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NYC expands free internet at public housing

The government of New York City plans to connect upward of 300,000 residents of public-housing facilities with free internet and basic cable service by the end of 2023, Mayor Eric Adams and Chief Technology Officer Matt Fraser said this morning. The program, called Big Apple Connect, has been in a pilot phase this year at eight homes run by the New York City Housing Authority, and is slated to expand to about 100 projects by the end of this year, Adams and Fraser said, eventually covering 200 housing sites. "This stops the bleeding," Fraser said. "We have to cover the problems we have today.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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City revises open-data standards too

The New York City Office of Technology’s open data team has revamped its open data guidance to make it easier for city staff to make data sets available to the public. The city’s new technical standards manual, updated this week, has been reorganized to focus on the lifecycle of open data — from identification to long-term maintenance. While New York's open data program is 10 years old, the report indicates the city is still figuring out how best to engage with staff on compliance and best practice, as well as make data accessible and useful to the public in the long-term. Lindsay McKenzie has more.

Happy grant season

The Department of Homeland Security last week finally published its notice of funding opportunity for the four-year, $1 billion State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. States have 60 days to submit their applications for the program, which is being overseen by CISA and FEMA. "Many state and local governments face unique challenges and deserve support when defending against cyber threats, particularly against nation-states and well-resourced cybercriminals,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on a call with reporters. Ben has more.

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