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Can Silicon Valley stop fires in its backyard?

In the face of a historic regional drought, officials in Palo Alto, California, are leaning on neighboring academic and private-sector technological expertise to improve their preparedness for wildfires. It’s only a matter of time before an “inevitable” blaze hits the area, Cal Fire officials said in 2018. Now, Ken Dueker, the city's director of emergency services wants nearby Stanford University and Silicon Valley firms to pitch in. “I’m interested in how we can have the world of research intersect with the world of high-tech startups and the world of government first responders," he said. Ryan Johnston reports.

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California AG to hospitals: report those cyberattacks

Citing what he said where “multiple unreported ransomware attacks” against health care facilities, California Attorney General Rob Bonta last month issued a memo reminding the state’s medical sector that it’s required to report data breaches and other cyber incidents to his office. The bulletin, issued Aug. 24, came at a time when COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are ticking up across the state as the delta variant continues its surge, and as the global health sector continues to face ongoing threats from ransomware actors seeking to take advantage of a health crisis. Benjamin Freed has more.

Judge tosses lawsuit over New York school district's facial-recognition plan

A judge in Albany ruled that a December 2020 law suspending the use of facial recognition in schools rendered moot a case seeking stopping the Lockport City School District, located in a Buffalo suburb, from using the controversial surveillance tech. The law curbs facial recognition until at least July 2022, and ordered the New York State Education Department to work with IT officials on a report about the controversial surveillance tech. Ben has the story.


The ‘Big Bang’ of USAF application modernization

Former U.S. Air Force software chief Nicolas Chaillan spoke during a panel session at the 2021 Public Sector Innovation Summit about how an open source software container platform helped deploy software services on the U-2 in less than two weeks. Read more highlights from the panel.

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