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Hogan's hires

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last week signed a series of executive orders that will, among other things, add a chief data officer and chief privacy officer to the state government. The new privacy officer, the governor's office said, will be responsible for developing and implementing statewide guidelines for how agencies protect residents’ personal information, while the data officer will be responsible for drafting a “data strategic plan” for how Maryland collects and manages information about its residents. Hogan also signed an agreement with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to create a new research center at which students and faculty to work with state and local government agencies on issues related to cybersecurity. Benjamin Freed reports.

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A chance for city data

New York University’s GovLab plans to launch a new grant program this month that will give 10 local government technology officials from around the world opportunities to develop data-driven projects for their cities. The "City Incubator" program will bring the chosen officials together with a “mentor council” of technologists, private-sector executives and engineers for six months to build out their dream data projects, much like a startup incubator would allow a founder to launch a company from the ground up. The advisers include California Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro and Biden administration tech adviser Natalie Harris Evans. Ryan Johnston has details.

A streaming service smart cities

The National Science Foundation will fund research to create a “smart corridor” of internet-connected sensors and cameras within downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced on Monday. Officials said they’ll use the funding to livestream the feeds of more than 20 cameras and data-collecting sensors already in place along a 1.2 mile corridor in the city’s downtown, helping researchers study ways to improve traffic, public safety and air quality. The feed will be called Smart Corridor+, with Kevin Comstock, Chattanooga's smart-city director, saying he expects the country’s “top smart city researchers” to tune in. Sounds better than another MCU show.

Use your imagination

Building smarter and more sustainable communities often means tackling intractable issues with fresh new ideas. And attempting to solve 21st-century problems with 20th-century solutions — which is often the case in cities — isn’t going to cut it for much longer, former Palo Alto, California, CIO Jonathan Reichental writes in his latest column. Urban innovation, he writes, is about thinking differently and setting assumptions aside. Read the column.

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