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Washington Gov. vetoes bill that would have regulated use of surveillance drones

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill today that would have regulated government use of surveillance drones amid concerns over public information disclosure. House Bill 2789, which saw overwhelming approval in both the House and Senate, would have required agencies to get approval from state government before using drones for surveillance. The Tacoma News Tribune… Read More

Gov. Jay Inslee speaking at GeekWire Startup Day 2013.

Washington completes installation of 1,600-mile, $140M broadband network for rural areas

Fast Internet speeds are coming to those living in the not-so-populated areas of Washington. A three-year, $140 million project to bring broadband Internet to rural Washington is finally completed, as businesses, hospitals, libraries, residents, and government agencies like police and fire departments in remote areas now have access to lightning quick Internet. The project was made… Read More

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Mathletes: Students solve 375K algebra equations in 4 days with iOS app

Students across Washington did some serious algebra work this week — and I mean serious like 400,000 problems in four days kind of work. As part of the Washington State Algebra Challenge, K-12 students used an iteration of a learning app called DragonBox to try and solve 250,000 equations in just one week. They did that and much more, as 4,000 students… Read More

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Gov. Inslee to sign bill that counts computer science for high school math, science credit

Washington high schools will now allow computer science classes to count as a math or science requirement toward high school graduation. Today at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School, Washington Governor Jay Insee will sign bill HB 1472, which “provides initiatives to improve and expand access to computer science education.” He will be joined by Microsoft’s General… Read More

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Here’s what Jay Inslee wants to do to keep the state’s tech industry humming

There’s no shortage of ideas in Jay Inslee’s economic plan for Washington state. The Democratic candidate for governor released a 30-page jobs plan — divided into seven subsections — on Monday at the MacDonald-Miller factory in Seattle. Among the priorities: Clean Energy, Aerospace, Life Sciences, Military, Information and Communication Technology, Agriculture and Small Business. Whew,… Read More

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WA governor hopefuls Inslee and McKenna on tech issues

It wasn’t an official debate, but two of Washington state’s candidates for governor in 2012 got a chance to show off their technology chops today in front of an audience of tech leaders at a Technology Alliance luncheon on broadband spectrum challenges. U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democratic candidate for governor, called better broadband access… Read More