How should government use data collected from commercial companies. In light of exposures of sensitive personal data from companis like ChoicePoint, it's a serious concern. At a conference sponsored by the Dept. of Homeland Security, governmental and nongovernmental speakers pointed out the need for new laws and regulations. Here are few important quotes from News.com's coverage:
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.
Let’s open a can of worms and make this week interesting, shall we? Is e-mail and Web use monitoring good or bad in a government work place?
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.
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.