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Ex-CIO becomes 'chief of streets'

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on Tuesday named Jascha Franklin-Hodge, a former citywide chief information officer, as her new “chief of streets,” a position that oversees the local public-works and transportation departments. In an interview, Franklin-Hodge said his new position will have a broad purview in figuring out how to make the city’s streets safer, while also optimizing the deployment of service vehicles like snow plows and garbage trucks and expanding transit options. “It all sits on a foundation of high-quality traffic services," he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Another $100M in phony unemployment

Aging computer systems may have led to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment paying out at least $103 million in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report published Monday by the state auditor’s office. It's the latest look at how much states paid to wrongful unemployment claims during the health crisis. Ryan Johnston has more.

Keep those lines open

A lack of communication between Michigan State University’s physics and astronomy department and the school’s central IT operation contributed to a 2020 ransomware attack that cost the university more than $1 million to recover from, according to recent research by a National Science Foundation-supported group. The organization, Trusted CI, concluded the two teams failed to set up a “key dialogue” through which the physics department could use some of the main IT office’s cybersecurity tools, like vulnerability scanning and intrusion detection. Emily Bamforth has the story on EdScoop.

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