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FTC: In-App Purchase Crackdowns Reflect 'Fundamental' Rules
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
Federal Trade Commission must observe core principles of consumer protection, regardless of the pace of technology, Commissioner Julie Brill says.
Federal IT Innovation Depends On Being Open
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Federal agencies have a hard time fitting innovation into their plans, let alone their budgets. Open data and open-source software help make innovation happen anyway.
FDA Mobile Apps Loophole Hazardous For Healthcare
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
The FDA's reluctance to overregulate medical apps opens a pitfall for healthcare organizations that innovate too far ahead of the curve.
NY Seeks Bitcoin Exchange Regulations
News  |  7/22/2014  | 
Proposal would require state's digital currency dealers to follow strict anti-money-laundering and consumer protection rules.
NASA Orion Space Capsule Has Surprising Brain
News  |  7/22/2014  | 
New manned spacecraft will use a flight computer adapted from jetliners for deep space missions to the asteroids and Mars.
3 Reasons We Don't Need Federal CIOs
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Former NASA CIO muses on the futility of the federal CIO role -- and offers insight on how it needs to change.
Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
Our new survey shows fed agencies focusing more on security, as they should, but they're still behind the times with cloud use, data center consolidation, and overall innovation.
NASA's Orion Spacecraft: 9 Facts
Slideshows  |  7/19/2014  | 
The Orion spacecraft gives NASA a ticket to deep space. Here's how NASA is preparing the spacecraft for a mission to visit an asteroid in 2025.
Telemedicine Guidelines Leave Plenty Of Questions
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Federation of State Medical Boards and American Medical Association telemedicine standards provide a good starting point, but their definitions are too narrow.
Net Neutrality: Let's Move Beyond Class Warfare
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
The Hatfields say consumers will suffer if we prioritize Net traffic. The McCoys say we're headed for communism if we don't. They're both wrong: The problem is lack of broadband competition, not lack of openness and equality.
Federal Agencies Must Get Practical About Cloud
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Government agencies are working through the realities of making cloud a routine mode of computing.
State Health Insurance Exchanges Limp Toward Relaunch
News  |  7/16/2014  | 
Oregon's exchange has shut down, sending its workload to HealthCare.gov, and at least two others are keeping this option open for the next enrollment period that starts in November.
7 Ways To Avoid Self-Service IT Pitfalls
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Moving routine work from IT to end users can increase efficiency and save serious money. But too many projects fall flat.
Government Security: Saying 'No' Doesn't Work
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
It's time for government agencies to move beyond draconian security rules and adopt anomaly analytics.
Predict The Future (Without Looking Like An Idiot)
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
Use these 8 tactics this coming budget season to force your planning in new directions.
Microsoft Enhances Azure, Office 365
News  |  7/9/2014  | 
Microsoft sets the tone for its Worldwide Partner Conference with new Office 365 plans, Azure analytics, and storage announcements.
Google CEO: Fight Unemployment With Job Sharing
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
Google CEO Larry Page suggests we can reduce unemployment by dividing jobs in half.
Urban Observatory Maps Comparisons Between Cities
News  |  7/8/2014  | 
Urban data map, bound for the Smithsonian by way of Esri's user conference, was created in partnership with Richard Saul Wurman, architect, graphic designer, and founder of the TED conference.
Hurricane Arthur Vs. Data Visualization: Supplies Riddle
News  |  7/3/2014  | 
Humanitarian organization Direct Relief uses mapping to visualize needs and plot the logistics of distribution before disaster strikes.
3 Myths Of Police Data Integration, Debunked
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
Databases that don't talk to each other are hurting law enforcement: If police can't connect the dots across state lines, bad guys can get away. Data integration is key.
Virtual Currencies Draw Fresh Regulator Scrutiny
News  |  7/2/2014  | 
Federal regulators are paying more attention to the growing use of bitcoin and other virtual online currencies. The GAO calls for more consumer protections.
Windows XP Stayin' Alive
News  |  7/1/2014  | 
Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, but 25% of PC users still use it today -- twice as many as use Windows 8 and 8.1.
Advice To Europe: Don't Strangle Tech Investment
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
To boost its lackluster productivity and economic growth, Europe must loosen its regulatory hold on information and communication technologies.
7 Surprising Technologies From World War I
Slideshows  |  6/28/2014  | 
WWI marked the first time technology was widely used in war. Look back 100 years at early drones, wearables, and other technologies that had lasting influence.
