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Grant Will Help UC Davis Library’s DataLab Digitize 17th Century Records

The University of California, Davis, Library’s DataLab will be able to complete the digitization of a vast collection of 17th century texts, art, music and cultural records thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The three-year, $360,000 grant from the NEH will support what will be the most comprehensive digital humanities project of its kind in the world. “This grant really puts UC Davis at the forefront of this work that integrates data science and the humanities,” said Carl Stahmer, executive director of DataLab at the UC Davis Library and co-founder of the English Broadside Ballad Archive, or EBBA, project. “It is true interdisciplinary work.” Keep reading this article at Ucdavis.edu

Some Yolo County residents didn’t get evacuation alerts in wildfires due to robocall blocking, officials say

Some Yolo County residents didn’t get evacuation alerts from the emergency alert system as fires burned mere miles away from their homes and property due to robocall blocking, officials say. County officials addressed county residents’ concerns in a virtual town hall held Friday afternoon. The meeting was hosted by Supervisor Don Saylor, who is responsible for District 2, which includes the city of Winters where evacuation zones 58 and 60 are located. The LNU Lightning Complex wildfires have burned through 373,324 acres in Yolo, Solano, Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties. The complex is 41% contained as of Saturday afternoon, according to Cal Fire. In the early morning of Aug. 19, the fires came dangerously close to Winters’ surrounding rural areas, prompting mandatory and advisory evacuation ...[Read More]

Luxer One Sees A Surge In Purchases From Schools And Universities

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Thousands of school and universities in the United States have been preparing for a back to school season that will start off-campus. And for more and more of them, this means installing Smart Lockers to contactlessly distribute learning tools like laptops and Chromebooks. Created by California-based Luxer One, the solution is a multi-unit system of smart lockers accessed through the Luxer APP. Faculty load and electronically lock individual lockers for students and families to, later, pick-up the contents using an electronic touchpad to open their assigned locker without a key or combination. Keep reading this article at thestreet.com

America’s Terrible Internet is Making Quarantine Worse

At 8 a.m. Pacific time last Wednesday, I joined David Anderson’s 12th-grade government class at Live Oak High by clicking on a Zoom link. Because California suffered a surge in coronavirus cases this summer, students in Live Oak, a town about 50 miles north of Sacramento, will be learning virtually for the foreseeable future. Both Anderson and his students seemed nervous about how it would go. At 8:03, only eight of the 24 students had logged on, despite the fact that Anderson’s “classroom expectations” sheet requested that everyone “log in to class on time and prepared every day.” It might not have been the kids’ fault. Many students are poor in this rural chunk of the Sacramento Valley. The school ordered Wi-Fi hotspots for the students, but they won’t be available until August 22. In a ...[Read More]

Tech Challenges Complicate California’s COVID-19 Response

(TNS) — Before he became California governor last year, Gavin Newsom built his reputation as a tech-savvy Bay Area politician, who wrote a book arguing government should follow Silicon Valley’s lead and embrace new technology. But five months into the biggest crisis of his governorship, technology problems have become major stumbling blocks to his coronavirus strategy. The state’s unemployment system has been mired in delays, leaving thousands of people desperate for aid checks in limbo. California’s health insurance program for low-income residents has dropped coverage for thousands of people due to computer errors. And last week state officials announced they had vastly undercounted coronavirus case data due to a series of human mistakes and IT glitches. None of the problems have easy fi...[Read More]

Landmark Agreement Unites Parties in Boosting Commercial Space Operations in California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Aug. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leaders from the State of California, REACH, the 30th Space Wing, Cal Poly State University and Deloitte today announced a commitment to develop a thriving spaceport at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the surrounding area. According to the memorandum of understanding, the parties will develop a master plan that identifies the required infrastructure, human capital development, governance and financing necessary to support the United States Space Force mission and position California as a global leader in the future of the commercial space industry. Chris Dombrowski, Acting Director of GO-Biz, said: “California has been at the forefront of the aerospace industry for more than a century. This MOU cements that leadership...[Read More]

