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2005, 2024

Little Hoover Commission Public Hearings on AI

[Updated with hearing video] The hearing on May 23rd is the first in a series with an overview of California’s efforts to incorporate AI into state government operations and outline best practices for future implementation.  Leaders from government, academia, and the tech industry testified.

1910, 2023

5 Insights, Lessons on Using Artificial Intelligence

As one local government official recently wrote, artificial intelligence (AI) “has the potential to revolutionize state and local government operations,” the primary advantages being enhancements in efficiency, smarter decision-making and improved service delivery, to name a few.

2109, 2023

New Legislation Seeks Safe AI Development

Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) has introduced SB 294, known as the Safety in Artificial Intelligence Act, aiming to establish a comprehensive framework for ensuring the safe development of AI models within California, the legislator announced.   The core objectives of SB 294 include mandating responsible scaling practices for AI labs, robust testing for safety risks in advanced models, and the imposition of strong liability for damages resulting from foreseeable safety risks. The proposal also seeks to create CalCompute, a cloud-based compute cluster available to AI researchers and smaller developers within California's public university system. The bill is currently classified [...]

2906, 2023

Legislation mandates governments to use ‘.gov’ domain

Assembly Bill 1637 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D- Thousand Oaks) calls for local government agencies throughout California to use a primary or secondary ".gov" or ".ca.gov" domain for official websites and email addresses.  As a measure to improve cybersecurity standards, the legislation aims to expedite the switch for hundreds of city and county governments and their subordinate agencies with a non-standard domain, such as ".com" or ".org".  The bill sets a deadline of January 1, 2027. 

2804, 2023

Legislation Creates Domain Standard for Government Agencies

Currently, there is no uniform web domain for government entities. Whether it’s gov, com, or net, they lack standardization. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin aims to change that with Assembly Bill 1637, which proposes that all California agencies must maintain or change their domain to “.gov” or “.ca.gov” no later than Jan. 1, 2026.

3103, 2023

AI Legislation Moves Forward

TechCA is tracking bills related to artificial intelligence, including legislation that would establish the Office of Artificial Intelligence, require a comprehensive inventory of all “high-risk automated decision systems,” mandate civil rights impact assessments for automated decision tools, create an interagency AI working group across all state agencies, and establish a comprehensive research plan to study the feasibility of using advanced technology to improve state and local government services.

2403, 2023

How Will California Oversee AI in State Agencies?

Newly introduced legislation would create a new office within California state government to oversee state agencies' use of artificial intelligence.  Senate Bill 313 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) proposes to establish the Office of Artificial Intelligence within the California Department of Technology.

903, 2023

State Parks Launches Digital Passport App

If you are a frequent visitor of state parks in the Golden State, California has a new passport app for you aimed at improving access and engagement across 280 parks.   “Spending time outside has many proven benefits almost as numerous as we have parks in this state, improving mental and physical health, inspiring creativity and connection, and helping visitors discover their world,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero in a press release. “Plus, it’s fun! This new Passport Program adds a layer of play that’ll help entice new visitors - especially digital natives and folks more accustomed to screens [...]

2911, 2022

CAISO Symposium Provides Insight on Direction of Utilities

More than 850 attended this year’s California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Symposium. While most of the conference focused on regional issues and day-ahead scheduling, the opening panel consisted of panelists representing western state utilities.

411, 2022

California says goodbye to late payments and late fees with this new payment tool

The California Department of FISCal (FI$Cal) released a new digital payment history tool that is sure to make life easier for state suppliers and contractors. The "FI$Cal Purchase Order Payment History Search" tool provides real-time information on payments and will serve thousands of suppliers receiving state payments. The tool, which launched in April, will also help the state save funds by preventing late payments and late fees to contractors.

1208, 2022

Bonaguro: Put Down Your Digital Hammer

California Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro recently gave a presentation that unpacked and re-imagined the digital status quo of governmental modernization.  Bonaguro’s presentation, titled “Put down your digital hammer,” conveys an idea that’s simple, but revolutionary: “Instead of dragging our processes, regulations, and laws into the online age, maybe we should take a step back. Should the things we digitize even exist?”

1807, 2022

Legislature Approves Audit of CDT Oversight Role

The California Joint Legislative Audit Committee has approved an audit request by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris to examine the California Department of Technology’s role in the oversight of state IT projects. 

1107, 2022

Digital Equity Legislation to Create California Connect Corps

Under pending legislation, California will create a State Digital Equity Plan to help close the Digital Divide and allow it to participate in a massive federal spending program to create affordable and accessible broadband connectivity. Developed in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission, the plan will be administered by the California Department of Technology and include the creation of a new California Connect Corps whose mission will be to promote digital inclusion and literacy through community outreach.

2006, 2022

Can blockchain technology help prevent unemployment fraud?

Can blockchain technology help fight fraud at the Employment Development Department?  If pending legislation is approved this year, a study by the Office of Digital Innovation (ODI) will aim to answer that question.  Assembly Bill 2781 by Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) last week unanimously passed the Senate Governmental Organization Committee advancing closer to final approval.  The measure calls for the ODI to study how blockchain technology might help prevent fraud.

2505, 2022

Ten AI Government Tech Startups to Watch in 2022

The impending world of AI presents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to offer governments a new level of service scalability, efficiency, and security. In fact, based on adoption, AI is likely to be a necessity to manage government’s ever-evolving service needs.

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