Cyber war, drug war -- what's the difference?

The war on drugs isn't going well, so why should we expect a war on cyber crime to be any more effective, Brian Robinson wonders.

NIST to map road to digital record preservation

NIST is hosting the first of an important series of meetings next week as a first step toward developing a national road map to digital record preservation.

Britain plans to take Gov 2.0 to the next level

Under a new proposal, every British citizen would get a personal Web site through which they learn what local services are available to them and do business with government.

FCC's broadband plan is out; now for the hard part

It's going to be many months, if not years, before we see just where this plan leads, writes blogger Brian Robinson.

NIST guidelines: Broccoli and cheese

NIST's FISMA project leader explains how agencies can team up to hack away at the time and effort needed to qualify IT products and services for purchase.

Be careful of those hard drives, XP users

This post is for those that are still, and will be for a while, users of Windows XP. If that isn’t you then look away – or maybe gloat a little.

No cyberwar? Say it ain't so, Howie!

Is there such a thing as a cyberwar? Some top officials say no, but others disagree. Who wins the war of words?

Getting out in front of the burgeoning data deluge

We are now well into the exabyte-per-year era of data (1 billion gigabytes), with predictions that the size of the digital universe will double every 18 months. How do you store all of that data, let alone find ways to manage it so you can retrieve it and make use of it?

A heavier government hand may shape Internet policy

Ever since the advent of the Internet the government's philosophy has been to let innovation drive the growth of the information superhighway, but the complexities of the online universe are forcing it to contemplate a more activist role.

It's put-up time for the emergency communications network

It seems the government will try again to build a nationwide public safety communications network, at least if Congress agrees with the FCC’s forthcoming recommendations.

Feds will play a big part in broadband push

The Federal Communications Commission is slated to publish its big plan for faster broadband adoption in about three weeks, but that won’t be the only federal government involvement.

To USB or not to USB

USB thumb drives are very useful for transporting data between computers--as well as introducing malware into sensitive computer systems.

The C-level goes green

The General Services Administration is looking for a c-level executive to oversee the development and execution of “greening strategies” for public buildings.

Timing the pre-emptive cyber defense

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is apparently turning to the hacker community for its next level of cybersecurity development.

At least the military is serious about climate change

The next Quadrennial Defense Review directs military planners to keep track of the latest intelligence about climate change, according to a report in The Guardian.

After Snowmageddon comes the Mobilpocalypse

Recent studies suggest that the network contracts that agencies are signing up for now and in the near future probably won't be robust enough, writes blogger Brian Robinson.

Government has gone Tweeting mad!

Remember those cute shots last year of some members of Congress madly tweeting on their smart phones during President Obama’s first address to them? That was so yesterday.

Federal IT budget heads for the cloud(s)

Some observers say Obama's proposed budget makes it clear the administration's coffers will be feeding the cloud.

Will cyberattacks lead to bomb-and-bullets war?

Until now, the combination of cyber and war sparked notions of virtual armies slamming away at each other in cyberspace, a nasty confrontation online but relatively harmless for regular folks.

Agencies try to exploit 'free' data model

Blogger Brian Robinson was wondering how the business models would emerge to justify Data.gov and similar government Web sites. Here's one out of Massachusetts: Get the free market to do government's job for it.

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