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February 10, 2016

Tesla Pressures Nevada to Drop Solar Rate Hike

Tesla's vice president of business development said the higher fee would be an impediment to developing an electricity grid that uses on-site generation technologies.

February 10, 2016

Startup Helps Cities Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns

Citizenvestor helps local governments launch crowdfunding campaigns for everything from dog parks to bike racks.

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.