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Net-neutrality Showdown Likely in House Hearings

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Julius Genachowski said last week he was ready to debate Congress on the net neutrality rules FCC passed in December. “We are prepared to explain what we did and why we did it,” he said in a panel interview, The Hill reported. “If there’s …

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Kundra to Talk Cloud to Industry Crowd at Security Conference

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, who has ushered in the government’s “cloud-first” approach to federal IT, will address today a sold-out crowd of industry and technology leaders at the Cloud Security Alliance in San Francisco. The cloud summit, held in conjunction with the RSA Conference, a well-known IT security …

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Genachowski Talks Broadband Task Force, Regulatory Changes

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Julius Genachowski is getting serious about his agency’s commitment to wider adoption of broadband. At an FCC broadband forum earlier this week, Genachowski said a comprehensive broadband policy is a “BFD,” according to a report in The Hill. From there, Genachowski focused his remarks …

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FEMA Head: Disaster Preparedness Includes Twitter

Using social media is  not just the province of smartphone-wielding tweens and narcissistic twenty-somethings anymore. In an interview with Nextgov, the top government official tasked with emergency relief said Twitter and other social media sites will be a major part of federal disaster preparedness. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig …

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Blumenthal Offers Spirited Defense of EHRs

National coordinator for health IT Dr. David Blumenthal announced last week he would leave his post in the spring. Now, the gloves are coming off  — so to speak — in terms of his dealings with health IT skeptics. In a question-and-answer session with reporters, Blumenthal took issue with a …

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Health IT Luminary to Leave Post in Spring

Dr. David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health IT for the Department of Health and Human Services, announced in a staff memo late last week he would step down in the spring. Blumenthal, who will return to Harvard University, was appointed by President Barack Obama in March 2009 to lead …

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