Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has eliminated the CISO position from her cabinet. Unlike most states, which are pouring additional funding into cybersecurity, Raimondo has cut all funding from the CISO role, which was held by Mike Steinmetz since the position was created in 2017.  The CISO’s functions will be distributed among other state agencies, according to a published report.

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California’s most populous county is realizing a whopping 60 percent cost saving several months after it switched from traditional call center infrastructure to Amazon Connect’s cloud-based contact center solution.






The City of San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban law enforcement, as well as other city agencies, from using facial recognition technologies when its Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.






New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed John Paul Farmer as the city’s new Chief Technology Officer on April 23. Farmer’s first day in the role will be June 3.






As part of its push towards open data, the City of Chicago published comprehensive data on Transportation Network Providers (TNP) – commonly known as ride-hailing companies – on April 12.






The City of Atlanta announced the formation of the Chief Information Officer Advisory Board on April 17. The new board will “work with the City of Atlanta Information Management team to advance the technology strategy of the city,” according to the city.






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Kansas City Chief Innovation Officer (CInO) Bob Bennett will depart from his position to become chair of urban development think tank Cities Today Institute.






The city of Albany, N.Y., confirmed on March 30 that it was hit by a ransomware attack that affected municipal government computers.






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The city of Los Angeles will move from local to state IT infrastructure in accordance with switching its mainframe to the California Department of Technology (CDT) State Data Center mainframe.






Scooter-rental companies in Los Angeles are split over whether to comply with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) request for them to provide real-time location data for their scooters.






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