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At the beginning of next week, Indiana households and businesses can express their interest in the Indiana Connectivity Program by visiting an online portal or calling the Indiana Broadband Connect Center.
The deal, backed by Veritas Capital, includes technology contracts with West Virginia as well as other states and federal agencies. The sale comes amid a growth wave for Peraton, which recently bought a big consulting firm.
Answer: Because of a new state law about social media.
Now residents can call for help via certain Amazon Alexa voice-activated devices in homes. The move comes as emergency dispatchers seek more detailed information from callers and as 911 technology improves nationwide.
K-12 schools gave students laptops and tablets to let them learn virtually. But many schools also closely track students’ activities on the devices — and advocacy groups are raising the call for less invasive monitoring.
Answer: With ‘mixed reality’ tech.
After serving as chief information security officer for the North Dakota Information Technology Department for about two years, Kevin Ford has announced he will be leaving the position after this week.
According to unnamed federal officials, the U.S. Treasury Department is poised to announce policies later this week that would sanction cryptocurrency entities that facilitate payment to ransomware criminals.  
The new agreement, led by Massachusetts, will allow eight neighboring states and Washington, D.C., to offer Internet access, devices and other technology to constituents through local agencies at a discounted rate.
Answer: For science and because watching cats is fun, duh.
Answer: With “on this day” facts and other information.
The move will offer local governments tools to make it faster and easier to review project plans. It will also give the startup Symbium access to one of the largest user bases in gov tech — Accela’s.
Phoenix, Ariz., City Manager Ed Zuercher announced three new additions to the city’s executive team. Among them, the city’s first chief innovation officer and its new chief information officer.
The annual effort helps firms access expertise and other resources, which in turn can lead to better tools for local and state governments. Among the areas of focus are benefits programs and bodycam video management.
An interim rule from the U.S. Treasury Department may prevent cities from using federal coronavirus relief funds on broadband expansion efforts. A final rule could be determined in the fall.
The company’s buying spree continues with the purchase of Arx, whose cloud-based software is designed to improve access to law enforcement data. The move could help agencies strengthen ties with residents.
As part of an effort to standardize and integrate Illinois' core business processes, the last seven agencies have been moved over to the state's enterprise resource planning finance platform.
Schachter formerly served as the chief technology officer for the New York City Department of Transportation. He brings more than 26 years of local public-sector experience to the federal government.
Former Wisconsin Department of Health Services CISO Shane Dwyer brings considerable public-sector experience to his new role as Iowa’s state CISO. He replaces Jeff Franklin, who left the position in January 2020.
Answer: They are having a hard time hiring human workers.
Gov. Janet Mills announced $128 million in federal funding will be used by the Maine Connectivity Authority to expand broadband. The funding for this investment comes from the American Rescue Plan.
The proposal instructs agencies to use “phishing-resistant” multifactor authentication, segment networks and increase encryption. The public comment period on the proposal closes later this month.