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

A weak case for Internet reorg

Blogger John Carroll says that a report released by the Working Group on Internet Governance draws several unwarranted conclusions: The United States has screwed up the Internet; government comes first; and, all governments shall have equal weight in Internet governance. "The WGIG's goal," writes Carroll, "is to put the United Nations in the Internet's driver's seat.

July 25, 2005 by


Putting a cap on the WiMAX hype

In his latest commentary, fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou takes WiMAX by the horns and shakes out several misunderstandings of what the anticipated wireless technology means to Wi-Fi, showing how it shares a common denominator with Wi-Fi bigger than most think.  The key differentiator is not range, speed, or security, points out Ou, but rather the ability for WiMAX to operate in both the licensed radio band and unlicensed radio band (Wi-Fi is designed for only unlicensed use).

July 20, 2005 by ZDNet


Prepare for more scrutiny after SEC's SOX failure, says Gartner

Earlier this week, CNet News.com reported that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the SEC found that the organization, ironically, did not have effective internal control over financial reporting, pointing to weaknesses in its information security and accountancy practices.

June 30, 2005 by Christopher Jablonski


Legislative solutions to security problems

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.

June 30, 2005 by Phil Windley


Reducing the cost of health care

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.

June 28, 2005 by Phil Windley


The Supremes Rule Against Grokster

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.

June 27, 2005 by Phil Windley


Arthur on why IT matters

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.

June 21, 2005 by Phil Windley