Government Use of IT

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Mass surveillance 'endangers fundamental human rights,' says study

Countries should make laws restricting surveillance capabilities, says a European study

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Federal IT Leaders Want Cloud Vendors to Provide Clarity

FedRAMP director says industry needs to do more to document security protocols in cloud services as agencies look to broaden adoption of the program across government.

HealthCare.gov sending personal data to Twitter, Yahoo and Google

Privacy advocates warn the data could be misused

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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

Cuba is on the threshold of getting, potentially, a massive technology upgrade, thanks to a U.S. decision to ease economic sanctions. But this tiny island nation needs a lot of work.

Google Teams Up with PwC on Military Cloud Bid

Google is adding its muscle to PriceWaterhouseCoopers' bid to build a new cloud-based healthcare system for the military that would support its more than 9.7 million beneficiaries.

FBI access to surveillance program expands in recent years

The FBI has taken a more active role in the NSA's Prism program since 2008, according to an internal report

Weather forecasting made (slightly) easier with updated NOAA system

The National Weather Service could offer more accurate long-term forecasts by October

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10 Lessons U.S. Tech Managers Can Learn From Their Counterparts in China

China’s tech star is rising rapidly. Global companies -- and their savvy IT leaders -- should keep a close eye on the country’s technological transformation.

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White House Plans to Leave IT in Better Shape Than it Found it

Alissa Johnson, the White House deputy CIO, wants to make the sure the worst aspects of a presidential IT transition won't repeat themselves at the end of the Obama administration in 2016.

Tor, TrueCrypt, Tails topped the NSA's 'most wanted' list in 2012

The latest Snowden documents to be published reveal the security tools the NSA most wanted to crack in January 2012

Romanian version of EU cybersecurity directive allows warrantless access to data

The law could impact international businesses, as Romania is a hub for IT outsourcing and development

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$1 Spent on State Government Tech Saves $3.50, Study Finds

The federal and state governments, in political contests, are routinely accused of being too big and bloated. But a new study says that IT spending reduces state government expenditures, even as new technologies help expand the role...

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Top 10 Tech Stories of 2014

Take a look back at a very disruptive year.

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Microsoft's Unified Government Cloud Targets Public Sector

Microsoft established a presence in the government market with Office 365, but the software leader is adding to arsenal with Azure Government and Dynamics CRM Online for Government.

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Orion's Lesson for IT: Test Your Systems, Then Test Again (and Again)

When NASA's new spacecraft, Orion, made its maiden voyage last week it relied on systems that NASA "tested it in all directions."

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New Programs Aim to Boost Computer Science Education

Obama administration rolls out new public-private partnerships to expand computer science education in schools, train more teachers and broaden participation among women and minorities.

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Digital SOS: How Technology Can Save the USPS

The advent of email may have pummeled the U.S. Postal Service, but in the end, digital services might very well save the centuries-old agency.

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Expected Defense Chief, Ashton Carter, is a Physicist Who Wants Technological Superiority

Ashton Carter, widely expected to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, is a forceful advocate on the importance of scientific research in national defense.

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What Does All That Healthcare Data Really Mean?

Amid the push to open access to more healthcare data, government and industry officials caution that datasets must come with context in order to provide meaningful insights for patients and researchers.

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