The Robots Are Coming: AI Through the County Lens

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to transform the world and how we live, work, and communicate. For county governments, AI can mean streamlined processes, enhanced service delivery, improved public safety and security, fraud detection and prevention, data analytics, and regulatory compliance. Most importantly, this rapidly evolving technology can revolutionize resident engagement and input.

However, implementing and regulating AI comes with challenges, including privacy concerns, security, oversight, equity, accessibility, etc. So as local governments explore AI’s transformative power, many questions remain.

MACo Summer Conference Tech Expo Deep Dive Session: The Robots Are Coming: AI Through the County Lens 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to create significant opportunities for government transformation, enabling greater efficiency while improving the accuracy and effectiveness of decision-making and service delivery. But it also poses ethical dilemmas and raises concerns about bias, security, transparency, etc. Attend this session for insights and expert guidance on the future direction of technology, best practices to define and validate government IT strategies, and tips for mitigating risk without inhibiting innovation.


  • Mark Ripper, Director and CIO, Carroll County
  • Rob O’Connor, CIO, Maryland Comptroller
  • Dave Mahoney, Director, Security Privacy and Risk Consulting, RSM
  • Ben Yelin, Program Director, Public Policy & External Affairs, UMD Center for Health and Homeland Security

Moderator: The Honorable Katie Fry Hester, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 16, 2023; 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The 2023 MACo Summer Conference is August 16-19, 2023, at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.

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