State and local governments will get direct access to more Justice Dept. data if the House Judiciary Committee has its way.
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.
Homeland security is a very big job - encompassing everything from border control to cybersecurity to staving off nuclear attacks - and it can't be done without better reliance on technology and better coordination between the federal government and state and local officials and law enforcement, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a speech last week.
Writing on Government Computer News, Shawn McCarthy of IDC argues that city managers are no longer impressed with talk about wirless networks bridging the digital divide. They want to see hard numbers on how a network is going to make government activities more efficient.
Madison County, Alabama, is pioneering a system that will eventually allow for electronic filing of all lawsuits and associated documents, according to an article in the Huntsville (Ala.) Times.
Jim Baller, an attorney who represents governments seeking to build their own municipal networks, has issued a statement about the municipal network providsion of the Broadband Investment and Consumer Choice Act, introduced by Sen. John Ensign (R-Nevada).
Here's Harold Feld's take on Sen. Ensign's Broadband Investment and Consumer Choice Act.
Esme Vos of MuniWireless.com has perspective on the Broadband Investment and Consumer Choice Act of 2005, essentially a rewrite of the current law, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, introduced on July 27 by Sen.
Following up on Ernest Miller's notion that all public Congressional hearings be available by podcast, Jeff Jarvis blogged this suggestion:every town board and school board should be podcast. I've long wanted to see local services enable citizens to video these meetings because, ironically, the very reason I care most about what happens in them -- I have kids -- is the reason I can't attend them.
A handful of state governments are now producing podcasts, according to the blog Free Government Info. Among the states podcasting are weekly addresses from California Gov.
After what seems to be an eternity, Microsoft is about to put its next operating system out for beta. Perhaps I am becoming jaded but the operating system releases from Microsoft over the years have been more of a relieving of pain from the last one, rather than excitement over new features.