News

TechWire Launches State Spending Dashboard

The webpage summarizes major IT spending by California agencies during the past 30 days – within four easy-to-read charts.

Bids & Contracts, Bytes

IFB: Electronic Surveillance and Transcription Service

Bids & Contracts, Bytes

RFQ: Subscription to Web-Based/Cloud-Based Financial Visualization Platform

People

M Corp Hires State of California Portfolio Director

The newly created position will oversee project delivery and project execution in California, and work to expand the company’s practice in the state.

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Legislation

Bill Would Bolster Technical Assistance Coordination for California Small Businesses

Legislation introduced this week intends to help businesses get off the ground and compete for government contractors.

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Local News, State IT

Seven Team Building Actions for Government Leaders

As you think about resolutions for the coming year, or the next four years in government, don’t forget your people. Here are seven important actions to consider.

Market News

Self-Driving Vehicles May Not Be So Safe

A new research paper documents a number of limitations and barriers to the potential road safety of self-driving vehicles.

Commentary

The Critical Interdependence of Our Infrastructure

Nowhere is that more true than within regions. It calls for an integrated approach to planning and funding.

Briefs, Bytes

IBM Researchers Announce Breakthrough Plan to Protect Personal Data in the Cloud

Just in time for Data Protection Day, IBM researchers on Wednesday announced plans for a cloud-based technology that promises to better protect online personal data, such …

Briefs, Bytes

Amazon launches business email and calendaring service

Amazon Web Services, Inc. on Wednesday announced Amazon WorkMail,  a new business email and calendaring service in the cloud. According to the company’s press …

Sponsor Updates

Gov2020 – the Future of Government

Gov2020 – the Future of Government: How could our world be different if we could not only envision the future, but also prepare for …

State IT

Department of Education IT Project Delayed after Costs Increase

Staff is looking at ways to shuffle funds and alter the scope of the project before the outdated financial reporting system starts causing serious problems.

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News

California DMV Retracts Controversial Memo on Ridesharing License Plates

After complaints from Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, the Department of Motor Vehicles changed course, saying it jumped the gun on requiring rideshare drivers to register as commercial vehicles.

Sponsor Updates

Tech-Education Event: VMware 2015… What’s New and How it Impacts You

On February 18, Dennis Bray, CTO for Enterprise Networking Solutions, will present a seminar to reveal the latest updates, new products, and strategies introduced …

Commentary, Local Government

Thoughts on a Successful CityCampSF

On Saturday, Jan. 10, more than 200 people showed up at the Code for America headquarters to share, listen and take action for a better San Francisco.

News

FCC Warns Hotels, Convention Centers About Wi-Fi Blocking

The FCC issued an enforcement advisory on Tuesday noting that intentional blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots by hotels and other establishments is a “disturbing trend” and that such activity is illegal.

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Market News

FTC: Internet-of-Things Gadgets Should Safeguard Consumer Information

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday urged businesses to take a variety of measures to insure that their smart gadgets — part of the booming Internet of Things — won’t misuse consumer data.

News

High-Speed Electric Car Chargers to Link San Diego, S.F., Portland

Two German automakers have teamed with ChargePoint to install networks of high-speed chargers along two interstate corridors.

Market News

EBay Raids Apple Talent to Build Payments Tech

Some analysts had wondered whether eBay might still use PayPal after the breakup becomes official. While some sort of partnership is still possible, it seems that eBay is preparing to go it alone.

Bids & Contracts, Bytes

RFP: Enterprise-wide File Storage, Synchronization and Sharing Services

Bids & Contracts, Bytes

RFQ: Software-as-a-Service for Transcription

State IT

State Cybersecurity Task Force Working Toward Actions

After months of talks, it looks like the California Cybersecurity Task Force will soon present its big strategy.

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Legislation

Coalition Pushes Data Disaggregation for California Ethnic Subgroups

The bill’s supporters say it would help identify and solve health and education disparities within the And and Pacific Islander community, which is now more than 15 percent of California’s total population.

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Governor Appoints Department of Health Care Services Director

Jennifer Kent is returning to DHCS for the third time.

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The Internet Association Gives Advocacy Award to State Legislators

The trade association, which represents global Internet companies, opened a new office near the State Capitol in March 2014.

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Events

Jan. 27: Public Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles Regulation

The session, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be facilitated by DMV chief counsel Brian Soublet at DMV headquarters in Sacramento.

State IT

The Barriers to Shared Data and How to Overcome Them

Promising new approaches have emerged to overcome rules that inhibit the sharing of information critical to evidence-based policymaking.

Local News

Could a Popular Traffic App be Used to Target Police?

Some law enforcement officials are worried that Google’s popular traffic tracking app Waze endangers police by showing where their squad cars are located.

Bytes, News

Citrix Names Robson Grieve as Senior Vice President of Marketing

Citrix announced Monday that Robson Grieve is joining the company as senior vice president of marketing.

Most recently, Citrix was executive vice president of Concur, …

Bytes

Gartner predicts 250 M connected vehicles on the road in next 5 years

A Gartner forecast issued today says that 250 million vehicles, 1 out of every 5 on the road, will be connected and part of …

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