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Civic tech market still heating up

Marketplace.city, a company that helps city governments find and procure technology solutions, announced last week that the four-year-old operation raised $1 million in new investments. Marketplace.city, which claims more than 200 customers worldwide, said in a press release it plans to use the new money to expand the number of city governments that use it to source their IT purchases and further develop a new in-house search tool. The company was spun off in 2017 from a project by New York City officials to help city procurement officers review tech suppliers. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Ransomware cancels class in Buffalo

Ransomware attackers appear to have taken a swipe at Buffalo, New York, Public Schools in recent days, screeching the school system’s plans for remote classes and in-person learning to a halt on Friday, CyberScoop's Shannon Vavra reports. The school system, which has been slowly returning to in-person learning plans, canceled all classes yesterday while it works to respond to the incident. The FBI, which is investigating the attack, has not found any evidence students' or teachers' personal information was exposed, Buffalo's superintendent said. Read more on CyberScoop.

New Jersey says digital divide among students is 'closed'

The New Jersey Department of Education said last week that the state has entirely closed its digital divide among students, connecting every K-12 public school student with the devices and broadband necessary to participate in digital classrooms. As of March 3, New Jersey school district data reflected that zero kids lacked a computer or internet connection, down from a number that reached 7,000 as recently as January. Alicja Johnson, the communications manager of the Schools, Health, Library and Broadband Coalition, a nonprofit broadband advocacy group, called it a "phenomenal" accomplishment. Ryan Johnston has details.


Government agencies harness RPA ‘bots’ to build capacity, improve services

Federal and state government workers are seeing the benefits of digital robots designed to streamline agency workloads and quicken the delivery of public services, according to a new survey. More than 6 in 10 federal respondents — and 4 in 10 state respondents —said their agency now uses RPA technology to facilitate work. The findings suggest that among RPA’s benefits is the ability to help budget-constrained agencies boost capacity of their existing workforce. Learn more about the findings.

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