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Techies in New Congress Push Changes

Don’t call Congress an archaic body of technological dinosaurs. According to a report in Politico, the incoming class of legislators led by a new Republican majority, is looking to “claw its way into the 21st century,” with a host of new tech-friendly measures. The proposed changes include: allowing iPads on …

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Navy CIO Blog Goes Silent

Newly installed Department of Navy Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen is ending a storied practice as the head of the Navy’s IT that could have Gov 2.0 ramifications throughout government. He’s ending the Navy CIO blog. In a posting earlier this month, titled appropriately enough “The CIO’s Last Blog,” Halvorsen …

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FCC’s Net Neutrality Brings out Lobbying on Both Sides

Ahead of the Dec. 21 Federal Communications Commission vote that will determine the fate of Chairman Julius Genachowski’s net neutrality proposal, the lobbyists are swarming Washington. The Washington Post’s technology blog, Post Tech, reports that today is likely to be the last day of such arm-twisting and cajoling before FCC …

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Archives.gov Goes Gov 2.0

Don’t call it a comeback. They’ve been here for years. What, specifically? The data stored in the National Archives and Records Administration. Or, what more quaintly used to be referred to as simply archives. And, now they’re easier to search for than ever, following a redesigned NARA website. The Archives.gov …

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OMB to Agencies: Get a Move on the Cloud

The Office of Management and Budget is done prodding, poking and coaxing agencies about moving to cloud-computing platforms. In a broad overhaul of federal IT management announced last week, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said it’s now time to begin acting. The new “cloud-first strategy” is not an abstract …

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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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