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.

Government-as-a-Platform – Former White House CIO argues the case for sharing data with private sector

Derek du Preez, diginomica,  Friday, May 22, 2015

Government-as-a-Platform is at the forefront of the public sector’s agenda. Just a year ago and barely anyone had even heard of the term, but it seems that you can’t go to an event today without it being the topic of a lot of conversations. Which is a good thing, considering that there are very few (if any) examples of living, breathing, all-encompassing government platforms.

National treasure Stephen Fry publicises video about making technology work for everyone

Megan Titley, Stroud News,  Friday, May 22, 2015

Acclaimed actor Stephen Fry has tweeted a video about how disabled people are excluded from digital content to his 9.7m followers as part of a social media campaign. Commissioned by the award-winning Fix the Web project the animation explains how to improve the accessibility and avoid design issues which marginalise people with special needs. Fix the Web helps people facing accessibility issues, such as disabled and older people, to report problems with websites.

Law Enforcement Access to Evidence in the Cloud Era

The Chertoff Group (White Paper),  Friday, May 22, 2015

The transition to a global Internet economy has been accompanied by a significant change in the nature of law enforcement activity. Evidence that formerly was available within the boundaries of a single jurisdiction and could be collected through the operation of domestic law now is often collected, stored, and processed globally by transnational companies. As a result significant potential exists for the disruption of law enforcement activities because those who hold relevant evidence may be subject to conflicting legal obligations, unilateral actions by a single jurisdiction, and significant economic pressures. This white paper outlines the scope of the problem, surveys existing technical, legal, and policy conflicts and identifies potential responses to the changing dynamic.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day: A roundup of accessibility resources

Nonprofit Technology Network,  Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recall a time when you encountered one of those websites where it was hard to read and navigate. You wanted to get some basic information or perhaps complete a simple transaction, and you ended up spending a lot longer than necessary, or maybe even left the site in frustration. For many people with disabilities, this is a daily reality when they encounter the common problem of non-accessible websites. In recognition of these challenges, May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).