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Massachusetts Governor Sets AI Strategic Task Force
Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey has signed an executive order (EO) to establish the Artificial Intelligence Strategic Task Force to study artificial intelligence and generative AI (GenAI) technologies and their impact on the state, private businesses, higher education institutions, and constituents.
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  3. Connecticut College Discloses Data Breach
    Connecticut College, based in New London, Conn., has disclosed a data security incident that was initially detected in March of last year.
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    The Texas A&M University system has rolled out the TELUS Health Student Support, a free, confidential mental health care app, for its 153,000 students.
  2. Pennsylvania Legislators Push to Make CIO a Cabinet-Level Position
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  3. D.C. Mayor Signs AI Values Strategic Plan
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    The Biden-Harris administration this week announced the creation of the AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC), which will unite more than 200 AI creators and users, academics, government and industry researchers, and civil society organizations in support of the development and deployment of safe and trustworthy AI.
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  3. CISA Launches #Protect2024 Website for Election Officials
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  6. UNLV Invests $3M in Scholarship Program for Cyber Defense
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  8. NSF Sets Regional Tech R&D Hubs With up to $1.6B Funding
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