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New York's new cyber center

New York State opened a new security operations center in Brooklyn yesterday to coordinate state and local cybersecurity activities. “We can’t expect cities and counties to go it alone,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said, adding that the new facility was inspired partly by post-9/11 counterterrorism polices. While the center's been planned for "a while," Hochul also suggested its opening was moved up amid Russia’s actions against Ukraine and escalating tensions with the United States. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Virginia CIO makes early exit

Less than a month after being named by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin as the commonwealth’s new chief information officer, Phil Wittmer is stepping down, StateScoop confirmed Tuesday. Youngkin named Wittmer, formerly Kansas’ chief information technology officer, as Virginia’s top IT official on Jan. 21, succeeding Nelson Moe. In a private message to StateScoop, Wittmer declined to comment on the decision. Colin Wood has the story.

Technology alone can’t fix state unemployment systems

Technology can help fix unemployment systems, but a full reboot will require a careful examination of states' fundamental strategies, including a renewed commitment to users' experience, Scott Jensen, the former head of Rhode Island's labor department, writes in a new commentary. We've become familiar with Jensen's own example: Early in the pandemic, with his state's unemployment system buckling under extreme demand, Jensen's team looked to the Domino's Pizza Tracker as a model of digital service. Read the full column.

New Orleans mayor wants to overturn facial recognition ban

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell last week requested an ordinance to reverse the city’s ban on using facial recognition, just over a year after implementing it. A recent string of shootings and robberies led Cantrell to support a full reversal of the ban, which the city implemented after the New Orleans Police Department admitted to using facial recognition technology after years of denying that the city owned any such technology. Ryan Johnston has details.


Enacting data strategies for better state and local decision-making

The exponential increase in the availability and demand for authoritative data for state government agencies has prompted state leaders to put greater emphasis on making sustained access to government data a key priority. Executive Franklin Williams discusses how leaders can successfully leverage data programs to improve interagency communication and collaboration to drive better outcomes on behalf of the people that they serve. Hear more from Williams.

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