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Content tagged with Government posted in January 2014
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Super Bowl Organizers Try To Prevent Power Fiasco
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Smart grid technologies are among the tools helping planners prevent another Super Bowl blackout.
Lenovo's Motorola Buy: Government IT Impact
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Lenovo won't overcome its obstacles with US federal IT market due to this acquisition -- but deal will likely strengthen Samsung's position.
FedRAMP Deadline Looms For Agencies, Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Federal agencies have until June 5 to certify their cloud systems. Here's what will happen if they miss the deadline.
NASA Starts Weather Quest
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
First of five new science satellites on Earth-observing missions will provide real-time observations of rain and snow every three hours.
16 Top Big Data Analytics Platforms
Slideshows  |  1/30/2014  | 
Data analysis is a do-or-die requirement for today's businesses. We analyze notable vendor choices, from Hadoop upstarts to traditional database players.
Federal IT Procurement Reform Proposed
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Lawmakers suggest adding Digital Government Office that would oversee IT acquisitions and prevent troubled projects such as HealthCare.gov.
New Domain Names For Sale: 4 Facts
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
First seven new generic top-level domains rolled out for public purchase Wednesday; hundreds more coming. Get prepared.
Government Loosens Data Disclosure Gag
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo can now publish more of the details on user data that the government demands, but startups might suffer.
Why Free Government Data Remains A Tough Sell
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Open government data holds great economic promise. But solving the technical hurdles addresses only part of the challenge of bringing the data to market.
Apple iPhone Record Sales Fail To Impress
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Apple sold 51 million iPhones last quarter, but investors expected sales to top 56 million.
NSA, British Spy Agency Collect Angry Birds Data
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
National Security Agency and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters have collected data from smartphone apps for years, says new report on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Prepare For Robotic Warfare, Warns CNAS
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Unmanned systems and rise of guided munitions could threaten US military's dominance, according to a report by the Center for a New American Security.
Stop Harassing Google Employees
Commentary  |  1/25/2014  | 
The right to free speech isn't a license to threaten, harass, or intimidate.
White House Launches Big Data, Privacy Review
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Led by President Obama's counselor John Podesta, the review will help shape an action plan surrounding the collection, availability, and use of big data.
Google - EU Privacy Dispute May Affect US Law
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
A European Union dispute with Google over its privacy policy has US lawmakers considering even stricter privacy protections.
10 Years On Mars: What Spirit & Opportunity Discovered
Slideshows  |  1/24/2014  | 
NASA's twin rovers have spent a decade on the red planet, using their scientific instruments and engineering cameras to explore rocks and soil.
GSA's Challenge.gov Wins Harvard Innovation Award
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Online portal features information on government challenges and competitions, aims to crowdsource creative ideas to solve societal problems.
Homeland Security Makes Cybersecurity A Managed Service
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Einstein 3 intrusion prevention system analyzes traffic to and from executive-branch agencies to block threats at the ISP level.
Workday Brings Consumer Web Experience To Enterprise Apps
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Workday taps HTML5 to bring the look and feel of Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn to corporate apps on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Better Videoconferencing In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan discusses why advanced HD desktop videoconferencing systems are a smart choice for enterprises, and offers 12 tips for using them effectively.
Motorola Lures iPhone Customers With Migrate
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
Motorola Mobility updates Android data migration app with ability to handle iPhone data.
Bill Gates Offers Microsoft 'Part-Time' Help
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
The Microsoft chairman negotiates CEO rumors while focusing on global poverty efforts.
How Government Can Make Open Data Work
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
The Obama administration has set the right goals with its Open Data Policy, but agencies need to do more to liberate their data. Here are six suggestions.
VMware Goes Mobile With AirWatch Buy
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
VMware accelerates expansion outside the datacenter in a $1.54 billion deal that will broaden the company's End-User Computing portfolio.
How FedRAMP Lifts All Cloud Ships
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
FedRAMP's role in making cloud services more secure also helps agencies offset some of the complexity of their IT operations, says NIST's Ron Ross.
