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The first Apple-Google tracing app is here

Virginia officials yesterday announced the release of the first statewide mobile app to trace the spread of COVID-19 using the Bluetooth-based interface developed jointly by Apple and Google. The app, called Covidwise, runs on the Exposure Notifications API that the two tech giants released in May for state and national health agencies to use in their efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic. The state can't require residents to install the app, but Gov. Ralph Northam encouraged as many as possible to download it. "It doesn’t rely on GPS or your personal information, and while we want everyone to download it, it is voluntary," he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Hawaii gets $6 million for connected car study

A new partnership between the Hawaii Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the University of Hawaii and several transportation technology companies will transform a section of Honolulu into a $6 million, four-year long connected-vehicle data laboratory, the university announced on Tuesday. Operating on a five-mile stretch of road in the city that covers 34 intersections, the pilot project will install technology that tracks how many cars, bicyclists and pedestrians that pass on the streets and sidewalks, as well as how fast and what type of vehicles are passing through. Ryan Johnston reports.

Top voting vendor comes around on vulnerability disclosures

Election Systems & Software, the biggest vendor of U.S. voting equipment, on Wednesday announced a policy to work more closely with security researchers to find software bugs in the company’s IT networks and websites, CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas reports. “Hackers are going to hack, researchers are going to research, whether or not there’s a policy in place,” Chris Wlaschin, ES&S’s vice president of systems security, told CyberScoop. The policy allows researchers to probe ES&S’s corporate systems and public-facing websites, but not the election systems in place at jurisdictions around the country, which are subject to different testing regimes.   Read more on CyberScoop.

North Carolina Gov. Cooper names acting CIO

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that the state’s 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.   Parrish is North Carolina's third CIO this year.

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