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Top tech priorities for public safety officials? Just keeping up is No. 1 (Smart Cities Council)

A short survey by the Public Technology Institute (PYI) asked public safety and IT officials from local governments large and small to rank 16 public safety technology topics according to their internal priorities."Just keeping up" with technology changes, personnel changes and workload topped the list with 56% calling that their No. 1 priority. PTI suggests this could be due to respondents expecting budget decreases over the next fiscal year    Read More

Cisco's Padmasree Warrior Briefs Hill Staff on Internet of Everything

On June 5, 2014, CPPI hosted a roundtable on the Internet of Everything with Cisco's Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Capitol Hill. Warrior disussed how the next era of the Internet will impact a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, and agriculture.
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Center for Public Policy Innovation Hosts Congressional Site Visit of FireEye & Symantec

On May 28, 2014, the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) hosted a bipartisan Congressional tour of two leading cybersecurity companies in Northern Virginia - FireEye and Symantec. Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL-21); Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27); Tom Marino (R-PA-10); and Jared Polis (D-CO-2) had a chance to meet with top industry cyber experts to better understand vulnerabilities and methods of deterrence.     Read More

Wearable to Aware-able: Contact, Connection, Context (Cisco Blog, Dave Evans)

Since the dawn of time, humans have been motivated by an innate desire to be connected to each other and to information. Today, we are seeing this need satisfied as the Internet of Everything (IoE) evolves to connect more people, process, data and things than ever before. An essential part of the growth of the Internet of Everything will depend on how mobile devices, connected things and wearable technology adapts and develops to become more aware and intelligent.    Read More

North Korean soldiers bring flowers to the statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea. // Kim Kwang Hyon/AP

Hackathon Aims to Spread Global Information to North Korea (Nextgov)

July 23, 2014

A "hackathon" held by the Human Rights Foundation will aim to bring more information inside the very high, guarded walls of North Korea. The foundation aims to aid closed societies and in the past has succeeded dropping USB drives loaded with Wikipedia into North Korea. The drives floated across the border attached to balloons

This year's hackathon, held in San Francisco on August 2-3, is more about idea hacking, rather than malicious hacking. The stated goal is to “spark better ideas for getting information into the world’s most closed and isolated society”.

This Emerging Malware Sends Secret Messages and Is Practically Impossible to Detect
July 23, 2014
(Next Gov) - As if computer malware that steals your data weren’t enough, now there’s a new kind to worry about: Malware that does it via covert messages that are practically impossib...

House Passes STELAR On Voice Vote
July 22, 2014
(Broadcasting & Cable) - The House Tuesday passed the STELA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4572), or STELAR, which renews the compulsory license that allows satellite operators to import distant netwo...

UPMC Children's delivers remote care
July 22, 2014
(Healthcare IT News) - When researchers at UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reviewed more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America via telemedicine, they found that p...

Appeals Court Strikes Down Subsidies In Federal Health Exchange
July 22, 2014
(NPR) - A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt Tuesday....

FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv
July 22, 2014
(NPR) - The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a 24-hour ban on flights to and from the Tel Aviv airport. "The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which land...

New Indiana Data Hub Tracks State, Local Government Effectiveness
July 22, 2014
(Government Technology) - Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted state and local government databases and transparency websites combined into a single, easy-to-use performance-monitoring center that could...

VA Still Mulling Timeline for New Scheduling System
July 22, 2014
(Next Gov) - Last month, acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said development of a new scheduling system would help move veterans out of the waiting-list limbo that delayed...

False Air Force One Crash Reported on Hacked WSJ Facebook Page
July 22, 2014
(Next Gov) - The official social media account of the Wall Street Journal posted a headline about the disappearance of President Barack Obama’s plane over Russian airspace, days after...

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