Thursday, October 31, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration Announces the Commonwealth’s First-Ever Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program Awards

Baker-Polito Administration Announces the Commonwealth’s First-Ever Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program Awards
42,000 employees from 94 municipalities and public school districts will receive cybersecurity awareness training to better detect and avoid cyber threats

WORCESTER– Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Technology Services and Security Curt Wood joined legislative, municipal and public school officials to announce $250,000 in grants awarded to 94 municipalities and public school districts across the Commonwealth to provide critical cybersecurity awareness training for over 42,000 employees to better detect and avoid cyber threats. Lt. Governor Polito addressed the group of award recipients at Worcester City Hall to mark the end of October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Employees in communities participating in the program will receive interactive online training in topics ranging from email security to USB device safety. Employees will also receive simulated phishing emails. Phishing is a growing threat in local government in which an attacker seeks to influence the employee to take an action that may be harmful to the organization, by masquerading as a trusted entity.

“Raising awareness of the challenges posed by cyber threats is an important strategy for the Commonwealth’s communities to best train and equip its employees with the tools needed to defend against cyber threats,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are pleased to collaborate with our partners in local government to understand how we can better protect our communities.” 

“Cybersecurity is a critical issue for Massachusetts communities and schools who face cybersecurity threats but sometimes lack the resources to prepare for and combat them,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These first-ever cybersecurity grant funds are a crucial tool to complement the over $9 million in funding for municipal IT infrastructure projects through the Community Compact program in providing Massachusetts communities and schools the resources and tools they need to combat cyber threats.”

The grant funding was included, in part in the Fiscal Year 2019 operating budget passed by the Legislature and matched by the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security to ensure as many communities and schools could participate in the cybersecurity training as possible.

In June 2017, Governor Baker filed legislation through the Article 87 government restructuring process under the Massachusetts Constitution to establish the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security as the cabinet-level lead information technology organization in the Executive Branch.

The Executive Office of Technology Services and Security began deployment of annualized cybersecurity awareness training for Executive Branch employees to better detect and mitigate cyber threats at the state level in 2018. The training will be enhanced year-over-year to account for evolving trends in cyber threats.

In April 2019, Governor Baker filed a $1.1 billion bond bill that includes $600 million in information technology (IT) infrastructure funding. $140 million of the funds are dedicated to further enhance the cybersecurity of the Commonwealth’s digital assets including the standing up of a new Security Operations Center.

“Cyberattacks are an emerging and increasing threat to communities across the Commonwealth and the nation,” said Secretary of Technology Services and Security Curt Wood. “By strengthening our communities’ cybersecurity posture, we are preparing municipal and school employees to better detect and defend against cyber threats.”

“Failure to proactively defend against cybersecurity threats in today’s digital world puts both the city and its residents at risk,” said Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus. “This is why training city staff to follow best practices and to be vigilant in the prevention of online attacks is so critical. We are grateful that the State is taking this issue seriously and we will continue to work together to keep our community safe.”

“In the wake of growing concerns relative to data privacy, security and increased threats, we are taking action to improve the Commonwealth’s preparedness within the cyber space,” said Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), who served as Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Cyber Security Readiness.  “These efforts complement a national conversation and need for resources to support cybersecurity readiness.  I commend the Administration for taking an active role in working to better prepare our schools and municipalities for these very real threats.”

Employees to Receive Cyber Training
Abington Public Schools
School only
Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
School only
Town of Agawam
Town only
City of Amesbury and Amesbury Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Amherst
Town only
Town of Ashland and Ashland Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Auburn
Town only
Town of Bedford and Bedford Public Schools
Town and School
Belmont Public Schools
School only
Town of Berlin
Town only
Town of Boylston
Town only
Town of Braintree and Braintree Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Brewster
Town only
Town of Bridgewater
Town only
Town of Burlington and Burlington Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Carlisle and Carlisle Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Carver and Carver Public Schools
Town and School
Southern Worcester County Regional School District
School only
City of Chelsea and Chelsea Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Danvers and Danvers Public Schools
Town and School
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
School only
Dedham-Westwood Water District
Town only
Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts
School only
Town of Eastham
Town only
Town of Easton
Town only
Town of Edgartown
Town only
Framingham Public Schools
School only
City of Gloucester
Town only
Town of Granby and Granby Public Schools
Town and School
Greenfield Public Schools
School only
Town of Halifax
Town only
South Shore Regional Vocational Technical School District
School only
Town of Holbrook and Holbrook Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Holden
Town only
Town of Holliston and Holliston Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Hopkinton and Hopkinton Public Schools
Town and School
Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District
School only
Town of Lancaster
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City of Leominster and Leominster Public Schools
Town and School
Town of Leverett
Town only
Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District
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Lincoln Public Schools

