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Senators Murray, Portman, and King introduce bipartisan legislation to close digital divide, promote digital equity

[Thursday], U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), and Senator Angus King...Read More

Cybersecurity firm issues final report on breach that exposed Washington State Auditor files

FireEye Mandiant, a cybersecurity forensics firm, released findings today from its investigation into recent cyberattacks which exposed the personal information contained in 1.6 million unemployment...Read More

Senate passes bill to create state Office of Cybersecurity

The Washington State Senate unanimously passed legislation today requested by Governor Jay Inslee that would create an Office of Cybersecurity (OCS) to establish security standards...Read More

State Chief Information Officer James Weaver departs for North Carolina

WaTech Director and State Chief Information Officer James Weaver announced Wednesday he is resigning his post with the state of Washington to lead North Carolina’s...Read More

The opportunities for Washington State aerospace suppliers in the space economy

While Washington State has long been a leader in the space sector, honing in on the state’s strength in the sector has necessitated a change...Read More

Q&A: Rep. Alex Ybarra breaks down the “Public Broadband Act”

Rep. Alex Ybarra (R – Quincy) is sponsoring the “Public Broadband Act” with Rep. Drew Hansen (D – Bainbridge Island) – a bill that would...Read More

Update on remote testimony

I had my first opportunity yesterday to use the state’s new remote testimony procedures. The process exceeded my expectations. I was testifying on SB 5096 (9%...Read More

The changing media landscape in America

The nature of the local and national media landscape continues to be buffeted by economic, social and political pressures. From social media eroding revenue to...Read More

In final meeting of House Innovation, Technology & Economic Development Committee, members lay out 2021 legislative agenda

The House Innovation, Technology & Economic Development (ITED) Committee offered a preview of their 2021 legislative agenda at a work session this week. The work...Read More

Amazon doubles quarterly profits: An economist, a policy researcher, and a historian react

Amazon’s profits soared to $5.2 billion in the second quarter, doubling its bottom line from the same quarter a year ago. The company’s net sales...Read More