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Colorado names new broadband director

Colorado officials yesterday announced that Antonio Sean Martinez, a longtime federal official who held senior positions at the State, Treasury and Energy departments, will be the state's new broadband director. Martinez told StateScoop said he plans to aggressively pursue the improvement of high-speed internet service in low-income and rural communities, as the pandemic continues to expose the nation's glaring digital divides. Martinez was picked to lead the Colorado Broadband Office after its previous director, Tony Neal-Graves, was named state CIO last year. Colin Wood reports.

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A closer look at election supply chains

A new report by the Center for Internet Security aims to simplify the process for election technology vendors securing the supply chains they use in developing the products they sell to state and local officials. And though the guide had been in the works for months, its authors wrote that it takes on added relevance in the wake of the so-called SolarWinds hack. While there's no evidence any election systems were affected in that incident, the sheer amount of hardware and software used in the voting process leaves it vulnerable to similar compromises. “The election space is a lot like the rest of our technology space where the supply chain has inherent risks,” said Aaron Wilson a CIS senior director and one of the report's authors. Benjamin Freed has details.

New website goes in ????️

After three years and more than $3 million spent, the City of Austin gave up on a new government website that was supposed to be more efficient, fast and accessible than the existing site. The city began decommissioning alpha.austin.gov, the working title of a planned upgrade to the city’s current austintexas.gov website, last October due to financial constraints. While some digital services had already been migrated to the new site, city IT officials will now need to figure out how to transition them back.   Ryan Johnston has more.

Pre-pandemic foundations were essential to counties' tech success

County government technology leaders’ efforts to establish solid technological infrastructure before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic proved essential in their attempts to deliver government services digitally, winners of the 2020 LocalSmart Awards say. “When the pandemic hit, within four or five days we were able to move 5,000 employees out to full-time telework,” says Chris Cruz, CIO of San Joaquin County, California. Listen to the podcast.

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