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Rory Kelleher,九点医疗系统工程主任蔡宗涵,新英格兰玉山科协
副会长苏皓玮,MGH临床资料科学中心主任Mark Michalski
Luminopia Health 数位长吴建汉。(周菊子摄)
(Boston Orange 周菊子剑桥市整理报导) 新英格兰玉山科技协会 (MJNE)日前在麻省理工学院举行2019年会,邀得8名医药、创投界专家与汇聚而来的120多名出席者,就会议主题医疗业人工智慧 以数据做医疗价值驱动力 ( A.I. in healthcare – Data as the driver of healthcare value)做深入探讨。
左起 玉山副长苏皓玮主持第一场座谈,与谈人依序为
 Rory Kelleher, , Mark Michalski, 蔡宗涵。(周菊子摄)
麻省总医院(MGH)临床资料科学中心主任Mark Michalski,九点医疗(NinePoint Medical)系统工程主任蔡宗涵,NVIDIA 医疗区域业务经理 Rory Kelleher在早上分别就临床、应用和基础建设这三个不同层面,阐述资料是如何堆叠累积,再透过不同的人工智慧演算法,来实现预测、分类、标记等不同的功能应用,以及藉由使用人工智慧做平行运算,可以如何提升运算效率、节省能源。他们还就人工智慧如何改变医疗的实际执行分享各自的经验,包括让机器利用大数据做深度学习,藉以辅助诊断,既有更快速,精准的效率,可减少医师及相关人员工作量,降低服务价格等优点,却也同时有数据资讯一旦偏颇,检验甚至可能造成大误失等风险。
Baker & McKenzie律师Chia-Feng LuVertex制药的生物识别主任凌美秀,下午就医疗业人工智慧的安全性与法令规章,分别做阐述,说明。
Chia-Feng Lu主要是介绍美国联邦政府食品药品管理局(FDA)如何规范医疗业内的人工智慧应用,以及个别重点州关於资料隐私、安全的规定,概念缘由。
吴建汉,Drew Volpe ,Ian Chiang。(周菊子摄)
会议的最後一场座谈,主题是业界传奇:在医疗保健业用人工智慧创造价值(Tales from the Road: Value creation using AI in healthcare)”,由新英格兰玉山科协理事暨丰川资本 (FC capital) 副总裁张邵聿主持,与谈人包括Luminopia Health 数位长吴建汉(Hank Wu)First Star Venture创始人兼执行合夥人Drew Volpe Flare Capital Partners执行长Ian Chiang。他们在问答中,分享如何验证商业模式、确定投资人出款意愿,以及资料独特性等创业者在执行层面会遭遇,需要考虑的许多议题。
讲者NVIDIA的Rory Kelleher,一名与绘者,MGH的Mark Michalski,吴建汉。(周菊子摄)

Monday, October 28, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Housing Choice Bill in Quincy

Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Housing Choice Bill in Quincy
Local leaders endorse legislation that aims to support communities statewide in their goals to increase new housing production

QUINCY – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Janelle Chan joined Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, Jimmy Liang of Fuji Restaurant Group, Dolly Di Pesa of Di Pesa and Company and other local leaders to highlight An Act to Promote Housing Choices, legislation filed by Governor Baker in February that calls for targeted zoning reform to advance new housing production in Massachusetts and support the Administration’s goal to produce 135,000 new housing units by 2025.

“Our Commonwealth faces a housing shortage that threatens the future of the families and innovative companies driving our remarkable success,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “In order to build the amount of housing we need to stabilize rents and home prices, we must pass An Act to Promote Housing Choices so communities can deliver critical projects with majority support.” 

“Century-old zoning laws pose a major obstacle to building adequate, affordable housing for residents,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Our administration will continue to work closely with local leaders to leverage every tool at our disposal to promote the production of housing across the Commonwealth, so more communities like Quincy can continue to grow and succeed.”

Today’s event in downtown Quincy celebrated the City’s efforts to promote transit-oriented housing and development, in order to ensure that Quincy continues to grow and remains affordable to residents of all income levels. According to The Boston Foundation, Quincy was one of just 15 municipalities that together obtained more than half of the Commonwealth’s building permits between 2013 and 2017, making the City a leader in tackling the statewide housing crisis, which is particularly acute in Boston and neighboring communities like Quincy. These efforts earned Quincy designation as a Housing Choice community, in recognition for the city’s success in adopting best practices and increasing the housing stock by more than 3% over the last five years.

The Housing Choice legislative proposal will enable cities and towns to adopt certain zoning best practices related to housing production by a simple majority vote, rather than the current two-thirds supermajority. While this legislation will lower the voting threshold to change zoning for all communities in the Commonwealth, it does not require cities and towns to make any of these changes. With the proposed simple majority threshold, municipalities that pursue rezoning efforts including those enabling transit-oriented or downtown-oriented new housing, would gain approval if they achieve more than 50 percent of the vote, as opposed to the current super majority of more than 66 percent. Massachusetts is currently one of only a few states to require a supermajority to change local zoning.

Zoning changes that promote best practices for housing growth that would qualify for the simple majority threshold include:
  • Building mixed-use, multi-family, and starter homes, and adopting 40R “Smart Growth” zoning in town centers and near transit.
  • Allowing the development of accessory dwelling units, or “in-law” apartments.
  • Approving Smart Growth or Starter Homes districts that put housing near existing activity centers.
  • Granting increased density through a special permit process.
  • Allowing for the transfer of development rights and enacting natural resource protection zoning.
  • Reducing parking requirements and dimensional requirements, such as minimum lot sizes.

