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Government officials have expressed mounting concerns for how the COVID-19 virus could diminish voter turnout during the 2020 presidential election. As a partial solution, a handful of states have turned to Internet voting pilot programs: New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia have all recently launched pilots, most of which are limited in scope and focus mainly on alleviating barriers for disabled and overseas voters.

Some budding dancers once practicing a kick ball change in the studio are learning from home through online video, while music students are being taught songs and scales by their teachers via computer.

In the weeks since the coronavirus has spread throughout the country, hundreds of older coders proficient in COBOL, .net, Linux and other languages have come out of retirement or otherwise stepped forward to help.

In this exclusive interview, Mississippi CIO Craig Orgeron and CISO Jay White offer their perspectives on how technology and security are shaping the response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Communications Commission authorized over $7.5 million in funding over ten years to expand rural broadband in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, and Oklahoma. These investments will connect over 3,100 unserved rural homes and businesses. Providers will begin receiving the funds later this month.

Microsoft and UnitedHealth Group are launching a free smartphone app that businesses and employees can use to digitally screen for COVID-19 symptoms and clear those who can return to work. 

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.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy, Waterloo’s Music Hill School, teachers from the Quad City Symphony and Orchestra Iowa’s school are all providing virtual lessons. Most students receive their billing directly from the music school or reimburse the teacher through Paypal or Venmo.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has inspired the birth of new state broadband programs, but it has also raised questions about funding and the longer term future for other programs aimed at bolstering connectivity.

House Bill 368 would create a group of state-level penalties for illegal hacking and other cybercrimes. The bill would also allow victims to file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation from convicted hackers.


Printed from the website on June 03, 2020 at 8:56pm.