Tech News for January 28

Western states’ open data project wins grant

The California State Library, along with Washington’s state technology agency and the Nevada State Library will receive a $470,000 award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their efforts to teach librarians and other community members how to use open data. With this effort we hope to increase data equity, making open data open for everyone,” Anne Neville, director of the California Research Bureau at the California State Library, said in a press release.

Feb. 4: California Broadband Council Meeting in Sacramento

The California Broadband Council is scheduled to meet for the first time in 2016 in Sacramento next week and will discuss funding, the digital divide and other issues. The council, chaired byDepartment of Technology Director Carlos Ramos, was established in 2010 via legislation to increase broadband deployment and adoption statewide. The meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Building, Room 240.

Centralized Revenue Opportunity System Seeking Applicants for Project Director

“Under the administrative direction of the Board of Equalization Chief Information Officer, the Chief Technology Officer (CEA B) formulates, recommends and implements policies and procedures for the Board’s the Centralized Revenue Opportunity System (CROS) Project in order to replace the current Integrated Revenue Information Systems (IRIS) and the Automated Compliance Management System (ACMS).

Overnight Cybersecurity: Lawmakers reach for last-minute deal on privacy bill

Lawmakers are scrambling to strike an 11th-hour deal to move a key privacy bill that many believe is integral to reaching a new transatlantic data transfer agreement. People tracking the negotiations believe a deal has been struck, ensuring a Senate Judiciary Committee vote scheduled for Thursday morning. But lawmakers were still uncertain if a deal had been reached after a late Wednesday vote.

How state IT agencies are handling budget, cost control

State information technology departments remain “cost aware” after declining tax revenues during the Great Recession cut into their budgets, according to a panel of state IT thought leaders on the first episode of StateScoop’s “Priorities” podcast — a monthly program that examines the leading strategies, technologies and challenges that state CIOs expect to face this year. Indeed, in 2010, “budget and cost control” was voted No. 1 on the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ annual survey…

POLITICO California Playbook, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.: BROWN’s sentencing reform push — BUDGET divide — ANOTHER Garcetti challenger?

Gov. Jerry Brown is hoping to ease some of the consequences of policies enacted by his younger self. Brown rolled out a November ballot initiative that would relax mandatory prison sentences for potentially thousands of inmates.


The State Worker: Union, Jerry Brown stuck on pay vs. benefits

After 28 bargaining sessions in nine months, despite a contract that expired last July, the state’s 10,000-employee maintenance workers’ union hasn’t reached a labor pact with Gov. Jerry Brown.

With dozens of manufacturers pushing to get self-driving cars onto the road, California has grappled for the last several years to craft rules that protect public safety without hindering the development of a potentially life-saving technology.

When the Department of Motor Vehicles finally unveiled draft regulations in December, they significantly slowed the timeline for public availability of autonomous vehicles until the state is confident that they are safe.

California Wrestles With Making Self-Driving Cars Public

Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology, once it emerges from current prototype testing. California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is wrestling with how to keep the public safe as an imperfect technology matures — but not regulate so heavily that the agency stifles development of vehicles with potentially huge safety benefits.


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