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It's merger time

A revision to California’s proposed budget published last Friday calls for combining CalData, the state’s data analytics bureau, with the Office of Digital Innovation, its digital services agency. The resulting organization would be called the Office of Data and Innovation, assigned to “facilitate more efficient state operations and support one-time projects.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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Is the mayor more of an Apex or Fortnite guy?

New York Mayor Eric Adams’ office on Monday announced it’s giving $2 million to the City University of New York to develop curriculum and degrees in video-game design, in pursuit of turning the city into a “global hub” for the video game industry. Adams also announced the creation of a “Game Development Industry Council,” including representatives from Microsoft’s Xbox division, that'll advise him on luring more of the gaming industry to the city. Emily Bamforth reports for EdScoop.

Data and the draft opinion

A leaked draft decision indicating the Supreme Court intends to overturn abortion rights has put a glaring spotlight on how the tech industry’s rampant data collection on American consumers could be weaponized in surveilling and criminalizing women who seek abortions. CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports that the risks are not hypothetical, as prosecutors in states including Indiana and Mississippi have used data, including search history and text messages, in cases related to the criminalization of abortion as far back as 2015. Read more on CyberScoop.

Queue up for broadband funds

With the Commerce Department's guidance on $45 billion in broadband funding made public, states are starting to declare their intentions to participate in the new BEAD program created by last year's infrastructure law. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper was one of the first governors to submit a letter, saying yesterday that the program will "pave the way toward a future where everyone will have access to high-speed and high-quality internet." We've got more details.

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