UMN Program Tackles Election Cybersecurity

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Via St. Paul Pioneer Press

“At a time when U.S. voting systems have been under assault, an online program at the University of Minnesota is teaching students how to run secure elections and fend off cyber attackers. The 12-credit Certificate in Election Administration program is offered by the university’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Now in its third full year, the program has expanded its course offerings to include cybersecurity education. Administrators have formed a national steering committee comprising leaders in the field.”

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Electronics Recycler Tech Dump Doubles Footprint With New 90k Sq. Ft. Building In St. Paul

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Via News Release

Tech Dump, a Twin Cities based electronics recycler and social enterprise that has been steadily in growth mode since its inception in 2011, has signed a purchase agreement for a 90,000 square foot building at 860 Vandalia Street in St. Paul. This more than doubles their existing square footage and capacity to recycle and refurbish old tech items while providing jobs training.”

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[UPDATED] Should Minnesota Techies Be Treated Differently Based On Their Appearance?

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[UPDATED] 9/25/18 10:30am CST:

It was with best intentions that we hosted events like Startup School Femtech to foster the formation and prosperity of female-led technology companies in Minnesota.

Or published original research reports like The Ultimate Guide To Women In Technology to help women interested in Minnesota tech find communities of the like-minded to further their professional goals.

…and created a dedicated “Women” column that was specifically for the recognition + promotion women within the Minnesota tech community.

However, it’s come to our attention that this is a classic example of treating some Minnesota techies different from one another based on their physical appearance.  As such, we have ceased these initiatives because it’s not what most of our audience actually wants and is equally inconsistent with our editorial ethos:

Minnesota techies are not treated differently from one another based on their physical appearance.

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Recruiting Young Female Minority Talent Has Helped Fuel Growth At Keyot

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Via Star Tribune

“When Laura Kelly launched IT consultancy Keyot with sister Anjie Cayot out of Kelly’s basement a decade ago, she was burned out from travel and fed up making money for big-company employers. The siblings accomplished their first objective in a hurry: establishing a growth company, which this year is projected to reach revenue of $25 million-plus from the work of nearly 200 IT consultants and staff.”

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[UPDATED] TECHdotMN, 26 Letters, and Structural Introduce A Diversity and Inclusion Study Of MN Tech

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Updated 6/7/18: Question framework added.

Original 5/17/18: We’re teaming together with 26 Letters and Structural to research and assess diversity and inclusion (D&I).

This shared pursuit represents a first of its kind scientific approach to holistically and objectively understanding the D&I environment among Minnesota’s technology industry at large.  Some key questions we are seeking to answer include:

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IT-Ready Helps Fill Gaps For Immigrants & Minorities In Minnesota Tech

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“Javier Martinez is an important part of the fastest-growing component of the Twin Cities labor force and a critical element in our economic future. Martinez, 26, an immigrant from Mexico as a child, worked as a paper carrier and cleaned houses after graduating from St. Paul Johnson High School.

“I also was pretty good with computers,” Martinez said. “I could fix my personal computer. And I enjoyed troubleshooting and helping friends.”

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