What do YOU want from GCN?
When tracking public-sector IT, I’m often struck less by the cutting-edge innovations than by the common threads that can span decades.
Yes, of course the cloud -- and tech’s steady shift toward software-defined everything --represents real change. Mobile truly is transformative, and today’s cybersecurity threats are orders of magnitude greater than what governments dealt with just a few years ago. Yet when one looks at the fundamental challenges facing most agencies -- balancing mission-specific needs against standardized systems, bolting new technologies onto legacy infrastructure, finding the tools to manage it all -- the lessons and stories from long ago often still resonate.
That’s one of the great things about a publication like GCN. With more than 30 years of coverage, the GCN archives are a reminder of both the innovative and timeless aspects of government IT. And today’s writers, editors and (often longtime) readers represent a remarkable brain trust that can be built only with years of labor in the government tech trenches.
As GCN continues to evolve, that rich history remains central to our ability to separate fads from fundamental shifts and to put the newest technology in the proper perspective.
And GCN is evolving. You may have noticed some changes on GCN.com in recent weeks, and you'll certainly see them in the pages of the latest print issue. Look for more of the same, both online and in print, in the weeks and months to come.
Evolution, of course, is a continuous thing -- and one that involves the reader as well. So although we have some definite ideas about GCN for 2015 and beyond, we want to hear yours, too! What topics matter most? What do you wish GCN covered differently? Are there stories you’d rather we hadn’t covered at all?
We have 10 questions that we'd love to ask you -- please take two minutes and share your thoughts on GCN. It’s going to be a fun few months, and your input can only make it better.
Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.
Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.
Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.
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