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Open Media Project increases government transparency with technology

Real politics and law making isn’t riveting nor easy to follow. Long debates and votes scheduled at varying times make government hard to follow. How can the public stay abreast of legislation on issues that matter to them with...

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Notorious project failures -- Berlin airport: Why did it go wrong?

Using a simplified framework -- composed of 10 areas of focus -- that I developed over years of teaching executives how to do better projects and that I apply consistently in my day-to-day job, I will look at projects that are...

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Why Steve Ballmer could fix the U.S. government

Columnist Rob Enderle writes that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has created a new organization called USAFacts to analyze and shed light on government spending and revenue.

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Linux, PCs and Trump’s ‘Buy American’ problem

All PCs are made with components sourced globally, but vendors that assemble products in the U.S. may gain preference.

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US FCC ends price caps on many business data lines

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to deregulate the providers of the business data lines connecting broadband service to many small businesses, schools, hospitals, and ATM machines.

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Trump’s H-1B reform resolves few questions

It’s unclear if the U.S. president’s latest order will, in fact, help American IT workers or lead to increased offshoring and automation.

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PR nightmares that were disasters waiting to happen

The recent Pepsi, United, Fox and Facebook PR crises could have been predicted if corporate morals and business strategies were better known and frankly, higher quality. The issue is not that these companies have communications...

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Trump's cybersecurity mystery: 90 days in, where's the plan?

On Jan. 6, Donald Trump said his administration would produce a report on cybersecurity within 90 days after his inaguration. On Wednesday, President Trump marks his 90th day in office with no sign of a report or indication that one...

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Russian Android users get more app choices in Google settlement

Google will pay 438 million rubles (US$7.8 million) and will stop requiring its apps be preloaded on Android smartphones in Russia in an antitrust settlement with the country's Federal Antimonopoly Service.

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Technology coordinates rideshares to get voters to the polls

Technology helps people with disabilities, the elderly and the disenfranchised vote by arranging for rideshares to voting centers.

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Microsoft: Past patches address leaked NSA exploits

Microsoft said its already patched vulnerabilities revealed in Friday’s high-profile leak of suspected U.S. National Security Agency spying tools, meaning customers will be protected if they’ve updated their software to latest version....

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Honesty is not the best privacy policy

Hackers, tech companies and governments want our personal information. Only lies can save us now.

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Leaked NSA exploits plant a bull's-eye on Windows Server

Friday’s release of suspected NSA spying tools is bad news for companies running Windows Server. The cyberweapons, which are now publicly available, can easily hack older versions of the OS.

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FCC's deregulation of business data lines could mean a price hike

If you operate a small or medium-sized U.S. business, you can expect to pay more for broadband services in the near future because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to deregulate providers of business data lines,...

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In India, people can now use their thumbs to pay at stores

In its bid to boost digital payments, India introduced Bhim, a smartphone app that lets users make cashless payments and transfer funds.

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Giant FCC spectrum auction raises $19.8 billion, sets up 5G services

A U.S. Federal Communications auction of repurposed television spectrum has raised US$19.8 billion and will pave the way for mobile carriers to offer faster and more reliable service across the country.

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Microsoft Word exploit linked to cyberspying in Ukraine conflict

A severe Microsoft Office vulnerability was recently used to deliver spyware to Russian-speaking targets, in a possible case of cyberespionage.

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How Brexit will impact global CIOs and IT services

Global CIOs must begin planning now for the impact of Brexit on their IT services and outsourcing strategies.

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