Geometric Cloud Burst
For as long has information technology has existed, so too have malicious actors seeking to exploit network vulnerabilities to obtain compromising information. In response, organizations worldwide, private and public alike, have created frameworks for cybersecurity compliance. But what do these frameworks look like, exactly? And how do they work for regulators? We look at this and more in our latest Ascend piece.
Process

Regulators are the doers of regulation: they establish boards, issue licenses, and ultimately serve the public. But how does it all happen? And what possibilities does the future hold?

For as long has information technology has existed, so too have malicious actors seeking to exploit network vulnerabilities to obtain compromising information. In response, organizations worldwide, private and public alike, have created frameworks for cybersecurity compliance. But what do these frameworks look like, exactly? And how do they work for regulators? We look at this and more in our latest Ascend piece.
Today, networks carry more information — and more types of information — than ever before. The ubiquity and cost of network technology has forced U.S. government officials at every level to consider outsourcing its management to the private sector. But what does that implementation look like, exactly? We take a look at this and more in our latest Ascend article.
What do data analytics in action look like? In our latest Ascend article, we take a look at an example of analytics used at the federal level as well as a set of considerations local governments can take when tackling analytics projects of their own.
Multijurisdictional practice has been a subject of debate for licensed professionals in nursing as far back as 1995. One answer to the limitations of single-state licensure in the U.S. has been the development of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). But how did this all start? And how has COVID-19 impacted the progress of multijurisdictional practice throughout the nation?
When some states started regulating marijuana licensure, they might not have anticipated the towering task before them. We examine some of the factors surrounding marijuana licensure that create challenges for both applicants and regulatory agencies.
Government leaders often find themselves analyzing data from multiple discrete sources in their everyday work. In the past, physically integrating this data has proven to be a costly and time-consuming process. Thanks to data virtualization, however, regulators can now access data from many different sources without relocating any of it. Here we look at the basics of data integration as well as different ways governments have adopted the technology.
Machine learning (ML), a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), involves training algorithms with data to the point where they improve themselves independently over time. How can government leaders make use of this technology to further the public interest? Where has ML succeeded in the public sector over the past 20 years?
Credentials are among the most sought-after pieces of data by malicious actors in the cybersecurity space. With the right set of passwords, a cybercriminal can breach many systems, accessing a treasure trove of other, more sensitive information. Here we break down the basics of credential security as well as measures regulators can take to safeguard electronic information.
While there are a wide range of approaches to regulation, broadly speaking, three common approaches prevail – rules-based (prescriptive), goals-based, and management-based regulation. In this article, we break down these three common approaches and take a look at their benefits and challenges.
Professor Malcolm Sparrow's thinking on preventive regulation has proved highly influential. But when it comes to translating theory to practice, sometimes regulators have a hard time applying abstract concepts. For the PSA's Douglas Bilton, an event involving his own cat in his very home helped render theory very concrete.
In today's data-driven world, predictive analytics allow researchers to use a wealth of information combined with sophisticated machine learning algorithms to make predictions about future and offer advice to organizations accordingly. Is there a use-case for predictive analytics in occupational licensing? How can regulators use this technology to stay on top of trends in their field and more effectively protect the public interest?
The power and prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) only grows with every passing year. As more sophisticated algorithms are developed and as AI programs grow their datasets, this technology will continue to take on more tasks and responsibilities previously fulfilled by humans. Here we look at the development of artificial intelligence as well as various applications the technology can have in professional licensing.
While regulators can look remarkably similar, their operational and governance structures vary widely depending on their size, culture, and legislation. We take a deep dive into how regulators are structured in terms of their day-to-day operations and governance.
In a world where the private sector has automated most sign-up processes for consumers, regulators too must explore the applications of automation in their day-to-day work. How can occupational licensing bodies use automation to cut costs, save time, and make life easier for citizens and professionals alike?
Though user experience (UX) as a concept only entered the public consciousness in the 1990s, today it governs much of the debate around the development of new technology, in the public sector just as much as the private sector. We take a look at user experience in government technology throughout the ages as well as options for governments to make tech more intuitive and accessible for citizens.

SPECIAL REPORT

Why is regulating marijuana licensure still a struggle?

POLICY

Interstate compacts
Health Care
How do interstate compacts make licensing more efficient?

States are increasingly turning to interstate compacts as a way to help workers in licensed professions practice in multiple states while ensuring that the standards in place to protect the public are upheld. We take a look at different types of occupational licensure compacts and how they make licensing more efficient.

FEATURED TOPIC

Regulatory Licensing

Featured

Ascend Magazine lives at the nexus of regulation, licensing, public policy, and digital government. We share news, insight, and exclusive commentary from leaders in regulation and technology. 

OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REFORM

VOICES

CYBERSECURITY

LICENSE PORTABILITY