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Former NYC CTO joins wireless broadband company 

On this week’s episode of the Priorities Podcast, former New York City Chief Technology Officer John Paul Farmer talks to StateScoop’s Ryan Johnston about his time in city government and how he’s bringing that experience to his new role at the wireless broadband provider WeLink. Farmer will serve as the company’s chief innovation officer and president of its cities division.

Farmer’s move builds on his previous work on broadband as CTO under former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. In the interview, Farmer comments on de Blasio’s successor, Eric Adams, pursuing a citywide IT consolidation effort. And as a former professional baseball player, Farmer also offers some unvarnished thoughts on new rule changes implemented by Major League Baseball.

Karen Evans, who formerly served as a White House administrator for e-government and Department of Homeland Security chief information officer, offers tips on how to prevent more than 90 percent of ransomware attacks. In a commentary for StateScoop, Evans recommends actions for state and local governments that don’t require large budgets but can prompt big results for protection.

In the news this week:

Miami city commissioners are claiming only a “basic” understanding of how the city’s arrangement with CityCoins works.

TransparentBusiness founder Alex Konanykhin is offering $1 million to any military official who arrests Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes connected to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A hacking group linked to the Chinese government has compromised at least six state government networks since last May using multiple vulnerabilities, including the Log4j tool, according to new research from Mandiant. Technology Editor Benjamin Freed stops by to talk about the discovery.

Also new this week from StateScoop & EdScoop: A special report on data & analytics.

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.