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.

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Congress calls for emergency comm upgrades

While some in Congress are pushing for massive funding - $5 billion a year - to upgrade equipment for first responders, some experts are pushing for something more: a national wireless data network, with dedicated frequencies, that first repsonders could plug into after an emergency, Associated Press reports.

September 14, 2005 by ZDNet

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Don't neglect intranets when securing servers

Peter McKay, president and CEO of Watchfire, a security software and services vendor, has a piece in the Federal Times reminding agencies not to neglect the intranet when working on security plans for external web sites. Peter writes: "Given their size and scope, [intranets] present challenges that are similar to those common in external sites. There has also been a tendency for intranets to become dumping grounds for obsolete and irrelevant content. The result can be unforeseen privacy and security risks, wasted employee productivity and unnecessary cost burdens."

September 14, 2005 by ZDNet

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Is RealID an unfunded mandate? Rep. says no

The RealID Act requires states to meet a set of requirements for state's driver's licenses. Governors and other state executives have complained that the law, which doesn't specifically allocate funds to meet those requirements is an "unfunded mandate." Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va), discarded that characterization, saying, "States can do whatever they want,

September 14, 2005 by ZDNet

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Govt. open source conference in October

The Government Open Source Conference takes place Oct. 13-14 in Portland. It's aimed at state and local government managers trying to determine if and how to use open source, where it's appropriate and what the rewards are.

September 14, 2005 by ZDNet

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Google exploits public databases for Katrina Search

Google has launched Katrina Search, a tool that hooks users up with a number of public databases, including the Red Cross, to help get status reports on folks missing in the hurricane. Other companies like Yahoo and Lycos also offer people search services.

September 13, 2005 by ZDNet

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Free electronic health record software on hold

VistA-Office, free electronic health records (EHR) software developed for use by the Veterans Administration, will not be available to physicians anytime soon, the Dept. of Health and Human Services announced yesterday, according to Federal Computer Week.

September 13, 2005 by ZDNet

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Patent reform bill may raise questions for agencies using open source

Government agencies relying on open source software may be particularly interested in patent reform legislation introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. While the bill largely satisfies the needs of the pharmaceutical industry, it does make a number of changes to software, as well. And there are fears that it strengthens the hands of software publishers with deep pockets while making smaller players more vulnerable.

September 13, 2005 by ZDNet

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David Pogue: FEMA website flap no big deal

The New York Times' David Pogue thinks the buzz over FEMA's assistance website requiring IE 6 for Windows is "a big overblown." He notes that the site states the agency is working on the problem, and that applicants can always use the 800 number. He neglects to note though, the message that says the number is very busy and the best time to get through is between 2 am and 6 am.

September 13, 2005 by ZDNet

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