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Four pandemic-spawned innovations

Over the past nine months, the pandemic tested state and local governments. But it also prompted many new innovations, as officials rushed to transition the services that they normally provide in-person — including social services, health care, hearings and city council meetings — to virtual events and digital interactions. Here are four of those innovations that stood out. Ryan Johnston breaks it down.

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Cisco backs off "smart cities"

As the pandemic forces organizations around the world to scale back operations, the technology giant Cisco is phasing out a software platform designed to digitize and manage internet-connected devices like light poles, traffic signals and trash cans. Cisco will “move away from” its Kinect for Cities software product line, a company spokesperson told StateScoop on Monday, representing a shift away from a digital platform that countless cities around the country have used to jumpstart their journeys to becoming “smart cities.” Ryan has more.

How 2020 changed state and local tech

Across states, local government and higher education, no segment of information technology was untouched by the coronavirus pandemic. Even with vaccines on the horizon, government and education sectors alike continue to grapple with the many challenges presented by 2020. In our yearend report, StateScoop reviews the year's events, including interviews with CIOs, election officials, education executives and nonprofit leaders who share what the year meant for them. Read the report.

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