DARPA Robotics Challenge Gets Tougher
News  |  6/27/2014  | 
Robots competing in DARPA's disaster relief test must show some autonomy, will face surprise challenge.
Commerce Dept. Partners With Private Sector On Open Data
News  |  6/27/2014  | 
Commerce Department uses meetings with private sector to improve its open data infrastructure.
Open And Social: New Path For Government Agencies
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Agencies such as DoD are adopting social business, digital technologies, and open standards in surprising ways.
Lockheed Consolidates DISA Network Centers
News  |  6/26/2014  | 
Defense tech firm plans to streamline DISA's global network by closing two European operations and technology centers.
Warrantless Cellphone Searches Illegal, Supreme Court Rules
News  |  6/26/2014  | 
Supreme Court bars police from searching data on an individual's cellphone without a warrant.
Electronic Health Records: First, Do No Harm?
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
EHRs are commonly promoted as boosting patient safety, but are we all being fooled? InformationWeek Radio investigates.
Cloud Improves SEC's Bottom Line
News  |  6/25/2014  | 
Move to cloud helps Securities and Exchange Commission collect, analyze, and report on financial data more efficiently.
Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo
News  |  6/25/2014  | 
Supreme Court rules that Aereo's scheme for delivering broadcast TV over the Internet violates copyright law; legality of cloud storage and other services remains unresolved.
Free The Data: Goals For Meaningful Use Stage 3
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
Independent report lays out a robust path to interoperability. Will we follow it?
VA Studies Telehealth For Chronic Illness Management
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
Veterans Health Administration seeks to expand its 44 telehealth service areas.
Oracle Documents: Politics Sabotaged Oregon Healthcare Website
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
State officials, not shoddy software, stopped the consumer launch of the Cover Oregon healthcare website, Oracle reportedly says in documents submitted to Congressional committee.
Aereo Vs. Broadcasters: 5 Questions For Supreme Court
News  |  6/23/2014  | 
Should accessing an antenna and a DVR through the cloud be treated as any different under the law than doing so in your own home?
Agriculture Dept. Turns To SDN
News  |  6/19/2014  | 
USDA's National Information Technology Center adopts software-defined networking in quest for "faster, better, cheaper" cloud services.
Former HHS Exec Launches ACO For Independent Physicians
News  |  6/18/2014  | 
Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former national coordinator for HIT at the US Department of Health and Human Services, founds an ACO to help physician-led practices deliver value-based population health services to patients.
Federal Broadband Program Falls Short
News  |  6/18/2014  | 
The $3 billion rural broadband rollout, established as part of the federal stimulus program, left too many projects unfinished, GAO reports.
Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Consulting?
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Wikistrat's eclectic community of analysts beat the CIA by predicting Russia's annexation of Crimea. Should crowdsourcing play a bigger role in the consulting industry?
Government IT 'Fundamentally Flawed,' Researchers Say
News  |  6/16/2014  | 
Fixing how federal agencies purchase and manage IT will take top leadership and new approaches, say the authors of a new report.
NIST Security Guidance Revision: Prepare Now
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
NIST 800-53 Revision 5 will likely put more emphasis on continuous monitoring. Don't wait until it arrives to close your security gaps.
VA Backlog: Technological Solution Was Subverted
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
Computerized reporting is useless when data is kept off the books.
FCC Wants More Cybersecurity Collaboration, Less Regulation
News  |  6/13/2014  | 
In a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined principles for a market based approach.
Commerce Dept. Appoints New CIO
News  |  6/12/2014  | 
Former CIO of Homeland Security Dept. and FAA Steve Cooper returns to government.
IBM Launches SoftLayer Data Centers
News  |  6/11/2014  | 
Two new data centers allow federal agencies to create cloud services quickly and securely on both virtual and bare metal servers. FedRAMP and FISMA certifications are in the works.
GAO Spotlights 190 Troubled IT Projects
News  |  6/11/2014  | 
Some agencies actively avoid transparency requirements of IT Dashboard, says Government Accountability Office.
3 Ways To Defuse Dr. No.
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
You know that guy in the back of the room, just waiting to list all the reasons your project won't fly? Don't fight him -- convert him.
Why Agencies Need Acquisition-as-a-Service
Commentary  |  6/10/2014  | 
An acquisition-as-a-service approach could solve software procurement inefficiencies for government agencies.
UN Unveils Big Data Climate Change Challenge
News  |  6/10/2014  | 
United Nations hopes its big data climate contest will reveal new ways big data can alleviate problems caused by climate change.
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