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.
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.
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.
China is cyberspying on US military computer networks, unleashing as many as 75,000 attacks last year. Beijing has breached Army computers and DOD may be unable to block all intrusions.
Cleveland is the model for municipal wireless, according to an upcoming report from the Haas Charitable Trust. Because government has purchased dark fiber and private industry has donated fiber, equipment and access, Cleveland has a powerful network poised to deliver 21st century solutions.
My kids started school today. Over the coming weeks, so will millions of others. As an IT professional, I've struggled with reconciling my core belief that IT, properly applied, can make most things work better and the evidence that it's had precious little effect on public education. One problem is that the application of IT to public education tends to be a hit-or-miss kind of thing.
Despite much work done since last year, the Dept. of Homeland Security still has not corrected numerous security holes, many of which were previously identified. For instance, sensitive devices were sometimes accessible with a well-known group or default password.
An Air Force database was breached allowing hackers access to personally identifying information to 33,000 employees, mostly active duty officers. Identity theft is also a huge concern at universities, both public and private, which may account for as many as half of the identity theft breaches.