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New York strategizes for AI

A new strategy guide published last week by New York City Chief Technology Officer John Paul Farmer highlights the city’s current artificial-intelligence research while proposing a future in which AI touches virtually every municipal process. The 116-page strategy is “relevant to every agency,” Farmer told StateScoop. To expand the AI use citywide, though, Farmer and Neal Parikh, Farmer's director of AI, said the city needs to modernize its data infrastructure — something that would yield “a wide range of benefits above and beyond their potential use in actual AI applications." Ryan Johnston reports.

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Report: Missouri has taken 'few steps' to improve outdated IT

On the heels of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson accusing a journalist who reported a vulnerability in a state-government website of “hacking,” it was reported Sunday that state officials have also taken “few steps” to upgrade their agencies’ outmoded technology. Aging systems, vacant cyber roles and administrative shakeups have hampered the state's technology governance, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Read more.

Five stages of vulnerability grief

“Going after security researchers with lawsuits and threats is the fastest way to weak security,” Katie Moussouris, the CEO of Luta Security and a longtime vulnerability researcher, said last week when asked about Parson claiming a reporter's discovery of a flaw in a state website constituted "hacking." Organizations that have internet-security flaws reported to them, she told StateScoop, often go through "the five stages of vulnerability response grief" — in Parson's case, anger. Benjamin Freed had the story.


Four foundations for enabling modern applications

Verizon network solutions architect Anthony Battista describes in a new podcast how four pillars of digital transformation play essential roles in modernizing state and local government IT networks — and the larger effort agencies are undertaking to upgrade or maintain more reliable support for constituent services. Listen to the interview.

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