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Satellite's gone up to the skies

When asked during a virtual event Tuesday which technologies excite them most to advance their agendas, three state chief information officers provided some unique responses. Two of the state officials — Nevada CIO Alan Cunningham and Alaska CIO Bill Smith — named low-Earth-orbit satellite as one of the technologies of interest. “We’ve been testing that and it’s passing all the tests we’re throwing at it, so that’s really exciting,” Cunningham said. Colin Wood has more.

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Top state IT innovations

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Communications modernization

To stay on top of a rise in emails, social media messages and other constituent requests amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan state legislature on Tuesday announced plans to modernize its communications management platform with software from Indigov. The new platform, which is already in use within Michigan state representatives’ offices, is now available to state senators and their staff, who said they’ve struggled to keep up with a deluge of constituent requests during the pandemic. Ryan Johnston reports.

New title, new responsiblities

When Joshua Spence saw his title change last week from West Virginia’s chief technology officer to its chief information officer, it marked a major shift in how the state plans and manages its technology. In an interview with StateScoop, Spence explained that the title change was an afterthought compared to the changes in authority that arrived to his office when Gov. Jim Justice approved the alterations in April. Most importantly among the changes, Spence’s office is now granted oversight of technology strategy across West Virginia’s departments. Colin has the story.

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