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New Yorkers: Come Out This Weekend for a BigApps Brainstorm

BY Matthew Burton | Tuesday, August 11 2009

In advance of New York City's BigApps project, the NYC Economic Development Council is soliciting information input regarding what data should be provided to developers. But unless you're a developer who for some reason ... Read More

DoD Opens Forum for Web Policies

BY Matthew Burton | Saturday, August 8 2009

Last week, we found out that US Strategic Command--the military post that oversees the US Armed Forces' computer networks--was close to announcing an outright ban on all social networking Web sites. This is alarming. ... Read More

What Bugs Me About Stratcom's Social Network Blockade

BY Matthew Burton | Friday, July 31 2009

Yesterday, WIRED's Noah Shachtman reported that US Strategic Command--which oversees the armed forces' computer networks--is about to ban the entire military's access to social networking Web sites. As someone who has ... Read More

OMB Ups The Ante On In-Sourcing Contractors

BY Matthew Burton | Wednesday, July 29 2009

A few days ago, I wrote about the draft intelligence authorization bill that attempts to cut the contractor workforce. Now, the Office of Management and Budget is requiring (not asking) all federal agencies to cut ... Read More

Study Finds Government Short on Cyber Defense Talent

BY Matthew Burton | Sunday, July 26 2009

A while back, I wrote here about the government's inability to hire cyber security experts. For those interested in this topic, the Partnership for Public Service just published a report on the government's progress on ... Read More

Run an Intel Agency? Have to Cut Contractors? Start With IT.

BY Matthew Burton | Friday, July 24 2009

The current draft of the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Bill asks intelligence agencies to trim their contractor workforce by up to 11%* and replace them with government employees. (See page 8 of the PDF.) Note that ... Read More

Open Source Government Tidbits

BY Matthew Burton | Wednesday, July 22 2009

A few brief items about the progress of open source software within the US Government: The US Postal Service just finished migrating its 1300 servers from Solaris to Linux. It's part of a wider effort to move its entire ... Read More

Open Source Government Tidbits

BY Matthew Burton | Wednesday, July 22 2009

A few brief items about the progress of open source software within the US Government: The US Postal Service just finished migrating its 1300 servers from Solaris to Linux. It's part of a wider effort to move its entire ... Read More

Wikipedia Reaches Out to NIH (and vice versa)

BY Matthew Burton | Sunday, July 19 2009

The National Institutes of Health scores big points for this: on July 16, they hosted Wikipedia staff and scientists at their headquarters in Bethesda, MD, for an all-day "Wikipedia Academy." The goal of the event was to ... Read More

Wikipedia Reaches Out to NIH (and vice versa)

BY Matthew Burton | Sunday, July 19 2009

The National Institutes of Health scores big points for this: on July 16, they hosted Wikipedia staff and scientists at their headquarters in Bethesda, MD, for an all-day "Wikipedia Academy." The goal of the event was to ... Read More