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Content tagged with Government posted in December 2013
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Supercomputers: New Software Needed
News  |  12/31/2013  | 
Next hurdle for high-performance computing is figuring out how to handle unstructured data.
Regulating Killer Robots On The Battlefield
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Human rights groups want to ban autonomous weapons.
Top 10 Big Data Stories Of 2013
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Big data equals big opportunity -- and a surplus of hype. Catch up on the big data articles that interested readers most in 2013.
Software-Defined Networking Rises Above The Hype
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
SDN earned plenty of hype in 2013, but the ability to program networks improves network performance and security in a more systematic and automatic fashion.
Veterans Affairs Website Offers Open Data
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Public now has access to APIs, tools, and resources to build apps that benefit veterans.
My Best IT Moment In 2013
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
An emergency preparedness drill brought out the best in my IT team. What were your best moments?
Federal Agencies Lack E-Discovery Savvy
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Just 38% of federal legal pros think their agencies could show their electronically stored information is accurate, accessible, complete, and trustworthy, according to Deloitte survey.
U.S. Citizens More Worried About ID Theft Than Privacy
News  |  12/27/2013  | 
Despite NSA scare, U.S. voters are five times more concerned about hacking than tracking, CCIA study says.
10 Biggest Tech Disappointments Of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/27/2013  | 
From HealthCare.gov to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, here are some of the year's biggest letdowns.
Most Wasteful Government IT Projects Of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/27/2013  | 
Federal agencies continue to pour millions into overlapping IT projects. Check out the worst offenders.
Top 15 Government Technology Stories of 2013
News  |  12/26/2013  | 
From robots to Obamacare, here are the 15 most popular InformationWeek government tech stories from 2013.
Federal Agencies Must Rethink Digital Strategies
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Federal CIOs face many challenges processing petabytes of data. But a growing number of analytic tools offer new insights to improve agency services with constituents.
Top 10 Database Stories Of 2013
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Microsoft SQL Server, NoSQL, and the in-memory database wars are the highlights among this year's headlines.
Government Contractors Feel Pain From Shutdown, Sequestration
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Federal contractors rethink business strategies to weather uncertainty, declining revenue in government business.
Patient Data On Filesharing Service Provokes Legal Trouble
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Medical file reportedly found on a peer-to-peer filesharing network leads to an FTC complaint, a federal lawsuit, and a book claiming regulatory overreach.
Feds Use Cloud To Clean Up Nuclear Site
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
The Department of Energy's Hanford site conquers a wide area with a flexible cloud environment and thin clients to improve performance and lower costs.
FBI Traces Harvard Bomb Hoax To Undergrad
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
The FBI says a Harvard undergrad's decision to access Tor over the university's wireless network helped unmask an alleged sender of bomb threats.
Google Says Governments Fight Transparency
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Google's latest Transparency Report sees a rise in efforts by governments to erase criticism.
DeSalvo Appointed National Coordinator For Health IT
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Dr. Karen DeSalvo receives high praise for her post-Katrina work in New Orleans and her extensive experience in health IT.
Bill Seeks To Clean Telehealth State Regulations Mess
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Telehealth regulations differ in each of the 50 states, inhibiting use of technology to treat patients, say proposed law's sponsors.
NSA Phone Data Practices Must Change, Panel Says
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Presidential review board report delivers 46 recommendations on surveillance practices, including legislation to end bulk data collection of US citizen phone records.
Business Intelligence 2013: Tale Of Two Worlds
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
BI giants IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP grew little in 2013, but nimble, visual-data-discovery leaders Tableau, TIBCO Spotfire, and QlikTech soared. Here's why.
Increase Cyber-Security Workforce, Government Urged
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Cyber-security organization offers seven recommendations to the White House and defense agencies on improving worker qualifications and strengthening security built into IT.
Cloudera Goes Cloud With Amazon
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Cloudera says Amazon Web Services partnership will help customers move beyond Hadoop sandboxes to bring high-scale production platforms into the cloud.
Reform NSA, Tech Execs Tell Obama
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Top leaders from Apple, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo meet with President Obama, urge him to "move aggressively" on US surveillance reforms.
