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Pandemic relief was clutch for broadband

The federal pandemic relief package that passed in March has been instrumental in providing short-term broadband connectivity for states, according to a Pew Research Center study published yesterday. Pew researcher Anna Read found that 12 states have used parts of their CARES Act funds to close the broadband gap for K-12 students, while at least two have used it to serve college students. But more will need to be done. "The challenges with lack of access to broadband predated the pandemic, and they will continue after the pandemic," Read said. Ryan Johnston reports.

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From South Bend to Pittsburgh and back

In returning to South Bend, Indiana, to lead the city’s economic development, Santiago Garces told StateScoop that the college town will take a “holistic” approach to community development. Garces, who previously served as South Bend’s chief innovation officer from 2015 to January 2019, started Monday as the new director of its Department of Community Investment, following a nearly two-year stint as the top information technology official in Pittsburgh. Ryan has more.

Security experts to Trump: You're wrong.

A group of 59 computer scientists, researchers and cybersecurity experts yesterday released a letter rejecting President Donald Trump’s evidence-free claims of widespread electoral fraud as “technically incoherent” and “unsubstantiated” in the latest rebuke of Trump’s campaign to undermine public confidence in the election results. The letter's signers included the founders of DEF CON's Voting Village, videos from which Trump has repurposed to promote his baseless insistence that he didn't lose. Read more on CyberScoop.

New York and Google team up on pandemic web app

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Monday announced the launch a new web application designed to connect residents with social services including unemployment benefits, food assistance and rent and mortgage relief. The “Find Services” web app was developed by the state Office of Information Technology, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and a group of 10 Google engineers. The site is the latest product of the "Technology SWAT Teams" program, in which private-sector technologists have volunteer to develop IT components of the state’s COVID-19 response. Benjamin Freed has details.


LA County CIO says cloud is key to reimagining government services

Bill Kehoe shares how Los Angeles County set a mission goal to modernize remote work prior to pandemic. This set the county on a path to successfully maneuver remote work, cloud security and collaborative environments during the crisis. Kehoe discusses how the county is positioning its hybrid-cloud strategy in a video series on building resilience in government.   Hear more from Kehoe.

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