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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 28, 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”.

New Google X moonshot seeks to prevent disease with Big Data
July 25, 2014
(Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Google Inc.’s research arm, Google X, wants to quantify the human body, setting a baseline for disease prevention and treatment. It's doing so by collecting anonymous mol...

IBM introduces Watson to consumers in service for USAA clients
July 25, 2014
(Stars and Stripes) - On the website of financial-services firm USAA, military customers will be able to use IBM's tool to ask questions and seek advice on transitioning back to civilian life....

VA, HHS hindered by IT complexity
July 25, 2014
(Healthcare IT News) - Federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, are being hindered in ...

Docs mull impact of telemedicine on patient interactions
July 25, 2014
(Fierce Health IT) - As the role of telemedicine expands, doctors are considering what implications it will have on their interactions with patients....

Lenovo Unit Thinking Past the Personal Computer to the Internet of Things
July 25, 2014
(Government Technology) - Lenovo Group Ltd on Thursday launched a new Internet of Things unit to make sure the world's largest personal computer does not miss the next big trend in electronics man...

Cities to FCC: Remove Barriers to Broadband Competition
July 25, 2014
(Governing) - The fight over cities’ rights to own, operate and expand community broadband networks now has a new battleground – the FCC. ...

GAO To Release Preliminary Data Cap Findings
July 25, 2014
(Broadcasting & Cable) - The Government Accountability Office has completed at least its preliminary study of broadband data caps and their impact on consumer choice, innovation and competition....

Can Letting Trucks Drive Faster Make Roads Safer?
July 25, 2014
(Wired) - Cutting the speed limit has the extra upsides of reducing emissions and encouraging people to get out of their cars entirely and take mass transit. Yet Britain is raising...


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