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.

Latest Posts

The Graying of IT

A recent story in Baseline Magazine discusses what CIOs at various companies are doing to retain institutional knowledge in the face of retiring IT workers.  One example, FirstEnergy Corp: As its first baby boomers turn 60 next year, FirstEnergy Corp.

May 16, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Remixing Google Maps

The other day, someone asked me: "do you know of a mapping service on the Internet that shows you drive times as a set of contour lines from a particular location?" I said I didn't, but someone could probably code it up in an hour or two on top of Google Maps.

May 5, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Wal-Mart's Domain Name Battles

A recent decision by the WIPO Arbitration Center took the domain name walmartfacts.biz away from Jeff Milchen, a self-described Wal-Mart critic.

May 3, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Municipal Broadband Across the US

CNET News has an interactive map showing municipal broadband projects across the US.  I've written before about the need to educate legislators and municipal officials about the benefits of municipal broadband.

May 2, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Political Identity

On the heels of the 2004 election, one of the things that candidates want is email addresses. Not just any email addresses, but email addresses of likely voters with particular persuasions in their district.

April 27, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Monty Python on the Semantic Web

Tony Byrne of CMS Watch sent me a note about a fun series of posts over at the xml-dev mailing list using Monty Python to poke fun at the Semantic Web, RESTful Web Services, and Web Services specifications.  Its worth reading the comments in between the quips as well.

April 25, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Ubuntu: Is the new Linux distro for you?

I was talking to Doc Searls a few days ago and he told me about Ubuntu, a new Linux distro based on Debian.  Ubuntu is the brainchild of Mark Shuttleworth, who probably best known as the guy who bought a ticket on Soyuz.

April 20, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Why Comcast is chasing DNS outages

If you're not a Comcast customer, you're probably blissfully unaware of the problems that Comcast customers have been experiencing the last few weeks.  If you are a Comcast customer, then like me, you've likely experienced serious downtime and you're probably wondering what's going on.

April 15, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Sharing enterprise software

Baseline Magazine (still one of my favorite sources of information about enterprise computing) has an article discussing corporations that share homegrown software using the Avalanche Corporate Technology Cooperative. According to their Web site, Avalanche's mission is to provide: A gated community that enables our members to contribute, collaborate, and legally distribute intellectual property with other members.

April 13, 2005 by Phil Windley

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VoIP is giving the states heartburn

Calling Vonage "the Amazon of VoIP," a recent article in Governing magazine discusses the issues surrounding the regulation and taxation of VoIP. The reason for the Amazon comparison is a feeling in the minds of State government officials that this "problem" is analogous to the issues States have in collecting sales tax revenues on eCommerce sales.

April 8, 2005 by Phil Windley

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