• Chief Data Officer Legislation Moves Forward in Assembly

Chief Data Officer Legislation Moves Forward in Assembly

The Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee passed AB 1215 by an 11 to 0 vote on Tuesday. The Accountability and Administrative Review Committee cleared it 9-0 last week. The legislation is now headed to the Appropriations Committee.

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Market News

Comcast Officially Ends Bid for Time Warner Cable

Unlike other major deals, Comcast did not agree to pay a breakup fee to Time Warner Cable if regulators blocked the transaction.

Market News

ENS-Inc Donates Golf Tournament Proceeds to Local Nonprofit

Sacramento IT consulting firm ENS-Inc on April 15 presented a check for more than $20,000 to Patriots Honor, a local nonprofit that helps veterans …

Market News, People

Christy Quinlan Enjoying New Role at HP

After 40 years serving in California state government, this is Quinlan’s first time working in tech for the private sector.

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State IT

Rollout Begins April 25 for Self-Service Unemployment Benefits System

This weekend the Employment Development Department is beginning a phased rollout of UI Online, its new self-service system for unemployment claims processing. According to information ……

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News

Public Officials, Law Enforcement at Increased Risk of Cyberattacks and Doxing, FBI Says

In a bulletin released this week, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned that hacktivists are mining social media accounts to compile dossiers of personal information about law enforcement personnel and public officials, and are posting the data online.

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Commentary

The Special Skills an Innovation Team Leader Needs

Directing a city-government “i-team” demands distinctive traits that are unique to the process.

Local News

Pentagon to Launch Cyberstrategy Push in Silicon Valley

The two-day visit underscores a long-delayed shift in Pentagon priorities to recognizing cyberattacks on government agencies, major companies and crucial infrastructure as a major threat to U.S. national security.

Local News

Los Angeles Deploying Smart Streetlight Network

The city’s grid of LED streetlights are being fitted with remote monitoring controls that keep officials apprised of their condition.

Legislation

Chief Data Officer Legislation Moves Forward in Assembly

The Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee passed AB 1215 by an 11 to 0 vote on Tuesday. The Accountability and Administrative Review Committee cleared it 9-0 last week. The legislation is now headed to the Appropriations Committee.

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Market News, News

Homeland Security Plans Satellite Office in Silicon Valley

According to various media reports, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday the department plans to open a satellite office in Silicon ……

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Local Government

Los Angeles to Share Data with Popular Navigation App

Los Angeles and navigation app Waze are sharing data to improve the navigation service, reduce hit-and-run crimes, and help the city plan its traffic operations more intelligently.

State IT

Water Tech Finally Ready to Rise Amid California’s Drought

In a tech-obsessed state that is part desert, creating new technologies to save or clean water should be a no-brainer.

Local Government

Palo Alto Writes Playbook (Literally) for Hosting an Apps Challenge

The Bay Area city’s Apps Challenge Playbook shares information on planning, marketing and media, and includes a timeline, sample budget and templates cities can use to jumpstart their own apps challenges.

Market News

Google Search Changes Could Pose Challenge to Small Businesses

Small businesses that have yet to join the digital age — with mobile-friendly website pages in particular — stand to lose customers under changes enacted by search engine giant Google Inc.

Legislation

Bill Aims to Support Electronic IT Bidding in FI$Cal

Bidders on large, complex IT projects are still required to submit paper documents to the state of California.

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Local Government

L.A. Mayor’s Budget Would Fund New Procurement System, Invest in City IT Workforce

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed $8.57 billion city budget for fiscal year 2015-’16 unveiled on Monday would fund several noteworthy tech initiatives.

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Market News

HP, FireEye Launch Security Incident Response and Threat Management Services

HP Enterprise Services customers will have access to security remediation services underpinned by FireEye’s threat detection, intelligence, methodologies and incident response.

Local Government

Sacramento Makes Tech Education Pact with Microsoft

The city of Sacramento and Microsoft have signed an agreement pledging to work together to provide technology training to women and girls, officials recently …

News

Lawsuit Seeks Funding from Tech Giants for Smartwatch Warning Campaign

The lawsuit states smartwatches represent a bigger distraction for drivers than smartphones.

Local Government

Long Beach Curtails 911 Overuse with App

Civic hackers have teamed up with Long Beach officials to reduce the high number of 911 calls made by a small group of “super-users.”

Legislation

House to Take Up Cybersecurity Bills in Condensed Week

This week the House will deal with the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015.

Local Government

Bloomberg’s ‘What Works Cities’ Initiative Targets 100 Mid-Sized Metros

The $42 million, three-year program will provide expertise and time to cities that want data-driven solutions for their biggest challenges.

People

Gregory Franklin Accepts Position with Optum

Franklin says he will manage the client relationship with the state Medicaid Management Information System/Decision Support System (MIS/DSS).

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People

Governor Appoints Small Business Advocate

Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced on Friday that Jesse Torres has been appointed deputy director, small business advocate in the Governor’s Office of Business ……

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News

California Department of Justice Agents to Wear Body Cameras

Several recommendations came out of an internal review that Attorney General Kamala Harris had promised in her inaugural speech in January.

Market News

Cloud IT Infrastructure Market Recap

Total cloud IT infrastructure spending — server, disk storage and ethernet switch — grew by more than 14 percent year over year to $8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Legislation

Can California Force Uber to Guard Passenger Privacy?

A pending bill would forbid ride-hailing companies from disclosing any passenger data, except to combat fraud or other crimes.

News

As States Warm to Online Voting, Experts Warns of Trouble

Along with Congress, the Defense Department has heeded warnings over the past decade from cybersecurity experts that no Internet voting system can effectively block hackers from tampering with election results.

Local Government

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Restricts Use of In-Car Devices

A little more than a year after a sheriff’s deputy who was typing on his computer missed a curve and fatally struck a bicyclist, the department has tightened its rules on the use of in-car computers.

Events, Industry Briefing

May 14: TechWire Industry Briefing with State Hospitals CIO Jamie Mangrum

Department of State Hospitals CIO Jamie Mangrum will present at the next TechWire Industry Briefing scheduled for Thursday, May 14.

Mangrum has served in a …

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