President Obama uses his BlackBerry e-mail device. The federal government is moving to an "agnostic" plan that could cost Blackberry its favored position.
Official Washington is one of the last redoubts of the thumb-tapping BlackBerry user. The new Digital Government Strategy, released on Wednesday, contains hints that the BlackBerry is on the way out as federal government’s leading mobile device.
For R.I.M., the Canadian company that makes the BlackBerry, the key phrase in the document is “device-agnostic security and privacy controls.” For IT specialists, a big part of the appeal of Blackberry has been in its
Some would cite 2008 as the year when social media was introduced to government as a viable partner for increased transparency and engagement with citizens and collaboration with each other. You could almost pin the date of their meeting and hitting it off to the Open Government memorandum in January 2008.So that means we've had 5 years for the social media relationship in government to blossom - and it has to a large degree. But not all social media connections have been created equal.In some instances, leadership was on board and drove beautiful, innovative agency-wide initiatives (Retro love song: "I'm so into you.").In other situations, there
Four years ago, President Obama promised more transparency in government. We take a look at how he did on keeping his promise and what to expect during his second term. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency."It's a mixed bag," said Patrice McDermott, executive director of OpenTheGovernment.org, a consortium of right-to-know groups. "I think they've made progress, but a whole lot more remains to be done."The Obama administration set the bar high. In his first inaugural address, Obama
Cyberspace has fundamentally transformed the global economy. It's transformed our way of life, providing two billion people across the world with instant access to information to communication, to economic opportunities. And yet, with these possibilities, also come new perils and new dangers. The Internet is open. It's highly accessible, as it should be. But that also presents a new terrain for warfare. It is a battlefield of the future where adversaries can seek to do harm to our country, to our economy, and to our citizens," said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. And it's not just talk about potential dangers. Just last week Iran launched
(Reuters) - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said will end its contract with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion in favor of Apple's iPhone, dealing a fresh blow to RIM just months ahead of its launch of a vital new device.The agency said in a solicitation document posted last week that it intends to buy iPhones for more than 17,600 employees - a purchase worth $2.1 million.The agency said it has relied on RIM for eight years but that RIM's technology "can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency".It also said that it had analyzed Apple's iOS-based devices and Google's Android operating system and concluded
Question No. 1: Yup, that’s really Barack Obama, taking questions over at a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).
There’s not a lot to it. I’ve gotten to know quite a few folks in the WH & Obama campaign team over the years and it was always something I brought up when I got the chance. There are quite a few redditors at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and at the campaign HQ — given the prominence of reddit, it’s an easy sell.
Questions 2A, 2B, 2C: It’s not really
Access Info Europe is leading a new campaign to create Open Government Standards and promote them around the world. The idea is to set standards on what open, transparent, accountable and participatory government really means.Open Government is a hot topic right now, but what does it really mean in practice? What should governments be doing in the areas of Transparency, Participation and Accountability to qualify as “open governments”? What are the uses of new communications technologies which really advance openness as opposed to merely perpetuating existing bureaucratic practices in a digital environment?Over the next few months, we aim to
A scary break in communications between NASA on the ground and NASA in space comes during a routine software update. All on board are doing well. When the Soviet Union launched the first satellite in 1957, it set off an intellectual arms race that led to more than $1 billion of federal investment in science education. Within a decade, Americans were sending their own expeditions to outer space. Presidents and other public figures since then have made a tradition of referring to Sputnik to push their political agendas. But just because it's a convenient rhetorical lever doesn't invalidate the analogy. And when it comes to cybersecurity, it hits
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