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Accessibility more important than ever

The past two years have exposed technology accessibility problems across all sectors, but especially for state governments that’ve had to make sure that employees with disabilities can stay connected to their agencies during long periods of remote work, and that vulnerable constituents can receive vital services, according to a new NASCIO publication. In it, Jay Wyant, the accessibility officer for Minnesota IT Services, said the the breakneck pace of pandemic responses gave IT officials little time to test the software they had to scale up massively and rapidly. “Accessibility remained a requirement, but there was little to no time to test or confirm," he said.   Benjamin Freed reports.

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$2 billion on the way...

North Carolina officials said yesterday they have a “unique opportunity” to close their state’s digital divide in the next three years, thanks to the infusion of billions of dollars in state and federal broadband funding. State CIO Jim Weaver said that between the American Rescue Plan and the new infrastructure spending plan, North Carolina is sitting on nearly $2 billion that could be used to achieve a goal of being a "top-five state" for internet access by 2025. Ryan Johnston has more.

FBi nabs REvil stash

The FBI in August seized approximately $2.3 million worth of cryptocurrency from a hacker affiliated with the REvil ransomware gang, according to a court filing unsealed yesterday. The money seized was derived from payments to ransomware attacks involving REvil malware — a familiar foe to many state and local agencies — between April 2019 and June 2021 in the U.S. and elsewhere. CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports.

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