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The U.S. healthcare sector is currently seeing major changes to its methods for record keeping and information sharing.

This week, Digital Rochester hosted a summit to discuss how these changes will impact on the community, health care providers, and Information Technology professionals.

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Rural and urban areas of upstate New York unserved or underserved by high speed broadband, are the targets for the $25 million "Connect NY" funding program announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today.

Internet service providers have until October 5 to submit their applications for grants made available through the Regional Economic Development Councils and Empire State Development. 

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About a year ago, Claire Perez started trying to figure out why she doesn’t have broadband at her house in West Dryden.

Time Warner’s cable ends a half-mile down Perez’s busy road. She’s walked up and down the street, knocking on doors, finding out who has high-speed Internet and who doesn’t.

Perez and her neighbors beyond the end of the line do have access to a satellite service. But that has a daily cap on it, so Perez can’t stream long videos.

“I’m only .5 miles from these Time Warner connections on a major route, ten miles from Cornell University, and nobody can help me in the government get connected and every time I’ve gone to various things it’s like no, no, no,” says Perez.

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The State Comptroller’s office has released a harshly-worded audit of the state Office for Technology (OFT), slamming the agency for favoritism and conflicts-of-interest in the awarding of state contracts.

Auditors say the abuses were, “flagrant, significant, and not well-hidden.”

OFT is responsible for handling the state government’s IT services.

Much of the audit focuses on OFT’s former deputy chief information officer, Rico Singleton, who’s accused of mishandling a state contract with the computer security company, McAfee, and wasting $1.5 million in taxpayer funds.

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As part of our story about landmen in the Marcellus Shale, we spoke with Chris Csikszentmihályi, who co-created the "Landman Report Card" project.

But Csikszentmihályi didn't just create one website to help track fracking - he created three.

  •, where homeowners can give landmen letter grades
  •, where people can track news reports about oil and gas
  •, where property owners can record all the drilling activity going on in their neighborhood, on a well-by-well basis

Together those sites comprise the MIT Media Lab's "extrACT projects," and they've taught Csikszentmihályi valuable lessons about natural gas and web 2.0.