Red State Follows Blue State for Data Protection Legislation.

  • April 8, 2021

What’s happening? Florida is adopting a new Data Privacy law modeled after California’s data privacy law. The goal in Florida, like in California, is to put Floridians in control of their data privacy. It has bipartisan support in the Legislature.

Why is this important? Businesses that make money from selling consumer data. To bring business on board, the bill author removed the provision that allowed consumers to sue businesses.

How will this be important? Apple supports rights for your data, so you are in control of your data. Property rights advocates generally like it too. The supporters are diverse and that makes the issue interesting to watch.

Government Technology | Florida’s New Data Privacy Law Nets Bipartisan Support

1st State with Vaccine Passport

  • April 8, 2021

What’s happening? New York engaged IBM to develop its 1st in the nation vaccine passport.

Why is this important? When we hear passport we think paper passport, and yet, we’d be wrong. The passport is a simple digital wallet that can be accessed on mobile devices, which holds three items: your name, a QR code and a green check mark.

How will this be important? The passport isn’t just for travel but could be used for entry to large events. And the dat his distributed (hello blockchain, we see you!) so the passports do not create a large database as the information is scattered.

Government Technology | Vaccine Passports: Here’s How Excelsior Pass Works

Vaccine Passports & Technology

  • April 8, 2021

What’s happening? Hawaii is proposing a vaccine passport for entry.

Why is this important?The technology options for a vaccine passport are : CommonPass and CLEAR. The technology will take about 4 weeks to get up and running.

How will this be important? First Hawaii and then Texas says no. How says Florida?

Honolulu Star Advertiser | Hawaii’s Vaccine Passports Will Have to Wait Another Month

AP | Texas governor bans mandated COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’

Criminal Punishments Including Internet Bans

  • April 8, 2021

What’s happening? Some of the insurgents at the U.S. Capitol have been facing trials and pretrial conditions include prohibitions from accessing the internet.

Why is this important? It’s pretty new and novel for these types of crimes to prohibit access to the internet for the defendant. The courts are here to be truth police thereby addressing toxic disinformation.

How will this be important? IN 2017 the US Supreme Court struck a NC law that had an internet ban for convicted sex offenders. The Highest Court through out a protective order prohibiting internet access for a man.

Los Angeles Times via Governing | Judges Are Banning Capitol Rioters from the Internet

Blockchain + Sports Management

  • March 25, 2021

What’s happening? The stars are aligning. Innovations in technology point to blockchain impacting these aspects of sports management:

  • reduce scalping with blockchain by tracking & displaying ticket authenticity
  • protect your performance data
  • fantasy sports platforms use blockchain for betting and protecting data
  • fan incentives with blockchain token awards for fans
  • broadcasting and the business contracts behind it

Why is this important? In the most basic sense, block chain takes information breaks it into different bundles and moves the information separately to come together when you access the information, which makes the whole of the information untouchable by others

How will this be important? Blockchain technology is being used for contracts regularly and is poised to keep growing in import.


Broadband Access Form via the FCC

  • March 25, 2021

What’s happening? The FCC wants you to fill out this form and talk bout your access to broadband which will likely bring many colorful comments about internet service providers.

Why is this important? Cities and states are working on broadband improvements too, so look for more ways to complain about your ISP on government surveys.

How will this be important? The COVID relief bills include $7 Billion for the FCC to help schools and libraries with broadband access.

Route Fifty | The FCC Wants Your Feedback to Improve Broadband Access

Legislation to Block Phone Content

  • March 25, 2021

What’s happening? Utah is considering HB 72 (2021 | UT) which will block porn in smart phones.

Why is this important? Last I checked in the US Supreme Court on pornography, the 1st Amendment covers it. So, what’s their goal? a porn filter requirement to protect minors. Because just like no kid ever snuck out of their house, no kid has ever figured out their way around parental controls…

How will this be important? the bill has a clause that says it will only be effective if 5 other states do it too. Yes, Legislative Peer Pressure has arrived in 2021. Check the fringes for using this tactic on other bills.

Route Fifty | Utah Poised to Block Porn on Smartphones

Broadband Procurement in WI. $44M+

  • March 25, 2021

What’s happening? Since 2019, WI has been expending state funds to expand the state broadband network. The numbers:

  • $28.4 million already awarded
  • 39 counties
  • $48 million in second round funding
  • 58 projects to reach 6,159 businesses and 106,000 homes

Why is this important? States and cities are all looking to expand broadband access and there’s a lot of COVID funding available.

How will this be important? This ongoing project with ongoing funding is going to be an extended procurement opportunity

Wisconsin State Journal | PSC awards $28.4 million to expand high-speed internet in 39 counties

OK Legislation to Ban Ransomware

  • March 25, 2021

What’s happening? Oklahoma is considering HB 1759 (2021 | OK) that adds ransomware to prohibited computer related crimes

Why is this important? For enforcement purposes the question is whether your jurisdiction has laws that cover the kind of cyber crime which has led to states including ransomware in their cyber crimes statutes

How will this be important? The FBI has seen an increase in cybercrime reports of 400% since March 2020

The Oklahoman via Governing | Oklahoma Votes to Outlaw Ransomware as Threats Grow

Consistency in Data Privacy

  • March 19, 2021

What’s happening? Apple will follow the same rules its developers must to label apps with privacy labels.

Why is this important? It is said Apple doesn’t police the developer disclosures. And, perhaps we’ll get to that point within the private business or via regulatory or legislative means.

How will this be important? Data privacy on a big tech level from ad- sales to user policies is front and center for legislation and legal challenges. It’s not going anywhere.

Computer World | Apple lives by its own privacy rules