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Sep 6

All 58 Counties Can Now Access CfA's Record-Clearing Software

Releasing Code for America's software and step-by-step guide builds upon the organization's five-county pilot program within the state, within which the automatic record-clearance project led to 75,000 cannabis convictions being dismissed or reduced.
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Jul 26

SF Recruiting for Data and Analytics Manager

The responsibilities include leading the ongoing effort to drastically improve access to data analytical capacity by modernizing products, tools and workflows within the Land Use Information System.
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Jul 16

San Francisco Works to Speed Up Tech Staff Hiring

As a recent RFP shows, the consolidated city-county is updating its hiring process for technology employees in an effort to improve its chances at competing with private-sector tech companies.
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Jun 28

San Jose is First U.S. City to Extend FirstNet to All First Responders

FirstNet's expanded role in San Jose has been made possible by an ongoing public-private partnership between the city and AT&T, which is building and running the national emergency network.
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May 24

CfA Seeks New Leader as Pahlka Shifts Her Role

Jennifer Pahlka, who founded the group in 2009, will remain on Code for America's board and will advise the new executive director on matters of strategy and telling the group’s story.
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Apr 1

More Counties to Use CfA Algorithm to Erase Pot Convictions

Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties are the latest to announce a partnership with Code for America to use the group's algorithm to detect and erase eligible individuals' marijuana-related records.
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Feb 28

Planners Look to Cloud Tech for Seamless Travel in Bay Area

Feb 4

For SF Innovation Office's Civic Bridge, Today is Demo Day

San Francisco, home of the now-international Startup in Residence program, bridging the gap between City Hall and the private sector, has a product demo scheduled for today.
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Dec 21

Code for America Seeks Proposals for CA Summit

The group will meet in May in Oakland, and it's seeking proposals for presentations and speakers on GovOps, Digital Delivery and Civic Innovation. The application deadline is Jan. 11.
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Oct 18

Los Angeles Expands its Cybersecurity Lab

Los Angeles is expanding the nation's first city-backed cybersecurity lab, which it launched last year, and now it has $3 million in federal grant money to better develop its threat intelligence.
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Oct 10

STiR: California Opportunities Abound for Gov-Tech Vendors

The Startup in Residence Program (STiR) is now open for applications from private-sector entrepreneurs. As such, STiR’s website has posted its annual list of civic challenges, which this year includes more than 80 potential use cases from 28 government partners, including cities, counties, states and even regional transit organizations — many in California.
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Sep 25

Toolkit Targets Bias in Government Algorithms

A new algorithm toolkit could help local government guarantee that their automated decision-making processes are free of bias.
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Sep 12

New Chief Innovation Officer Talks Tech

Tech veteran George Khalil discusses using technology to bridge gaps and move the agency forward as he takes over the helm of technology and innovation in the city.
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Sep 7

Santa Clara County Launches Health Data Portal

The platform, which is the work of the Santa Clara County Health Department, gives its users an online tool they can use to access health data at a near-granular level, broken down by city and neighborhood.
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Sep 5

CIO's Advice to Government: Be Open to Startups

Aug 31

County Sees Benefits from Family Homeless Portal

Aug 8

Stanford Undergrads' New Platform Connects Voters with Elected Officials

Jul 30

User-Centric Design Has Growing Role in Gov Tech

Designers — real modern designers who conduct human-centric research to create products and pages that work for people rather than systems — have started to arrive in local government, bringing with them philosophies that are changing cultures. A California city is in the forefront of the movement.
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Jul 26

New Tech Chief's Priorities Key to City's Future

Lea Eriksen was named the director of technology and innovation for Long Beach last month after working in that role on an interim basis since January.
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Jul 12

Process Automation Platform Helps L.A. County Agency Digitize Documents

Jun 25

City Names New Chief of IT, Innovation

Long Beach has named Lea Eriksen as its new director of technology and innovation. She is a veteran public servant with roughly 20 years of experience working for local government, including economic development, budget, finance and, of course, technology.
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Jun 21

Humboldt County Boosting Tech for Civic Services

Humboldt County has launched an enhanced website aimed at increasing access to its services for users with disabilities, both with and without access to assistive technology devices.
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Jun 19

User Experience Drives Changes in GetCalFresh

May 24

Coders to Use Conference to Reflect, Refresh Goals

As Code for America prepares for its annual summit, scheduled to take place May 30-June 1 in Oakland, the group’s executive director, Jennifer Pahlka, said the event would give the entire civic tech community a chance to reflect on recent successes, as well as to set the bar for the coming year.
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May 16

SF to Use Tech to Clear Cannabis Convictions

Code for America will partner with the office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón in using technology to automatically reduce marijuana convictions for city residents who are eligible under Proposition 64.
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