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Hawaii's privacy bill could go beyond California

A new internet-privacy bill under consideration in Hawaii would give the state’s residents digital protections potentially beyond those offered by the landmark law that recently went into effect in California. The legislation would mirror the California Consumer Privacy Act in requiring businesses to tell Hawaiians what data they are collecting and giving people the ability not to be subjected to that data-gathering. But it goes a step further in outlawing the sale of geolocation data and browsing histories without users’ explicit consent. The bill's earned the support of officials, including state Chief Information Officer Douglas Murdock, but its sharpest opposition has come from the advertising industry, with trade groups saying the legislation would "undermine the ad-supported internet." Benjamin Freed reports.

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Five habits of highly effective broadband programs

The Pew Research Center released a report last week comparing the broadband initiatives in nine states, revealing that while there’s no single template for success, successful programs tend to share a few common traits. The programs, which cover 21 million people across nine states, are built on diverse stakeholder engagement, clear policy frameworks, plans to expand service capacity, accountability and flexibility, Pew's researchers found. Colin Wood has more.

'Innovation has become a terrible buzzword'

According to a panel of officials at a technology summit in Washington on Thursday, the sales tactics behind “smart cities” products became transparent early in their searches for new technologies, but it can still be difficult to convey the purpose of a new civic tool to constituents when buzzwords dominate the conversation. The problem, according to Steve Mokrohisky, the county administrator in Lane County, Oregon, is that words like “innovation” have come to mean nothing as virtually every new tool or software is labeled with the adjective, whether it represents an actual leap in progress or not. “We really try to challenge [ourselves]. ‘Innovation’ has become a terrible buzzword,” Mokrohisky said at the Civstart Demo Day and Innovation Summit. Ryan Johnston reports.

A special report on user experience

For a long time, the job of state and local technology leaders has simply been to keep things running smoothly. But the legacy of putting functionality ahead of design is fading as everyone comes to expect government to offer the same intuitive and simple designs they see everywhere else on the internet. It’s no longer enough to be online, and government technology leaders know it. To better understand this trend, StateScoop and EdScoop have put together a series of articles, podcasts and videos on user experience and digital government, including looks at Code for America's future, the accessibility of digitized legal codes, the resurgence of data breaches connected to online-payments platform Click2Gov and a new agency in Colorado modeled after the success of the White House's U.S. Digital Service See all the stories.

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