Commentary

Gore: California Needs Tech Solutions for Pest Management (Opinion)

At the field level, more sophisticated apps are needed to identify teeny-tiny critters and wind-borne spores. Interactive platforms with scientists would be a good thing, writes Techwire ag and food technology blogger Bob Gore.
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5 Takeaways from the California AgTech Roundtable

Trends and outtakes from a recent meeting on sensor management, regulatory reporting innovation, the near future of the UC agriculture researcher and why agriculture tech venture capital is tightening, writes Techwire agriculture and food technology blogger Bob Gore.
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California Poised to Improve Cybersecurity (Opinion)

Under the leadership of state CISO Peter Liebert, California has rolled out 17 major initiatives, the majority of which are on track to be completed by this summer. It's the latest sign that California is making strides on the important issue of cybersecurity, writes Liam Crawford, Information Technology Alliance for the Public Sector (ITAPS) senior manager of state, local and education technology.
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Hope, Change and Tech (Opinion)

Both the Trump and Bernie movements tapped into a very real feeling that Americans are being left behind. Many in the technology industry have been working on related issues for years, and more are joining since the election. This is an exciting moment to be at the intersection of technology and government, writes Brian Purchia.
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Gore: An Urgent Call for Rural Broadband on California Ag Lands

For all the gee-whiz and genuine benefits of ag tech, it doesn’t work without broadband, and large chunks of rural California are without broadband, writes Techwire ag tech and food blogger Bob Gore.
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Gore: New Ag Tech Solutions Must Facilitate State Agency Coordination

In a special convening with California’s agricultural, regulatory and academic research leaders, the pro bono AgTech Roundtable gathers today, Feb. 28, in Sacramento to find applied agricultural technology solutions to the unprecedented onslaught of new regulations looming in 2017-18.
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Gore: Why UC Davis Is Betting on Technology and Agriculture Convergence

Farmers want tech prototypes now, says UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Helene Dillard, as there's a regulatory-driven urgency.
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Gore: AgTech Roundtable to Tackle Issues Around State Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory regimes are a boon to ag tech developers and a burden to growers and food processors. This unprecedented onslaught of new regulations looms in 2017-18. Agribusiness leaders and state regulatory agency executives will gather Feb. 28 at a special convening of the pro bono AgTech Roundtable in downtown Sacramento to find common ground and collaboration, writes Techwire agricultural and food technology blogger Bob Gore.
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Gore: Governor’s Healthy Soils Initiative Should Drive Tech Solutions

A summit in Sacramento on Wednesday was a prelude to a new program that puts “soils back into the forefront of agriculture,” writes Bob Gore, Techwire’s agricultural and food technology blogger.
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These Californians Are Improving Public Health with Data

The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Data Commons project seeks to meet the needs of health data consumers. To bring this project to life, CivicMakers has been conducting user research to understand the needs and opportunities for data stakeholders. Through nearly 40 interviews and one “co-design” brainstorming session, the organization synthesized its findings into personas, or written descriptions, of potential users.
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What Government Workers and Managers Should Be Paying Attention to in 2017

Pensions, compensation and retiree health care are some of the issues to watch, according to union officials and HR executives around the country.
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Benedetto: What Leaders Taught Me About Building Relationships

Paul Benedetto explains why relationships, in 2016 and every other year, are the main ingredient for success.
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Uber Hits Pothole in Experiment with Self-Driving Cars (Opinion)

Uber’s experiment self-driving cars on the streets of San Francisco ended last Wednesday after just one week, when the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the registrations of the ride-hailing company’s 16 Volvo XC90s.
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Culp: Looking at 2016 in the Rear-View Mirror

The year gone by suggests the impetus for new ways in government appears to be growing, writes Techwire contributor Shell Culp.
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2017 Predictions: Amy Tong and Chris Cruz, California Department of Technology

What will happen in the New Year? We asked California state CIO Amy Tong and deputy state CIO Chris Cruz for their perspective.
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Editor's Message: Looking Toward the Future of Techwire

As we move into 2017, the future is as bright as ever for Techwire, now in its sixth year chronicling the projects and people working to modernize California’s technology infrastructure. We have some exciting changes and enhancements in store.
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2017 Predictions: Jennifer Saha, National Director, Public Sector Councils, CompTIA

What will happen next year? We asked the experts.
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2017 Predictions: Jay Song, CTO, California Highway Patrol

What will happen next year? We asked the experts.
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7 Likely Technology Breakthroughs in 2017

We've just begun to tap the potential. What does 2017 have in store?
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Gore: Finding Tech Opportunities in Food Waste

Agricultural and food technology and food waste reduction are two peas in a pod. Ag tech expertise is essential to feeding hungry people, dramatically reducing the 40 percent food waste rate and conserving precious natural resources, writes ag and food tech blogger Bob Gore.
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Successfully Staffing the Cloud

Innovation starts with revolutionizing the skill set of the IT office, writes Stephen Goldsmith.
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Gore: Regulatory Compliance Is a Hot Ag Tech Niche for 2017

Growers, packers, food processors and ag-related businesses need ag tech solutions quickly. They need online interactive permit applications, monitoring and reports for water, fertilizers and pesticides, explains Techwire food and ag tech blogger Bob Gore.
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Foreman: Examining the ‘Startup J Curve’

In his book, The Startup J Curve, noted entrepreneur and angel investor Howard Love essentially states that there is no straight line from startup to sustainable success. Rather, it follows a J curve, where the company initially dips after it starts, explains Techwire contributing writer Rich Foreman.
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Foreman: Startup Lessons from Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures

Silicon Valley icon Bill Reichert from Garage Technology Ventures recently spoke at Startup Grind Sacramento and offered some invaluable insight. With more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and two public companies, Bill’s resume is impressive, writes Techwire contributor Rich Foreman.
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Gore: Finding the Next Generation of AgTech Leaders

Recent college graduates hold the key to the future of ag and food technology, writes Techwire blogger Bob Gore.
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