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Not all upgrades are 'sexy'

Officials in Cook County, Illinois, announced yesterday the recent completion of a $25 million project upgrading tens of thousands of phone lines to a voice-over-IP system covering more than 21,000 phone lines. The five-year effort wasn't the most glamorous, County CIO Tom Lynch conceded, but it came as the county's network demands are growing and as its workforce is changing. “This one’s not sexy, it’s just good government,” he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Massachusetts CIO highlights the 'real mission in government'

With pandemic restrictions eased and more people getting back to their normal lives, Massachusetts CIO Curtis Wood told StateScoop last week that his agency is taking a comprehensive look at how the last two years have transformed government operations and service delivery. “We’ve gone back to some very basics about what is our real mission in government," Wood said at last week's NASCIO conference. Watch the interview.

Clearview AI steps back (in the private sector at least)

Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI has agreed to a ban that will prohibit it from selling its facial recognition database of more than 20 billion images to private companies. The ban is part of a settlement the company struck with the ACLU, which sued Clearview under a 2008 Illinois law that prevents organizations from using residents’ biometric identifiers without their knowledge and permission. CyberScoop's Tonya Riley has more.

Not remote forever

While some state governments have embraced permanent remote work or at least generous hybrid schedules for their employees, Virginia will no longer be one of them come July, following an executive order from Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Under Youngkin's order, Virginia state workers who want to work remotely one day per week must get approval from their agency heads, and even higher approvals if they want more days out of the office. Ben has the story.

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