California Unveils New Digital Strategy

Published On: July 13, 2023

This week, the California Department of Technology (CDT) unveiled its new Digital Strategy, a collaborative effort with the Government Operations Agency and the Office of Data and Innovation, according to a July 12 blog post by State Chief Technology Officer Jonathan Porat.

The nine-page roadmap provides a look ahead at the utilization of technology, presenting an innovative approach to enhancing user experiences and driving positive change.

At the core of California’s Digital Strategy lies a strong emphasis on accessibility and inclusion. By harnessing both cutting-edge and well-established technologies, the state aims to develop resident-centered solutions that promote efficiency, accessibility, and equity in digital services for all Californians. Recognizing the growing interest in transformative technologies such as generative AI, blockchain, and quantum computing, the strategy seeks to keep pace with the ever-changing digital landscape. 

The strategy is underpinned by a set of key values, including a steadfast commitment to digital services, the cultivation of an innovation culture, the prioritization of Californians, and the establishment of statewide partnerships to foster new technology. This framework allows the state government and education systems to leverage technology effectively, improving experiences and services for residents across all levels of administration.

“CDT is dedicated to expanding and sustaining California’s culture of innovation. Through technology, we have already made significant improvements in accessibility, efficiency, and equity—ultimately improving the way the state serves its residents,” Porat writes. “California’s Digital Strategy showcases how CDT is taking the lead in government technology by prioritizing resident-focused digital services now and in the future. 

The roadmap, in addition to its core values, outlines a set of three goals that include streamlining access to government workers, enabling government work empowered by decision-making data, and meeting the current needs and future expectations of California residents. 

The final third of the roadmap notes specific priorities that involve reviewing current domain names to eliminate confusion, reviewing data pipeline best practices, and reviewing contracts and data needs that comply with new dashboard standards and best practices. 

“Through innovation, residents will have simplified access to government services, while State departments will be empowered to utilize data to improve efficiency and effectiveness,” reads the roadmap. “More than just a strategy, this document is a commitment to accelerate California’s robust innovation culture to better meet Californians’ needs now, and in the future.”

About the Author: Will Keys

Will Keys writes about technology issues for the GovReport. He is a graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He can be reached at will at govreport.org