News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in August 2013
Microsoft Greenlights Gag Order Lawsuit
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Citing free speech, Microsoft and Google proceed with lawsuits against government to allow the companies to publicly divulge more information about FISA requests for user data.
U.S., Canada Spectrum Agreements Expand Wireless Capacity
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
New international accords open new spectrum bands along Canadian border for business and government communications applications.
Vanderbilt Teases Students, Pleases Faculty With MOOCs
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Vanderbilt positions its massive open online courses as "educational outreach," not course replacements.
MOOCs Proliferate Despite Unanswered Questions
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Universities investing in massive open online courses face an uncertain payoff.
Grading Higher Education: Beware Pitfalls
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
Obama administration's plan to tie financial aid to colleges' outcome data may be a system that's built to fail.
MOOC Math Students Beat On-Campus Pass Rate
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Udacity-San Jose State MOOC partnership, paused over poor early results, turns a corner and will resume.
Cloud Security: Why Auditors Are Part Of The Problem
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
IT must face the hard reality that compliance rules are stuck in the past -- and forge ahead anyway. Here's how.
Disruptive Education Advocate Encouraged By Obama Focus
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Christensen Institute's Michael Horn says Obama college ratings proposal could be valuable without link to student financial aid.
Stop Cyberbullying: 5 Tips
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
Cyberbullying victims face harassment long after the school day ends. Here's how to protect students from online tormentors.
Army, Marines Can Improve Training Simulation
News  |  8/26/2013  | 
GAO says two services lack an overall strategy for simulator training.
Taxing The Cloud Brings Practical Challenges
Commentary  |  8/22/2013  | 
You buy a server, you pay tax once. You buy AWS capacity, you may pay over and over. Should taxes be the latest decision point in the in-house vs. cloud conversation?
Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
Proponents say it could close gaps in LGBT healthcare, but it raises the question of how much data is too much.
Education Coalition Drives Change Via Tech
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
League Of Innovative Schools expands to 40 public school districts and education agencies, aims to share examples of tech projects improving student performance.
HIMSS: Extend MU Stage 2 Deadline
News  |  8/20/2013  | 
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society joins growing chorus urging the government to give healthcare providers more time to comply with Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations.
Why Physicians Don't Like Big Data
Commentary  |  8/20/2013  | 
It limits their options. That's not always bad.
Udacity CEO Says MOOC 'Magic Formula' Emerging
News  |  8/19/2013  | 
Sebastian Thrun dishes on Udacity's Silicon Valley style and how to make massive open online courses work for more than "the most motivated 1%."
FDA Issues Guidelines On Wireless Medical Devices
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
FDA outlines risks such as lost signals and recommends stringent security measures -- but document is not the last regulatory word.
Apple Tightens App Store Rules On Kids' Data
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Faced with broader federal rules to protect children's privacy online, Apple requires developers to treat kids' data more carefully.
NSA's Prism Could Cost U.S. Cloud Companies $45 Billion
News  |  8/14/2013  | 
Losses may total between $35 billion and $45 billion in next three years due to lost business stemming from disclosure of NSA monitoring, new research predicts.
Death By A Million Regulations
Commentary  |  8/14/2013  | 
It is long past time to assess the consequences of the endless laws, codes, rules, licenses and guidelines governing just about every human activity.
10 Hidden Android Tips, Tricks
Slideshows  |  8/13/2013  | 
Learn some new tricks for your Android smartphone with our tips on maps, storage, data plans and more.
In Shadow Of MOOCs, Open Education Makes Progress
Commentary  |  8/12/2013  | 
Advocates say higher education would be better served by resources that are truly open -- not just free.
FCC Updates Rules For Unlicensed 60-GHz Band
News  |  8/12/2013  | 
Commission's rule change allows increase in power levels, promotes competition and lower costs in the broadband market.
Most Hospitals Exchange Data, But Scope Too Limited
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
ONC study suggests ways that providers could increase data interchange.
