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Security, cloud services and consolidating and centralizing services are top of mind for state CIOs, according to a new survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. NASCIO ranked the top ten priorities for CIOs in 2015:

  1. Security: risk assessment, governance, budget and resource requirements, security frameworks, data protection, training and awareness, insider threats, third party security practices as outsourcing increases, determining what constitutes “due care” or “reasonable”

  2. Cloud Services: cloud strategy, proper selection of service and deployment models, scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities provided "as a service" using internet technologies, governance, service management, service catalogs, platform, infrastructure, security, privacy, data ownership

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Federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are playing a central role in the government's fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, but "state and local public health departments are the nation’s first line of defense," Stateline reports. Stateline also explains how these agencies work with the CDC and which public health labs are ready to test for Ebola.

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Does your city or county excel at using best practices for 311 systems, web portal technology, telephony systems and mobile communications infrastructure? The Public Technology Institute is taking applications for its Citizen-Engaged Communities designation program, which recognizes excellence in citizen participation, seamless service delivery and democratic accountability. Applications are due Oct. 31, and designated communities will be announced in November.

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Anyone trying to justify an investment in mobility should look to the findings of a study from the Mobile Work Exchange and Citrix: Mobile-ready agencies gain three additional hours of productivity per employee, per week. Respondents cited the following benefits of having employees with access to mobile devices:

Source: Mobile Work Exchange, "State & Local Mobility Map: Road to Mobile Readiness," July 2014

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Video conferencing solutions span a vast menu of options — from $100,000 multicamera, immersive telepresence rooms to roadside Skype calls on a colleague's smartphone — and there are myriad solutions that fit every need. Making sense of all the available technology requires understanding your use case in state and local governments.

CDW's Technology Insights app now includes the Video Conferencing guide to help your organization on its video conferencing journey. Learn more by scanning the app's QR code or clicking here.

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From paper to PC, the machinery of democracy has changed through the years.

1888: Uniform ballot

Massachusetts becomes the first state to adopt a uniform ballot.

1930: Lever voting

Lever voting machines are used in nearly all major U.S. cities.

1964: Punch-cards

Punch-cards and computer tally machines debut in two Georgia counties.

1996: Direct recording electronic systems

More than 7 percent of U.S. voters use direct recording electronic systems to capture votes digitally.

2011: iPads

Oregon becomes the first to use iPads for touch-screen voting.

2014 Voting software

Clemson University develops voting software that users can download to a smartphone or tablet.

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Cities around the globe have begun to use technology to create more sustainable, resilient and livable places, according to a report from Navigant Research. Smart-city technologies such as wireless networks, sensors, data analytics and cloud computing will drive operational improvements in smart grids, water management, transportation and public safety.

 

2014$8.8 billion

2023$27.5 billion

Expected worldwide revenue from smart city technology

SOURCE: Navigant Research, "Smart Cities," July 2014

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