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July 2, 2015

What is NYC piloting for its newest public Wi-Fi program?

Answer: trash cans

July 1, 2015

Connecticut Updates Data Breach Law

On July 1, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation that expands the state’s current definition of personal information, and requires new data breach security terms and conditions in every state contract dealing with confidential information.

July 1, 2015

Oregon Cracks Down on Technology Contracting

Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign legislation that requires greater discipline by state officials and contracting agencies in the development of solicitation documents, specifically contract forms and templates.

July 1, 2015

Fighting UI Fraud in Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission is beefing up its data analytics tools by pulling data from other state agencies.

July 1, 2015

Biotech Startup Funding ‘Deprioritized’ in Washington Budget

The budget removes the Life Sciences Discovery Fund's final two years of revenue, a key source of money for early-stage biotechnology and biomedical companies.

July 1, 2015

What Does the Supreme Court’s ACA Ruling Mean for Health-Tech Startups?

The law being upheld is important because thus far, it has been one of the main drivers in digital health adoption and investment.

July 1, 2015

Smartphone Kill Switch Law Effective in California July 1

The bill aims to reduce the incentive to steal smartphones and use or resell them.

July 1, 2015

Emergency Operations Centers Tap Wealth of Video Intelligence

Traffic and other camera systems can help boost situational awareness during emergencies and planned events.

July 1, 2015

Sacramento Mayor Fails to Archive Texts About New Arena

Testifying in court on day six of a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the city’s agreement to subsidize an arena, Mayor Kevin Johnson says very few of his deleted texts involved arena discussions.

July 1, 2015

Clipped Cables Highlight Vulnerabilities in Bay Area’s Telecom Grid

The vandalism was the latest of nearly a dozen such attacks during the last year across the region, an FBI spokesman said.

July 1, 2015

Outdated Tech at McKinney, Texas, PD Put Document Requests at High Cost

Due to the fact emails before March 2014 are not in a searchable format, a programmer would have to be hired to execute the task of searching through old emails.

July 1, 2015

What is 'The New Town'?

Answer: an art project that uses a surveillance camera

June 30, 2015

Massachusetts CIO Bill Oates Resigns

After 18 months as state CIO, Bill Oates is moving on.

June 30, 2015

'Mathspace' Startup Collects and Responds to Student Data, Dominates at ISTE 2015

At the International Society for Technology in Education's Startup Competition, a new app that hopes to be one of the first that evaluates student work in place of multiple-choice questionnaires takes top honors.

June 30, 2015

Government Regulators Must Protect Citizens Without Impeding Innovation

To keep up with today’s rapidly changing technology environment, regulators must modernize their regulatory practices and increase efficiency, according to a new report.

June 30, 2015

Obama Revisits Push for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

While America didn't buy as many fuel-efficient vehicles as Obama wanted, ambitious goals are necessary in the face of finite fossil fuel resources and climate change.

June 30, 2015

Austin’s Open Data Evolution

Although it’s still an important transparency tool, the portal now supports a thriving civic hacking community

June 30, 2015

New App in Santa Cruz, Calif., Connects Citizens with Government

The mobile application, called Citizen Connect, allows users to directly alert municipal departments of their concerns and then monitor progress through emailed updates.

June 30, 2015

Legislation Looks to Bolster Police Accountability in Connecticut

The measure mandates state police equip troopers with body cameras and gives a financial incentive for municipal departments that choose to wear them.

June 30, 2015

Do Google Search Results Discriminate Against Competitors?

A recent study, funded by competitor Yelp, found that Google favors search results that direct users to Google content over results that point to rivals.