Time and time again, elected officials, however well-meaning, from both the Democrat and Republican Parties, have jeopardized our California’s State’s web portal security, privacy, and critical information. With more and more confidential information being stored digitally by our government, at the local, state and federal level, security flaws must be detected, adequately addressed and correctly fixed without delay.
From deliberate foreign interference in our elections in 2016 to the 143 million U.S. consumers’ personal information exposed by the Equifax’s massive data breach, both the Democrat and Republican Parties and their candidates, have repeatedly demonstrated disdain, distrust, and aversion for technologists, geeks, and hackers.
Now is the time like never before to hold an open, public and online California Gubernatorial Forum on technology, and all the related topics like cybersecurity, Reseach and Development, cryptocurrencies, and more.
There are so many errors, security flaws, and defects in our state’s technology infrastructure, under good conscience I will not list all of them here, that would seriously endanger our public safety, privacy, and security. One major error, security flaws, and defect I will demonstrate here, just to give you, the California voter, an idea how blatantly outdated, weak and vulnerable our California’s technology infrastructure is with my fellow Gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. His web portal, the one with the Google ID UA-36964590-1, that we taxpayers pay for, is still using Adobe Flash. Flash has a total number of vulnerabilities of around 1,045 and still counting. If that wasn’t bad enough, the web portal isn’t even mobile friendly!
Having an outdated government website that makes our government state resources vulnerable to cyber attacks sets a dangerous, reckless and careless precedent. According to MIT, China’s AI startups scored more funding than America’s last year. I have the great honor and privilege of meeting and talking with our veterans, and I remember them telling me that “The most dangerous thing in the world is a Second Lieutenant with a map and a compass.” What our veterans explained to me was that while a Second Lieutenant is well-meaning, not willing to carefully listen to more experienced soldiers with combat real-world experience was dangerous, reckless and careless. Likewise, I feel it is dangerous, reckless and careless for our politicians to claim technology expertise, know-how, and understanding just because they attached their name to a book, authored by another person no less, on technology for propaganda purposes.
The book “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government”, by Gavin Newsom and Lisa Dickey, is an example of how well-meaning, committed and hardworking elected officials, like Gavin Newsom, I believe he is, cannot be the most capable person to be California’s next Governor in today’s fast-paced technologically centric economy, society, and world. California, in particular, our state Capitol in Sacramento, needs a technology-focused, real-world experienced and forward-thinking Governor to ensure California remains the technology leader for today and tomorrow. I am asking for your vote on June 5th, 2018 to vote for the FUTURE by voting FUJI.
Thank You, God Bless Our Great State of California
PS- Hey Gavin, please, please, please be a “good digital citizen”, fix our taxpayer website so it does not comprise our other government websites on CA.GOV. It will take about two minutes or less to fix your personal Lt. Gov. web portal security vulnerability, that endangers the entire WWW.CA.GOV Internet site.
Lt.Gov. Gavin Newsom
Special Note: And for goodness sake, please periodically change the login page at California’s Department of Technology Services website “https://cdt.ca.gov/wp-login.php” to “https://cdt.ca.gov/whateveryouwanthereexample.php”. It’s accessible from the Internet by literally anyone or anywhere that compromises our state’s technology infrastructure.