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Form a collective

State and local governments should band together and build a “collective defense” to improve their resiliency against threats like ransomware, former NSA Director Keith Alexander said yesterday during an online panel discussion. “For too long, we’ve had everyone working by themselves and everyone’s getting defeated,” Alexander said. And former Kentucky CIO Charles Grindle, now an AWS government adviser, said the $350 billion in state and local aid in the recent federal pandemic recovery act will help state and local officials "shore up those vulnerabilities and position their organizations for the future." Benjamin Freed reports.

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Stay classy, Wi-Fi

San Diego is expanding its free Wi-Fi program to 300 more locations around the city, following a new order Mayor Todd Gloria issued this week to close the city’s 53,000-household digital divide. The $500,000 expansion of the city’s existing connectivity program, called “SD Access 4 All,” will also provide 900 new mobile hotspots and several hundred laptops that residents can check out at libraries around the city. Ryan Johnston has more.

New Jersey, Rutgers U. choose vendor for CAV testing facility

Rutgers University’s transportation center on Thursday selected a vendor to design a “smart mobility” testing ground that state and local agencies plan to use for connected and autonomous vehicle research. The university’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation will work with Iteris, a company that develops traffic-measuring sensors and software, to design and implement a vehicle test site. Ryan has details.

Black CIOs share stories of pandemic accomplishments

Eight Black state chief information officers joined a virtual roundtable Wednesday to share how they landed in their jobs and how they’ve navigated public service and the tech industry, while also steering their governments through the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is long overdue,” said Ohio CIO Ervan Rodgers, who moderated the discussion. Hear more from the conversation.

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