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What to expect at NASCIO's virtual conference

Like every other large event, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' midyear conference <a href="https://preprod.statescoop.com/nascio-cancels-midyear-conference-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/">was called off</a> due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the conference's place next week, NASCIO plans to hold a series of five virtual sessions featuring its members discussing how they're participating in their states' responses to the public health crisis, how the pandemic impacts cybersecurity and what the future of government technology will look like. NASCIO will also set up an online message board in an attempt to replace the hallway conversations that would take place at an in-person conference. “We know it’s not the same, we’re not pretending that it is the same but we are trying to give people some creative outlets,” said Emily Lane, NASCIO’s program and brand director. Colin Wood reports.

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Big yikes for Utah AG's office

The Utah attorney general's office announced yesterday it is suspending a contract with a surveillance technology company following a report that the firm’s founder was once a member of a white-nationalist terror group that committed acts of anti-Semitic and racist violence. Damien Patton, whose company, Banjo, was building a surveillance network for the state government, spent part of his youth in a Ku Klux Klan chapter, OneZero magazine reported Tuesday. Banjo's technology is designed to sift through 911 calls, traffic-camera footage and social-media posts in order to build a "live-time" surveillance network for law enforcement. While Patton put out a statement renouncing and expressing remorse for his past beliefs, the Utah AG's office said it's going to order a third-party audit of Banjo to "address issues like data privacy and possible bias." Benjamin Freed explains.

State and local "p-cards" now good at 18F

To provide additional help with IT upgrades during the pandemic, 18F, the federal government’s digital services agency, announced on Tuesday that state and local governments can now use government-issued credit cards to purchase its technology design and procurement services. Using a purchase card, or “p-card,” state and local governments can pay for purchases similar to how consumers use bank-issued credit cards. States often issue p-cards to contracting officers who make repetitive, high-volume purchases like office supplies. For states and local governments dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks that are overwhelmed with unprecedented burdens on their medical and unemployment IT systems, 18F said on its website it is working “shoulder to shoulder” with in-house government employees. Ryan Johnston reports.


How agencies can meet the surges in network demands

Agency leaders are looking to provide their remote workforces with modern applications and software-as-a-service solutions, but they also need to ensure networks are equipped to meet surges in demand. IT veteran Jim Richberg explains why SD-WANs are better suited than traditional networks to handle surges and cloud-enabled applications. Hear more from the expert.

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