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Designed for young adults and teenagers to easily find services that align with their identities and needs, San Jose, California's, recently-launched online directory for youth mental health services is not intended to look like a city website, a city official told StateScoop. OneSJ.org, which was announced last week, was built by a team of San Jose State University students and recent graduates, with a tag line of "for the youth, by the youth." "[We wanted to] actually just look like a normal website with trusted resources, rather than follow the same architecture, the same design," said Jordan Sun, the city's chief innovation officer. Emily Bamforth reports.

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Schools under fire

A recent survey of education IT professionals found that nearly half of all education institutions globally were targeted by ransomware in 2020, with 58% of those saying that cybercriminals succeeded in encrypting their data. The survey, published this month by the cybersecurity firm Sophos, attributed the striking trends in ransomware against education institutions to several familiar factors, including limited budgets and broad user bases that can lack for cyber hygiene. “Budgets for both IT and cybersecurity are often very tight, with stretched IT teams battling to secure an outdated infrastructure with limited tools and resources,” the report reads. Benjamin Freed has the story on EdScoop

2021 LocalSmart Awards open for nominations

StateScoop is now accepting nominations from the local government IT community for the 2021 LocalSmart Awards cycle. Back for its third year, the program honors the visionaries who transform local government to make a difference in citizens' lives. The nomination period closes Aug. 13. Make your nominations here.

Houston unveils digital 311 platform

Houston unveiled a new digital 311 system last week to make it easier for residents to file service requests and for the city to send information out, laying the foundation for the next “20 years” of government IT modernization efforts, city officials said. Officials said the new system also enables city employees to reclassify cases instead of closing and creating new cases — an annoyance of the old system — and reduces the number of duplicate cases, like a pothole that was reported by more than one person. Ryan Johnston has details.

New York awards city employees for innovation work

New York City officials on Thursday named eight city employees and teams as winners of new innovation awards given by the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. The NYC[x] awards recognized the “ingenuity and dedication” of city officials that used technology to advance the city’s use of data analytics and management, procurement processes, GIS data and digital services, among other technology efforts. Several winning projects contributed to the city's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan has more.

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