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Newsom signs abortion 'data haven' bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom last night signed another stack of bills aimed at protecting abortion access, including one that intends to make the state a “data haven” by prohibiting the state’s tech companies and law enforcement agencies from cooperating with certain out-of-state investigations. Under the new law, California law enforcement cannot share information related to a legal abortion being investigated by authorities from a state that's outlawed the procedure since the fall of Roe v. Wade, while companies like Google and Facebook are barred from turning over user data to such investigations. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Former Virginia IT official joins Alliance for Digital Innovation

The Alliance for Digital Innovation, a tech-industry trade group that’s promoted IT modernization at the federal level, announced Monday the creation of a similar initiative targeting state governments. To lead the effort, the group tapped Dan Wolf, who stepped down this summer Virginia's deputy CIO and chief administrative officer of the state’s technology agency. “Too often, the legacy systems that support government operations become costly to maintain over time,” he told StateScoop. “That, in turn, limits efficiency and innovation.” Ben has more.

Alabama to funnel $83M into broadband expansion

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced plans on Tuesday to expand internet access to rural towns throughout the state using a $82.4 million grant. Ivey’s office said the Alabama Middle-Mile Network will be financed using American Rescue Plan Act funds and will connect nearly 3,000 miles of new and existing fiber infrastructure over three years. “This project is probably the most significant step we’ve taken to get high-speed internet access to everyone in Alabama,” state Rep. Randall Shedd, who serves as a co-chair of the Alabama Digital Expansion Authority Board, said in a press release. Lindsay McKenzie has the story.

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