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New York's got a new CISO

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services yesterday said that Chris Desain, the director of the cyber incident response team in the state’s counterterrorism office, has been named CISO. Desain, who's been with the state in a variety of information security roles for about two decades, succeeds Karen Sorady, who retired last December. State CIO Angelo "Tony" Riddick announced Desain's appointment at a state-government cybersecurity conference in Albany. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Another ARP fund pays out

The U.S. Treasury announced yesterday that broadband expansion projects in four states will be the first beneficiaries of a $10 billion infrastructure fund in the American Rescue Plan. Agencies in Louisiana, New Hampshire, Virginia and West Virginia were awarded payments from the Coronavirus Capital Relief Fund, which was designed to fund infrastructure projects that directly address needs raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and is separate from the $350 billion state and local governments received, though much of that money is being used for broadband projects. Ben has details.

How are the crypto mayors doing now?

Lots of mayors across the U.S. have fallen in love with cryptocurrency. But even bitcoin has lost more than half its value, the hype has quieted a bit, but not really died down as cities are still looking to embrace crypto, even if there's not really a good use for it. “With crypto, it seems like we’ve put the cart before the horse, that mayors are looking for problems to solve,” said Tonantzin Carmona, a Brookings Institution fellow who's studied cities' newfound infatuation with bitcoin and other digital coins. "I don’t even know what they’re trying to solve.” Read more.

7 ways government is using predictive tech

Predictive technologies, in which organizations use data to identify trends and make judgements about the future, are growing in government. “You can’t predict everything, but you can get a lot better at getting anticipatory in some of these areas, whether it’s preventing deaths, preventing child abuse, but also making sure your resources are deployed toward where they’re needed most, whether they’re in the form of police officers or inspectors or social workers,” said Bill Eggers, a Deloitte consultant who advises governments on tech policies. Colin Wood has more.

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