Defense Dept. Calls For Expanded Nuclear Monitoring
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
US must ramp up surveillance and big data analytics tools to meet challenge of global nuclear proliferation monitoring, warns DOD Defense Science Board report.
Social Security Administration To Build Private Cloud
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
SSA issues request for information seeking software that would help automate the agency's IT processes and create a self-service portal.
'Password' No Longer Worst Password
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
The security firm SplashData publishes its list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013.
SAP Doubles Down On Cloud Computing
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
SAP accelerates its transition to cloud services, raising subscription revenue forecasts and rolling back profit expectations as it invests in cloud growth.
Cloud Providers Align With FedRAMP Security Standards
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the government effort to hasten agencies' cloud adoption, has changed the way the cloud computing industry thinks about security.
Defense CIO Takai: Why FedRAMP Helps Everyone
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
FedRAMP, and Teri Takai's role on the Joint Authorization Board, are helping redefine cloud computing security standards.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  1/20/2014  | 
Is the IT budget moving out of ITís control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full spending authority. What is in our control: How we respond.
Obama Outlines 5 Surveillance Reforms
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
NSA's controversial bulk collection of phone records will end, but businesses may be asked to retain data in case the government needs it.
Budget Bill Boosts Cybersecurity Spending
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Congress's $1.1 trillion spending package increases cybersecurity funding, but seeks more transparency in IT spending.
Net Neutrality: Regulation Makes Evil Empire Giggle
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Want a faster, better, cheaper, more available Internet? Painful Net neutrality regulations wonít help. Competition will.
Intel Desperately Seeking Mobile Momentum
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Posting mixed earnings, Intel tries to catch up in mobile while getting ahead in wearable tech and the Internet of Things.
16 Stupid Tech Job Interview Questions: Show Your Snark
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Glassdoor characterizes these actual job interview questions as "oddball." We give these questions the answers they deserve.
Healthcare.gov Still Insecure, Critics Tell House Panel
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
At Congressional hearing, critic who suggested in November site should be shut down says, "Nothing has changed."
MedAllies Goes National With Health Data Direct Messaging
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Direct secure messaging service lets healthcare providers exchange information about patients, regardless of what EHR software sends the message.
Internet Of Things: 8 Cost-Cutting Ideas For Government
Slideshows  |  1/16/2014  | 
Cisco says tech's new trend darling could mean $4.6 trillion in savings and revenue to governments worldwide during the next 10 years. Examine the ideas.
The Second Machine Age: Meet Your Computer Overlords
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
A maddeningly reasonable and readable new book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argues that while a robot may take your job, the economy will prosper.
Apple Settles FTC In-App Purchasing Complaint
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
Agreement calls for $32.5 million in refunds for in-app purchases made without parents' OK.
Data.gov Makes Agency Data More Accessible
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
A government data repository is rebuilt on open-source code to help desktop and mobile users navigate through more than 85,000 public datasets.
Windows 9: What We Know
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
With Windows 8.1 floundering, Windows 9 rumors have picked up steam. What can you expect from the next version of Windows?
Net Neutrality Court Ruling Won't Ruin The Internet
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Competition, not massive regulation, is the best way to make the Internet open.
Athenahealth To Share EHR Data With Physicians Group
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
Athenahealth to send its data on quality care to American College of Physicians, helping customers achieve a Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirement for quality data sharing.
FCC Net Neutrality Rules Rejected
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
FCC must draft new rules or rely on the intervention of lawmakers if it's to regulate Internet broadband service providers.
Accenture Jumps Into HealthCare.gov Hot Seat
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
CGI Federal's mishandling of federal health exchange website paved the way for Accenture Federal Services.
BYOD In Defense Department? Not In This Lifetime
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Despite some moves toward securing mobile devices and applications, Defense Department officials do not embrace the bring-your-own-device trend.
Tech Policy Is Not A Religion
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
"Digital libertarians" and "digital technocrats" want us to believe their way is the truth and the light. It's not that black and white.
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