HealthCare.gov Shows 4 Ways Software Delivery Must Change
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
Troubled project should encourage you to discard traditional manufacturing processes with their reliance on control, and prioritize information and flexibility.
Delta CEO: No Voice Calls On Our Planes
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Passengers on Delta Airlines will not be able to make voice calls, even if the FCC allows it.
IBM: City Analytics Is Key Trend
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
IBM's annual list of the top 5 innovative technologies includes smart cities, and it's not just hype.
Microsoft Exec To Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Former Microsoft Office division president Kurt DelBene will lead troubled healthcare insurance site through the first half of 2014.
Google, HP Recall Faulty Chromebook 11 Charger
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Nine instances of chargers overheating and melting have been reported.
Open Government Data: Companies Cash In
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Start-ups and established firms harvest government data for consumer and business applications, creating an economic stimulus.
IBM Predicts Next 5 Life-Changing Tech Innovations
Slideshows  |  12/17/2013  | 
IBM unveils its annual "5 in 5" list of technology breakthroughs that promise to change how we work and live within five years. Real promise or PR fantasy?
Datawind's $38 Tablet: What's Inside
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Datawind aims to empower low-income families with a connection to the Internet. The company also plans to sell a $100 tablet.
What All That NSA Intelligence Costs
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Intelligence agencies spend three times more of their budgets on IT than average government agencies, says IDC report.
6 Robots To Inspire Google
Slideshows  |  12/17/2013  | 
Google just bought military-grade robotics company Boston Dynamics. Check out their robots and others competing in the next DARPA challenge.
Real-Time Prediction, Big Data Scale: Impossible Dream?
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
WibiData challenges IBM, Oracle, and SAS by combining vast customer history as well as real-time behavioral data to generate personalized recommendations.
Tools That Soothe Enterprise Email Pain
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan discusses how to upgrade Microsoft enterprise email using a unified email management system.
Elon Musk: I Thought Tesla Was Dying
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Speaking at the Dell World conference, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discusses innovation, teamwork, and risk taking.
NSA's Malware Heroics Questioned By Security Experts
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
NSA says it thwarted a nation state's BIOS-bricking malware plot, but info security and privacy experts say the agency is trying to snow the American public.
Health Insurance Exchanges Struggle To Charm Customers
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Up to 80% of consumers abandon their transactions on the checkout page, even on well-designed retail sites. How can healthcare exchanges learn from their mistakes?
Meet NOAA's Unique 3D Weather Tool
Slideshows  |  12/16/2013  | 
Science on a Sphere, a carbon-fiber globe created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, displays weather conditions and environmental data in a compelling way.
5 Higher Education CIOs: InformationWeek's Chiefs Of The Year
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Learn how these CIOs in higher education drive critical change -- in an industry ripe for disruption.
Smartphones On A Plane: DoT Weighs In
News  |  12/14/2013  | 
FCC plans to review ban on airline voice calls, but Department of Transportation may enact its own ban, "for the sake of fliers' sanity."
Former Homeland Security CIO Tapped As Startup CEO
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
Richard Spires, former IRS and DHS IT chief, takes the helm as CEO of Resilient Network Systems.
Energy Department Breach Years In Making, Investigators Say
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
July data breach that affected up to 150,000 employees traces back to a string of managerial and technical failures, investigators conclude.
Tangled Data Protection Laws Threaten Cloud, Critics Say
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
Technology group calls for "Geneva Convention" to address complex maze of data laws that affect growth of cloud computing and global trade.
Cybercriminals Enlist Database Cloud Services
News  |  12/12/2013  | 
Database-as-a-service supports a new Trojan-based attack that steals businesses' online banking credentials.
Make The Skies Friendlier For Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
It's time to let passengers use their mobile phones as they and the airlines see fit. The FCC is on board.
Are Legacy Systems Keeping You Prisoner?
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Does your organization depend on a decades-old IT infrastructure? Here are some strategies for breaking out of outdated systems that are too risky to leave in place.
Obama's Open Data Plan: Much Work Ahead
News  |  12/11/2013  | 
Open government advocates found plenty to praise in Obama administration's latest National Action Plan (NAP). But agencies must now make good on those plans.
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