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06/01/2020
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Minnesota says it repelled DDoS attack

Minnesota technology officials said Sunday that the state’s networks were inundated over the weekend by malicious attempts to knock government agencies offline, though those efforts were successfully repelled. State CIO Tarek Tomes said IT workers were able to stop an attempted distributed denial of service attack that began Saturday night. "At this time, these attacks have not successfully disrupted the state services that Minnesotans depend upon," he said. But officials did not explicitly link the DDoS attempt to the reaction to the May 25 death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department in a videotaped incident that has sparked nationwide protests and violent clashes with law enforcement. Benjamin Freed reports.


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D.C. groups oppose city's real-time vehicle location tracking policy

A Washington, D.C., neighborhood advocacy group passed a resolution this week opposing the city’s adoption of a data-sharing process that would allow it to track the location of ride-hailing vehicles, dockless scooters, bicycles and mopeds in near-real time. The DC Federation of Civic Associations says the District's new rule that companies like Uber, Lyft and Lime share trip data with no more than a 3-minute delay "poses a serious privacy threat to District residents" and could be used to track these services' customers. Ryan Johnston reports.


Arkansas governor creates board to review COVID-19 tracing tech

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the creation of an 12-member panel tasked with reviewing technologies that the state may use in developing a contact-tracing program to track the spread of the coronavirus. The COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board includes officials from the state departments of Health and Information Systems, other statewide agencies and the University of Arkansas. The state has hired 200 contact tracers so far to cover the state of 3 million, with a goal of recruiting as many as 350, but has not made any decisions yet on what technologies will be used. Hutchinson's announcement came a day after the state recorded its biggest single-day increase in new coronavirus infections. Ben has more.


How to deploy an enterprise analytics platform during a pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen governors and health officials pointing using data to justify closing schools, shuttering restaurants, delaying primaries and extending tax filing seasons. And with so many metrics flying around, governments also need to build new tools to track them all. But COVID-19 may prove to be the catalyst that propels analytic capabilities in government, former North Carolina CIO Chris Estes writes in a new column. Estes, now an executive at Ernst & Young, says that governments should use funding from the CARES Act to take advantage of advancements in cloud computing, data storage and visualization. Read the commentary.


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