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Disinfo was a 'game changer'

The disinformation campaigns that attempted to disrupt the 2020 presidential election should serve as a reminder to government cybersecurity officials that monitoring social media will be part of their mission going forward, Lester Godsey, the chief information security officer for Maricopa County, Arizona, said during an RSA Conference panel. “Social media disinformation and misinformation was a game changer for us,” he said. “From a government perspective moving forward, any cybersecurity team should be adding this to their portfolio of services. I think we are in a new era of additional threats and risks.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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To the cloud!

State government agencies are becoming increasingly interested in moving their services and data into the cloud, a trend that was accelerated in recent years by natural disasters and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, state officials say on a new episode of the Priorities podcast. “I think just about every agency has moved some of their workloads to the cloud,” says John Angus, deputy director of the Utah Department of Technology Services. Colin Wood hosts.

Senators reintroduce bill funding state digital services

Sens. Patty Murray and Ron Wyden yesterday introduced an updated version of legislation that would fund digital service and government modernization programs for state and local governments. The State and Local Digital Services Act would create a $100 million grant fund to create "tech strike teams" modeled after the federal government's U.S. Digital Service and 18F. The bill is an update to legislation first proposed in 2019 by Kamala Harris, then a senator from California. Ben has more.

Atlanta installs fiber for 'smart city' corridor

Atlanta has installed fiber-optic cable for a new “smart city” corridor to connect dozens of neighborhoods with an advanced communications network, according to a Thursday announcement from a vendor working with the city. The “Atlanta BeltLine” project, which aims to connect 45 neighborhoods with trails, streetcars and parks, is now home to more than 15 miles of fiber-optic cable that will be used for residential, business and public-safety infrastructure, according to Ex2 Technology, the company that laid the fiber. Ryan Johnston has details.

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