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It's garbage...but smarter

An ongoing research pilot at the University of Akron is boosting the resiliency the electrical grid in surrounding Akron, Ohio, and other nearby communities through an unusual source — data-collecting garbage trucks. J. Alexis De Abreu-Garcia, an electrical and computer engineering professor and lead researcher on the project, told StateScoop the project involves internet-connected sensors to the top of garbage trucks to collect radio frequency data from telephone poles as sanitation workers drive their weekly routes. The sensors are capable of detecting emissions coming from deteriorating pieces of electrical equipment, giving Akron and other participating cities a better picture of when it needs to be replaced. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Another state, another cyber task force

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced last week the formation of a cybersecurity task force to improve the defenses of the state government, businesses and residents. The 19-member group will meet regularly through the rest of the year with the goal of delivering a set of recommendations to Little in early 2022, with a special focus on election security, the governor's office said. Many other governors have formed cybersecurity task forces, and Little is no stranger to them: as lieutenant governor in 2015, he led a panel that recommended the hiring of a statewide cybersecurity director. Benjamin Freed has more.

Strong union, strong code

Senior leaders at civic technology nonprofit Code for America have indicated they are open to talks over potential union recognition, FedScoop's John Hewitt Jones reports. Workers at the civic-tech nonprofit, which works with dozens of state and local governments, announced last week they're seeking to organize over issues related to mental health and wellness, staff diversity and compensation of remote employees. Read more from FedScoop.


Cybersecurity in a shrinking world

National security strategist and former FBI agent Eric O’Neill talks about investigating America’s most notorious cyber spy and what federal agencies can learn from this story as they develop zero trust strategies to better secure government data. Read more here.

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