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Christopher Dorobek of Federal News Radio moderated a panel that focused on how to use collaborative technology to improve procurement.  There have infinite conferences regarding procurement, so talking about it isn’t new, but the BetterBuy Project, a platform that enables the pu...
What can we learn from our “neighbours” across the sea? On June 10, 2009, the UK government announced the “Making Public Data Public” initiative.  UK’s Gov2.0 initiative is there to bring the government to the people.  This presentation provided persp...
Bob and I are very interested in Smartphone app development, specifically Android development.  Apps are being used across the world to enable work, play, and collaboration.  App development and sales is a huge economical force.  Governments are starting to use apps to make work easier...
Next week in Phoenix, AZ, the Defense Intelligence Agency will host the 2010 Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference. The theme of this event is "Mission Powered Partnerships...Keeping our Customers One Step Ahead." The conference will...
Beth Noveck is deputy chief technology officer for open government and leads President Obama’s Open Government Initiative. She is giving a talk at Harvard. She begins by pointing to the citizenry’s lack of faith in government. Without participation, citizens become increasingly alienat...
We have a brittle system underpinning the data center: the network. It’s brittle, yes. But it works. Thanks to years of tweaking and tuning and troubleshooting, it works. We know where everything is, and how everything interacts, and it works. It works well, in fact, now that we’ve got...
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...
Through NIST, the Federal government will now address cloud interoperability, portability and security in a focused and collaborative manner. To kick this off, a "Cloud Summit" on May 20, 2010 will be used to introduce NIST as the lead organization for the definition of the Federal Go...
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...
There are certainly many benefits to backing up your data to EMC Atmos, but how can users be sure that noone can look at their files after they’re backed up online? Until now, that was a nagging question with no good answer. With the introduction of AES 128-bit encryption for files ...
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...
The U.S. government’s cloud site, Apps.gov, is scheduled for a re-design. A story I saw says that the General Services Administration (GSA) isn’t entirely satisfied with Apps.gov the way it’s set up now, so some changes are in store for the site, including a soon-t...
Last week during its weekly meeting, the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG) examined some of the legal aspects surrounding electronically stored information. With government use of cloud computing expected to grow, the group reach out to Mr. Jason R. Baron, Director of Litig...
"Cloud Musings", in cooperation with Aditya Yadav & Associates, is conducting a new cloud computing survey. This short, eight (8) question poll, is designed to gauge general corporate plans around cloud computing. As a free thank you gift for participating, you can recieve one of t...
On Thursday 25th March 2010, people from an estimated 200 cities across the globe will come together to celebrate and support the second Global Twestival. Defined by Twitter as ‘a way to take part in a global event that transforms lives’, Twestival was created last year by London based...
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...
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 key development program for afloat information technology infrastructures, this prog...
Expo, of which Microsoft is a Gold sponsor and one of the biggest exhibitors (out of over 70 leading Cloud companies exhibiting), came out of the corner swinging. Specifically Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, gave a speech on Thursday to computer science students at the University of...
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...
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 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded the Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements (TASER) contract to: Accenture National Security Services, LLC BAE Systems Information Technology, Inc. The Boeing Company-Autometric, Inc. Booz Allen Hamilton,...
I have been a little bit stubborn on my concession that cloud computing is really going to be the wave of the future. Though lately I have been playing with a lot of cloud related technologies and am hooked. Spin up 10 (or 100) Linux servers in a minute from a web page with no [...]
Contract signed with the Department for Work and Pensions for c.140,000 desktop devicesLondon, 15 February 2010 - Fujitsu has today signed the contract with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to manage and transform desktop computing for all of its staff in locations across the...
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...
It’s a move that’s a bit of a setback to cloud computing, especially as governments around the world adopt cloud computing platforms to save money and institute efficiencies. The move I’m talking about is the Irish government’s recent warning to all government d...
Here I am at ShmooCon 2010 right in the middle of what people here in Washington DC are calling Snowpocalypse 2010. The Metro, busses, and taxis are all closed down and essentially the city has shut down. Being from Cleveland I find it a little laughable but it’s still a pretty bad sto...
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...
With the rash of recent retailer bankruptcies and downsizings adding to an inventory that included unclaimed spaces from earlier failures, the vacancy factor in retail properties along northern New Jersey's six major shopping corridors jumped to 6.6% during 2008 from 3.6% a year earlie...
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 Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology /...
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...
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...
The principles and freedoms of the American dream are finding themselves resurrected again with cloud computing. The following blog will outline background, details and living proof that cloud computing is one of the catalysts of the future that will bring the American dream back! A...
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...
By now most of you have probably heard about the GoogleHack in China. Yesterday Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond wrote in a blog post that indicated the accounts of dozens of Gmail users in the U.S., Europe and China who are advocates of human rights in China were routine...
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...
Nostradamus may no longer be with us, but check out the "beltway" predictions from Tech Bisnow! "Two hot trends almost all mentioned: early uptick on M&A and cloud computing ubiquity" SAIC guru Mike Daniels Federal marketing wiz Mark Amtower Winvale group managing partne...