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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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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AT&T urges FCC to set telecom mandates

It looks like industry is starting to understand what's required in creating a disaster-proof telecommunications system. And it may be industry that leads and the government that follows. Hossein Eslambolchi, AT&T Corp.'s CIO, called on the FCC to require every communications provider to adopt crisis management plans, Computerworld reports.

September 13, 2005 by ZDNet

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More on FEMA's browser boo-boo: Was FEMA not thinking clearly or just lazy

Frank Hayes at Computerworld: "Ever think that cutting a corner that simplifies development but limits who can use your systems is no big deal? Maybe that's true if you're working in a corporate IT shop on a retail Web site or a business-to-business e-commerce application. For hurricane survivors, the corner-cutting at FEMA is a kick in the throat while they're down. After everything they've been through, it's one more cheap shot when they can least afford it.

September 12, 2005 by ZDNet

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