Last week, four Alaskans filed suit against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to stop the agency from destroying records collected during a test of Secure Flight in June 2004. Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is encouraging people to file their own records requests to further slow the destruction of records.
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.
At the beginning of August, the Copyright Office issued a request for comments on a small technical detail. It would be much easier for them, it seems, if their new system for preregistration of copyrights (a requirement under something called the Artists Rights and Theft Prevention Act, which, you may or may not be aware, makes the use of a video camera in a movie theater an imprisonable offense) could just support Internet Explorer 5.
CIO magazine honored Delaware CIO Tom Jarrett, who also serves as president of NASCIO, as part of their CIO 100 awards. The annual feature highlights the work of top CIOs in government, nonprofits and the private sector.
New York City is going to spend $212 million placing 1,000 video cameras and 3,000 motion sensors in the city's subways, bridges, and tunnels. Is it the best user of funds?
Govt. call centers turn to VoIP, VXML, integration to reduce call center expenses.
Telework is making headway in Virginia's Loudon County, a suburb of Washington that suffers from major commuting gridlock. County officials are using software provided by the Telework Consortium to allow videoconferencing, digital whiteboards, and voice over IP.
In an op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronice called "Why Wi-Fi? Because we're the city that can," Adam Werbach, a member of the city's public utilities commission, lays out the rationale for San Francisco's fast-track plan for getting municipal wireless: The entrance of the city into this world challenges the existing monopolies and will foster the competition necessary to provide universal high- speed, low-cost access.
Microprocessor design hit a wall in the first half of this decade with Intel unable to deliver a 4gHz Pentium chip and IBM unable to deliver Apple a 3gHz PowerPC G5 chip or a G5 at any speed suitable for laptop computers. And so, at the Intel Developer's Forum yesterday, Intel CEO Paul Ottelini showed off the future of microprocessing - the dual-core processor, which will allow a 10-fold increase in performance with lower power consumption.
In Virginia Beach, the CIO job is split between IT and the city manager's office. That has yielded some impressive results and some difficult choices.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has appointed a blue-ribbon team of high-tech industry figures to advise the state's $200 million Emerging Technology Fund.