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Media industry loses another one

Washington officials announced Thursday that Ralph Johnson, currently the CISO for NantMedia, a newspaper holding company that owns the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, will be the new statewide CISO. Johnson, who had previously worked as the top information security official in Los Angeles County and King County, Washington, fills a gap at Washington Technology Solutions left in March by the departure of former state CISO Vinod Brahmapuram. Johnson's move will also reunite him with Washington CIO Bill Kehoe, who previously served as CIO in both counties. Benjamin Freed reports.

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North Carolina expands medical record access to improve prison care

North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety — and its Department of Adult Corrections, to be launched next year — will soon gain access to the state’s health information exchange, the state’s technology office announced Thursday. With access to NC HealthConnex, clinicians working at North Carolina’s 55 correctional facilities will be able to view important health information — including current medications, lab results, diagnostics, allergies and more — for the state’s population of roughly 30,000 incarcerated people, officials said. Lindsay McKenzie has more.

Nevada advances on broadband expansion, despite state law

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is administering the BEAD broadband grant program, wants municipal broadband providers to have access to these funds. But 17 states have laws limiting the expansion of municipal broadband networks. While the NTIA is encouraging these states to relax laws prohibiting municipal broadband networks, some, like Nevada, are not pursuing any changes in state law, said Brian Mitchell, director of Nevada’s broadband office. The state is, however, engaging with local communities as much as possible, including through bi-monthly meetings with community-led broadband teams.   Lindsay has details.

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