Scientists embark on unprecedented effort to connect millions of patient medical records

Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post,  Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Inside an otherwise ordinary office building in lower Manhattan, government-funded scientists have begun collecting and connecting together terabytes of patient medical records in what may be one of the most radical projects in health care ever attempted.

In Public Cloud Computing Fight, the Gloves Come Off

Bernard Golden, CIO,  Thursday, April 10, 2014

The past two weeks brought big news in the public cloud computing market. In the course of four days, three technology giants made bold statements about their intent to be one of the most important public cloud providers - and, indeed, position themselves to be the No. 1 cloud company on the planet.

Google Apps for Education: Data Mining and the Threat to Student Privacy

Sue Scheff, Huffington Post,  Wednesday, April 09, 2014

It's free, accessible and user-friendly. It has many functionalities that schools and teachers love. But is it worth risking the privacy of students who use it as well as potentially that of their families? I recently had the opportunity to interview Jeff Gould, the President of SafeGov, about our concerns regarding Google Apps for Education.

Public or Private Cloud? The Decision Comes Down to Risk, DISA CIO Says

Frank Konkel, Nextgov,  Tuesday, April 08, 2014

For federal agencies, deciding whether information, data or applications belong in a public or private government cloud or a hybrid combination of the two is no easy feat.

Can hybrid IT ease cloud transition?

Federal Times,  Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A new approach to cloud architecture, called hybrid IT, could give federal agency managers the best of both worlds: the ease and cost efficiencies of cloud balanced with the security and control of in-house IT.

Read your privacy policies, people!

Doug Miller by Doug Miller, SafeGov.org
Monday, April 07, 2014

The issue of consumer consent has taken center stage since the U.S. District Court in California accused Google of violating the federal Wiretap Act by scanning emails for targeted advertising. However, an unfolding story reveals that this same privacy policy also applies to Google’s education, business, and government cloud offerings. A recent exposé in Education Week highlights how Google, as part of its sworn testimony, admitted to mining student data to serve its own purposes, which includes using student data to show targeted ads to minors. While this revelation could suggest that Google is in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the fact that Google mines data from all of its services should not be a surprise. Why? Because, as Google states, when consumers use its services, they are consenting to its privacy policy, which gives Google the right to use and combine the personal information it collects to improve its services, develop new products, and display more relevant search results. This subsequently works to fund advertising.

Lawsuit Raises Red Flags For Government Cloud Users

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A California lawsuit suggests the federal government must take stronger steps to protect government data from data mining and user profiling by cloud service providers. In the technology-rich world we live in, it's critical for everyone to understand how their data is processed and used. For the government, it is arguably even more important, given the massive amounts of sensitive citizen data it possesses and stores.

U.S. Cloud Services Companies Are Paying Dearly for NSA Leaks

Mary DeRosa by Mary DeRosa, The Chertoff Group
Monday, March 24, 2014

Edward Snowden’s leaks about National Security Agency surveillance practices have had a profound effect on the U.S. cloud computing industry. Experts disagree on the long-term harm to U.S. companies, but recent projections are for $22 billion or more in lost revenue over the next three years. The harm comes largely from backlash over the perceived complicity of U.S. technology companies with NSA operations. That U.S. companies will suffer harm this significant as a result of U.S. government activities raises important questions about U.S. decision-making. In particular, have economic issues, including the competitiveness of U.S. industry and the health of the Internet economy received enough attention in decisions about surveillance? The answer appears to be no.

Feds & The Cloud: Management Approach Must Evolve

Sean Rhody and Kevin L. Jackson, InformationWeek Government,  Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cloud computing has introduced a new model of acquiring hardware and software. In reality, you aren't acquiring anything physical, and much of the value of moving to the cloud is driven by the transition from using physical resources (hardware, software, and labor hours) to the consumption of online services (infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service) that deliver similar functions.

Japanese parents say no to Internet services that target online ads at children in schools

Japan Today,  Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Washington-based SafeGov.org, a non-profit organization that promotes the safe and secure use of cloud computing, on Tuesday released the results of an opinion survey of Japanese parents with school-age children using internet in their classrooms. The survey reveals that the majority of parents are concerned about the violation of their child’s privacy deriving from in-school Internet access, and 74% disprove companies tracking their child’s web browsing habits for their commercial use of online ads.