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Another IT report card

A new interactive map published Tuesday by the Internet Association, the trade group representing online giants like Amazon and Facebook, scores every state government’s cybersecurity, digital government and modernization efforts in an attempt to evaluate their IT readiness. States were given a score based out of a possible total of 21 points, distributed across three categories: cybersecurity, modern IT infrastructure and modernization efficiency. Minnesota, California and Florida were considered "very good," while 23 states were deemed to be "getting started." Still, Omid Ghaffari-Tabrizi, the Internet Association’s director of cloud policy, told reporters "there is no one right way to modernize." Benjamin Freed reports.

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Delaware board IDs remote-work efficiencies

An annual report issued by a Delaware government board calls on officials to improve technology across state agencies, including expansions of digital government services and remote-work capabilities. In addition to of growing digital government by reducing the number of manual transactions that residents must go through while conducting business with the state, the report called for continued investment into virtual meeting technology and electronic filing systems for the state’s judicial branch. Ryan Johnston has more details.

Election tech vendor hits back at misinformation

Voting equipment manufacturer Smartmatic on Monday sent legal notices to Fox News and other conservative media organizations threatening legal action if they do not retract stories that have promoted “false and defamatory” claims about the company and its products in the weeks following the presidential election. In the letters, Smartmatic, which has been at the center of baseless conspiracy theories promoted by President Trump and his supporters, said its employees have been the targets of death threats, similar to the harassment received by election officials around the country in the weeks since Nov. 3. Ben has more.


Ohio’s cloud smart initiative key to innovations during pandemic

Ohio CIO Ervan Rodgers says that 2020 is a major stepping-stone to the state’s innovative approach to IT. Its cloud smart initiative laid the groundwork for state agencies. During the pandemic, the state quickly released collaborative tools and AI-enabled tools to respond to citizen needs — all with security built in in the middle. It’s created an opportunity where programs ask for more technology, not less. Hear more from Rodgers.

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