Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that the state’s Digital Equity (DE) Plan has been approved by the Federal government, clearing the way for the state to receive $8.2 million in Federal funding to improve high-speed internet connectivity and increase digital opportunities across the state.

Following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore last month, the state of Maryland began what is sure to be a lengthy recovery process. To help aid in that process, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore has launched a new website that will serve as a central hub for Marylanders in search of Federal, state, and local resources and programs related to the bridge collapse.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is preparing to undertake a multi-year project to replace and modernize its outdated technology systems. The DMV said the project will provide its customers with more efficient, secure, and convenient services, and will enable the agency to implement future technology advancements more efficiently.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued guidance on Wednesday that details how to protect election infrastructure from foreign malign influence operations.

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker has tapped Melissa Scott to become the city’s new chief information officer (CIO). Scott will also lead the city’s Office of Innovation and Technology.

Following fresh warnings from the Federal government that foreign hackers are targeting U.S. water systems for possible cyberattacks, two House members this week introduced legislation that would focus greater government attention on that threat.

Vanderbilt University has looked in-house for its next chief information officer (CIO) and has tapped Shane Callahan for the role.

The No Tech Criminalization in Education Coalition (NOTICE) and more than 40 other civil rights and education organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) last month calling for a ban on Federal funding for school surveillance systems that rely on algorithms and other artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled technology for predictive policing and other harmful practices.

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