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Ohio Chief Information Officer Ervan Rodgers will step down from his role as the state’s top technology official on June 2 to take a role as vice president and CIO of Designer Brands, owner of the DSW shoe store chain, officials said on Monday. Rodgers, who became state CIO in 2019 after serving in a similar role for the Ohio attorney general's office, has said his time as state CIO, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, raised the profile of technologists in government. "IT has not only stepped up to the plate, we will have a permanent seat at the table,” he said last October. As a state official, Rodgers has also been know for injecting "O-H-I-O!" chants into his event appearances." Colin Wood reports.

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Where's that camera from?

Dozens of local governments around the United States are using Chinese-made surveillance technologies manufactured by companies with links to Beijing’s human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims, according to a report from TechCrunch. Contract documents show counties, cities and towns nationwide have purchased cameras made by two firms — Hikvision and Dahua — that are known to be major suppliers of the Chinese government’s operations in the Xinjiang province, which is home to a population that’s been subjected to repressive measures that the State Department has labeled a “genocide." Read more.

Digital services for everywhere?

Sens. Patty Murray and Ron Wyden last week introduced 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. Benjamin Freed has more.


Modernizing single sign-on for digital citizen services

State and local government agencies looking to expand digital citizen services can shorten development time of applications by integrating a platform-based single sign-on solution. Auth0’s Dean Scontras discusses how simplifying identity and access for developers will ensure a secure, seamless login experience for citizens across government services. Read more from Scontras.

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