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Sandra Erwin of National Defense magazine just published an excellent article on the Army's foray into developing soldier-friendly smartphone applications. Giving credit to Army CIO Lt. Gen, Jeffrey Sorenson and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Sandra describes the se...
I am so proud to be associated with Twiki. Some of the personal reasons I enjoy working with them is an ability to interact with and learn from their CEO Jitendra Kavathekar (@JeetKavathekar) and their founder Peter Thoeny (@peterthoeny). Both are enthusiastic teacher/leader/thinkers...
Michael Slaby was Chief Technology Officer for Obama for America. His team was responsible for the technology behind the online campaign. He’s giving a Berkman lunchtime talk. NOTE 1: I’m liveblogging, aqnd thus getting things wrong, paraphrasing, missing points, etc. Do not trust the...
Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war...
Earlier this month, Melvin Greer and I teamed up on a Military Information Technology piece. Melvin is a senior research engineer and cloud computing chief architect at Lockheed Martin, and a member of NCOIC’s Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG). Titled "Cloud Computing's next Challen...
Urgent meetings are being held by the financial leaders of American Healthcare companies in the wake of Obama's Healthcare Reform being passed 219 - 212 in the House of Representatives. The introduction of this policy heralds a transformation in the fabric of American society, and the...
This week it was my pleasure to explore cloud computing with Army Knowledge Leaders (AKL)! AKL is an intensive 2-year experience of training and work rotations designed to develop leadership, business and technology competencies to support the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO) miss...
From an email being circulated: From: “Privacy” Date: March 11, 2010 11:32:22 AM EST To: undisclosed-recipients:; Subject: [VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT] Director of Privacy Policy and Senior Advisor For privacy professionals looking for a challenging and rewarding assignment, consid...
Market Connections, Inc., a leading provider of full-service government market research services in the mid-Atlantic region, conducted the survey in February on behalf of the Government Information Technology Council (GITEC). GITEC is a group of senior-level government executives organ...
Last week’s “Meeting the Open Government Directive” (OGD) conference hosted by GovDelivery (new owners of the popular GovLoop.com public/private social media forum) showcased a number of very important, relevant initiatives and ideas to help Federal Agencies comply with this important ...
   Last week the US Navy awarded initial CANES contracts to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Navy officials place the contract values at $775M for Northrop and $937M for Lockheed. As the ke...
The news started hitting California early Saturday morning with an SMS alarm on my mobile phone – a major earthquake struck Chile, and there was a potential of tsunami activity in California and Hawaii (as well as the rest of the Pacific). First Citizen Journalism Transforming Mediasto...
During the first quarter of 2010, the Navy is expected to make the first selection for the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System (CANES). CANES is just one component of the Navy’s overall strategy for its future information technology infrastructure. According to Vice Admiral H...
Last week, the Network Centric Operations Consortium (NCOIC) Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG) started it's work on cloud interoperability in earnest. The first step in their process is the completion of a Systems, Capabilities, Operations, Programs and Enterprises (SCOPE) model. As...
The Right Honorable Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Bahamas arrived in Cat Cay on Saturday, February 13, 2010 to begin the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Cat Cay. Prime Minister is accompanied with Hon. O.A.T. Tommy Turnquest MP and Mrs. Turnquest, Minister of Nati...
As part of the On The Frontlines series, Trezza Media Group has just released it latest on-line electronic magazine. "Shaping Government Clouds" includes: * Pete Tseronis, Chairman of the Federal Cloud Advisory Council, shares his thoughts on how to embrace clud computing possib...
Today on Federal Executive Forum, Dave Wennergren, Deputy CIO, Office of the Secretary of Defense, shared his views on secure information sharing.



Mr. David M. Wennergren serves as the ...
We are observing three groups of new media participants on blog portals, Twitter and Facebook as we enter a new decade for online media. 1) Old school journalists with their traditional values - I personally come from a traditional journalism background as I recently described towar...
Bravo to Microsoft’s Brad Smith, the company’s senior vice president and general counsel, for urging Congress to create and pass legislation that would set security and privacy standards for the cloud – at the federal level! Smith made his pitch this week at a forum in Was...
Recently, I had the privilege of reviewing an advance copy of Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing by Eric Marks and Bob Lozano. Available now for pre-order on Amazon, this guide is a crystal ball into the future of business. Not a technical treatise, this excellent book is an insightf...
