State of Illinois I.T. Execs

On this week’s Silicon Valley Insider Keith’s special guest are former State of Illinois I.T. Executives: Sean T. O’Kelly, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the State of Illinois for Financial and Professional Regulation and Randy Kowalski, Deputy Director of Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation and now Principal and Co-Founder of the Illinois Smart State and Region Association.

Sean, Randy discuss with Keith how they started their careers in the private sector and how they transitioned to the public sector which led to the drafting of the proposed Illinois Smarter State Initiative. With their deep industry experience, Sean and Randy bring a unique perspective to the opportunities and challenges municipalities the size and scale of Illinois and Chicago face with trying to keep up the rapid pace of technology change and adoption.

Topics discussed on the show are 5G, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV / Drones) , Human (Citizen) Centered Design and Algorithmic Accountability (using A.I.). In light of San Francisco’s ban on facial recognition technology for law enforcement, Sean and Randy explain how governments prioritize keeping their citizens’ information safe.

On the Cyber-Tip of the week, Keith discusses the latest in the rise in successful ransomware attacks targeting municipalities and cities, such as the recent Riviera Beach, FL & Lake City, FL, and the court system of Georgia and the ransom payments by the cities in Florida. Keith gives advice on how any organization, including cities, should secure themselves.

On the Pivot, Keith is once again joined by Sean T. O’Kelly and Randy Kowalski on how cities adapt and change to technology shifts.

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