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2020 40 Under 40 William C. Short | Fort Worth Business Press

2020 40 under 40 william c. short | fort worth business press

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WILLIAM C. SHORT, 39CHAIRMAN/CEO, AMERIFLEX HOLDINGSWilliam C. Short is one of the consumer healthcare industry’s leading experts on the administration of health care benefits and the development of health care payment technology.He identified early the disconnect among the patients, the doctors providing the care and the insurance industry which created vast inefficiency and caused healthcare costs to continuously rise in the U.S.“In 1999, Ameriflex pioneered the healthcare debit card which has since become an industry standard. … The idea was revolutionary and transformed the industry,” said nominator Dustin Hodges, who works at Ameriflex.Ameriflex Holdings is a holding company that owns Ameriflex one of the nation’s largest and most well-respected health care payment processors, Work-ForceGO! and Accresa Health.Short was honored in 2013 with the CEO Leadership Award by the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism. In 2014 and again in 2016, he was elected chairman of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation in Washington, D.C., the industry’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the advocacy, education, advancement and innovation of tax benefit programs.Short recalls a lunch 20 years ago with his late grandfather, a career military officer, who asked him what he wanted to be and how he would …

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India blocks 40 websites of Sikhs For Justice

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued orders for blocking 40 websites of the U.S.-based Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The ban orders came on recommendations from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The outfit, which was banned by the MHA about a year ago, has been running an online campaign for recruiting supporters.Also read: India designates nine individuals linked to Khalistani groups as terroristsAccordingly, based on the recommendation, the MeitY has issued orders under Section 69 A of the Information Technology Act to block SFJ websites, said a MHA spokesperson on Sunday.The move comes after the government designated nine more individuals as “terrorists” under the anti-terror law for their links to various separatist Khalistani groups.Among them are Wadhawa Singh Babbar, Pakistan-based chief of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI); Lakhbir Singh Rode, who heads the Pakistan-based International Sikh Youth Federation; Ranjeet Singh Neeta, based in Pakistan and chief of Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF); and Paramjit Singh Panjwar, the head of Pakistan-based Khalistan Commando Force.Also read: Comment | Beyond KhalistanOthers under the MHA list are Bhupinder Singh Bhinda and Gurmeet Singh Bagga, both from Germany and key …

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Govt. blocks 40 websites of Sikhs For Justice

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued orders for blocking 40 websites of the U.S.-based Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The ban orders came on recommendations from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The outfit, which was banned by the MHA about a year ago, has been running an online campaign for recruiting supporters.Also read: India designates nine individuals linked to Khalistani groups as terroristsAccordingly, based on the recommendation, the MeitY has issued orders under Section 69 A of the Information Technology Act to block SFJ websites, said a MHA spokesperson on Sunday.The move comes after the government designated nine more individuals as “terrorists” under the anti-terror law for their links to various separatist Khalistani groups.Among them are Wadhawa Singh Babbar, Pakistan-based chief of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI); Lakhbir Singh Rode, who heads the Pakistan-based International Sikh Youth Federation; Ranjeet Singh Neeta, based in Pakistan and chief of Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF); and Paramjit Singh Panjwar, the head of Pakistan-based Khalistan Commando Force.Also read: Comment | Beyond KhalistanOthers under the MHA list are Bhupinder Singh Bhinda and Gurmeet Singh Bagga, both from Germany and key …

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Public Education in 2020 and Beyond!

public education in 2020 and beyond!

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A student field tests an interactive lesson at Colorado State University’s Education and Outreach Center. Photo by Vicky Jordan

By Victoria Jordan
In 1776, when Thomas Jefferson first proposed public education, he claimed: “a general diffusion of knowledge is essential to a free society.” A movement towards a free society that includes popular suffrage and compulsory education for all of its inhabitants required a civil war, constitutional amendments, U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the work of multiple educational reformers such as Horace Mann, Catherine Beecher, Booker T. Washington and John Dewey — just to name a few. Creating a system for free quality public education accessible by all U.S. inhabitants has taken over 244 years to advance and continues to this day.
In 2020, sixty-six years after the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, schools throughout America are still not providing equal education, mostly due to economic factors in poor communities. Education reforms over the past two decades in public education have made strides in bridging racial, socioeconomic and gender gaps; even so, there is often a lack of support for public education.  An appreciation for the continued work to improve performance and opportunity for all students can be gleaned from …

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Amid reckoning on police racism, algorithm bias in focus

amid reckoning on police racism, algorithm bias in focus

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Facial recognition technology is increasingly used in law enforcement, amid concerns that low accuracy for people of color could reinforce racial bias

A wave of protests over law enforcement abuses has highlighted concerns over artificial intelligence programs like facial recognition which critics say may reinforce racial bias.

While the protests have focused on police misconduct, activists point out flaws that may lead to unfair applications of technologies for law enforcement, including facial recognition, predictive policing and “risk assessment” algorithms.
The issue came to the forefront recently with the wrongful arrest in Detroit of an African American man based on a flawed algorithm which identified him as a robbery suspect.
Critics of facial recognition use in law enforcement say the case underscores the pervasive impact of a flawed technology.
Mutale Nkonde, an AI researcher, said that even though the idea of bias and algorithms has been debated for years, the latest case and other incidents have driven home the message.
“What is different in this moment is we have explainability and people are really beginning to realize the way these algorithms are used for decision-making,” said Nkonde, a fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Society Lab and the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard.

