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Pai out. New broadband maps in.

On Ajit Pai's final full day as FCC chairman Tuesday, the commission approved new rules for internet providers reporting their coverage data as it begins the long process of redrawing its broadband service maps. The new rules modify a data-collection agreement adopted last July aimed at making the maps more accurate. Among this week's changes are new requirements for mobile carriers to submit heat maps that show the strength of their cell towers' signals. With Pai resigning upon President Joe Biden's inauguration yesterday, the FCC will soon flip to Democratic control. Meanwhile, NASCIO said last week it's planning to keep a <a href="https://preprod.statescoop.com/nascio-federal-legislative-priorities-2021/">closer eye</a> on how the commission's broadband oversight affects states. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Former New York CIO is latest to join Microsoft

Jeremy Goldberg, who spent more than a year as New York State’s interim chief information officer and also served as a key adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced last week that he’s joined Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector division, where he'll advise governments on how they use technology to address the health crisis. "Right now everything is still about COVID-19 and immediately the post-COVID landscape," he said. Benjamin Freed has more.

Data-sharing is crucial pandemic response

The rapid transition to remote work that state and local governments have had to make during the coronavirus pandemic has opened up opportunities for making data-sharing and digital tools even easier to use, a group of state and university technology officials said last week. “Services are things we provide as government agencies, but outcomes are things that they experience,” Virginia Chief Data Officer Carlos Rivero said during Cloudera’s Data Cloud Summit, produced by FedScoop. Ryan has details.


Social engineering gains momentum with cyber criminals

Cyber attackers are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis and pose a major security threat for health care organizations. According to Proofpoint’s Ryan Witt, there is an uptick in social engineering techniques as threat actors look for more compelling lures to target people. Leaders need to be more focused on security strategies which provide visibility into who is being targeted in their organization. Read more from Witt.

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