"government" entries

Data for the public good

From healthcare to finance to emergency response, data holds immense potential to help citizens and government.

The explosion of big data, open data and social data offers new opportunities to address humanity's biggest challenges. The open question is no longer if data can be used for the public good, but how.

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Four short links: 7 November 2011

Four short links: 7 November 2011

City Finances, Low-Power Computers, Future History, and Learner's Mindset

  1. California and Bust (Vanity Fair) — Michael Lewis digs into city and state finances, and the news ain’t good.
  2. Tonido Plug 2 — with only watts a day, you could have your own low-cost compute farm that runs off a car battery and a cheap solar panel.
  3. William Gibson Interview (The Paris Review) — It’s harder to imagine the past that went away than it is to imagine the future. What we were prior to our latest batch of technology is, in a way, unknowable. It would be harder to accurately imagine what New York City was like the day before the advent of broadcast television than to imagine what it will be like after life-size broadcast holography comes online. But actually the New York without the television is more mysterious, because we’ve already been there and nobody paid any attention. That world is gone.
  4. Zen and the Art of Making (Phil Torrone) — thoughts on the difference between beginners and experts, and why the beginner’s mindset is intoxicating and addictive.

Strata Week: IBM puts Hadoop in the cloud

IBM taps the cloud to make Hadoop easier, Factual cleans geo data, Google gets transparent with gov data requests.

IBM targets businesses with a cloud-based Hadoop product, Factual tackles incomplete geo records, and Google embraces transparency by publishing and explaining the data requests it gets from governments.


Why don't they get it?

Tech predictions focusing only on technology miss a key component: people.

If you comment on new technology, you should get to know as many of the quirks and biases of human behavior as you can. That's because you're modeling people first and technology second.

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Developer Week in Review: The unglamorous life of video game developers

To live and die making "L.A. Noire," unsensible censors, and the top 25 ways to get PWNED

The folks who make video games sound the alarm bells on working conditions, governments try to break the Internet, and MITRE unveils 2011's most dangerous software errors.

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ePayments Week: Where adds context to PayPal

Ebay buys Where, the White House wants identity protection, and researchers find interesting data about themselves on the iPhone.

EBay's purchase of a mobile advertising and check-in service adds another piece to its mobile payment puzzle. Also, the White House calls for an online identity ecosystem and two researchers discover caches of location data left unencrypted on their iPhones.

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Search Notes: Google and government scrutiny

Google's dominance draws attention from governments and courts, and it's time to say goodbye to AllTheWeb

In this edition of Search Notes: Google continues to be a top traffic source, governments and courts want to know more about Google's methods, and AllTheWeb takes a final trip to the great Internet in the sky.

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The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows

A new Pew survey emphasizes the Internet's importance in civil society.

A new survey released released this week by the Pew Research Center's Internet and Life Project shed new light on the role of the Internet as a platform for collective action. A panel at the State of the Internet Conference discussed the findings, driving home the increasing integration of our online and offline lives.

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Gov 2.0 Week in Review: Summer Heatwave

Government apps, more .gov launches, open government, social media, contests and innovation.

What do you get when you combine summer heat with government technology? Like the rest of the Eastern seaboard, Washington has been beset by a heatwave, which means that air conditioners, linen suits and lemonade are very much in vogue. Before you quip "meltdown," check out the new mobile apps from the new USA.gov and the new .gov sites that…

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Analysis: Three privacy initiatives from the Office of Management and Budget

The U.S. government has a new take on federated identity, storage and social networks.

The U.S. government took three large steps toward sophisticated privacy and identity policies last week. They involve federated identity, storage of personally identifiable information, and the use of social networks. Andy Oram takes an in-depth look at important parts of the new policies.

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