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Alaska CIO Bill Smith said that while ransomware is a huge threat and priority for him and the other state CIOs at the NASCIO Midyear conference, the most important way to turn the tide is getting back to basic cyber hygiene.
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Elections officials have deployed new voting machines at three vote centers to better accommodate people with disabilities, and a way for voters to “cure” or fix signature problems via text message. In-person voting began Monday morning.
For months, Marc Dahl has been at the center of an investigation involving allegations that he and the mayor’s former chief of staff tried to interfere with results of April's municipal election.
The damage to an undersea fiber-optic cable happened in the middle of June when sea ice severed the cable, causing Internet and cell outages in several North Slope and Northwest Arctic communities.
The latest installment of funding comes on top of $1 billion for Alaska rural broadband projects the White House announced in June, and brings the total investment under the Biden administration to about $2 billion.
Since late last year when Starlink Internet became available in Alaska, thousands of residents have signed up at a pace that's exceeding expectations, observers say, even though the signal is not perfect.
After a subsea fiber-optic cable was severed last weekend, residents and businesses in several Northwest Alaska and North Slope communities have turned to satellite Internet or cash-only transactions to get by.
Alaska's cutting-edge drone program will empower emergency responders to reach remote terrain, saving lives through the integration of aerial and geographic information systems.
At the NASCIO Midyear conference, Alaska CIO Bill Smith said the ability to explain to business leaders the “so what?” of technology has played a big role in his experience heading up state IT.