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Amy Tong moves to new role

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday night that Amy Tong, the state’s chief information officer since 2016, will step down from that role and become the director of the state Office of Digital Innovation next January. The office was created in 2019 with the goal of modernizing the state’s websites and public-facing digital services.   Benjamin Freed reports.

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U. Michigan help Flint sort out its data

Researchers at the University of Michigan on Wednesday announced plans to help Flint, Michigan develop new open data standards to improve the city’s financial transparency. The university’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy will test whether implementing a new, modern fiscal reporting system, built on a software platform known as XBRL, could help decrease the likelihood of disasters like the city’s water crisis. Ryan Johnston has details.

Yes, the data was exposed

Broward County, Florida, Public Schools is in the process of sending notices to about 50,000 people that their data may have been exposed in the March 7 attack. The incident was carried out by affiliates of the Conti ransomware operation, who demanded $40 million, a sum the district refused to pay. Ben has more.

Austin mayor named to CISA council

CISA yesterday named members to a new cyber advisory panel that will make recommendations on subjects ranging from battling misinformation to gaining aid from the hacker community on national cyber defense. Among the appointees were Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Alicia Tate-Nadeau, head of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Read more on CyberScoop.


What state agencies discovered using Zoom

Zoom’s government solutions lead, Stephen Ellis shares that as unified video communications platform expanded civic engagement, state CIOs also discovered that these cloud-based communications platforms are helping them meet several of NASCIO’s ‘Top 10 IT Priorities.’ Read more from Ellis.

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