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1512, 2023

State Releases Draft Digital Equity Plan

With the release of its draft Digital Equity Plan, the state aims to ensure that every resident has fair and equal access to the vast opportunities presented by the digital realm. This landmark initiative invites public participation, welcoming comments and contributions until January 25, 2024.

311, 2023

California aims for measured approach on AI

President Joe Biden this week issued a landmark executive order aimed at positioning the United States as a global leader in the development and responsible use of artificial intelligence, garnering widespread support.

311, 2023

Cradle-to-Career Data System Reaches Major Milestone

Governor Gavin Newsom announced a significant advancement in California's Cradle-to-Career Data System (C2C), marking a transformative phase in education and workforce development. In October 2023, C2C received its inaugural data installment, integrating over 1 billion validated data points at the state level.

2010, 2023

Governor Signs Bill to Create AI Inventory

Among his final legislative actions for 2023, Gov. Newsom signed AB 302 by Assemblymember Christopher Ward (D-San Diego) which calls for the California Department of Technology to develop a comprehensive inventory of automated decision systems (ADS) used in state programs by September 1, 2024. 

910, 2023

Governor Signs Bill to Require ‘.gov’ Domain for Cities and Counties

Governor Newsom has signed a bill that will require all California cities and counties to use a government-designated domain, his office announced on Sunday (Oct. 8).  AB 1637 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks)  seeks to address cybersecurity and enhance public trust in government websites in California by requiring cities and counties in the state to transition their public internet websites and employee email addresses to utilize a ".gov" or ".ca.gov" domain by January 1, 2029.

2809, 2023

CDT Announces Project Services Modernization Initiative

The California Department of Technology (CDT) has launched a new initiative called Project Services Modernization (PSM) to revamp the state's approach to project planning, procurement, and oversight, according to a blog post.

2209, 2023

AI System Inventory Bill Goes to Governor

Assembly Bill 302 by Assemblymember Chris Ward (D- San Diego), which calls for a comprehensive inventory of all high-risk automated decision systems in state government, was passed by the legislature and now awaits action by Governor Newsom. The legislation has similar requirements to the governor's recently issued executive order on AI.

408, 2023

Governor signs cybersecurity education bill

Governor Newsom last week signed Assembly Bill 569, aimed at bolstering cybersecurity education in state colleges.  Authored by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), the legislation focuses on improvements and increased reporting for the Cybersecurity Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships Pilot Program within the California State University system.

1307, 2023

California Unveils New Digital Strategy

This week, the California Department of Technology (CDT) unveiled its groundbreaking Digital Strategy, a collaborative effort with the Government Operations Agency and the Office of Data and Innovation, according to a July 12 blog post by State Chief Technology Officer Jonathan Porat.

3006, 2023

Newsom: Tech Revolution Enhances California’s Wildfire Response

On Thursday (6/29) Governor Newsom highlighted the state's increased use of technology, firefighters, and aircraft to combat wildfires ahead of what is predicted to be an intense wildfire season. California is deploying AI, satellites, cameras, drones, and real-time intelligence to fight fires more efficiently.

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. 

2605, 2023

Bill to Create Interagency AI Working Group Passes Senate

Senate Bill 721 by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) proposing to create the California Interagency AI Working Group passed the Senate this week on a 38-0 vote and now heads to the Assembly to continue through the legislative process. 

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.

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