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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in May 2009
Google Executive To Become Federal Deputy CTO
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Andrew McLaughlin will find that he isn't the only ex-Google employee serving the Obama administration.
Global CIO: Sam Palmisano's Grand Strategy For IBM Revealed In $5B Global Financing Plan
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
The company is offering billions to help customers "mind the gap" until so-called stimulus money begins to flow around the globe. And it expects much of that funding will be used to purchase its very own products and services.
Obama Announces White House Cybersecurity Position
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Names that have been bandied about include acting White House cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway and Microsoft VP Scott Charney.
FCC To Examine Rural Broadband Needs
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
A new report indicates that there will be a multiplicity of solutions ranging from cable and DSL to satellite and broadband over power lines.
Government Wrestles With Social Media Records Retention Policies
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
White House Launching Transparency Blog
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
In a nod to openness and citizen participation in government, the Obama administration also will open White House blogs to public comments.
Computer Group Objects To EC Browser Regulations
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CompTIA says Europe's sanctions against Microsoft could damage the whole industry.
Government Panel Calls For Privacy Policy Overhaul
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Report to OMB outlines the creation of a chief privacy officer role and chief privacy officers at every federal agency that already has a CFO.
DTV Transition Test Inundates FCC With Calls
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The FCC's soft test of the digital television conversion was a wake-up call for consumers who aren't prepared for the June 12 transition.
Obama, White House To Oversee Cybersecurity Leadership
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The national security staff will include new positions for addressing cybersecurity, information sharing on terrorism, border security, and preparedness and response.
Department Of The Interior Can't Locate Many PCs
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The federal agency can't locate 20% of its computers and, because it has no encryption requirements, the missing PCs could be vulnerable to data theft or loss.
U.S. Stimulus A 'Potential Goldmine' For Wireless Telecoms
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
A mix of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices, sensors, and communications systems will link health networks, while in education, providers will promote a brace of opportunities, a new report says.
Google Sued By Inventor of Vibrating Toilet Seat
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
Johnny I. Henry says he was humiliated that Google and AOL returned search results that refer to him with a hateful term.
Microsoft Passes On EC Antitrust Meeting
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Perhaps in response, Microsoft says that the forthcoming Windows 7 operating system contains a switch that allows consumers to easily deactivate Explorer in favor of an alternate browser.
President Clinton Data On Hard Drive Lost By National Archives
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The drive contains snapshots of the hard drives of departing administration officials, information that had been stored on 113 4-mm tape cartridges.
Google Gives Ground On Book Scan Agreement
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The company is trying to appease critics with provisions to strengthen library-preservation efforts and improve public access to books.
YouTube Launches U.S. Government Portal
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The channel aggregates videos from the White House, CDC, NASA, and other federal agencies using a player that complies with government privacy regulations.
Solving U.S. H-1B Reform Top For Indian IT Group
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Nasscom president Som Mittal hopes open discussions will prevent abuse and fraud in the programs predominately used to bring foreign IT workers into the U.S.
U.S. Defense Dept. Information Systems CIO Opens Up On Shared IT
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
DISA CIO John Garing reveals much about how his team coordinates procurement, collaboration, and cloud computing within the often competing military branches.
IP Enforcement Bill Draws Praise From U.S. Businesses
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Legislation would give the State Department additional resources and training for intellectual property enforcement efforts in foreign countries.
Broadband Forum Reorganizes, Promotes Packet Network Specs
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
The newly merged group will forge the Core and access aggregation work of the IP/MPLS Forum with the continuing work of the Broadband Forum.
Cisco Announces Smart Grid Roadmap
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
At the core of Cisco's plan is a secure IP-based communications network to help utility companies optimize power supply and demand.
Government-Regulated Power Efficiency Sought For Consumer Electronics
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The amount of power consumed worldwide by mobile phones, TVs, and PCs could jeopardize efforts to reduce emissions linked to global warming, says an advisory group.
Federal Government Considering Cloud Computing
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The GSA's request about "infrastructure as a service" includes 45 questions that may already eliminate some vendors.
U.S. Government Spending $147.6 Billion For R&D Next Year
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
Included in that funding would be support for first responder technology and an increase of $6.6 million for cybersecurity research.
FCC Tightens Consumer Protections For Number Portability, VoIP
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
Currently carriers have four business days to transfer consumers' existing phone numbers to new providers.
Watchdogs Call For More, But Limited, Cookie Use By Government
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
Late last month, new federal CIO Vivek Kundra told Congress that current cookie restrictions were holding the government back from adopting social media.
Federal Government Wastes $440 Million On Printing Annually
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
A whopping 89% told survey researchers that their agencies don't have formal printing policies to cut back on printing.
GE To Build Advanced Battery Plant In NY State
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Sodium battery business is expected to bring 350 "green collar," clean technology jobs to upstate New York.
Government IT Spending To Increase 7% Next Year
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Major government-wide IT initiatives planned include cloud computing, collaboration, and government transparency.
Multi-Billion-Dollar EU Fine Possible Against Intel
News  |  5/11/2009  | 
Lawyers say the fine is likely to top the $1.36 billion the EU levied against Microsoft for anti-competitive practices.
AT&T Offering Phones, BlackBerrys On Rural Spectrum
News  |  5/11/2009  | 
The 1.5 million subscribers AT&T will acquire from Verizon Wireless will be switched to AT&T's GSM network within a year of the acquisition's completion.
Google's Schmidt: No Plans To Leave Apple Board
News  |  5/8/2009  | 
Android, Google's open source mobile operating system, competes with Apple's iPhone platform.
Pay-For-Performance Compensation Limits Innovation
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
An MIT study found incentives that don't penalize failure and promote long-term success lead to more innovative business strategies.
Microsoft Offers Cloud-Based Public Data Hosting With Azure
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
The Open Government Data Initiative aims to help government agencies host public data on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Barriers Slow Investments In Energy Efficiency
News  |  5/6/2009  | 
Urge to conserve trumped by doubts about prices and regulation, survey shows.
eBay Saves Historic Treasures By Selling Fakes
News  |  5/5/2009  | 
An anthropologist says eBay has made it more profitable for tomb raiders to create fake artifacts than to pilfer burial sites or other archeological digs.
Congressman Pushes To Let Americans Gamble Online
News  |  5/5/2009  | 
Barney Frank's bill would overturn prohibition on Internet betting.
Google, Apple Relationship Reviewed By FTC
News  |  5/5/2009  | 
The agency's interest in the matter is unlikely to amount to much unless it uncovers substantial market impact.
Monitoring Tools Can Boost E-Health Record Systems Performance
News  |  5/5/2009  | 
Federal stimulus money is pushing health care providers to implement e-medical record systems, but keeping the technology performing to doctors' satisfaction is the larger concern.
Obama's Offshore Tax Plan Costly For Tech Industry
News  |  5/4/2009  | 
Vendors with significant overseas operations could be hit with a higher tax bill if deferrals are eliminated.
Microsoft To Answer EU Antitrust Charges In June
News  |  5/4/2009  | 
Software maker needs to demonstrate that Windows-Explorer tie doesn't harm competition.
Eurocrat Wants U.S. Out Of ICANN
News  |  5/4/2009  | 
EU information society commissioner calls for G12-style Internet governance.
Government Seeks IT Help To Track Stimulus Funds
News  |  5/1/2009  | 
Getting IT and Web input from citizens for is a way to "engage the American people in ingenuity and innovation," says federal CIO Vivek Kundra.
Government Looks To Improve IT Project Management
News  |  5/1/2009  | 
Fed CIO Vivek Kundra pledges better and timelier details on the health of federal IT projects in as close to real time as possible.

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