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.
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.
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.
OMB will start assessing agencies' enterprise architectures starting in October. They'll be done by March 2006. Karlu Rambhala has some thoughts on what the assessment is all about, how agencies can comply quickly, and what the benefits will be.
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."
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,
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.
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.
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.
Utah and Maine took the lead this year among the states in their e-government efforts, according to a new study from Brown University. The study looked at 1,559 state sites and 61 federal sites.
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.