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Obstinate N.M. county ordered to certify vote

The New Mexico Supreme Court last night sided with Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in ordering the Otero County Commission to certify the results of a June 7 primary election, which members had been refusing to do after latching on to conspiracy theories about vote-tabulation equipment. The commission now has until tomorrow to certify the results, or face a possible criminal referral that could result in members being charged with contempt or booted from office. Benjamin Freed has the latest.

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NG911 could win at auction

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee yesterday advanced an amendment that would provide $10 billion in funding for next-generation 911, moving one step closer to possibly fulfilling a longstanding wish of the public safety community. The amendment to the Spectrum Innovation Act would use proceeds from FCC bandwidth auctions to raise the money. Colin Wood has details.

Let's talk about the crypto mayors

On this week's episode of the Priorities Podcast, Ben talks with Tonantzin Carmona, a Brookings Institution fellow who's been critical of mayors that have been diving headlong into cryptocurrency schemes, despite all the financial risks and obvious market turmoil. Carmona says mayors need to account for “a level of responsibility" and do a better job explaining what issues digital assets, like bitcoin, can actually address. Listen to the podcast.


How NIWC Atlantic is approaching zero trust and trusted user policies

Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic’s Justin Hodges says cybersecurity exists to make things more secure while allowing the mission to be successful. He shares NIWC Atlantic’s approach on modernizing data storage, retention and collection, in addition to expanding access to trusted users. Watch Hodges’ full interview here.

Privacy officers on the march

The role of chief privacy officer now exists in 21 state governments nationwide, according to a new NASCIO paper. The position is growing in popularity as data-privacy considerations increasingly rise to the top of IT officials’ concerns when considering new technologies or programs, said Amy Glasscock, NASCIO’s program director for innovation and emerging issues and the report’s author. Ben has more.


Enabling Modernization with Agile Acquisitions

Maj. Chris Olsen, Military Deputy, Office of the Chief Software Officer at the U.S. Air Force and Deputy Secretary of Cybersecurity for Virginia, Alicia Andrews, join Alliance for Digital Innovation’s Director Ross Nodurft to discuss how to develop agile acquisition strategies that align with cybersecurity goals. Hear more from the leaders. 

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