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Daily Digest 8/4 - Good News Friday: Regulating Surveillance Technology, The Race For Floating Wind Farms

Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:17 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance to Regulate Surveillance Technology (sv)

City agencies, including the Seattle Police Department, have been acquiring increasingly powerful surveillance technologies without public input or oversight, despite previous passage of an ordinance intended to accomplish public transparency around surveillance. Surveillance technologies can paint a clear picture of a person's habits, movements, and political and religious activities, and can create fear among vulnerable communities. Yet there has been little or no public awareness or clear usage guidelines when technologies such as drones, Shotspotter, social media monitoring systems, and others were adopted.

Facing Backlash, Vote Fraud Panel Promises to Protect Data (Jen H.)

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice-chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, reiterated in the letter that the commission wants states to hand over public voter data, specifically “information that is already available to the public under the laws of your state.”

U.S. added 209,000 jobs in July as economy enters ninth year of expansion (jdargis)

Still, the hiring data points to a healthy economy despite some mixed signals in recent weeks. Employers appear to be optimistic about their businesses and future consumer demand. The solid job gains may also fuel greater consumer spending, which would bolster economic growth.

ACLU investing millions of dollars in Florida to restore ex-felons’ voting rights (sv)

The Voter Restoration Amendment was crafted to avoid obvious attacks. It would alter the state’s Constitution so that “any disqualification from voting arising from a felony conviction shall terminate and voting rights shall be restored upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation,” bringing Florida in line with most states; convictions for “murder or a felony sexual offense” would keep the offender in a stricter clemency process.

The Race For Floating Wind Farms Has Begun (Michael K.)

According to Quartz, the critical advance is new software and responsive blades: “Statoil developed some nifty software that twists the blades of the floating turbine in response to the motions of the wind, waves, and ocean currents. These dynamic blades, along with ballast at the base of the structure, keep the 175-meter tall, 10,000-metric ton turbines (574 feet, 11,00 short tons) upright. The floating structures can operate in water as deep as 1,000 meters.”

Questions remain as Gov. Brown signs legislation to address neighborhood-level air pollution (sv)

The law imposes new requirements to monitor and reduce pollution in neighborhoods where houses and schools are squeezed between oil refineries, industrial facilities and freight corridors. Ramping up efforts to alleviate asthma and other health problems was part of a broader deal to extend the cap-and-trade program for cutting greenhouse gases, a priority for the governor.

Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest (jdargis)

The results of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest are now in, with grand-prize winner Sergio Tapiro Velasco set to receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, for his incredible shot of lightning striking the erupting Colima Volcano in Mexico. National Geographic was kind enough to allow me to share the winners and honorable mentions with you here, from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People.

Gold & Silver

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Meanwhile, off the coast of Fukushima

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