David Gewirtz

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.

Latest Posts

Philly's Neff faces questions over Wi-Fi plan

Philadelphia thought it had the go-ahead for Wireless Philadelphia, even after the state tried to outlaw it. Now CIO Diana Neff faces doubting City Council members and continued lobbying from Comcast.

September 20, 2005 by ZDNet


IT's role in improving elections

Three of the five primary recommendations of a bipartisan report on election reform are IT-related. This shouldn't be too surprising: like any other business process, voting has a heavy IT component

September 19, 2005 by Phil Windley


IE still required on FEMA site

As predicted here a week ago, FEMA's website still requires applicants to use Internet Explorer to apply for aid. Last week there was heavy coverage of the fact that FEMA had said they were working on allowing other browsers to access the site. Today, FEMA's message is the same as a week ago.

September 19, 2005 by ZDNet


Rich DOJ database kept secret

The Justice Dept.'s database of registered foreign agents could supply a wealth of information to the public, journalists, and government investigators - but the system is antiquated, and inaccessible, and - charges a journalism center - that's the way Justice wants to keep it.

September 19, 2005 by ZDNet


Cha-cha-changes: The key to managing change is information

As IT professionals, we must always be cognizant of the fact that change is a risk factor that must be accounted for and managed. Even if the changes are completely for the better, they will be resisted, often quite vocally. And even the smallest modification can cause a maelstrom of discontent far exceeding the magnitude of the change, if it isn't handled right.

September 19, 2005 by Ramon Padilla


Culture is the ultimate barrier to technological change, says MIT professor

MIT engineering professor Yossi Sheffi notes that a core reason for government's initially tepid response to Hurricane Katrina may have been cultural. "If this root cause is not addressed systematically then all the special commissions, forecasting tools, special gear, and training available will not fix the problem," Sheffi notes. Upgrading communications gear and dedicating bandwidth to emergency personnel won't create a culture where bad news is communicated quickly and fearlessly.

September 19, 2005 by ZDNet