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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The <strike>Four</strike> Five 'Net Freedoms

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.

August 19, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Intel stands up for government-owned Wi-Fi

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.

August 19, 2005 by ZDNet


The road to municipal Wi-Fi is paved with good intentions

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.

August 18, 2005 by Marc Wagner


Real public-private cooperation

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.

August 17, 2005 by ZDNet


Intel to launch Digital Communities initiative

Intel is leading a new initiative called Digital Communities, designed to promote the use of wireless technology to provide better services to government, business and citizens. In a one-hour teleconference tomorrow, they'll lay out the program and invite mayors from participating cities to talk about the program.

August 17, 2005 by ZDNet


San Francisco shoots for universal wireless service for all residents

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced plans for a Wi-Fi network, called TechConnect, to cover all 49 square miles of the city. The city announced a request for information and comments (PDF) on how to build the network, estimated to cost $10 million to $18 million dollars.

August 17, 2005 by Richard Koman