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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor, Nextgov

Frank Konkel
Frank Konkel is Nextgov’s executive editor. He writes about the intersection of government and technology. Frank began covering tech in 2013 upon moving to the Washington, D.C., area after getting his start in journalism working at local and state issues at daily newspapers in his home state of Michigan. Frank was born and raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Michigan State University.

Lawmakers intro bill to ban TikTok in U.S.

TikTok poses a national security threat, according to lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

Emerging Tech

49% of tech pros believe AI poses ‘existential threat’ to humanity, per report

Others believe artificial intelligence will be a necessary component of most major business strategies in the near future.

Emerging Tech

Report: Empathetic tech can improve the government contact center experience

Pairing artificial intelligence with human-centered design principles can improve callers’ experience and attitudes regarding the automated systems and agencies employing them.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Google bets big on government business with new division

Google Public Sector aims to accelerate digital transformation for federal, state and local governments, as well as educational institutions.


Strategy aims to secure grid and strengthen cyber resilience

Incorporating cyber technology early in the engineering process will help the energy industry reduce risk from foreign actors, according to a new report from the Department of Energy.


CISOs think they aren’t getting enough cyber investment, survey says

The survey indicates cyber concerns do not always resonate with C-suite decision makers.

Public Safety

Delivering emergency alerts to vehicle infotainment systems

Drivers may soon receive real-time emergency and fire alerts and improved evacuation routing on their vehicles' infotainment systems.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Federal broadband strategies 'fragmented and overlapping,' GAO says

Millions of Americans still lack broadband internet, despite efforts of than 100 programs administered by 15 agencies, the Government Accountability Office reported.


Agencies lack data on ransomware payments

A new report details the role cryptocurrencies play in incentivizing ransomware attacks and the government’s response.


Legislation promoting cyber collaboration between DHS and states awaits Biden signature

The legislation would improve information sharing between federal cybersecurity authorities and state and local governments.


Survey: 93% of Americans fear cyber warfare against U.S.

A consumer survey suggests Americans are taking some steps to prepare for possible cyber warfare.

State & Local

6 in 10 Americans would quit current job for remote position

Work-life balance is increasingly important for today’s post-pandemic workforce.