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'Starting over' with remote work

The coronavirus pandemic forced municipal governments around the country to expand their remote workforce rapidly, but county officials said last week that the learning curve will help them make smarter technology decisions in the future. “I think we’re going to start over,” Mike Lynch, Boston's broadband director, said during a webinar hosted last week by the Public Technology Institute. “This COVID-19 experience has taught us that civic engagement is going to need a lot of remote platforms." Lynch said his city is considering cancelling procurements that went out before health crisis — such as one for a new legislative information management system — in favor of projects compatible with remote tools, like virtual private networks and video conferencing services. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Smart cities group announces $75 million technology program

A collaborative effort between Qualcomm, the investment firm JLC Infrastructure and the civic technology consulting group Ignite Cities will invest more than $75 million in smart technology deployment in cities around the country, the companies announced on Monday. JLC Infrastructure, an investment firm tied to transportation and utility infrastructure in cities around the country, will allocate the money to help cities offset the cost of deploying technologies like “smart” LED lighting or public Wi-Fi, according to George Burciaga, a managing partner at Ignite Cities. "It was time to refresh our infrastructure,” Burciaga said. Ryan has more.

It's not just Voatz

An online voting platform being used in a few races this year — including West Virginia's primary today — has been found to be vulnerable to hacking that could expose or manipulate how a person’s ballot was cast without being detected by either voters or officials tallying results, according to a paper published Sunday by a pair of influential election-security experts. Along with West Virginia, Delaware is also planning to use the platform, OmniBallot, as an option for active-duty military members, other overseas residents and voters with physical disabilities. But according to the paper, OmniBallot's software “is vulnerable to vote manipulation by malware on the voter’s device and by insiders or other attackers.” Benjamin Freed reports.


Remote Workforce — A StateScoop & EdScoop Special Report

Amid the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, government and universities made the rapid transition to telework. Now, as those same entities look toward whatever the future holds, remote work might just be here to stay. In this report, StateScoop and EdScoop reporters explore how government agencies have maintained resiliency, highlight CIO takeaways from the pandemic and look at how governments and universities will move forward. See the full report.

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