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04/07/2022
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Tracking human trafficking

Virginia officials plan to use a data analytics tool to monitor human trafficking. The commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice Services announced yesterday that the Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation, or FAACT — a platform originally conceived to track opioid-abuse cases — will be adapted into a new platform capable of creating visualizations that distinguish between sex workers who’ve chosen their line of work and victims of human trafficking. Colin Wood reports.


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The search for privacy pros

On this week’s episode of the Priorities podcast, Christopher Bramwell, Utah’s government operations privacy officer, talks about finding and training data-privacy specialists across government. He's aiming to find at least 50 people across state and local agencies to certify as privacy practitioners. Within the state government, he's currently aware of only one. Also, New York CIO Angelo Riddick talks about his state's recent efforts to block internet traffic coming from Russia. Listen to the podcast.


NSGIC names new executive director

The National States Geographic Information Council on Wednesday announced to its membership that its board has selected John Jordan, a former CEO of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians as its new executive director. Jordan is succeeding Molly Schar, who said last year she'd be stepping down. Colin has the story.


The last days of disco IT

The Kansas Department of Labor announced Tuesday that it will retire a mainframe that’s run the state’s unemployment insurance program since the 1970s and replace it with a new, cloud-based system that officials said would offer more data security and be capable of handling a higher volume of requests. Gov. Laura Kelly said the move will make good on a modernization process that was attempted more than a decade go, but scrapped in 2011 amid widespread layoffs and budget cuts. Benjamin Freed has details.


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