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THE FUTURE OF Security

THE FUTURE OF Security

Web Defacement, Tracing Disinformation, CIO Talks Security

The world of government cybersecurity remains volatile as cybercriminals practice digital graffiti and public officials struggle to overcome disinformation about the purpose of contact tracing.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  June 2, 2020
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Privacy Concerns Continue to Delay Contact Tracing Apps

There are software companies across the nation working to develop contact tracing applications to help track and stop the spread of the coronavirus. But privacy concerns slow down development and implementation.

By Omar L. Gallaga, Austin American-Statesman  |  June 1, 2020
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Alabama Contact Tracing App Developers Assure Privacy

The Birmingham-based company has partnered with Google to develop a contact tracing app that doesn’t collect personal data, track the device location or even share case information with local health agencies.

By Dennis Pillion, Alabama Media Group  |  May 29, 2020
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Arkansas Unemployment Data Breach Releases Resident Info

An unemployment benefits website run by the Arkansas state government suffered a large data breach that left the personal information of thousands of applicants exposed, state officials confirmed.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  May 21, 2020
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States and Cities Tackle a Multitude of Cybersecurity Concerns

The pandemic has generated another round of work by states to craft some kind of tracking app that doesn’t violate privacy rules. Meanwhile, policymakers have turned their attention to cybercrimes and surveillance.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  May 19, 2020
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Election Officials Worried About Online Voting Risks

As governments struggle to adapt to the election challenges surrounding COVID-19, a number of states have launched Internet voting pilots. But many experts argue that these programs could easily be co-opted by malicious actors.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  May 18, 2020
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The Lack of Women in Cybersecurity Leaves the Online World at Greater Risk

Women are underrepresented in technology fields, but especially so in cybersecurity. It's not just a matter of fairness. Women are better than men at key aspects of keeping the internet safe.

By Nir Kshetri, Professor of Management, University of North Carolina – Greensboro  |  May 18, 2020
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State Lawmakers Value Corporate Money Over Consumer Privacy

Even though numerous consumer and civil rights organizations opposed it, a California bill about facial recognition technology use only had a single organization support it: Microsoft. The bill passed in an 8-3 vote.

By John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle  |  May 11, 2020
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Boston Is Considering a Ban on Facial Recognition Technology

Boston city council members introduced an ordinance that would ban the city government from using the technology. The ACLU hopes to pass the ordinance before the existing surveillance network is renewed on May 14.

By Jackson Cote, MassLive.com  |  May 7, 2020
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Calif. Internet Privacy Deadline Complicated by Coronavirus

Businesses must comply with the new data security law by July 1, but many employers’ priority is simply to keep financially afloat until then. California’s AG is undeterred and committed to keeping to the deadline.

By Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle  |  May 6, 2020
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Governments Must Also Combat Coronavirus Infodemic

Disinformation of all different stripes is still a persistent problem when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis. Increased reliance on social media and spiking Internet use have helped fuel these campaigns.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  May 5, 2020
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