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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in June 2013
Wi-Fi That Sees Through Walls
News  |  6/28/2013  | 
MIT researchers have found a way to track motion, even through walls, using Wi-Fi signals.
What Is Higher Education's Value Chain?
Commentary  |  6/28/2013  | 
Disruptive innovations mean higher education leaders must rethink what they do best.
Tech Companies Embrace Marriage Equality
News  |  6/26/2013  | 
For Google, Apple, Microsoft and a growing number of companies, supporting social issues like gay marriage strengthens employee relations, recruiting and overall business success.
Can Data-Powered Comparative Effectiveness Research Save Healthcare?
Commentary  |  6/26/2013  | 
Mounting evidence suggests CER will deliver new, cost-effective treatment options. But at least one controversial problem needs to be resolved first.
U.S. Supercomputer To Model Renewable Energy Impact
News  |  6/26/2013  | 
New supercomputing facility will focus on how to integrate renewable energy sources into nation's energy grid.
HHS Launches Health Insurance Exchange Campaign
News  |  6/25/2013  | 
Revamped website, call center and other educational efforts aim to help enroll 7 million people in state HIEs within six months.
Many Higher Ed CIOs Want More IT Resources
News  |  6/25/2013  | 
Other concerns include security, green practices, BYOD and staff limitations, according to survey.
NY Times Calls Out Edmodo On Security
News  |  6/24/2013  | 
Concerned dad, a Cisco engineer, established fake account to prove that social collaboration site for teachers was not using encryption.
Feds Target Patent Trolls, Product Counterfeiters
News  |  6/21/2013  | 
FTC unveils updated strategic plan to pursue patent chasers.
White House Eyes Spectrum Sharing With Private Sector
News  |  6/21/2013  | 
Federal agencies may have to share wireless spectrum with private sector once standards are set.
FAA Reconsiders Gadget Rules On Airplanes
News  |  6/21/2013  | 
FAA prepares to relax the rules about electronic device use on planes. But don't expect to be able to make phone calls.
VA Gets New Support To Tackle Paperless Claims
News  |  6/20/2013  | 
Agency gets Senate approval for more funds to reduce huge claims backlog, launches Web app so veterans can file online.
Who Will Blink First On Government ICD-10 Deadline?
News  |  6/20/2013  | 
Physician groups are far behind the curve and hospitals aren't doing much better, but the feds insist they won't delay the deadline again.
Healtheway Gains Industry Leaders As Founding Members
News  |  6/20/2013  | 
Public-private entity that manages the eHealth Exchange gains momentum, eyes expansion into other areas of health information exchange.
British ISPs Join Battle Against Child Porn
News  |  6/20/2013  | 
Tech companies pledge 1 million pounds, sign zero-tolerance pledge and promise to help fight child abuse.
IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
It took the U.S. healthcare system decades to dig the hole it's in. We'll need more than technological innovations to dig out.
BT CEO Poached For Parliament Role
News  |  6/20/2013  | 
Ian Livingston will join the House of Lords and help grow the country's international investment and trade.
Google Defends Efforts Against Rogue Pharmacies
News  |  6/18/2013  | 
Under fire from law enforcement officials, Google insists it has been making progress in its effort to deny advertising to rogue pharmacies.
Google Balloon Project: Crazy Like a Loon
News  |  6/17/2013  | 
Google's latest experiment, Project Loon, uses high-altitude balloons to bring Internet access to undeveloped areas.
Britain Launches National 'Information Economy' Strategy
News  |  6/14/2013  | 
Working with industry and academia, the plan sets out objectives designed to nurture small enterprises and prepare students for IT careers.
Should All High School Students Learn Programming?
Commentary  |  6/14/2013  | 
Google, Microsoft, Oracle and other tech giants propose that computer science become a required proficiency in Massachusetts public schools to help address the technology labor shortage. Critics call this a kludgy solution.
MOOCs: Interesting Legal Territory Ahead
News  |  6/14/2013  | 
Massive open online courses have the potential to change higher education, but people and schools implementing MOOCs face some emerging legal questions.
Smartphone Makers Asked To Fight 'Apple-Picking'
News  |  6/13/2013  | 
Mobile device theft is being called an epidemic. Apple tweaks iOS 7; device makers and law enforcement also team on anti-theft technology.
Scotland Maps Rural Farms With Open Source, Cloud
News  |  6/13/2013  | 
Scotland turned to small businesses and new technologies to improve access to data about its crofts -- the country's extensive network of tiny agricultural holdings.
Digital Business Requires Dose Of Humility
Commentary  |  6/12/2013  | 
The payoffs and opportunities are far from clear.
Dell Latitude Tablets Go On DEA Stakeouts
News  |  6/12/2013  | 
Drug Enforcement Agency testing tablets in its crime-fighting work.
State CIOs Make Progress On Health IT
News  |  6/11/2013  | 
Health information exchanges, Medicaid and insurance marketplaces are some of the issues facing IT chiefs in state government.
CCHIT Releases Framework for ACO Health IT
News  |  6/11/2013  | 
IT roadmap from certification group, most detailed yet, describes what will be needed for population health management.
U.K. Auditors Slam BT Rural Broadband Project
News  |  6/11/2013  | 
BT is taking advantage of taxpayers, charging a high premium for the £530 million project to bring high-speed networks to rural areas, claims leaked government report.
Google Vs. Microsoft: Choosing Cloud Apps For Schools
News  |  6/10/2013  | 
Is Google Apps for Education or Microsoft Office 365 for Education the right choice for your school? Learn from these two examples.
U.K. Ministry Of Justice Postpones Major IT Contract
News  |  6/10/2013  | 
Whitehall unexpectedly puts £300m IT contract covering extensive user network on hold. Some speculators say it's because too few SMBs were in the running.
What Two Healthcare Visionaries Get Right And Wrong
Commentary  |  6/10/2013  | 
Personalized medicine will become reality, but why do we think technology will motivate people to start taking care of their own health?
Why Innovation Fails: The Past Vs. Future Problem
Commentary  |  6/10/2013  | 
Sustainable innovation efforts call for integrating two competing ways of thinking about a business.
MOOC-utopia: Who Really Wins?
Commentary  |  6/10/2013  | 
Massive open online courses are being promoted "for the students." But software execs and politicians pushing MOOCs have money and disruption at the top of the agenda.
Data Centers Don't Need To Be Regulated Utilities
Commentary  |  6/7/2013  | 
The New York Times misses the big picture with its take on data centers as "wildcat" utilities that need government oversight. There is no data center monopoly in northern N.J.
Obama Touts Broadband Initiative For Schools
News  |  6/7/2013  | 
ConnectED aims to bring high-speed Internet and devices to schools and libraries across the U.S.
NSA Dragnet Debacle: What It Means To IT
Commentary  |  6/7/2013  | 
PRISM shows companies can't assume their data is safe in the hands of commercial providers.
HHS Looks To Close Healthcare Data Infrastructure Gaps
News  |  6/5/2013  | 
Federal health agency studies the data standards, security, methods and other factors needed to support patient-centered outcomes research.
Apple Faces iPhone Ban In U.S.
News  |  6/5/2013  | 
ITC grants Samsung's request to block the import of older iPhones and iPads due to patent infringement.
White House Declares War On Patent Trolls
News  |  6/4/2013  | 
Obama administration issues executive orders and proposes legislative changes designed to protect companies from abusive patent claims.
Don't Let Privacy Fears Stifle Big Data, SIIA Urges
News  |  6/3/2013  | 
Software industry trade group urges policymakers to resist rules and regulations that curb data collection and analysis.

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