Sneak Peek at Iowa’s Blockchain Legislation

  • April 16, 2021

What’s happening? Iowa is considering SF 541 (2021 | IA) that would adopt smart contract rules for blockchain, distributed ledger technology, and give legal recognition to electronic records, signatures, and contracts

Why is this important? Wyoming started this trend not so long ago and more states are jumping on the bandwagon.

How will this be important? Other states including Texas HB 4474 (2021 | TX ) are considering blockchain legislation

Decrypt | Iowa Lawmakers Pass Blockchain-Friendly Legislation

Check out Utah’s Data Breach Safe Harbor Provisions

  • April 16, 2021

What’s happening? UT is second state after OH to provide a defense from liability for businesses.

Why is this important? UT followed in OH’s footsteps in making sure the data security protections that the business had in place met federal standards and was appropriate for the scale of the business.

How will this be important? More states will adopt protections for businesses that exercise prudent data security measures.

JD Supra | Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP | Utah Creates Data Breach Safe Harbor

Florida is expanding its Cyber Security Agency

  • April 16, 2021

What’s happening? Florida is considering HB 1297 (2021 | FL) that will create a Florida Cybersecurity Advisory Council to coordinate communication between law enforcement, the council and the state’s chief information security officer’s office.

Why is this important? The state had created data security protocols, established training, and created the Florida Digital Service that is responsible for maintaining state data, setting up testing environments to test state software and facilitating data sharing between government agencies.

How will this be important? Not only is this coordinated effort with law enforcement a model to replicate, it also sets a framework for forensic cyber investigations.

Government Technology | Cybersecurity Could Get $31M Infusion from Florida

Meet the Bitcoin that Choose Austin, TX for its Headquarters

  • April 16, 2021

What’s happening? Blockcap Inc., one of the largest bitcoin mining and blockchain technology companies based in the United States opened its Austin headquarters.

Why is this important? Blockcap wants to make the US a central global player for digital asset mining and blockchain technology more broadly.

How will this be important? Blockcap’s mining capacity ti set to double and it has raised more than $75 million in the last year.

Ritz Herald | FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY WELCOMES BITCOIN LEADER BLOCKCAP INC TO AUSTIN

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.

BBN Times | 7 WAYS BLOCKCHAIN CAN TRANSFORM SPORTS MANAGEMENT

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

Sneak Peek at Iowa’s Blockchain Legislation

  • April 16, 2021

What’s happening? Iowa is considering SF 541 (2021 | IA) that would adopt smart contract rules for blockchain, distributed ledger technology, and give legal recognition to electronic records, signatures, and contracts

Why is this important? Wyoming started this trend not so long ago and more states are jumping on the bandwagon.

How will this be important? Other states including Texas HB 4474 (2021 | TX ) are considering blockchain legislation

Decrypt | Iowa Lawmakers Pass Blockchain-Friendly Legislation

Check out Utah’s Data Breach Safe Harbor Provisions

  • April 16, 2021

What’s happening? UT is second state after OH to provide a defense from liability for businesses.

Why is this important? UT followed in OH’s footsteps in making sure the data security protections that the business had in place met federal standards and was appropriate for the scale of the business.

How will this be important? More states will adopt protections for businesses that exercise prudent data security measures.

JD Supra | Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP | Utah Creates Data Breach Safe Harbor

Florida is expanding its Cyber Security Agency

  • April 16, 2021

What’s happening? Florida is considering HB 1297 (2021 | FL) that will create a Florida Cybersecurity Advisory Council to coordinate communication between law enforcement, the council and the state’s chief information security officer’s office.

Why is this important? The state had created data security protocols, established training, and created the Florida Digital Service that is responsible for maintaining state data, setting up testing environments to test state software and facilitating data sharing between government agencies.

How will this be important? Not only is this coordinated effort with law enforcement a model to replicate, it also sets a framework for forensic cyber investigations.

Government Technology | Cybersecurity Could Get $31M Infusion from Florida

Meet the Bitcoin that Choose Austin, TX for its Headquarters

  • April 16, 2021

What’s happening? Blockcap Inc., one of the largest bitcoin mining and blockchain technology companies based in the United States opened its Austin headquarters.

Why is this important? Blockcap wants to make the US a central global player for digital asset mining and blockchain technology more broadly.

How will this be important? Blockcap’s mining capacity ti set to double and it has raised more than $75 million in the last year.

Ritz Herald | FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY WELCOMES BITCOIN LEADER BLOCKCAP INC TO AUSTIN

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.

BBN Times | 7 WAYS BLOCKCHAIN CAN TRANSFORM SPORTS MANAGEMENT

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