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North Carolina has new acting CIO

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that the state’s current deputy chief information officer, Thomas Parrish IV, will assume the role of acting CIO and secretary of the state’s Department of Information Technology. Parrish's promotion came a few days after Tracy Doaks, who was appointed CIO in March, left to serve as president of a broadband nonprofit. Parrish served as CIO for North Carolina’s Department of Cultural Resources from 2007 to 2014, and has been a deputy CIO at the Department of Public Safety since March, supporting the network infrastructure for 26,000 state employees. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Disinformation is election threat No. 1

Online campaigns aimed at misleading the public about the voting process, particularly the availability of mail-in ballots or tallying of votes, is the biggest digital threat to election security this year, a panel of experts told members of the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday. “It’s not just the cast and count of the vote,” said John Gilligan, the president and chief executive of the Center for Internet Security. “It’s what’s the confidence level the American public has in the system?” Later, Gilligan told StateScoop that while "misinformation and disinformation are significant concerns,” state and local election authorities have "vastly improved" their cybersecurity investments since 2016.   Benjamin Freed reports.

STIR Labs to match universities with state and local agencies

CityInnovate, the San Francisco-based civic technology nonprofit behind the Startup in Residence program, is looking to connect at least 10 state and local government agencies with their local universities to research economic recovery this fall. A program announced Tuesday, called STIR Labs, encourages state and local agencies that have research needs, whether they be economic, social or safety-based, to collaborate with nearby universities that can offer expertise and research capabilities. Already, organizers said, one university and several city and state agencies have signed on. Ryan has more.


The FCC’s CIO on maintaining agility during crisis

During the pandemic, the ability of the FCC’s IT team to keep up with the needs of the workforce at the speed of the crisis was tested. Francisco Salguero shares the FCC’s strengths and weaknesses. While its virtual desktop infrastructure allowed employees to maintain operations remotely, they saw areas to improve its crisis operations plans. How the FCC improves these plans and uses modern tech like AI and RPA assisted tools will show their ability to become “future-ready” to face new challenges. Hear more from Francisco Salguero.

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