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Texas has a new CIO

The Texas Department of Information Resources announced yesterday that Amanda Crawford will take over as the statewide chief information officer. Crawford, who's been the department's executive director since February 2019, succeeds Todd Kimbriel, who retired in May. Before joining DIR, Crawford spent nearly two decades with the office of the Texas attorney general, including several years as a deputy AG overseeing a 4,000-person staff and $1 billion budget. Benjamin Freed reports.

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The camera knows if you're socially distant

The Miami-Dade County, Florida, transit system is testing an artificial intelligence-powered camera system to both track ridership levels and, as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, monitor whether passengers are practicing appropriate social distancing. The project is part of a contract that Miami-Dade Transit signed earlier this year with an analytics firm to help it measure ridership after it suspended fare collection due to the health crisis. Ryan Johnston has details.

Cities, help your businesses with cyber

Cities struggling to recover from the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic need to prioritize the cybersecurity of their small- and medium-sized business communities, a panel of cybersecurity officials and experts said on a webinar yesterday. New York City CISO Geoff Brown said that the city’s own cybersecurity literacy and training efforts need to be directed toward the community as much as they are toward city employees. Ryan has more.

Few CIO changes expected following governors' races

While 11 states held gubernatorial races last week, the results are not expected to result in much turnover for chief information officers. Party control changed in only one state — Montana, where CIO Tim Bottenfield has announced his impending retirement — while the other 10 were races won by incumbents or members of the current party in power. North Dakota CIO Shawn Riley said it's an "awesome thing" for his department that Gov. Doug Burgum will get another four years in office. But, NASCIO says, "expect surprises."

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