One thing I learned working for government is that if you don't solve your own problems, the legislature will do it for you--and you probably won't like the results. So it was with Sarbanes-Oxley and, perhaps, now with a data privacy and security.
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 May meeting of the National Association of State CIOs, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt had some bad news about Medicaid: "Medicaid expenditures will exceed public education expenditures for the first time this year. If health care begins to push out all other priorities, it throws off the economic equation.
The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision this morning, ruled that "One who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright ... is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties using the device, regardless of the device's lawful uses.
Steve Fulling, CIO of Sento Corp wrote me to say he'd heard W. Brian Arthur, a Santa Fe Institute economist, speak last night on why IT matters.
Over at Digital Identity World, Eric Norlin reacted with incredulity to MasterCard's PR spin on the loss of 13.9 million customer card numbers by card processor CardSystem Solutions.
IT vendors shooting for a slice of the $70 billion federal IT budget this year will have to revise their sales strategy as early as July 1st, according to a market alert published by INPUT.
Last week, I decided I wanted a new Moto Razr cell phone. I could have taken my purchasing card down to the Cingular store and gotten one that night, but I decided I'd play by the rules.
It seems like every week now there's a story about another company losing control of digital identity data. The problem, of course, is that when your identity data is lost by some company, the chances that your identity will be stolen go up.
Over at the IT Garage, Doc Searls goes through some history of Microsoft's InfoCard initiative and asks some good questions. InfoCard is an identity metasystem that Doc correctly describes as a "barn raising project" led by Microsoft.
Much of the mistrust that occurs between the business and IT sides of an organization is founded on misunderstanding and questions about resources. Consequently, building a successful IT organization requires a culture of transparency.