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01/27/2021
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Hawaii's broadband future

Faced with a tourism-dependent economy that’s been shredded by the COVID-19 pandemic, officials in Hawaii are looking for ways to ensure that the island state isn’t as imperiled by future downturns. Critical to building a “Hawaii 2.0.” economy, as Gov. David Ige said Monday, is building out a broadband infrastructure that was not prepared to support widespread remote work, telehealth and virtual learning. “We have a pretty fragile economy being completely dependent on tourism,” Burt Lum, the state's broadband officer, told StateScoop. “How do we diversify our economy? You need the foundation on which a digital economy can flourish." Benjamin Freed reports.


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San Diego's new innovation officer has plans

An upcoming overhaul of San Diego’s performance data website is expected to improve transparency and accountability for city agencies, Kirby Brady, the city’s new chief innovation officer, told StateScoop. Brady, who was named the city’s first chief innovation officer earlier this month, said she’ll be in charge of the redesign for the website, PerformSD, and for internal agency performance reviews, including creating hundreds of new metrics to track government services. "We have to be honest with ourselves about ways we can do better, and we can always do better," she said. Ryan Johnston has details.


Former Michigan cyber chief lands at White House

Chris DeRusha, the former top cybersecurity official for the State of Michigan, announced this week he has been named as the federal government’s new chief information security officer, CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas reports. As federal CISO, DeRusha will be responsible for coordinating cybersecurity policy across the federal bureaucracy and prodding agencies to fortify their networks in the wake of a suspected Russian hacking campaign that has infiltrated the departments of Justice, Energy and others. DeRusha, who was a White House cybersecurity adviser in the Obama administration, left Michigan last summer to serve as CISO for Joe Biden's presidential campaign. Read more on CyberScoop.


Virginia announces $29M broadband expansion

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam yesterday announced the award of $29.6 million in grants to expand broadband access in 11 communities across the commonwealth. The state estimated the investment will reach more than 11,700 households. “Now more than ever, we must ensure that Virginians in every part of our Commonwealth have access to reliable, high-speed internet,” Northam said in a press release.   Colin Wood has more.


US Ignite funds tech to reduce railway crossing congestion in Ohio

Starting in the small city of Lima, the State of Ohio will soon launch a series of technology-based initiatives to improve transportation safety and traffic congestion through a grant from the National Science Foundation-led technology nonprofit US Ignite and the telecommunications firm Spectrum. The three-year grant, announced Tuesday, will fund the installation of motion sensors and video cameras that can analyze traffic data at more than 40 railway intersections in the 37,000-resident city. Ryan has the story.


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