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Legislation Introduced Banning Facial Recognition Technology

Jul 12, 2019

For the next five-years there would be a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology under legislation introduced this week. Representative Isaac Robinson’s (D-Detroit) bill would prevent the use of facial recognition software to obtain warrants or otherwise enforce the law. The prohibition includes footage obtained from surveillance cameras, unmanned aircraft, body cameras, and […]

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Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Network Proposed

Jun 28, 2019

Under a bipartisan package, Michigan would become the first in the nation to establish a statewide charging network for electric vehicles.  Legislators in both chambers, and on both sides of the aisle, came together on the package to help support the growth of electric vehicles in Michigan. The package would: Create the Electric Vehicle Council […]

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State IT Projects Task Force Formed

Jun 07, 2019

House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) appointed a bipartisan special task force to investigate and help resolve alleged cost overruns and inefficiencies plaguing state information technology projects. According to Chairman Hernandez, state departments too often start IT projects that cost more and perform worse than expected, with little oversight. The task force members include: […]

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Governor Announces Mobility Challenge

May 31, 2019

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new initiative to advance smart infrastructure initiatives and put the future of automotive technology on display during the 2020 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The NAIAS 2020 Michigan Mobility Challenge calls upon industry innovators to propose dynamic technology deployments that embody how automated and connected vehicle technology […]

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Will Artificial Intelligence Become the New Government?

May 08, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is either one of the most avoided or one of the best received concepts in society today, depending on your opinion.  For many, when they think of A.I., visions of robots and HAL from “2001 A Space Odyssey” come to mind.   However, A.I. is already in many aspects of our lives, including […]

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Governor Snyder Visits California to Promote Mobility and IT in Michigan

Apr 13, 2018

During the beginning of this week, Governor Rick Snyder spent three days in Silicon Valley meeting with large tech companies, start-ups, and investors. Along with representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, he met with new mobility, advanced technology, agriculture and manufacturing companies, participated in roundtables with technology experts, venture capitalists and CEOs. Additionally, the […]

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Michigan’s Tech Jobs on the Rise

Mar 30, 2018

An annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry released by CompTIA found Michigan added 13,160 net new tech jobs in 2017, third only to California and Texas. Additionally, Michigan is ranked ninth overall in net tech employment. In addition to added jobs, the report shows the state’s tech sector is increasingly contributing to its economy […]

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Cyberbullying May Become a Crime

Mar 23, 2018

On Thursday, the Michigan House voted favorably for a two-bill package making cyberbullying a crime in Michigan. The legislation introduced by Representative Peter Lucido (R- Shelby Twp.) outlines what would constitute as cyberbullying and enacts criminal penalties. “This is another instance of the legislature acting to update Michigan’s laws to reflect new and ever-changing technology […]

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