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State spending under scrutiny as pandemic takes toll on budget

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In March, the New Mexico agency in charge of computers got a great deal.It bought 2,000 new laptops at $799 each, nearly half the retail price.Around the same time, several other state agencies bought that Dell model for hundreds of dollars more.The Gaming Control Board paid almost twice as much, at nearly $1,500 per laptop, while the Public Education Department shelled out over $1,200 each and the Public Regulation Commission spent around $1,070.“That’s ridiculous,” said Rep. Patty Lundstrom, chairwoman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, when asked about the purchases. “That should be central purchasing, for goodness’ sake.”How the government buys things — a process known as procurement — is just one of the areas of state spending the legislative branch says it’s trying to rein in as New Mexico aims to save money amid a huge decline in revenue caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.Lawmakers and their budgetary staff say state agencies are known to overspend for goods and services, aren’t always transparent in how they decide on purchases and don’t have enough oversight or coordination to ensure the state gets the best deals it can.Legislators also say it’s important state agencies forgo …

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The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report: 7/6/20 – AlleyWatch

the weekly notable startup funding report: 7/6/20 – alleywatch

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Anduril Industries
$200.0M – Series C

Orange-based Anduril Industries is a defense product company that builds technology for military agencies and border surveillance. Founded by Brian Schimpf, Joseph Chen, Matt Grimm, Palmer Luckey, and Trae Stephens in 2017, Anduril Industries has now raised a total of $241.0M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, Elad Gil, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Human Capital, and Lux Capital.

Area 1 Security
$25.0M – Series D

Redwood City-based Area 1 Security is a performance-based cybersecurity company, changing how businesses protect against phishing attacks. Founded by Blake Darch3, Oren J. Falkowitz, and Phil Syme in 2013, Area 1 Security has now raised a total of $82.5M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include ForgePoint Capital, Icon Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and Top Tier Capital Partners.

Bluedot
$9.1M – Series B

Austin-based Bluedot is a location technology company helping businesses deliver high impact experiences and contactless solutions in moible apps. Founded by Emil Davityan and Filip Eldic in 2013, Bluedot has now raised a total of $17.3M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Autotech Ventures, Forefront Venture Partners, IAG Firemark Ventures, Mighty Capital, and Transurban Group.

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DuckDuckGo reinstated in India after being unreachable since July 1st

duckduckgo reinstated in india after being unreachable since july 1st

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Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been restored in India after being unreachable for many users there since July 1st, Android Police reported. Reports about what was causing the outage have varied. Some users reported the Indian government appeared to be behind the block, and others said they were getting what appeared to be DNS lookup errors, according to Android Police.
DuckDuckGo tweeted that the service appeared to be restored in India as of Saturday morning.

We’re seeing our services being broadly restored in India. Thank you for all of your reports, bringing attention to this issue.If you’re still having trouble accessing DuckDuckGo Search, please report it to @internetfreedom using this form: https://t.co/jVYFgXTiV7— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) July 4, 2020

On June 29th, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned more than 50 China-based apps including TikTok and WeChat, saying they were “engaged in activities … prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India,” according to a press release.
It’s not clear whether Pennsylvania-based DuckDuckGo may have been inadvertently blocked as part of that larger effort, or whether there was another reason for the outage. DuckDuckGo was not on the Indian government’s June 29th list of banned apps.
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State Senate Approves Information Technology Bill

state senate approves information technology bill

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Cape and Islands State Senator Julian Cyr.HYANNIS – The Massachusetts State Senate recently passed a bill authorizing funds to study internet access and cell signal deficiencies across the region, as well as provide technology for students at Cape Cod Community Colleg.
“An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth” includes multiple adopted amendments proposed by State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro).
The first authorized the Baker-Polito administration to spend $400,000 for the Cape Cod Commission to conduct the research to identify the most significant gaps in coverage.
The commission would work in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, the town of Nantucket, and various other municipalities and organizations in the region.
The second amendment authorized funding for 4Cs to equip students who need necessary technology in order to participate in remote learning from home.
The last amendment proposed by Cyr authorizes $2.9 million to fully fund the Public Health Data Warehouse which operates under the Department of Public Health to track public health trends as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Farmington Schools business teacher elected to state board

farmington schools business teacher elected to state board

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Jason Canfield (Farmington Public Schools)
Farmington Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Information Technology (IT) Business Teacher Jason Canfield has been elected to serve as Michigan Computer Science Teacher Association (MiCSTA) University Liaison.
Along with his FPS work, Canfield is an adjunct professor at both Henry Ford College and Macomb Community College. He has taught CTE, IT, and business for 16 years.
Canfield earned his Bachelor of Business Education, Master of Science in Technology, and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. He specializes in the areas of technology and culture and information systems (programming and implementation). He holds both a professional education certificate and CTE Occupational Certificate.
A Microsoft and Google Certified Educator, Canfield holds credentials in Office, Excel expert, and MTA certifications in security, operating systems, block-based programming, and HTML CSS programming. Additionally, he is the BPA advisor at North Farmington High School.
“I am grateful to serve on the MiCSTA board,” Canfield said in a district press release. “I look forward to working collaboratively with fellow educators and like-minded industry professionals to further grow and expand the progression of computer science in the classroom and workforce.”
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