Government-as-a-Platform – Former White House CIO argues the case for sharing data with private sector

Derek du Preez, diginomica,  Friday, May 22, 2015

Government-as-a-Platform is at the forefront of the public sector’s agenda. Just a year ago and barely anyone had even heard of the term, but it seems that you can’t go to an event today without it being the topic of a lot of conversations. Which is a good thing, considering that there are very few (if any) examples of living, breathing, all-encompassing government platforms.

National treasure Stephen Fry publicises video about making technology work for everyone

Megan Titley, Stroud News,  Friday, May 22, 2015

Acclaimed actor Stephen Fry has tweeted a video about how disabled people are excluded from digital content to his 9.7m followers as part of a social media campaign. Commissioned by the award-winning Fix the Web project the animation explains how to improve the accessibility and avoid design issues which marginalise people with special needs. Fix the Web helps people facing accessibility issues, such as disabled and older people, to report problems with websites.

Law Enforcement Access to Evidence in the Cloud Era

The Chertoff Group (White Paper),  Friday, May 22, 2015

The transition to a global Internet economy has been accompanied by a significant change in the nature of law enforcement activity. Evidence that formerly was available within the boundaries of a single jurisdiction and could be collected through the operation of domestic law now is often collected, stored, and processed globally by transnational companies. As a result significant potential exists for the disruption of law enforcement activities because those who hold relevant evidence may be subject to conflicting legal obligations, unilateral actions by a single jurisdiction, and significant economic pressures. This white paper outlines the scope of the problem, surveys existing technical, legal, and policy conflicts and identifies potential responses to the changing dynamic.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day: A roundup of accessibility resources

Nonprofit Technology Network,  Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recall a time when you encountered one of those websites where it was hard to read and navigate. You wanted to get some basic information or perhaps complete a simple transaction, and you ended up spending a lot longer than necessary, or maybe even left the site in frustration. For many people with disabilities, this is a daily reality when they encounter the common problem of non-accessible websites. In recognition of these challenges, May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

Cloud Adoption Among Government Entities to Skyrocket, Says Report by Forbes Insights and Microsoft

Forbes,  Thursday, May 21, 2015

”From Promise to Reality: How Local, State and Federal Government Agencies Achieve Results in the Cloud,” a new report released today by Forbes Insights, in association with Microsoft, provides strong evidence that when it comes to cloud adoption, government agencies are fast approaching a tipping point. Many groups are moving from mere “toes in the water” to a true “cloud first” orientation, and the number and form of cloud installations in government is poised for explosive growth.

Fed Cloud Computing Caucus Report Outlines Plan to Increase Cloud Services Adoption

Laura Stotler, TechZone 360,  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The U.S. government has been slowly making a migration to the cloud since the Cloud First policy was instated in 2011, but the going has been tough and there has been a certain amount of resistance to making such drastic changes. Congress is trying to speed up the process and encourage cloud migration with a new report courtesy of the Congressional Cloud Computing Caucus.

Professors prepare national tool kit for police use of body-worn cameras

Paul Atkinson,,  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Two ASU criminology and criminal justice professors are the primary authors of a new online tool kit for police departments nationwide to implement the use of body-worn video cameras. Hosted by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, the website draws from the professors' own research and best practices adopted by police agencies worldwide. "This tool kit provides needed infrastructure to police agencies to efficiently and effectively adopt body-worn cameras," said professor Charles Katz, director of the ASU Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, a unit of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

How To Modernize IT Without Leaving Legacy Behind

Julie Urban, B2C,  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One of the big challenges facing government agencies today is the need to use updated cloud technologies whenever possible, per The Cloud First policy. This policy mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization and minimize cost. An underlying issue that comes with the implementation of cloud technologies is that Government agencies need to find a standardized way of fielding capabilities that don’t work that well in cloud.

‘Black Cloud’ darkens the enterprise to all but authorized devices

Brian Robinson, GCN,  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Internet has a fundamental problem with security that’s a part of its very DNA. And if things stay as they are, that problem -- and Internet security -- can only get worse. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and its industry partners intend to change that. If things go as planned, within two years the partners will produce the first “Black Cloud” -- an open source, software-defined perimeter (SDP) solution that will stop distributed denial of service attacks dead in their tracks and enable highly secure cloud-based applications.

Tech giants don’t want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data

Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post,  Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security,” said the letter, signed by more than 140 tech companies, prominent technologists and civil society groups. The letter comes as senior law enforcement officials warn about the threat to public safety from a loss of access to data and communications. Apple and Google last year announced they were offering forms of smartphone encryption so secure that even law enforcement agencies could not gain access — even with a warrant.