Baton Rouge Flood Map: Using IT Know-How In Emergency Situations
The Department of Information Services in Baton Rouge used geographic information systems and data from 911 calls, search-and-rescue efforts, and more to create a map visualization of the impact of recent floods in the region. The story is a prime example of how IT professionals can put their knowledge to work in emergency situations.
Wireless Broadband Alliance Launches WiFi Roaming Project
The Wireless Broadband Alliance's City WiFi Roaming project aims to provide public WiFi users in cities around the globe with the ability to roam between different public wireless networks. Some of the host cities that are part of this public, private partnership include New York, San Francisco, and San Jose.
Gartner: Public Sector CIOs Need Digital Transformation Vision
A report from IT research firm Gartner says public sector CIOs need to promote a compelling vision for digital transformation and make change inclusive. If successful, the results could transform the type of services government agencies can offer citizens.
Appeals Court Blocks FCC's Public Broadband Expansion Plans
This week, a US appeals court ruled the FCC overstepped its bounds by trying to override state laws that prevent the creation of municipal broadband services. The FCC claimed these new services would provide jobs, as well as better service for businesses and individuals.
Federal Source Code Policy Requires Agencies To Share Code
The objective behind the White House's Federal Source Code policy is to ensure all agencies make custom-developed source code available for re-use across government. The aim is to make the government work more like developers in the private sector and to encourage sharing and collaboration.
Uber Drivers Under Algorithmic Management: Study
A study of Uber drivers finds that the company's algorithms amount to managerial control. However, it's not clear whether Uber's arrangement with its drivers can be applied to other organizations, including IT-oriented industries.
Microsoft Prevails Over Government In Overseas Email Case
The federal appeals court decision favors Microsoft's decision to refuse federal government access to email hosted on a server in Ireland, despite the issuance of a warrant. The case may push Congress to revamp laws in an era where data is stored in the cloud.
Juno Spacecraft Beams Back First Jupiter Image
This is the moment space geeks have been waiting for since Juno entered Jupiter's orbit earlier this month. The NASA spacecraft has sent back the first image of the gas giant -- the solar system's largest planet -- with the best pictures yet to come.
Robots, AI Won't Destroy Jobs, Yet
Cognitive systems will only eliminate a small portion of jobs in the near future, according to Forrester. But the impact will still be significant.
The Brexit Effect: 8 Ways Tech Will Feel The Pain
Brexit -- the vote by the UK to exit the European Union -- will have far-reaching impact on the enterprise tech business, not only in Europe and the UK, but also in the US and Asia for companies doing business in the region.
Net Neutrality Decision: What Matters, What Doesn't
The FCC has won its latest court battle over net neutrality rules this week, but that might not matter as much as you think. A bigger battle is looming that includes presidential politics and the US Supreme Court.
9 Tech Giants Embracing The Open Source Revolution
It was only 15 years ago that Microsoft's then-CEO likened open source software licenses to "a cancer." But today, Redmond is joining other tech giants in donating intellectual property to the hive mind of open source. Here's why it matters.
Tesla Denies Model S Suspension Problems
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking for information from Tesla concerning suspension problems with the Model S, and about nondisclosure agreements for customers. The company says it has nothing to hide.
Google's Larry Page Investing Millions In Flying Cars
Once relegated to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, flying cars may be zipping across the horizon sooner than we thought. Behind some of their innovations is Google cofounder Larry Page and millions of his own money.
ISS Milestone: 10 Images From 100,000 Orbits
The International Space Station, which has been continuously occupied for more than 15 years, recently celebrated its 100,000th orbit around the Earth. Here's a look back at the history of the ISS in pictures to help mark this milestone.
6 Secrets 100 Winning IT Organizations Share
We asked the IT leaders in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 about how they're addressing important IT issues, such as tech spending, organizational priorities, and strategy. Find out what we learned, and see how your IT organization stacks up.
FBI Won't Share iPhone Hack With Apple, Report Says
The FBI paid approximately $1 million for a hack into an encrypted iPhone, and now plans to keep the details to itself, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government also dropped case against Apple in Brooklyn -- and that has law enforcement fuming.
Agile Analytics: 11 Ways To Get There
The accelerating pace of global business means that enterprises need more agile data-related systems and practices. Becoming more agile –- and succeeding at it -- isn't always easy given existing technology investments, constant technological evolution, and lingering cultural obstacles. No matter how agile your company is or isn't now, consider these important points.
Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Rankles Tech Community
A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.
Apple Vs. FBI: 5 Key Quotes From James Comey's Speech
FBI Director James Comey gave a speech April 6 discussing the case against Apple and calling for not litigation but conversation that's fair, measured, and thoughtful -- and where participants are open to being wrong.
FCC Creates Broadband 'Nutrition Labels' For Consumers
The FCC has released Broadband Facts, which mimic the design of nutrition labels and serve much the same function: To help consumers know what they're buying and if it's good for them. The FCC receives 2,000 complaints a year from people unpleasantly surprised by their broadband bills.