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And the winner is...municipal broadband

Municipal broadband had a big night Tuesday, when voters in multiple cities, including Chicago and Denver, approved referendums that could result in the creation of city-owned broadband networks. In Denver, residents voted to opt out of a Colorado state law that prohibits municipalities from investing in or building their own broadband network. Meanwhile,  Chicagoans voted in favor of the city pursuing broadband internet connectivity for all residents. Ryan Johnston has details.

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Two new state CIOs appointed

The governors of Colorado and Delaware yesterday announced that their respective states’ interim chief information officers will take over those roles on a full-time basis, officials in both states said. In Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis appointed Tony Neal-Graves to lead the state Office of Information Technology, while Delaware Gov. John Carney, who was re-elected Tuesday, said Jason Clarke will continue to lead that state's Department of Technology and Information. Benjamin Freed reports.

Remember this one?

The Georgia Democratic Party this week sued Gov. Brian Kemp and one of the governor’s top aides over unfounded accusations that Kemp made in 2018, while he was serving as secretary of state, that Democrats had “hacked” the state’s voter registration database. The lawsuit stems from a pair of press releases Kemp published while he was running for governor that claimed Democrats were “under investigation for possible cyber crimes” just days before the election. In actuality, an independent researcher had found major security holes in the voter database, and alerted lawyers who in turn tried to inform Kemp's office. The suit seeks to have the press releases, which are still online, removed. Ben has more.

How COVID-19 forced California to secure a new kind of workforce

In an interview conducted during CyberWeek, Los Angeles CISO Timothy Lee explained how the pandemic forced his city — and other governments across California — to rethink the security frameworks they establish for their workforces. Speaking with StateScoop Associate Publisher Jake Williams, Lee discussed enabling and securing the remote workforce with modern authentication tools and ensuring the security of "smart city" initiatives. Watch the video interview.

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