Comment: The danger of private companies spying on British schoolchildren

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould,
Friday, May 31, 2013

The recently revived debate over the UK's draft communications data bill and its so-called snoopers' charter raises justifiable concerns about government attempts to monitor citizens' internet browsing behaviour and email correspondence with the cooperation of private companies.

Government CIOs Eye Business Apps in Cloud Transition

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Friday, May 31, 2013

Cloud computing, identified by the White House as a chief priority for the federal government, is slowly gaining traction throughout the agencies, which CIOs are steering toward a point where unique, mission-critical applications will join commodity functions like email in the cloud, federal IT executives said Thursday during a panel discussion here at a government cloud computing conference.

Schools and the cloud: will schools allow students to be profiled and advertised to in the course of their school-day?

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing,  Thursday, May 30, 2013

Technology companies are moving rapidly to get tools like email and document creation services into schools. This link to a recent survey of schools in the UK shows that use of such technology is expected to bring significant educational and social benefits. However, it also reveals that schools have deep concerns that providers of these services will mine student emails, documents or web browsing behaviour to build profiles for commercial purposes, such as serving advertisements.

Federal CIOs Must Embrace Hybrid IT in Shift to Cloud

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Thursday, May 30, 2013

With the agencies of the federal government in various stages of shifting their IT operations to the cloud, CIOs must take a considered approach that places cloud computing in the context of a host of other factors, chiefly the agency mission, but also the prevailing currents that are reshaping the technology landscape, a top analyst with Gartner said on Thursday.

British Government IT Projects Running Late

Gary Flood, InformationWeek Government,  Thursday, May 30, 2013

The British government on Friday revealed the state of progress of its biggest projects -- a welcome piece of openness tarnished by the news that at least four of its most prominent IT endeavors, including its Universal Credit and G-Cloud program, might be in trouble.

Could Cloud be the Answer to Secure, Real-Time Information Sharing for Critical Industries?

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

When global information and analytics provider IHS Inc. lost several terabytes of information regarding U.S. chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials to an Iranian hacking group this past February, the company had no way of quickly and securely communicating the incident to the appropriate government agencies. This inability of companies to easily share cyber threat information with the government and other businesses is a key barrier to protecting our nation against ever-increasing internet-based attacks.

Exposure of DHS Employees’ Personal Data Shows Widespread Risk

Aliya Sternstein, NextGov,  Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Law enforcement authorities tipped off the Homeland Security Department to a software error that had exposed personal details of DHS employees holding security clearances -- not the contractor responsible for protecting the data, underscoring a potential weakness in the federal procurement cycle.

Australian government unveils national cloud strategy

Josh Taylor, ZDNet,  Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Australian government has set out new rules for government agencies to consider cloud first in procurement, and to begin moving websites into the public cloud as part of the new National Strategy for Cloud Computing released today.

European Data Protection Authorities argue for clear limits to profiling

Article 29 Data Protection Working Party,  Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Connecting personal data to create and use profiles has become an important challenge for individuals’ rights and freedoms. Profiling enables companies as well as public authorities to determine, analyze or predict peoples’ personality or aspects of their personality – especially their behaviour, interests and habits. Furthermore, people usually do not know that and to what extent they are being profiled.

Defense cloud contract open to competition (again)

Frank Kankel, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Defense Information Systems Agency wants competition for a sole-source contract it originally awarded in April for big data cloud storage.