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A crypto-curious CIO explains himself

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and New York Mayor-elect Eric Adams have turned heads recently for saying they'd like to take their upcoming paychecks in bitcoin and making their cities hubs for cryptocurrency enthusiasts. But for Miami CIO Mike Sarasti — who's also converting his paychecks into digital coins — it’s the thought that counts toward building goodwill with a growing crypto industry that doesn’t have it all figured out yet. “It is still new, and it’s still volatile, so when people call me all the time to ask about it, you have to create some awareness about what that is,” Sarasti said. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Maryland gets data and privacy chiefs

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday named the state’s first-ever chief data and chief privacy officers, following a pair of executive orders he signed earlier this year expanding the state’s cybersecurity governance policies. In a press release, Hogan’s office said that Laura Gomez-Martin, currently the state’s deputy chief information security officer, will serve as the privacy chief, while Patrick McLoughlin, a former head of the state's open-data program, will be the chief data officer. Both will update statewide policies and lead interagency working groups. Benjamin Freed has details.

Trickle-down cyber orders

A group of state IT officials said during an online event Wednesday that while White House directives on cybersecurity don’t explicitly apply to their governments, they try to fit some of those orders to the agencies they lead, especially if they contain good security practices. “You get these executive orders but they don’t come with any road rules for how to implement them at the state level,” New York State Chief Information Officer Angelo “Tony” Riddick said during a virtual panel hosted by the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center. “Generally we parallel federal government with regards to regulations, policies and rules.” Ben has more.

New study looks for GIS gaps in 911 systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a public-safety technology vendor are evaluating the current status of the geographic information systems technology used by the nation’s 911 systems. Mission Critical Partners, an IT provider for emergency responders, announced this week it’s working with the NHTSA to study which states and local communities need additional help “to achieve interoperable GIS data sharing nationwide.” Colin Wood has the story.

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