Techwire's staff writes daily, but on our way to finding areas of interest for you to read about, we read a lot of content. Many of the articles we read inform our coverage but don't necessarily fit into the Techwire model.

Here are some of the pieces we thought you would find interesting:

Data as (part of) a solution: As California grapples with how – and how far – to regulate data privacy for its residents, a familiar name is reprising his role as an advocate for a “data dividend,” whereby residents would be compensated for the capture and sale of their data. Tech entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang advances his case in this Medium essay.

Tech shapes city’s IT strategies: Pasadena’s Chief Information Officer Phillip Leclair is hosting a free Ask Me Anything session via Zoom this week, detailing how his city’s Department of Information Technology is launching new services during this time, embracing change and adapting both short- and long-term strategies to support the community and the city’s economic recovery. CIO Leclair, who’s been with the city since 2008, is responsible for leading Pasadena’s technology strategy and managing overall IT operations and customer service. The 30-minute session begins at noon July 8, and more information is available online.

Lessons on leadership and listening: When he was administrator of the federal General Services Administration during the Obama administration, Dan Tangherlini inherited an agency embroiled in a scandal and had to work fast to reverse things. Along the way, he also conceived of and incubated the agency’s tech-forward 18F team to improve government's understanding and use of customer-facing technology. In one of a series of podcasts hosted by CEO David Morris of San Francisco-based HiPER Solutions, Tangherlini discusses how he turned things around -- largely through the effective use of engaged listening. This is one worth listening to.

Off-the-cuff court attire: In the age of remote working, distance learning and virtual webinars, the California court system is part of the mix. One attorney related how strange the protocols were: “Our staff worked extra hard to make sure that the electronic trial exhibits were as clear as possible and available to the court via a document-sharing platform compliant with the court’s security requirements. … We learned a lot.” The details about this trial prep by technology can be found in an essay on the website of the American Bar Association Journal.