This legislation also includes a provision, added by the Joint Committee on Housing last session, that would reduce the voting threshold for a special permit issued by a local permit granting authority to a simple majority vote, for certain multi-family or mixed-use projects with at least 10 percent affordable units in locations near transit or, in centers of commercial activity within a municipality.

“Despite our unprecedented economic growth, the cost of housing has continued to climb as housing production remains stagnant throughout Massachusetts, thanks to outdated zoning laws that too often thwart even projects popular with residents,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy. “We will continue to advocate for An Act to Promote Housing Choices so communities can produce the adequate, affordable housing necessary for businesses, their employees, and their families before they are forced to move elsewhere.”

“Our families, seniors, workforce, individuals with disabilities, and vulnerable populations have diverse housing needs, and today’s market is not meeting them. Housing that our residents can afford is a crucial resource and An Act to Promote Housing Choices will create the tools we need to promote new housing development for those across incomes,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Janelle Chan. “We are proud of the coalition we’ve built in support of this legislation and the investments we’ve made in affordable housing, community development, and public housing to benefit the many communities that contribute to our strong, inclusive Commonwealth.”
Local community and business leaders including Jimmy Liang of Fuji Restaurant Group and Dolly Di Pesa of Di Pesa and Company joined Mayor Koch in endorsing the legislation. 
“There’s no question Quincy is doing its part to solve this very real housing crisis, and Governor Baker’s Housing Choice legislation will provide the vital tools for communities across Greater Boston and the entire Commonwealth to foster the sustainable growth, affordability, and economic opportunity at the heart of our future,” said Mayor Tom Koch. “Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito have proven time and again that they understand the value of partnerships between the state, local governments and the private sector. We’re seeing the results of their work right here in downtown Quincy.”

Quincy has planned extensively for the future, working closely with state and local leaders to increase the housing stock and identify opportunities for growth. In 2007, the City developed the Quincy Center District Urban Revitalization and Development Plan, which first led to the demolition of decrepit Ross Garage to repurpose the area for transit-oriented development, with the support of a 2015 MassWorks grant worth $5.8 million that unlocked $600 thousand in municipal funding. A 2017 MassWorks grant worth $2 million then funded critical drainage improvements to the nearby Greenway, leveraging $40 million in District Improvement Financing to create more than 1 million square feet of retail, office, and medical space, and further stimulate investment downtown.

“JP Fuji Group employs about 200 employees just in the city of Quincy, and both of my current and hopeful employees have been facing challenges finding affordable housing in the city. If we can address the antiquated state zoning laws, we can remove barriers to produce new housing here and throughout the state,” said Jimmy Liang, Owner of JP Fuji Group. “As a Quincy resident, I am proud of the city’s leadership in building housing. However, other communities need to be able to build more too, which is why I endorse the Governor’s bill.”

“The creation of new housing in Quincy Center is the foundation of new business growth that is creating jobs and making this neighborhood once again the driving economic force of the City,” said Dolly Di Pesa, CPA and Managing Partner of Di Pesa and Company. “It’s this kind of growth – in the right places – that the Baker Administration’s Housing Choice legislation will make possible in communities throughout the state.”

“As Quincy continues to grow, it is important we work to ensure all residents can afford to live in our city,” said Senator John Keenan. “Especially as Quincy embraces new transportation initiatives and transit-oriented developments, it is vital that our zoning laws allow local officials the flexibility to prioritize appropriately located affordable housing. This legislation will help Quincy continue to prosper while providing suitable, affordable housing for all residents.”

Today’s show of support built on recent bipartisan endorsements from officials and organizations including former Secretaries of Economic Development from the Romney, Patrick, and Baker administrations. The bill was formally discussed at the May 14th hearing of the Joint Committee on Housing.  The legislation is part of the administration’s Housing Choice Initiative, which provides incentives, technical assistance, and capital grant funding to encourage new housing production that meets the long-term needs of the Commonwealth’s growing, and aging, population.

The Baker-Polito Administration has shown a deep commitment to increasing the production of housing across income levels. Since 2015, the administration has invested more than $1 billion in affordable housing, resulting in the production and preservation of more than 17,000 housing units, including 15,000 affordable units. In 2018, Governor Baker signed the largest housing bond bill in Massachusetts history, committing more than $1.8 billion to the future of affordable housing production and preservation. The Baker-Polito Administration has also advanced the development of more than 11,000 mixed-income housing units through the successful MassWorks Infrastructure Program, reformed the Housing Development Incentive Program, and worked with communities to implement smart-growth development and planning efforts.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

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Luminopia 数位长吴建汉,新北副市长吴明机博士,Mach 48 
Ventures的共同创办人及合夥人Ally Chang博士,生物防御及医材
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妇女医院急诊医学助理教授 Peter Hou。(数位经济暨产业发展
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