Rhode Island

  • Unified Health Infrastructure Project

    Continuing UHIP debacle named R. I. Story of the Year 

    Panel of 18 judges decide fourth annual Pell Center contest         By: G. Wayne Miller NEWPORT, R.I – The continuing problems related to the state’s public-benefits computer system known as Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP, has been voted the 2017 Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year by a panel of 18 judges from local media and academia.   UHIP was launched in September 2016. Still unresolved 15 months later, the UHIP debacle has caused lengthy delays in payments, problems with verification … Read More

  • Francesca Spidalieri

    Senior Fellow Leads Marathon Cybersecurity Awareness Month for the Pell Center

    November 8, 2017 Just off historic Bellevue Avenue, tucked away in a cozy corner cubicle of the Young Building, a powerhouse woman draws an international audience. From Europe, to our nation’s capital, to this city by the sea, Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri is known for her expertise in cybersecurity. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Francesca, you’re aware of her passion to educate people of all ages … Read More

  • Map of the United States with large lock in the center to represent cyber security

    As U.S. States Join Forces to Boost Cybersecurity, Federal Government Slashes U.S. Leadership in Cyberspace

    “38 Governors Sign ‘a Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity’” | Government Technology “Tillerson to Shut Cyber Office in State Department Reorganization” | Bloomberg “Top State Cyber Official to Exit, Leaving a Myriad Questions” | Politico Rhode Island recently hosted the National Governors Association (NGA) meeting, during which 38 state governors pledged to make cybersecurity a top priority and agreed to further develop statewide plans to enhance cybersecurity governance, prepare and defend their states from cyber incidents, … Read More

  • Local executives engaged in cyber tabletop exercise

    Pell Center Hosts Cybersecurity and Healthcare Exercise Ahead of Real-Life Global Cyber Attack

    Senior leaders and security professionals from over 30 healthcare organizations in New England, as well as representatives of the R.I. Department of Health, R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, R.I. Commerce Corporation, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, and law enforcement agencies convened at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University on May 10, 2017 to participate in a cybersecurity tabletop exercise focused on specific challenges and potential responses to … Read More

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    ‘Truck tolls’ roads, bridges plan named R. I. Story of the Year

    Newport, R.I. – Governor Gina Raimondo’s ambitious and controversial plan to modernize aging state roads and bridges – in part, through the imposition of tolls on trucks – has been voted the 2016 Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year. Raimondo’s blueprint, approved by the General Assembly in February, was selected by a panel of 19 judges from the media and academia. Runners-up in the annual contest were the … Read More

  • The Pell Center declares its Cyber Awareness for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Picks of the Week: Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Pell Center

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kicks Off In Nation’s Capital | PR Newswire Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015 | The White House Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission Report Delivers Plan to Enhance Cybersecurity Efforts Statewide and Nationally | Rhode Island Office of the Governor October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, in which citizens and businesses alike are encouraged to learn more about online safety and information security … Read More

  • Head shot of Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri smiling at the camera

    Gov. Raimondo Appoints Pell Center Senior Fellow to RI Cybersecurity Commission

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Pell Center Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership Francesca Spidalieri has been appointed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo to the newly established Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission (RICC). The new commission is tasked with developing a clear strategy to make Rhode Island more secure and resilient to cyber threats while simultaneously fostering innovation and economic development opportunities in the state.  The Executive Order establishing RICC was signed in May 2015, and … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | The Impact of Cheap Oil; SOTU and Cybersecurity

    Cheap Oil and Security Falling oil prices hit Venezuela, Iran and Russia hard | The Washington Post Russia ends US Nuclear security alliance | The Boston Globe Americans are thrilled with the drop in gas prices over the last six months—I know I am.  Every time I fill my car up for $35 instead of $55, I smile.  But the drop in oil prices that underlies the drop in gasoline … Read More

  • White Pell Center logo with blue background.

    Advocates’ Academy Leads Communications Training for R.I. Non-Profit Organizations

    Pell Center Program helps Rhode Island non-profits with their marketing and communication strategies Newport, R.I. — Some of Rhode Island’s leading nonprofit organizations came together at the Pell Center this past Fall, to practice their skills and develop more effective strategies. The Pell Center’s “Advocates’ Academy,” led by Senior Fellow for Public Policy Joe Grady, helps advocates in both the nonprofit and public sectors find ways of connecting better with … Read More

  • Pell Center Names 2014 RI Gubernatorial Race as Local Story of the Year

    NEWPORT, RI — The 2014 gubernatorial election, won by Democrat Gina Raimondo, has been chosen as the Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year by a panel of print, broadcast and online media professionals in the state. Raimondo, who will become the state’s first female governor in January, won a three-way general election, defeating Republican mayor of Cranston Allan Fung and Moderate Party candidate Bob Healy. Her general election … Read More

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