Crowdsourcing and democracy

Crowdsourcing is becoming an important way for government to gather information and get work done - giving new meaning to the phrase "by the people, for the people." While crowdsourcing is still a relatively new concept, there are...

Titanic mistakes: Five pragmatic lessons from spectacular technology failures

Everyone is talking about the sinking of the Titanic – and they should be. The people, the stories, the technology, and especially the tragic ending, are legendary. It has been one hundred years since she sank. Books have been...

Your best resources are right next door

In the government sector we are all having to face reduced budgets, reduced staffing, reduced resources, while also facing increased workloads, increased demands and an ever changing technology landscape. In the face of this new...

The government and big data: Use, problems and potential

When it comes to managing data, government agencies have always had the same issue. From national intelligence to the IRS, the U.S. Census to local municipalities, there are massive amounts of data in agency computer systems. Much...

Personal tech raises security fears in the public sector

By Jan Duffy Personal laptops, tablet PCs, or smart phones are showing up in ever increasing numbers. Although many public sector organizations still officially ban the use of personal devices to conduct official business, since...

Fed IT spending to drop slightly in the FY 2013 budget

By Shawn P. McCarthy Federal spending on information technology will flatline for fiscal year 2013, with total spending dropping about 0.7% for the coming fiscal year. The IT budget was announced as part of President Obama's...

"Version Control" and the 2012 federal IT budget

By Shawn P. McCarthy If you've noticed some mixed messages coming out of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) when it comes to annual IT spending by federal agencies, you're not alone. The good news is that the proposed...

Can governments agree to cooperate on the Internet?

By Jan Duffy, IDC Cyber-crime and cyber-espionage are on the increase and many agree that a clamp down is needed, but how do we balance that with the freedom the Internet provides and that most of us cherish? UK Foreign Secretary...

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