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.
Washington Governor Names Wheeler to Head Broadband Office
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Aaron Wheeler to serve as director of the Washington State Broadband Office (WSBO) within the state’s Department of Commerce.
Utah Public Schools Bringing AI Into K-12 Classrooms
The Jordan School District – one of the largest districts in Utah – is partnering with SchoolAI to bring generative AI technologies into classrooms for personalized one-on-one tutoring, guidance, and support.
Feds Warn of Chinese Hack Into US Critical Infrastructure
Feds Warn of Chinese Hack Into US Critical Infrastructure Federal agencies called on all organizations today to urgently implement a series of cybersecurity actions after discovering that a Chinese-based hacking group has compromised the IT environments of multiple U.S. critical infrastructure organizations – with the end goal of a future cyberattack.
Tech Companies Vow to Combat Deceptive Use of AI in 2024 Elections
A group of 20 leading technology companies signed a pact at the Munich Security Conference Friday to help combat the use of harmful AI-generated content, such as deepfakes, meant to deceive voters in the 2024 elections.
CoSN Reports top Hurdles, Tech, Accelerators for K-12 in 2024
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released its 2024 global Driving K-12 Innovation report, which highlights hurdles, accelerators, and tech enablers impacting education innovation.
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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Texas A&M University System Rolls Out Student Mental Health App
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.
Pennsylvania Legislators Push to Make CIO a Cabinet-Level Position
Two Pennsylvania state senators are backing legislation aimed at elevating the chief information officer (CIO) of the commonwealth to a cabinet-level position.
D.C. Mayor Signs AI Values Strategic Plan
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into effect last week an order that outlines how her administration plans to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) solutions - aligned with D.C.’s values - in government services to better serve Washingtonians.
Ala. Gov. Ivey Signs EO for Responsible GenAI Use
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed an executive order (EO) that will create a task force to recommend policies for the responsible and effective use of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) technologies in state executive-branch agencies.
White House Launches First-Ever AI Safety Consortium
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.
Senators Unveil Framework for Improving State UI Tech
Senate Finance Committee leadership released a bipartisan framework of legislation on Feb. 8 that would make key improvements to the nation’s unemployment insurance (UI) system, including the implementation of new technology.
CISA Launches #Protect2024 Website for Election Officials
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has officially launched its new #Protect2024 website that aims to help state and local election officials across the country ensure a safe and secure election process.
ISL Report Finds Privacy Risk Divide in K-12 Schools
A new report from the nonprofit Internet Safety Labs (ISL) finds significant disparities in K-12 school technology practices that impact privacy, especially in low-income schools and schools with majority black or indigenous students.
Maria College Opens Extended Reality Healthcare Hub
Maria College, a private college in Albany, N.Y., announced the opening of its new Center for Academic Innovation (CAI), which includes more than 1,000 square feet of extended reality (XR) technologies to train students in nursing, anatomy and physiology, and human biology.
UNLV Invests $3M in Scholarship Program for Cyber Defense
Thanks to $3 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will launch a new scholarship program for cyber defense students.
Education, Library Stakeholders Urge Updates to FCC’s Cybersecurity Plan
A coalition of education and library stakeholders has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its $200 million Cybersecurity Pilot Program and is urging the commission to take additional steps and modify the proposed program.
NSF Sets Regional Tech R&D Hubs With up to $1.6B Funding
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced this week the establishment of the first-ever NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines), awarding 10 teams a potential $1.6 billion over the next decade.
N.J. Names new State Chief Innovation Officer
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that Dave Cole will serve as the state’s new chief innovation officer. In this role, Cole will lead the New Jersey Office of Innovation, with the goal of driving innovation in the state, as well as improving the design and delivery of policies and services to the state's residents, businesses, and institutions.
NYC Continues ‘War on Trash’ With new Data-Driven Models
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has unveiled new anti-trash technology as part of the next phase of the city’s “war on trash.”