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In the wake of the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill, state and local government organizations find their digital equity efforts robustly funded, while many leaders at those levels are rolling out specific plans.
How virtual will courts be after COVID-19? In Oregon, Multnomah County Circuit Court is the only court with a fully virtual jury selection process. Stakeholders continue to examine the merit of other virtual court ideas.
Benton County, Wash., residents can now go to a new $14 million, 23-acre building for a variety of services, including marriage license applications and property tax payments. The building opened yesterday.
The Aiken Center is partnering with local law enforcement agencies to help combat drug misuse issues in Aiken County, S.C., primarily by using new mapping technology to identify overdose hot spots.
Technology and software upgrades made up more than half of the proposals presented Friday to Cheyenne City Council during the final work session dedicated to the distribution of American Rescue Plan Act funds.
The Town Link program will support 10 organizations in Oakland, Calif., to offer digital skills programs to support their community as one piece of the city’s efforts to bridge the digital divide.
Plus, Kansas City, Mo., launches new phase in digital equity work; Wisconsin unveils new broadband grants; Philadelphia debuts an online tax center; and a data map tackles chain restaurants.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports the streamlined online application allows clients to complete the process in as little as 12 minutes, where the average time to fill out the existing form is an hour.
California officials must act immediately to provide distance learning that is comparable to last year for students with disabilities and also adequate to their overall needs, a judge has ordered.
The Department of Defense’s innovation unit will open a new regional office to be located in Chicago as the Pentagon looks for the most recent tools to fend off cyber attacks and related threats.
Plus, applications for the U.S. Digital Corps will open soon, the Knight Foundation makes a significant commitment to Detroit’s digital equity work, and Denice Ross is the new U.S. chief data scientist.
Ohio Legal Help, a mobile-first website with free civil legal resources, announced a new online tool that enables domestic violence victims to safely and easily complete the legal forms they need to obtain a civil protection order.
Over half of the computers in the Dauphin County Library System couldn't be used by the public because of COVID-19 precautions. This week saw the return of all computers for public use.
A new website launched by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and Workforce Center helps job seekers and employers connect through an automated and intuitive system. The product replaces a less advanced site.
Thanks to an increase in citizen participation after San Diego transitioned to virtual public meetings during March 2020, local officials say they will keep the meetings completely online.