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07/13/2021
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Meet Delaware's new deputy CIO

Delaware’s technology bureau on Monday announced that Aleine Cohen, formerly the state’s deputy attorney general, has started work as its new deputy chief information officer. Cohen is tasked with heading procurement, contract life-cycle management and strategic alignment at the Department of Technology and Information. “We want to focus on aligning the various practices that DTI has to make sure that we’re focusing toward a strategic vision and aligning budgets and aligning those missions to bring them together,” she said. Colin Wood has the interview.


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License plates that fight carjacking

A proposal for Illinois to do away with metal license plates, and instead use GPS-connected screens, is being met with resistance in the Illinois House of Representatives over privacy concerns. David Moore, a Chicago alderman who’s running for secretary of state, last month proposed that Illinois adopt a “digital license plate” system, which he said could help the state fight its "epidemic" of carjackings. But state Rep. Tom Demmer, whose district serves north central Illinois, is pushing against it, citing privacy concerns. Ryan Johnston has the details.


Mark43 gets $101 million

The public-safety software firm Mark43 on Monday announced it’s received $101 million in investor funding, which executives said they’ll use to develop new products and continue the company’s international expansion into Canada and the U.K. Scott Crouch, Mark43’s cofounder and chief executive said the company recently gained the business of Australia’s New South Wales Police Force. “We’ve kind of established ourselves as a leading global player in cloud software, and this $101 million will only help accelerate that even further.” Colin has more.


Data "show and tell"

Officials in Oklahoma City have been holding regular "show and tell" meetings over the past three years that they said have spawned new projects. Officials also admitted the city has a long way to go before it can become a fully fledged data-driven organization, but that the sessions, which they call "lunch-and-learns," have helped advance a culture of data within the local government. Ryan has the story.


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