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California, Texas slated to benefit most from new FCC broadband fund
An internal analysis of the FCC's new $20.4 billion rural broadband initiative breaks down how many homes and businesses in each state can expect to be connected to high-speed internet.
Facial-recognition ban in Cambridge, Mass., marks a trend
Absent federal regulations on government's use of facial recognition, more states and localities are coming up with their own rules and prohibitions.
NASCIO and NGA promote more state-local cooperation on cybersecurity
A new publication published jointly by the two groups nudges governors and state IT officials to work more with their local counterparts on cybersecurity efforts.
Election officials are watching how their states respond to cyberattacks
Ransomware attacks against state and local governments have been "real-life fire drills" for election officials preparing to oversee the 2020 presidential race.
7 steps to help prevent and limit the impact of ransomware
When ransomware attacks do strike, every minute counts to notify your organization and investigate quickly, say experts.
FCC shares disbursement strategy for $20B rural-broadband fund
Considering its unreliable coverage maps, the FCC says it will first fund projects where it's confident broadband service is absent, then use new data to fill the gaps.
Montgomery County, Md., hires new CIO as longstanding IT chief retires
Gail Roper, a former CIO of Raleigh, N.C., will replace Sonny Segal, the Washington suburb's CIO since 2012, who is retiring after a 40-year career in tech.
States need to improve for national GIS infrastructure to work, report says
A new report card on state GIS performance shows weak links that the National States Geographic Information Council says need to be repaired.
Last Pennsylvania county picks new voting system in time for 2020
Dauphin County, which includes state capital Harrisburg, was the last of 67 counties to choose a new platform that produces paper trails of ballots.
North Dakota's building a cybersecurity operations center — and everyone's invited
Technology officials are compiling technologies and forming relationships across state boundaries to build a unified defense against cyberattacks.