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10/04/2021
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The mobile-voting push isn't going away

Bradley Tusk, the political strategist-turned-venture capitalist who’s bankrolled a series of sometimes-controversial pilot projects testing the practicality of voting over an internet-connected mobile device, said last week that he plans to spend at least another $10 million on the development of a new voting system that he hopes quiets many of the security concerns his previous efforts have raised. In an interview, Tusk said that this latest venture will aim to develop technology that can be used more widely than roughly 20 pilots he’s funded, which were limited to small groups of military and disabled voters. "I want to be able to handle hundreds of thousands of votes, or millions of votes," he said. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Blockchain's back, CIOs have some thoughts

Cryptocurrencies — and blockchain, the decentralized distributed-ledger technology that powers them — are more popular than ever in mayor’s offices around the country. And while some CIOs are getting more curious about the distributed ledger technology, there's still a bit of skepticism. "The rhetoric is off the charts with how magical the world is going to be once we’re all using bitcoin and there’s no more banks and no more governments. It’s just not helpful," Philadelphia CIO Mark Wheeler said. Ryan Johnston has details.


New York State 'first' to test 5G drone technology

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced last week that the state plans to research the use of drones enabled with 5G wireless technology. The research will be conducted along a 50-mile corridor in Upstate New York, led by the Open Generation 5G Consortium, a group of government agencies, academics and private companies convened by the MITRE Corporation. Colin Wood has the story.


Michigan CIO Brom Stibitz to leave state government

Brom Stibitz, Michigan’s CIO and head of the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget, said Thursday he intends to step down Oct. 16. A spokesperson said Stibitz is taking a position with the Michigan Employees’ Retirement System, a privately run benefits administrator for state and local public-sector workers. While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer named a new director for DTMB, which also runs the state government's budgeting and procurement processes, the CIO role "will be determined at a later time," officials said. Read more.


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