FEMA's claims they are working on fixing their website so that it works with other browsers besides Internet Explorer. As of today, though, it's IE only.
CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz hosts ZDNet Government -- ZDNet's politics and policy coffeehouse -- where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.
David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.
The LA Times reports that wireless vendors are rushing into the Gulf region to fill a communications void left by the destruction of landlines. The article poses the question, should wireless now be considered a core part of the communications infrastructure?
A group of 13 nations, organized by the Berkman Center for Law and Internet at Harvard, filed a report with the World Bank today, advocating greater use of open standards in government. According to a New York Times article, the "Roadmap for Open ICT Systems," argues that open systems are "a vital step to accelerate economic growth, efficiency and innovation.
A range of government agencies, coordinated by the national coordinator of health information technology, is piecing together medical records of Gulf Coast residents by working with electronic records contained in the databases of health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, drugstore chains and other sources. Government Health IT reports that some records should be available by next week.
The FCC has cleared the way for Intel to deploy experimental Wimax technology to bring internet connectivity to parts of the Gulf Coast, Business Week reports. Intel shipped equipment Thursday to decommissioned Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio.
I can't believe I failed to mention this web site when I wrote about grant writing a few weeks ago. Grants.gov is an excellent place to begin your search for grant opportunities. Not only can you search for grant opportunities, you can download grant application packages and even apply for grants through Grants.gov. Add this site to your list of important bookmarks and begin to expand your budget with the help of some grant dollars today.
What's wrong with government technology? When it came to predicting Hurricane Katrina, nothing, writes Andrew Kantor at USAToday. In short, Kantor says, "The bottom line is that our technology gave us at least three days' warning that Katrina was going to strike."
There's a Gillmor Gang podcast on muni WiFi, featuring Chris Nolan of Politics from Left to Right, Dan Farber, Doc Searls and Dana Gardner.
George Ou thinks Massachusetts is in a no-win situation, in requiring government applications to support OpenDoc. "Mandating the adoption of the Oasis Open Document format is kind of like mandating the conversion of all public documents from English to Esperanto. Even though English was a second language for me, I'm perfectly happy with it being the de facto standard and I suspect that most people are in no mood to learn another language because some State bureaucrat mandates it."
With no medical records available for the vast majority of Katrina victims, the work of medical practioners has been made immeasurably more difficult, Mike Leavitt, secretary of Health and Human Services, told an e-health conference today“If there was ever a case for [electronic health records], this disaster underscores the need,