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Miami's crypto 'concierge' is moving on

Miami CIO Mike Sarasti said yesterday that he’s planning to leave his current role in the next few weeks. Sarasti, who has been with the city government since 2016, spent much of the past year encouraging emerging technology companies, particularly those involved in blockchain and cryptocurrency, to move to Miami. He's dubbed himself a "concierge" for the blossoming industries, and worked closely with CityCoins, the crypto organization that minted a Miami-branded token. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Maryland lawmakers debate biometrics crackdown

Maryland lawmakers yesterday held their first hearing on a bill that would set stringent privacy requirements on companies that collect biometric signifiers, including fingerprints, voiceprints, facial scans and retinal images from their customers. The bill is modeled on a 2008 law passed in Illinois that's given that state the toughest restrictions on how companies can use biometric markers, bringing out many tech- and retail-industry representatives to testify against it. Benjamin Freed has more.

The keys to success for a public sector CIO

On the latest episode of StateScoop’s Priorities Podcast, NASCIO’s Doug Robinson and former Ohio CIO Stu Davis discuss the qualities that make a good state CIO. Later in the show, Benjamin Freed speaks with Govs. Asa Hutchinson, Jared Polis and John Bel Edwards about their expectations for technology funds in last year's infrastructure spending plan. Listen to the latest episode.

Boston to invest more than $12 million in digital equity

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on Wednesday announced that the city plans to invest more than $12 million in digital equity initiatives, with the goal of providing internet to 23,000 residents and families. Wu said in a press release that the investment will be made through funds from the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund, which was signed into law last year as part of the American Rescue Plan. Ryan has the story.

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