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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.