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When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public federal information. The idea is to enable the data to be accessed by developers whose applications will open up federal data to the sunlight of millions of citizens by encouraging them to scrutinize how the Recovery Act’s dollars will be spent. As chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, Kundra raised the bar by making government data more readily accessible to its residents, leveraging pre-existing Web 2.0 technologies like Facebook and YouTube. Federal agencies are now banding together to plan for how they are going to provide this information in an open, standard... (more)

Revolutionary medicine [Effect Measure]

One of the premier and earliest flu bloggers and co-founder of Flu Wiki, DemFromCT is also a doctor. Not a young doctor, either, although somewhat younger than I am (most people seem to be, these days). In our young professional days, the American Medical Association was a real political power. When it spoke, politicians listened. Hell, everyone listened. Now? Well, who cares? Dem has a really excellent post up at DailyKos looking at the AMA's opposition to the "public option" in the Obama health care plan. I'm not so crazy about a public option either. If there's an option, it should be a "private option." I want a public system. But that's not what this post is about. I want to add some personal observations about the AMA to Dem's post. Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post... ... (more)

Fig Leaf Software to Exhibit at Government IT Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Fig Leaf Software, a full service Web design, development and training company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), which will take place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Fig Leaf Software is a premier, full service Value Added Reseller, Web design, development and training company. For over 17 years, Fig Leaf has helped organizations overcome business challenges through the expert implementation of technology and award-winning design. Fig Leaf Software’s federal government customers include the US Senate, National Park Service (480 content managed web sites), the Voice of America (45 content managed foreign language web sites), the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps... (more)

CEO/CTO of PerspecSys to Speak at 1st Annual GovIT Expo

Terry Woloszyn, CEO/CTO of PerspecSys Inc and a pioneer of many emerging technologies that he has helped achieve a worldwide presence for a variety of software organizations including Siebel, Scopus (CRM/SFA), Gupta (DB), Information Builders (BI), and Netwise (RPC), will be giving a General Session at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), which will take place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Prior to founding PerspecSys, Woloszyn has held executive and leadership positions with the IBM Software Group, and CrossWorlds Software which pioneered Enterprise Application Integration. About 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo Government IT Conference & Expo, which is being held October 6, 2009 in Washington, DC, builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, the fastest-growing conferen... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Growing Fastest in Asia

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. M2M industry executive Derick Tsang will bring his knowledge of M2M and telecommunications to the Asia Pacific region for Telit Wireless Solutions.  The company has created a new “president of the Asia Pacific region” position for Tsang, and he will be responsible for South Korea, China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia.  He will also establish Telit sales outreach in Japan. Read Original Content Chinese search engine provider Baidu will take advantage of the booming mobile and smartphone market in China and focus on mobile in 2012.  In Q4 2011 China became the largest mobile market in the world. R... (more)

Soave Community Named 2012 Runner Friendly Community

Brambleton, VA August 2012 – Soave Enterprises’ master-planned community was recently selected as a 2012 Runner Friendly Community by the Road Runner’s Club of America.  The club is the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States and selects only a handful of new communities for the title each year. “We are thrilled to receive this honorary title,” states Brambleton’s Director of Marketing, Kim Adams.  “Our staff and residents are proud of the beautiful community trails and we are so grateful to consistently receive such outstanding support from the community for local running events.” The Soave community known as Brambleton hosts thousands of runners at annual 5K/10K running events including the Ribbon Run, Journey for the Cure, and Ringing in Hope.  In addition to these races, the first annual Brambleton Kids Triathlon will be held in Sep... (more)

Tracking Fixmo: Virtuous capabilities working incredibly well with others in the ecosystem

By BobGourley I am proud to be on the advisory board of Fixmo. You might think that biases me in my reporting on them. I’m a human for sure and have my own biases. But the fact is this company is knocking it out of the park in terms of both capability and value-adding partnerships with others that make their capability especially virtuous. Fixmo has  been continuing to lead the market in Mobile Risk Management (MRM) solutions that continuously verify device integrity as well as apps. They protect devices and apps from data loss, monitor and track regulatory compliance and enable enterprise reporting and audibility. The most widely known deliverables  of Fixmo to the enterprise are in their Sentinel and Safezone capabilities.  But those capabilities have also been joined by incredible new capabilities like AppZone and Fixmo Secure Gesture. But there is something jus... (more)

Big Data Governance for Good or Evil

In the days since the news of the NSA’s secret PRISM spying – oops, surveillance initiative broke, there has been no end of consternation among the media and the Twitterverse. And regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum or what you think of the morality of the NSA’s efforts to collect information about our phone calls or social media interactions, one clear fact shines through: Big Data are real. They are here to stay. But they are also increasingly dangerous. As I explain in my book The Agile Architecture Revolution, the more powerful the technology, the more importance we must place on governance. So too with Big Data. PRISM’s Big Data Governance Lessons Most people would agree that finding terrorists and stopping them before they can wreak havoc is a good thing. It is also safe to assume that most people would allow that the US Government should be... (more)

ADTRAN Fuels Premium Services Expansion with High Density Fibre Solution

ADTRAN's hiX 5600 MSAN enables Gigabit Ethernet services delivery HUNTSVILLE, Ala - ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced the expansion of its hiX MSAN portfolio. The hiX 5600 series adds a new 48-port Point-to-Point Ethernet module that is purpose-built for scaling 100Mbps and Gigabit services, enabling service providers to more ably manage the bandwidth explosion being driven by cloud, data and video applications. Through ADTRAN's continued enhancement of the hiX family of products, this new high-density fiber service option, combined with existing DSLAM modules, makes the hiX5600 a key component to ADTRAN's industry-leading FTTx solution suite. With the addition of ADTRAN's hiX technology for system-level vectoring, European service providers can easily support a higher and more diverse bandwid... (more)

Lumension Security(TM) Announces Availability of Podcast About Evolving Threats to Proprietary Government Information and Best Practices for Data Protection

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/29/08 -- Lumension Security(TM), Inc., a leading global security management company formed by the combination of PatchLink® Corporation and SecureWave® S.A., today announced the availability of a podcast titled, "Protecting Agency Data from Loss or Theft." The podcast features a discussion with Steve Antone, Lumension's vice president of federal solutions, about evolving threats to sensitive information, best practices for implementing an effective data security strategy and how Lumension's best-of-breed endpoint security solutions help government agencies protect information. The podcast is available online at: http://www.lumension.com/request_form.jsp?id=135140&metadataId=135140. "Thanks to an increasing number of telecommuters and advancements in removable storage media, today's network perimeters within government agencies ... (more)

Governor Rendell Says Families in Central PA Will Benefit From $75 Million Towards Down Payment Help; Affordable Housing; New Jobs

STEELTON, Pa., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaking at a former school that will soon be turned into 100 units of affordable housing, Governor Rendell announced today that more than $75 million in federal economic recovery funds would help families and communities, including the development of more than 750 units of affordable housing within central Pennsylvania. Governor Rendell said the central PA projects are part of statewide rollout of investments that will provide jobs for some 3,000 workers, help at least 1,000 families with new home down payment assistance, and find affordable housing for 5,000 families. "This is great news for families who have been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis in Pennsylvania, as the investments we are announcing today will help provide affordable housing for tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians," said Governor Rendell, who m... (more)