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Nov 19

Commentary: San Jose Mayor Backs Customer-Owned PG&E

"Mayors and other local leaders throughout California have banded together to publicly urge exploration of an alternative model: a customer-owned utility."
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Oct 28

Pilot Program for Fire Detection, Prediction Uses Data, Eyes in Sky

In the state’s new landscape of more frequent and more ferocious fires, it takes a village to combat the menace: private technology, state and local fire agencies and computing know-how at California’s universities.
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Sep 30

Force Behind CCPA Readies New Privacy Initiative

The advocate, who drove creation of the California Consumer Privacy Act, said: “Now it is the time to push for even more rights for privacy.”
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Sep 11

State Senate OKs Contractor Bill; Assembly and Newsom Approval Likely

With state Senate approval, the bill regulating contractor employment is expected to clear the Assembly, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has signaled that he'll sign it. It includes postponements for newspapers, physical therapists and the timber industry, among others. It's important to the IT industry because it deals directly with independent contractors.
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Aug 1

Commentary: LinkedIn’s Privacy Policy Troubles State Librarian

Most sellers of physical or digital information to libraries respect the primacy of user privacy. To maintain the community’s trust, library vendors must adhere to the same code of ethics librarians employ every day. At the moment, LinkedIn is violating that ethical code and the policies set forth by the American Library Association.
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Jul 10

Commentary: DMV Will Accept Credit Cards — But at a Cost

For years, the DMV has not charged a fee when customers use Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover to make online payments or at self-serve DMV kiosks. That's apparently about to change.
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Jun 21

Commentary: Can Newsom Fix the State's Technology Troubles?

While the governor and his backers express confidence in the new Office of Digital Innovation, some observers remain skeptical as to what the office can actually accomplish, given entrenched bureaucracy.
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Mar 4

Data Privacy Flashpoints: Enforcement and Party Lines

The dynamic could force lawmakers to choose between constituents, who overwhelmingly feel they have lost control of how their personal information is collected and used, and business interests who argue that broad privacy protections could fundamentally damage the Internet economy.
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Oct 16

Analysis: DMV's Troubles Linked to Glitchy Tech, User Errors

The California Department of Motor Vehicles gave the public a series of piecemeal explanations as it acknowledged making more than 100,000 errors in recent months in registering Californians to vote. Software problems, it said in May. Human errors from toggling between computer windows, it said in September. Data entry mistakes that were corrected but never saved, it said this month.
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