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12/23/2020
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Pushing back against bad vaccine takes

While there have been calls for the federal government to create a platform dispelling misinformation — akin to CISA's "Rumor Control" page that corrected misstatements about the election — states and cities may be able to go ahead on that front with a new software kit from civic-tech vendor Granicus. The “COVID-19 vaccine toolkit” the company launched Monday provides state and local agencies with a real-time analytics platform to measure whether residents are clicking on or engaging with digital campaigns to encourage people to take the vaccine. "Personalized or specific-population or community-level messaging is going to be incredibly important, because this is a war on misinformation," Granicus CEO Mark Hynes said. Ryan Johnston reports.


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Digital IDs get boost in spending bill

With the federal government’s deadline for enforcing its Real ID standards at Transportation Security Agency lines in airports and other checkpoints approaching next October, the spending package Congress approved Monday night contains language that will authorize the digital driver’s licenses that some states have started issuing. The bill specifies that non-physical versions of driver’s licenses and other state-issued identifications will be considered valid when Real ID enforcement begins, closing a legal question in states that have rolled out digital licenses. Benjamin Freed has details.


Utah CIO Hussey retiring

Utah Chief Information Officer Mike Hussey, who’s spent the last two decades serving under four governors, announced this week he plans to step down next month. Hussey’s retirement becomes official on Jan. 4 when Governor-elect and current Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox assumes office. During his five years leading the Utah Department of Technology Services, Hussey managed an enterprise IT organization that prioritized cybersecurity, assisting in the creation and administration of a statewide information and analysis center. Colin Wood reports.


New York bans facial recognition in schools, temporarily

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday making his state the first to ban the use of facial recognition technology and other biometric technology in both public and private K-12 schools. “Facial recognition technology could provide a host of benefits to New Yorkers, but its use brings up serious and legitimate privacy concerns that we have to examine, especially in schools,” Cuomo said in a press release. The new law imposes the ban until July 2022 or until state agencies produce a study determining an acceptable use for the technology. Read more on EdScoop.


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