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NASCIO predicts tough year ahead

In the final episode of the 2020 season of the Priorities podcast, NASCIO Executive Director and Doug Robinson and Policy Director Meredith Ward predict how the year’s events will carry over into 2021. “I definitely think that some expanded remote work is here to stay and states have really adapted to that,” she says. Meanwhile, Robinson says the budget concerns that erupted out of the pandemic may continue to constrain states' IT agendas. “There’s going to be high competition for limited amount of funds that might be available,” he says. Colin Wood hosts.

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That election, still secure

CISA Director Chris Krebs may have been fired last month for saying that the 2020 presidential election was “the most secure,” but he repeated that message yesterday to members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and defended the work done by state and local election officials. And while most of Krebs' appearance focused on misinformation and the harassment faced by election workers, he also told lawmakers that states need a "steady stream" of funding to improve their election security and administration practices. Benjamin Freed reports.

Oakland, Calif., set to ban predictive policing, biometric surveillance tools

Oakland, California, will permanently ban all government use of predictive policing and biometric surveillance tools early next year, officials said. The city council is set to adopt an ordinance that will prohibit local police from using software like like PredPol to catch criminals, a decision reached after Oakland's privacy commission realized it hadn’t yet regulated the technologies. Ryan Johnston has details.

How did your state do?

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." Ben has more.

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