Organizations often talk about how they want their intranet to reflect the heartbeat of their organization. If the intranets I have seen in the last few years are any indication, many of those organizations are dead.Any website is a living document but organizations often forget about the care and feeding required to keep the document alive. You have seen this before and you know the drill. A great big noise is made about the intranet on its launch, but over time all goes quiet.
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 House Energy and Commerce Committee released draft legislation yesterday that would require "net neutrality." The legislation would require broadband providers to allow their subscribers to view any legal online content, the Washington Post reports.That move is meant to qualm fears that cable companies and telcos will start creating walled gardens, in which users of, say, Comcast would be unable to access content from SBC, for example.
The Washington Post reports on an exciting proposal: Make New Orleans the hub of a super-connected region, with advanced telecom services surpassing anything else in the US or perhaps the world. "The area ought to be a beacon for 21st-century communications in the United States," said Rey Ramsey, chief executive of One Economy Corp., a nonprofit organization that helps bring high-speed Internet service to inner-city communities. "We ought to go state of the art, and state of the art with a purpose."
The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Microsoft has filed a 15-page document with the Massachusetts Information Techology Dept. and Gov. Mitt Romney objecting to the state's plan to require applications to natively support the OpenDoc format.
One of the problems that Katrina has put into bold relief is the impact of cascading communication snafus on the quick response to disasters. Congress is now calling for upgrading first-responder communications. But it's not as easy as picking a technology and throwing money at it. My experience with the Salt Lake Olympics sheds some light on the nitty-gritty issues.
Just can't get enough of Condaleeza Rice? What about press releases from the NYPD? Well, you're in luck because the State Department and NYPD have both launched podcasts with just that kind of content. Here are your choices from State: the president's foreign policy speeches, the Secretary of State's speeches. And the police departmetn offers safety tips, press releases, and street closure information.
The FCC chairman is advocating a special bureau for disaster communication systems, but telcom representatives are failing to explain what should be done in the future. Meanwhile, VoIP vendors aren't invited to speak.
A survey of corporate users in the US and Europe came up with the surprising conclusion that users are more likely at work than at home to click on suspicious links in an email or install software that might prove to have spyware or viruses. The reason? IT will be there to make everything all better if they really screw it up.
OMB will discard the large collection of software components collected in Core.gov and start over, as the government moves to component-based enterprise architecture.
18 months ago DARPA called robotics scientists for a race in the desert, to see if any self-guided robots could master a challenging course. None could. In October, the second Grand Challenge gets started. And the prospects are markedly better.