February 10, 2016 Why is being called “scum” not quite the insult it once was? Answer: Because scum can see February 9, 2016 Washington Medicaid Authority Exposes 91,000 Health Records The Washington State Health Care Authority reported that two employees exchanged files containing Social Security numbers and personal health information in violation of federal regulations. February 9, 2016 White House Announces National Cybersecurity Action Plan, Chief Information Security Officer Position The Obama administration outlined the need for an increased emphasis on cybersecurity given rising threat levels and a need to adapt to the rapidly changing environment. February 9, 2016 California Announces Office of Digital Innovation and Technology Engagement California's newest tech office was designed to promote open source software, civic engagement and data-driven decision-making. February 9, 2016 West Carrollton, Ohio, Launches Digital Presence in State of Beta Beta users of West Carrollton's website are citizens and employees. February 9, 2016 Virginia Senate Committee Approves Bill to Withhold Public Employee Information The legislation was passed by the General Laws and Technology Committee whose rationale was to protect the private information of public employees from possible hackers. February 9, 2016 New York, California Legislators Attempt to Create Backdoors to Encrypted Devices Legislation is being drafted in both California and New York to create a way for law enforcement to access locked smartphones that require user authentication. February 9, 2016 Facebook’s Free Basics in India Shot Down, So What's Next? The project was originally intended to provide basic Internet access to millions in India, but concerns arose about restrictions on which sites could be visited. February 9, 2016 Geopolitical Impact of Oil’s Drop Shows Why There’s No End in Sight What will be the economic and political fallout as oil continues its slide toward $20 a barrel? February 9, 2016 Salinas, Calif., Attempts to Reboot as AgTech Hub Salinas hopes to turn its sons and daughters of farmworkers into coders for the next generation of data-driven, automated farming in a valley known as the salad bowl of the world. February 9, 2016 Alabama Sees Huge Spike in Voter Registration Due to Online Availability County officials are overwhelmed by the number of voter registrants who completed the forms online, but are determined to have it figured out by election season. February 9, 2016 LinkNYC Kiosks Provide Free Internet, But for a Price As New York City replaces payphones with high-tech hotspots that deliver targeted ads, some concerns are being raised. February 9, 2016 Is the Government Hoarding Too Much Data? Keeping everything forever is a recipe for inefficiency and waste. February 9, 2016 Are Tighter EPA Controls on Mercury Pollution Worth It? Politicians rail against the EPA, but economic analysis shows the health benefits of mercury controls – including both higher IQ and heart health – are worth billions of dollars a year. February 9, 2016 Boom in Solar Industry Gives Consumers, Communities the Power Due to recent advances in solar tech coupled with subsidies to make installation more affordable, many are increasingly turning to solar energy for power. February 9, 2016 Las Vegas Bike Share Program to Debut This Year Sin City officials hope the bike share system, located just north of the strip, will ease congestion and create a less cluttered atmosphere. February 9, 2016 Clear Guidelines Needed to Protect Police-Generated Data in the Cloud Law enforcement must consider examine the total cost of ownership for body-worn cameras, including video storage. February 9, 2016 United States, European Union Data Pact Awaits Final Approval The deal focuses heavily on providing privacy assurances to E.U. citizens concerned about how their data might be used by the U.S. government. February 9, 2016 Las Vegas to Launch 'Innovation District' Geared Toward High-Tech Transportation Testing In the fight to lure transportation companies testing emerging technologies to Las Vegas, the City Council has voted to open its downtown core to testing. February 9, 2016 Startup Helps Cities Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns Citizenvestor helps local governments launch crowdfunding campaigns for everything from dog parks to bike racks.