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06/22/2021
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But it's 'not a passport'

California’s health and technology departments last Friday announced the launch of a new website that allows residents to fetch their COVID-19 vaccination information from the state’s immunization registry system, offering a digital backup to the CDC-issued cards distributed at vaccine clinics. California loosened its public health requirements last week, leading many businesses to post signs asking that only those who aren’t yet fully vaccinated to continue wearing masks. The new site gives users a QR that businesses will soon be able to scan to verify the legitimacy of the health information, though Gov. Gavin Newsom said recently it's "not a passport." Colin Wood reports.


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StateScoop 50 cyber winners speak out

As the pandemic wanes and remote work starts scaling back, state cybersecurity leaders are considering what lessons from the last year-plus will last. In a series of interviews, StateScoop 50 Cybersecurity Leadership of the Year winners share some of these lessons, the ongoing risks of ransomware and supply-chain attacks and what government leaders need to do to meet a growing threat landscape. Benjamin Freed spoke with the winners.


Ex-N.C. cyber chief goes to Amazon

One of those StateScoop 50 winners, Maria Thompson, stepped down earlier this month as North Carolina's chief risk officer. She's now a lead cybersecurity adviser to state and local governments at Amazon Web Services, according to an recent update on her LinkedIn profile. Ben has more.


It's always Infrastructure Week somewhere

Two House members are seeking to authorize $1.1 billion over the next five years in funding that cities and communities could use to invest in connected infrastructure and technology across the country. In an interview with StateScoop's Ryan Johnston, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., said the current debate over a big federal infrastructure package is also a moment to invest in smart-city programs. “I think that as we talk about infrastructure, it’s really important that we’re forward-looking, that we’re thinking about an infrastructure that’s going to serve us for the next 50 years, not just rebuild what we did the last 50 years,” she said. Ryan has more.


New York City, T-Mobile donate 1,000 smartphones to domestic-violence survivors

New York City is providing 1,000 mobile devices to survivors of domestic abuse and “gender-based violence” through a new agreement with T-Mobile, the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-based Violence announced Monday. The city said smartphones will be provided via family justice centers and T-Mobile stores in each of the city’s five boroughs. At least 58 homicides in New York City last year were attributed to partner or family violence, according to the office, down from 63 in 2019. The New York Police Department also responded to more than 230,000 domestic incident reports in 2020. Ryan has the story.


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