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12/18/2020
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Three states affected in suspected Russian hack

At least three state governments were compromised in a widespread hacking operation that U.S. authorities believe is the work of Russian government-backed actors, it was reported Thursday. According to <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-17/u-s-states-were-also-hacked-in-suspected-russian-attack">Bloomberg News</a>, the states joined several federal agencies where hackers were able to access systems by exploiting network monitoring software from <a href="https://www.cyberscoop.com/tag/solarwinds/">SolarWinds</a>. The development came as IT officials in some states told StateScoop they were taking steps to install patches issued since the hacking campaign was discovered, and as CISA warned that the operation poses a "grave risk" to all levels of government. Benjamin Freed has more.


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Looking back at 2020

Across states, local government and higher education, no segment of information technology was untouched by the coronavirus pandemic. A special report by StateScoop and EdScoop looks back on this chaotic year, featuring interviews with IT leaders, a review of some of the most dominant stories of 2020 and new podcasts looking forward to the year ahead. See the full report.


Oakland, Calif., will ban predictive policing

Oakland, California, will permanently ban all government use of predictive policing and biometric surveillance tools early next year, officials said. The city council is set to adopt an ordinance that will prohibit local police from using software like like PredPol to catch criminals, a decision reached after Oakland's privacy commission realized it hadn’t yet regulated the technologies. Ryan Johnston has details.


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Supporting children and families by tackling internet disparity

The pandemic has widened the digital divide effecting communities across the nation. Both schools and enterprises are working hard to operate under virtual conditions, but the people that are adversely affected are those without access to reliable internet. A new briefing document explains how state and local agencies can access federal funding to bring internet access to their communities — but they must act before the end of the year. Read more from SAIC.


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