Most enterprise technologists should see a continued payoff of the hard work in planning, architecture, documentation, development and configuration work that has been occurring over the last several years.  Enterprise technologists were building Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) lo...
Government Session at Cloud Expo Cloud Expo on Ulitzer - I'm happy to announce that I will be presenting on DoD Cloud Computing Advances at the 5th International Cloud Expo, April 19-21, 2010 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. My session will examine specific proje...
Of course, the cloud computing prediction interested me the most. According to Nick, 2010 will see early cloud computing projects moving into production and the use of cloud computing technology for classified activities via the DISA RACE program! Even with these steps forward, securit...
I’m worried about end users. I’m worried about their trust in the Internet and thus in the future of IT – the cloud. I’m worried because of the latest fallout from the cyberattacks on Google, and that company’s decision that it might resort to pulling out altogether from China – believ...
Google did something brave today.  Something I never thought they would do.  They stood up to communist China.  And they did what they did with a speed and certainty that should make us all proud. In a blog post on their official site, Google discloses what they know of several attempt...
There is nothing more irritating or annoying to a professional soldier than to watch a movie and find technical errors. A haircut that is out of regulation, a misplaced ribbon or medal, errors in weapon nomenclature, or even unit designations and locations. A soldier knows within a m...
In an announcement on its web site, epic.org, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has sued the US Government over the use of "devices that capture images of individuals stripped naked." The Transportation Security Agency has confirmed that the Body Imaging devices, which are part...
Information Technology in the federal enterprise does not work like it does in Hollywood. Although there are plenty of success stories to go around, federal IT is more limited and constrained than we would all want, for lots of reasons. Some of the reasons are just do to complexities a...
During my college years, between 1979-82, I worked at Hürriyet as an editorial cartoonist reporting to Doğan Hızlan. I also published my political cartoons in Cumhuriyet and Gırgır. My first cartoon appeared in Oğuz Aral's Girgir in 1974, when I was 14, which was also the beginning of ...
2010 will bring a load of new gadgets, technology, and advancements for consumers and enterprises alike.  Microsoft is releasing Office 2010, Apple is releasing their new Tablet (iTablet), NVIDIA is releasing their “GeForce 3XX” series of graphics cards, SSD’s will be...
We all know that technology is central in reducing health care cost, eliminating dangerous errors, and eventually providing coverage to all. I like learning from others, so while we are innovative, there is no point in repeating mistakes. A quick view of what the Dutch have be workin...
Harold Feld has a good post on Susan Crawford's return from the White House. He paints her as Cincinatus, the Roman who reluctantly put down his plow to lead Rome in its time of need, and voluntarily returned to his farm as soon as the day was won. Harold counts ...
2009 was truly a watershed year for Federal information technology professionals. After inaugurating the first Cyber-President we saw the appointment of our first Federal CIO and the rapid adoption of cloud computing as the way forward for improved efficiencies at reduced cost. The the...
During this morning’s IAC breakfast, discussing “Transparency, Collaboration and Web 2.0”, a panelist made a very interesting point. While the US Federal Government’s use of Internet social media services and cloud-based information-sharing applications is well underway, albeit at the ...
I have spent many years working with mobile application development tools. Each of the vendors I have known speak about the simplicity and speed of using their tools to develop and implement mobile applications. It is, for the most part, marketing speak. Developing a mobile application...
During a recent interview, Robert Carey, Navy Chief Information Officer, also stated that cloud computing offered real value to the Navy. Citing that both the Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) and Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) programs will l...
Stepping off the airplane last Tuesday at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport I knew I was in for a memorable business trip. As I left the airplane I was greeted by a young female Israeli government official who seemed to recognize me by sight. This was to be my first indication of what was ...
In this five minute interview, done at Supernova, Alec Ross — who reports to Hillary Clinton as Senior Innovation Adviser — talks about how the Internet cadre is doing in the State Department. [Disclosure: I may have the opportunity to work with the State Dept. (as a volunteer) on the ...
GDS Internationals Next Generation Pharmaceutical publication talks exclusively with International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition on the New Wave of Pharmaceutical Fraud

For cloud computing to gain traction in the enterprise, IT and security executives need to be certain that their company’s applications and data are safe. But when security is partly out of enterprise control, it becomes impossible to know if sensitive information has been acc...