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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Report: CDC need electronic access to airline manifests

It currently takes several days for the Centers for Disease Control to get access to airline manifests because the government can't get electronic access to airlines' passenger manifests. The CDC has been asking for this for several years but privacy concerns and computer incompatibility have stymied the effort.

September 2, 2005 by ZDNet

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Massachusetts: Out of Office

In a substantial blow to Microsoft, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will soon adopt open document policies that banish Microsoft Office documents from Bay State offices. The new regulations require software that natively supports Open Document for most office documents.

September 1, 2005 by ZDNet


Master data management - it's about information not technology

MDM and data-sharing are not impossible in government, just a little bit harder. The key problem is not technological but organizational. That challenge is identifying what data is being collected, why it is being collected, who is doing the collecting, where it is being stored, and most importantly, who "owns" it and what barriers prevent it from being shared.

September 1, 2005 by Ramon Padilla

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Of cable TV, streaming and podcasting

Government officials don’t always trust the old media model to convey the message, but they must use it to try to spread the message. Citizens have a hard time getting coverage of their issues in the press or getting detailed information about the status of neighborhood concerns. I say, why depend on the middleman? There are more direct ways to communicate these days . . . it’s just a matter of convincing government that it’s a good idea.

August 31, 2005 by jeffv


IT governance is crucial to align IT with agency mission

While I won't say it is impossible to be aligned with your government organization's (or business unit's) goals without a governance process, your chances are probably greatly diminished by the lack of one. What are the benefits of IT governance and how do you begin implementing it?

August 31, 2005 by Ramon Padilla


NSF dreaming of GENI

Has it come to this? Has spyware, viruses, denial of service attacks, lack of transaction security, identity theft and all the rest made the Net such an workable place that it's time to wipe the slate clean? The National Science Foundation has proposed an initiative called Global Environment for Networking Investigations, or GENI.

August 30, 2005 by ZDNet