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12/03/2021
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CityCoins, the cryptocurrency group behind digital tokens dedicated to Miami and New York City, may target Austin for its next city-based cryptocurrency, but officials there told StateScoop they were unfamiliar with the platform. CityCoins users in October voted to create a new digital currency called AustinCoin that, if activated and mined, would begin funneling 30% of any gains into a digital wallet that’s would only be accessible by the Texas capital. Ryan Johnston reports.


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California CIO shakeup

Longtime California CIO Amy Tong will move into a new position next month as head of the state's Office of Digital Innovation, a relatively new agency tasked with modernizing government websites and public-facing applications, Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week. Deputy CIO Russ Nichols, who was appointed in February, will take over as interim CIO, the California Department of Technology said. Benjamin Freed has more.


Missouri agency wanted to thank reporter who found website flaw

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education originally planned to thank a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who found a vulnerability on one of its websites, before Gov. Mike Parson's administration accused the journalist of hacking the state government and launched a criminal investigation, the paper reported yesterday. “We are grateful to the member of the media who brought this to the state’s attention,” read a proposed quote from the state education commissioner that was drafted before Parson chose to call the reporter a "hacker." Read more at the Post-Dispatch.


Cyber on the rails

U.S. rail companies must commit more attention and resources to cybersecurity under Transportation Security Administration directives that DHS announced yesterday. The new requirements, which cover 80% of freight lines and 90% of passenger systems, include that surface rail owner and operators designate a cybersecurity coordinator; report a cybersecurity incident to DHS within 24 hours; complete a vulnerability assessment; and create a plan to respond to cybersecurity incidents. CyberScoop's Tonya Riley has more.


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