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Cops flop disclosure drop

The first round of disclosures about the use of surveillance technology by the New York Police Department under a city law adopted last year left many of the privacy-rights and civil-liberties advocates who pushed for the law’s passage unsatisfied. Among other criticisms, the New York Civil Liberties Union accused the NYPD of taking a “lazy copy-and-paste approach” that repeated language across the 36 draft policies it released, sometimes without even bothering to describe the correct system. “The NYPD shows a complete lack of serious engagement on the bias of these technologies,” said Daniel Schwarz a privacy and technology strategist with the group. Benjamin Freed reports.

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This is still happening

Despite Washington, D.C., health officials saying Thursday that fixes had been made to a COVID-19 vaccine registration portal that left people struggling to schedule appointments, the challenges returned Friday morning, frustrating tens of thousands of residents who tried to log on. The situation repeated again on Saturday, when the city opened an eligibility window to make up for people who were put out by Thursday's failure. Among the latest errors: users being redirected from the vaccine site to the city government's Office365 platform. Ryan Johnston has more.

New Jersey launches child services data portal with Rutgers U.

With help from Rutgers University, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families launched a new data dashboard this week featuring key metrics such as the number of children who are being abused in foster care and how many children are receiving services from the state. The NJ Child Welfare Data Hub was designed to improve accountability and transparency of the services offered through its Children’s System of Care, drawing on information from numerous sources, including the state’s child protection and education agencies, and the federal government. Colin Wood has details.


How open technology and process help the public sector innovate

The investments agencies have made over the last year in cloud infrastructure promise faster, more agile and more secure applications. But in addition to the infrastructure, leaders should look to cloud-native application development — using open source code — to add greater speed to software production and delivery lifecycles for both new and existing applications. Read more from Red Hat.

How states are using data to manage cybersecurity risk

States are increasingly using data to improve how they address their biggest problems, including their biggest problem: managing cybersecurity risk. On StateScoop’s Priorities podcast, West Virginia Chief Technology Officer Joshua Spence outlines the state’s recent efforts to prioritize its cyber risk, a project that begins with an understanding that the job of government IT security officials is never complete. “Pretend I’m the fire marshal and ask me if the building’s fireproof,” he says. "We put in preventative measures to prevent fire and we put in responsive measures should fire occur." Listen to the podcast.

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