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New Vendors Demonstrate Technology Focused on "Border Surge"

June 28, 2013 by Bailey McCann

The Senate approved the so called ‘border surge’ provision in the federal immigration reform bill currently moving through Congress. The vote would seemingly cast aside previous congressional focus on austerity in order to militarize the southern US border, putting more border agents and high tech surveillance along the border than ever before.[read more]

A New Approach to Cybersecurity Across Agencies: The Administration's Progress Report

June 17, 2013 by John Kamensky

By connecting cybersecurity and performance officials as a matter of governance, the Administration is moving forward toward sustained outcomes in how cyber enables government missions and programs.[read more]

1 in 5 Americans Will Purchase Health Insurance on an Exchange by 2017

June 4, 2013 by Bailey McCann
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Health insurance exchanges have been the source of much debate, but largely among governors and statehouses trying to figure out how they plan to implement one. In practice, these exchanges are supposed to work like Orbitz but for health insurance. Not only will states have their own public exchange, private insurers are also setting up health exchanges.[read more]

Maryland Introduces Cybersecurity Tax Credit

February 19, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Maryland State Senator Catherine E. Pugh has introduced four bills in this legislative session, and Governor Martin O’Malley has announced a package of initiatives designed to further Maryland’s leadership as a hub for cybersecurity jobs.[read more]

Best Police Social Media Practice Across Europe

January 21, 2013 by Lauri Stevens

What can social media do for law enforcement? A new study finds nine different ways that police are using social media in Europe.[read more]

Considering Copyright in a Digital World

January 15, 2013 by Craig Thomler

In the US, material created by the Federal government is, by default, owned by the public. In the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and others, governments are transitioning from closed copyright systems to more open ones. There's continuing scrutiny, review and debate over the 'right' setting for copyright, with the companies who only exist due to copyright often at odds with their own customers, who wish to share books, music and video material they enjoy.[read more]

Governor Snyder Vetoes Gun Bill in the Wake of Massacres

December 19, 2012 by Bailey McCann

Calling for a more comprehensive review of issues related to gun violence, Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed legislation that would have allowed concealed pistol license holders who completed additional training to carry a concealed pistol in schools and other places that currently are off-limits.[read more]

Fear and voting in America

August 22, 2012 by Bailey McCann

Beyond voter ID, getting elections officials to collude on voting hours like Governor Scott is attempting to do in Florida and officials in Ohio seem to have been successful at – including removing opposing officials from office, is another tactic.[read more]

What Do You Do When A Kid Rips Off Your Branding?

July 2, 2012 by Emma Mulqueeny

It is a huge shame when things go like this, but in the open org/open community world of course these things will happen. But luckily the majority of the time they don’t.[read more]

Be A Passionate Advocate For Yourself

March 31, 2012 by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D.

Photo credit: Minna Blumenthal

At the root of the productivity problem in America are three mistaken beliefs: 1."Busy-ness" and "productivity" are positively correlated. 2. Misery and productivity are positively correlated. 3. Being unhappy, uncomfortable, displeased, or angry is always bad for you. A lot of stuff got done when we all believed the first two and...[read more]

Feds Revoke $80m Grant from Louisiana for Mismanagement

October 29, 2011 by Bailey McCann

Louisiana has lost an $80 million rural broadband grant for failing to keep their broadband expansion project on track. The Commerce Department rescinded the grant stating that the project administrators were repeatedly unresponsive to requests for information and updates on where the project stood. Senator Mary Landrieu has said that...[read more]

Call You and Yours: Do Strikes Work?

October 21, 2011 by John Gray

Tuesday lunchtime there was a debate on the Radio 4 programme "You and Yours" on "Do Strikes Work?" UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis was a guest with Ed Holmes, from the hard right Tory think tank "Policy Exchange". I rang into the programme and was able to say (about 9 minutes in) that strikes can work if they are a last...[read more]

BBC Riot Reporting Got It Wrong

September 3, 2011 by Douglas Carwell

I'm pleased to hear David Cameron speak out about the way that our state-funded broadcaster reported the riots.  A couple of weeks ago, in an article for the Mail on Sunday I made much the same point.  With the BBC in mind, I noted how “Many of those who two weeks ago were telling us that the looters were...[read more]

Really, Vancouver Youth? Really?

June 19, 2011 by Mike Kujawski

Photo credit: David Elop

The whole time I was watching the riots after the game in Vancouver from my Regina hotel room, I couldn’t help but think of how easy it will be for Seth Myers on SNL to do his “Really?” skit after this sad scene. I hate to slam against youth, being a Gen Y’er myself, however the display on Wednesday night helped solidify what I often...[read more]

VIDEO: Indivo X Open Source Health Records: an interview with Daniel Haas of Children's Hospital

June 9, 2011 by Alexander Howard

Indivo is an open-source Personal Health Record (PHR) system. Last month, Andy Oram interviewed Daniel Haas of Children's Hospital about this project, which Haas will present at OSCON. Photo by Kurhan.      [read more]