Federal Government IT Priorities: Vision Vs. Reality
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
Bold plans for cybersecurity, disaster recovery planning, virtualization and data center consolidation are hindered by 2014 budget realities.
State Governments Target Smartphone Thefts
News  |  8/9/2013  | 
Growing coalition ramps up pressure on industry to help stop smartphone theft epidemic.
Navy Launches Aggressive Virtualization Plan
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
Hosted virtual desktop initiative is part of Navy's broader move to virtualize all its current server-based systems and applications by the end of 2017.
What IG Overlooked In State Dept. Facebook Flare-up
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
Inspector General's slap at State Department bureau for spending $630,000 on Facebook Likes misses important lessons of social media's role.
Will Health Information Exchange Become Medicare Payment Criterion?
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
Government could tie Medicare reimbursement to information sharing by providers, suggests CMS/ONC report.
InBloom Educational Data Warehouse Wilts Under Scrutiny
News  |  8/8/2013  | 
Cloud repository for student records promises big data results and economies of scale, but has stirred privacy fears.
Texas Doubles Down On Tough Breach Law
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Everything is bigger in the Lone Star State -- even the state's breach notice requirements, which, constitutional or not, may impact companies nationwide. Here's what IT teams need to know.
DOD Launches Wire Service For Employees
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
News aggregator milWire scours Internet for info relevant to Department of Defense employees, joins other tools including a YouTube-like service on DOD-only website.
ONC Chief Farzad Mostashari To Step Down
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
Health and Human Service's national coordinator for health IT who drove widespread EHR adoption will leave the position this fall.
EHR Roulette: Gambling On Medicine's Future
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
As medical practices look to replace clunky ambulatory electronic health records systems, picking a winner can seem like risky business.
Boundless Goes Freemium: Too Late?
News  |  8/6/2013  | 
Boundless, known for providing free textbooks to college students, will start charging $20 for textbooks bundled with study tools.
What Lawmakers Missed In Federal Data Center Hearings
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Congressional effort to address duplicative IT spending seemed to ignore what the experts have to say.
Amazon's Bezos To Shape Washington Post's Future
News  |  8/5/2013  | 
Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post for $250 million, says data-driven decisions will help chart course for the digital news era.
Leapfrog Counsels Employers On Medical Error Costs
News  |  8/5/2013  | 
Employers can steer patients to best facilities, pressure local hospitals to improve, healthcare purchaser coalition asserts.
iPhone Sales Ban Overturned, Samsung Takes Hit
News  |  8/5/2013  | 
Obama administration vetoes a ban that would have blocked sales of older Apple iPhones; Samsung stock loses $1 billion in value and Korean government expresses concern.
Apple E-Book Case: Cure Will Hurt
News  |  8/2/2013  | 
Department of Justice proposes strong remedies to prevent Apple from engaging in anti-competitive behavior.
Death By Hacking: Tomorrow's IT Worry?
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
Medical device software vulnerabilities and cyber threats raise important new liability questions for CIOs and CISOs.
Why The Private Sector Lags VA In Telehealth
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
The VA's focus on efficiency and controlling the costs of treating aging patients have made it a telehealth model. Can the private sector learn from its example?
Michael Dell Sweetens Buyout Bid
News  |  8/2/2013  | 
Dell CEO and partners raise their bid to take the company private. In exchange, they've secured a change in the voting rules and increased their likelihood of sealing the deal.
NASA Moves To Correct Cloud Problems
News  |  8/2/2013  | 
Federal agencies can learn a lot from shortcomings discovered in the space agency's cloud computing practices.
Older iPhones Face Sales Ban Next Week
News  |  8/2/2013  | 
Unless President Obama steps in, Apple will have to stop selling some older iPhones and iPads beginning August 5.
Do We Need A U.S. Department Of Technology?
Commentary  |  8/1/2013  | 
A cabinet-level Dept. of Tech will help U.S. retain leadership position in the global high-technology sector, argues former Department of Transportation CIO Nitin Pradhan.


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