How can government agecies use technology to improve how they carry out their mission, deliver services, and maintain transparency and accountability? For Canadian officials and IT pros, a conference this week in Ottawa should help answer some of those questions.
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.
The AP reports that Empire High School in Vail, Ariz., has shunned textbooks altogether, instead supplying each student with an Apple iBook laptop computer.
A committee advising the Florida Supreme Court recommended yesterday that official court documents should go online in the interest of open government but there need to be certain safeguards against the release of personal information, CNET News.com reports.
In February of 2004, then FCC Chairman Michael Powell gave a speech in which he outlined four 'Net freedoms. David Isenberg (who wrote the famous paper on the Rise of the Stupid Network) has excerpted the four freedoms and Powell's explanation for easy reference.
The brewing battle over municipal Wi-Fi heated up yesterday as Intel, with the support of Dell, Cisco, IBM, and SAP, unveiled the "Digital Communities" effort. Thirteen cities - from Philadelphia to Rio - are participating in the project, which is designed to provide technical resources and discounts to help them build out their wireless infrastructure to better support public safety and other government employees, according to a report on CNET's News.
The Central Scotland Police are ripping out their Linux boxes and replacing them with Windows servers, according to a report on Silicon.com.
This afternoon, as I listened to Dan Farber's interview with Dianah Neff, the CIO of Philadelphia, the phrase that kept coming back to me was one with which I grew up — "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions." In a nutshell, the city of Philadelphia wishes to help its low-income citizens gain access to the Internet by building a mesh network of Wi-Fi and Wi-MAX access points connected to a fiber infrastructure.
I was going to begin this post about funding for technology with, "In these tough economic times ..." But when do you ever have enough money to fund all the worthwhile projects that need to be done?
Top-rated IT employees of the federal government will be able to spend time at private firms for training and development, new rules announced by the Office of Personnel Management say. According to GovExec.
A key problem with the response to 9/11 was the inability of first responders from different jurisdictions to communicate with each other. As GovExcec.