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Health scare in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health took many of its IT systems offline, including its main website, over the weekend in response to a cyberattack, the agency said Sunday night. The agency did not respond to questions about whether incident affected the agency’s COVID-19 response services, although the state’s website for booking vaccines and diagnostic testing appeared to be online this morning. Benjamin Freed reports.

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GIS group gets new boss, for now

Minnesota Geospatial Information Officer Dan Ross said he’ll temporarily head the National States Geographic Information Council as its executive director starting Jan. 5, the group announced Friday. Ross is expected to run NSGIC on an interim basis for about 120 days as the group searches for a permanent successor to Molly Schar, who announced her departure last month. Ryan Johnston has the story.

Mobile voting effort comes to D.C.

Bradley Tusk, the venture capitalist who’s funded a series of pilot projects around the country testing smartphone-based voting, is eyeing Washington, D.C., as potentially his effort’s next proving ground. Tusk’s Mobile Voting Project is planning to nudge city lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow some residents to cast their ballots using their personal devices. The organization has also hired a close ally of Mayor Muriel Bowser to lobby on its behalf. Ben has more.


Mission programs at the State Department greatly improved with data driven initiatives

Smartronix VP Jacquie Meriwether shares how data-led initiatives are helping the State Department improve the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Latin America — getting key information into the hands of the right people in order to make better decisions on mission activities. WATCH: Mission programs at the State Department greatly improved with data driven initiatives

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