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Digital equity, a love story

The Colorado Digital Service agency on Wednesday shared a series of frameworks and exercises designed to showcase its digital equity efforts, as well as guide other digital service agencies interested in amplifying the voices of people with different experiences. The playbook is a “labor of love" that’s expected to expand as time goes on and as new civic technologists are hired, the agency said.   Ryan Johnston reports.

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Paying down the (technical) debt

Colorado CIO Tony Neal-Graves said this week that he sees the federal stimulus funding currently being doled out to states as a prime opportunity to begin erasing decades of technical debt, which has been estimated to be worth at least $465 million. “For a variety of reasons, we have a lot of legacy equipment,” Neal-Graves told StateScoop. Colin Wood has more.

Looking for 'realistic' projects

Cook County, Illinois, CIO Tom Lynch said this week he's been looking for "shovel-ready projects" as spending from the American Rescue Plan begins. Speaking to the National Association of Counties, Lynch said his county, the nation's second-biggest, is getting ready to start spending the $1 billion it received from ARP, including $6.3 million tagged for digital-equity improvements. Benjamin Freed has more.

Criminal crypto crackdown

The U.S. government is intensifying efforts to combat the criminal use of cryptocurrencies as federal prosecutors continue to target the business models and logistics of cybercrimes such as ransomware, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said yesterday at the Munich Cyber Security Conference. Monaco said a National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team the Justice Department formed last year is now up to a dozen prosecutors and just got its first director.  AJ Vicens reports for CyberScoop.

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