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Whenever this ends, cities need to restore trust

As cities plan their technology projects for 2021, they’re focusing more than ever on developing trust between government agencies and the residents who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, officials said yesterday. In some cases, cities have had to move “five to 10 years” ahead of schedule in deploying new tech, New York CTO John Paul Farmer said during a virtual panel hosted by the Smart City Expo World Congress. But those programs only work if they actually improve people's lives. “While we spend a lot of time talking about smart cities, a city isn’t all that smart if it isn’t accessible to everyone," Farmer said. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Thinking of the post-pandemic workforce

Providing rapid pathways for Ohio workers to job training centered around automation will help fill gaps in the state’s workforce, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, Ohio State University researchers wrote in a new report published last Friday. The report found that “technology disruptions inspired by the smart city movement will likely accelerate even more quickly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Jake Williams reports for EdScoop.

What's next for CISA?

The dust is still settling at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency after President Donald Trump fired its director, Chris Krebs. CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas reports that Brandon Wales, the agency's longtime top career civil servant, is now CISA's acting director. In an email to staff yesterday, Wales said the agency will continue to prioritize its election security efforts as states finalize and certify vote tallies. Sean has the latest.

Secretaries of state react to CISA purge

Secretaries of state who worked closely with CISA on election security over the past few years were quick to react to the White House's purge of the agency's top ranks, largely praising the nonpartisan approach that Krebs brought. While most of the reactions came from Democratic secretaries, Ohio Republican Frank LaRose also said he was sorry to see the news. "Chris Krebs has been a strong partner to me and my team, as well as state election officials across the nation, and I’m disappointed to see him go," LaRose told StateScoop. Benjamin Freed has details.


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