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A new push to protect election workers

A group of 32 current and former election and law-enforcement officials on Thursday announced the formation of a group aimed at tamping down threats against poll workers and voters. The new Committee for Safe and Secure Elections plan to address threats against election workers using a variety of means, including developing practices to secure physical facilities and addressing disinformation campaigns that begin online but quickly spill into the real world. Benjamin Freed reports.

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The Dobbs ruling and digital privacy

The Supreme Court's decision this morning to overturn Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood means nearly half the states will soon have near-total bans on abortion. It will also put a glaring spotlight on how the tech industry’s rampant data collection on American consumers could be weaponized in surveilling and criminalizing women who seek abortions and other reproductive health services. As Tonya Riley reported for CyberScoop last month, the leak of a draft of the decision galvanized the push for federal privacy legislation. Read more on CyberScoop.

Maryland improves website navigation with analytics data

On this week’s episode of the Priorities Podcast, Maryland Assistant IT Secretary Stefanos Ghebrehewariat says the state’s new website design is informed by the elements that “95.5%” of users were looking for. Ghebrehewariat says the new site provides easier access to resources for state workers, who drive much of the traffic. Listen to the podcast.

Guard gets a crack at defending Pentagon

The National Guard's recent Cyber Shield exercise focused on defending the Department of Defense’s networks during its premier annual cyber exercise, a departure from the last several years where it tested skills on state networks. Guard personnel don’t typically get access to work on the Pentagon's information network, so this exercise provided an opportunity to broaden their scope and work on different authorities, tools and scenarios. Mark Pomerleau reports for FedScoop.

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