Technology

NIST Seeks Help Building National Public Safety Network

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced it is seeking advice on building a national wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. A Sept. 12 Federal Register notice asks for comments as to whether the network is plausible with today’s technology or technology in the near future. The …

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FCC Moving Forward w/ Net Neutrality Rules

Regulations adopted last year by the Federal Communications Commission on open internet, or net neutrality, will be officially published soon. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget signed off on the regulations Friday. They will be published in the Federal Register within one to three weeks and take effect …

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House Panel Hears Concerns Over Proposed 4G Network

The proposed LightSquared network, a broadband wireless network integrated with satellite coverage, has raised concerns that it interferes with devices using the Global Positioning System. The House Science Committee held a public hearing Thursday to examine the issue, hearing testimony from officials from the Transportation Department, NASA and the National …

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Theft Leading Cause of Health Data Breaches, HHS Says

The most common cause of large health data breaches in 2010 was theft, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights. The 11-page report covers breaches covers breaches of more than 500 individuals between Sept. 23, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010, affecting entities covered …

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A Fourth of Govt. Websites Unreachable, Survey Finds

Nearly a fourth of the domains are unreachable, according to a recent analysis of the federal government’s online portfolio. Ben Balter, a new media fellow at the Federal Communications Commission and M.B.A. candidate at George Washington University, surveyed the more-than 1,800 websites owned and operated by federal government agencies. Only …

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TSA Buying New Imaging Machines, Says Privacy Protected

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday it is spending $44.8 million to purchase new imaging machines it claims will eliminate passenger-specific images and enhance privacy. TSA ordered 300 of the millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology machines for deployment at airports across the country. TSA said it began installing software on …

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White House Will Directly Accept Petitions Online

Citizens will soon be able to submit online petitions directly to the White House website, it was announced Thursday. Macon Phillips, White House Director of Digital Strategy, said citizens can be informed via e-mail when the site, “We the People,” goes live. Individuals will be able to create or sign …

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Army Issues New Social Media Guide

The Army issued its first Social Media Handbook in January, recognizing the importance of social media in its communication strategy in both peacetime and wartime. The Army now has updated its guidelines for new media, releasing a second version of the handbook Aug. 24 on its Slideshare page. The new …

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Forest Service Decentralized After Centralizing IT

The Forest Service centralized IT in the early 2000s in an effort to streamline and reduce cost of IT operations, but the resulting self-service approach at field units led to IT trouble-shooting decentralization, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Aug. 25. Instead of relying on a local field …

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Eric Holder Speaks in Support of Public Safety Network

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out Tuesday in support of setting aside wireless spectrum for public safety. Cell phone networks were congested during the Aug. 23 earthquake on the east coast, prompting an FCC investigation into reports of 911 calls not getting through. The earthquake also prompted renewed calls to …

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