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Chopra Touts Crowd-Sourced Secure Email for Health Records

Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said government’s role for the future of the Internet is to convene and facilitate technological innovation in partnership with the private sector. At a Brookings Institute forum on Internet policy, Chopra made his far-reaching pronouncements in response to a single, loaded question: What is …

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GSA Calls on Experts for New Civic Engagement Platform

The General Services Administration is ramping up a new project that will allow government policymakers to engage with the public. But it’s not your typical crowd-sourcing effort. The new effort, which GSA is seeking public comment on, is called ExpertNet, and it aims to foster collaboration between federal agencies and …

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Genachowski Blog Post: Net Neutrality Helps Job Creation

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski took to the FCC blog to defend his net neutrality proposals, writing that an open Internet is vital for the United States’ economic well-being, especially job creation. Small businesses and start-ups have accounted for the creation of 22 million jobs over the past 15 …

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Cyber Czar: ‘Solemn Responsibility’ to Protect Networks

The most important cybersecurity goal for the United States is to protect its government networks, which requires effective public-private partnerships, the White House’s cyber czar said earlier this week. “We have a solemn responsibility” to protect federal networks, said Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity coordinator for the Obama administration, at a Dec. …

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OMB IT Reform Plan: Back to Basics

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra announced the government’s sweeping overhaul of federal IT reform at a White House briefing today. But don’t call the government’s next step a radical, new approach. For Kundra and the Office of Management and Budget, it’s all about going back to the basics. Or, …

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Chopra at Open Gov Talk: 2011 Will Be Year of Civic Engagement

When three high-profile open-government supporters sat down for a live webcast on the one-year anniversary of the White House’s Open Government Directive to take questions from the public, it was clear, they were already thinking of the future. Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra summed up the trio’s perspective best …

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