Considering accessibility as part of the public procurement process is an absolute must

Tracy Mitrano, Supply Management (UK),  Thursday, May 28, 2015

Making technology accessible to all, especially in today’s digital era, is critical to ensuring every person can live an informed, content-rich and fulfilling life. But to truly promote digital inclusion, more consistent accessibility policies are needed across the board. Member states in the EU have an important opportunity to lead in this area and set accessibility standards globally.

A few things you might want to think about on cloud storage

Jonathan Kozlowski, Officer.com,  Thursday, May 28, 2015

Does it seem, sometimes, that technology has always led the race? Problems arise, solutions are created, but there’s always a jump—or a leap—over an issue with the latest new trend. During these technological leaps, however, there are always questions to discuss. It’s those issues that sit in second place that are vital to talk about and catch-up to what our innovative selves are capable of accomplishing. That’s where we are today, discussing policy, legal issues, standardization, and federal mandates for technological advancements like body-worn cameras.

Cloud-Based Online Government Services Pitfalls

SaaS Addict, Cloud Tweaks,  Thursday, May 28, 2015

There are a few important lessons to take away from the healthcare.gov launch. These can help governments reduce their citizens’ effort levels when using the online services, providing an overall better experience. In this article I will discuss the pitfalls of providing cloud-based online government services. Because knowing (the pitfalls) is half the battle.

Yahoo must face email spying class action - U.S. judge

Jonathan Stempel, Reuters,  Thursday, May 28, 2015

A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations.

3 reasons why you should be using the cloud for body cam video storage

PoliceOne Staff,  Wednesday, May 27, 2015

When people sign up for the program, they manage their video evidence with VIEVU and Microsoft helps manage the network infrastructure behind it. This is done in a secure way. Microsoft’s Azure Government cloud and VIEVU meet the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security requirements, a policy that law enforcement must meet in order to access the FBI’s data in the cloud. The company does not mine data, guarantees confidentiality, allows agencies to control and own all their data, and is aligned to the standards published by the International Chiefs of Police (IACP).

Google Commits $20 Million to Fund Tech for People With Disabilities

NBC News,  Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Google has launched an initiative to support emerging technologies that help people with disabilities live more independently. The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities program announced Tuesday will award up to $20 million in grants to nonprofits that work on assistive technologies. The grants will be funneled through Google's charitable arm, Google.org.

Microsoft’s new cloud offering targets government

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As government CIOs mull their prospects in the cloud, Microsoft is trying to shed its image of a proprietary, license-driven software behemoth. For the last several years, Redmond has been talking up its efforts to develop cloud services and applications and expand its developer ecosystem, and now, the company is positioning its technology as a hub that can bind together and support disparate systems, applications, operating systems and cloud environments.

Shifting Tides

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Tuesday, May 26, 2015

“The Senate is in gridlock, but the tides are shifting,” said Michael W. Macleod-Ball, acting director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office. “For the first time, a majority of senators took a stand against simply rubber-stamping provisions of the Patriot Act that have been used to spy on Americans.”

Big Data's infinite harvest

Edward Luce, Financial Times,  Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Without really digesting it, we have made a Faustian bargain. They [Google and Facebook] give us free computing power — beyond our wildest imagination — and we reveal ever more about ourselves. The more Google knows about you, the better it teases out preferences you never realised you had. It is an asymmetric exchange. Big Data has our profiles but few of us know how extensive that is. We should nevertheless embrace the bargain with open eyes. We are not Big Data’s customers but its product.

How the cloud helped police warm up to body-worn cameras

Colin Nagle, Network World,  Tuesday, May 26, 2015

While the benefits of body-worn cameras for law enforcement have been well-known for years, cloud storage and security needed to evolve to handle all the footage. Naturally, cloud storage is a good solution to the problem, particularly as it restricts the officers' access to the files. But for years, asking law enforcement agencies to entrust such sensitive data to the cloud was no easy task.