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03/22/2021
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States plug into Google's vax kit

State health agencies in North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona and Oregon have been using a suite of cloud-based tools from Google to manage their COVID-19 vaccine campaigns, the company said today. The “Intelligent Vaccine Impact" Google released last month was designed to give states interoperable solutions for the digital aspects of the vaccination process, like scheduling appointments or addressing some residents’ vaccine hesitancy. “We could plug and play with what’s working, and replace what wasn’t working," said Todd Schroeder, Google’s director of public sector digital strategy. Ryan Johnston reports.


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San Antonio recruits students for civic tech

The City of San Antonio last Thursday announced a new competition for college, university and trade school students interested in improving their communities through the use of digital technology. Students who enter the IgniteSA competition beginning April 1 will form teams, consult with mentors, develop their ideas and work toward developing prototype solutions for "real city challenges." Colin Wood has more on EdScoop.


The riskiest 'smart city' tech

Cybersecurity professionals surveyed by a think tank at the University of California, Berkeley said that emergency alert systems, video surveillance devices and traffic signals pose the greatest cyber risks to local governments pursuing “smart city” programs. The survey, conducted by researchers at Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, asked 76 experts to rate nine types of technologies frequently held up as core components of smart cities, based on how likely they were to be attacked by a malicious actor, how impactful a successful attack would be and how much interest they’d attract from nation-state adversaries. Benjamin Freed has details.


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