SkySlope Launches a Next-Generation Forms Product in Arizona to Enhance the Agent Experience

SkySlope, the leader in real estate transaction and brokerage software, has launched SkySlope Forms — the most innovative form product to come into the market. SkySlope Forms, which is being rolled out to Arizona customers, uses state-of-the-art technology to create a seamless user experience by giving agents and TCs a streamlined and efficient way to execute real estate transactions. With a frictionless transition between transaction management, paperwork, and digital signature, SkySlope Forms helps agents and TCs save time and improves compliance for brokers. SkySlope’s comprehensive platform for brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators enables real estate professionals to centralize their work while remaining compliant. As the transaction management platform that se...[Read More]

Data Privacy Challenges for California COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology

As opt-in contact-tracing applications across the US are being built for state-specific usage, attention inevitably turns to the privacy risks they present, and how authorities must balance public health with cybersecurity to build systems that are fully fit for purpose.In the battle to control COVID-19, the fundamental role of contact-tracing applications is to alert people when they’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. They have been touted as a vital tool in identifying localized spikes in infections and helping authorities to quickly isolate anyone who may be at risk of spreading the virus further. Keep reading this article at darkreading.com.

UC Davis, Caltrans Partner to Prevent Wrong-Way Driver Crashes

Caltrans and the UC Davis Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology Research Center, or AHMCT, today (July 13) released two reports highlighting ways to prevent rare but often deadly collisions involving wrong-way drivers. One of the prevention measures included in the three-year pilot program — reflectors that alert drivers they are entering the roadway in the wrong direction — proved to be so effective that Caltrans has already installed the reflective markers on hundreds of miles of highways. “Adding the two-way reflective markers proved to be so effective that Caltrans updated its statewide design standards,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “It’s a low-cost measure we can use throughout the state to deter wrong way drivers and potentially save lives on California’...[Read More]

California Police, Amazon Ring Partnerships Raise Concerns

As nationwide protests force a deep examination of police tactics and funding, technology companies say they are re-evaluating their relationship with law enforcement as well. Amazon has halted police use of its facial recognition technology for one year and the website Nextdoor has stopped forwarding tips to police. Now, privacy groups and activists are scrutinizing the relationships between Amazon and local police departments that allow law enforcement to request access to video recordings from doorbell cameras installed in private homes. Amazon’s expanding network of law enforcement “partners” for its Neighbors app remains intact, an arrangement that critics say is designed to boost sales of its Ring cameras and capitalize on fears of property crime. Social media and news channels are f...[Read More]

Microsoft unveils sweeping job training initiative to teach digital skills to 25M impacted by pandemic

Microsoft plans to provide digital skills training for 25 million people this year under a new, multi-million dollar initiative that will bring together multiple branches of the company, including LinkedIn and GitHub. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith announced the initiative Tuesday and stressed the urgency of training workers for the jobs of the future at a time of severe economic distress. The U.S. unemployment rate has surged past 14% with more than 20 million Americans out of work since the outset of the pandemic. “Talent is everywhere but the opportunity is not,” Nadella said during the virtual event. “Over and over again, we see that when people have access to education and skilling they create new opportunities for themselves and other people.” Keep reading this ...[Read More]

California, Massachusetts Rank as Most Innovative States

America’s top two most-innovative states share similar paths to success. For the second consecutive year, California and Massachusetts took the first and second spots in Bloomberg’s annual State Innovation Index. The ranking is based on six equally weighted metrics: research and development intensity, productivity, clusters of companies in technology, STEM jobs, residents with degrees in science and engineering disciplines and patent activity. California and Massachusetts’ success dates back more than 150 years ago with the creation of land-grant universities under the Morrill Act, according to New York University Stern School of Business economist Paul Romer. The Morrill Act of 1862 helped boost higher education in America by granting states public land they could sell and then use the pr...[Read More]