The European Union has invested more than €1 million to develop technology that can detect mobile phones--and with them, people--buried in avalanches, earthquakes and collapsed buildings.
The U.S. federal government is a primary focus for Research in Motion, the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry mobile device. Recent comments from one RIM excutive show the market could be viewed as a lifeline for a company with an uncertain future. "I think this is an absolutely critical market for us," BlackBerry's Senior Vice President for Security Scott Totzke told Politico. "I think it's absolutely top of mind for everybody in the organization."
The exchange of money through mobile devices in developing countries has created a whole new media of exchange, methods of payment and stores of wealth, Professor Bill Maurer argues in a 2012 Journal of Developmental Studies paper--and the developed world may want to pay attention.
For people in weak and failed states--where most live on less than $2 a day and governments do not reliably and consistently control the use of force within their territories--the potential benefit of this technology is huge, finds a paper published in The Washington Quarterly.
Mobile-broadband is the fastest growing segment of the global information and communications technology market and is now more affordable than fixed broadband, an Oct. 7 International Telecommunications Union report says. By 2018 there will be 6.5 billion mobile-broadband subscriptions, the report says, more than twice the amount of people connected to the internet through fixed broadband.
The adoption of text-message government services can be predicted almost entirely based on attitude, because the services are voluntary, use a ubiquitous technology, and are cheap if not free according to a study in Government Information Quarterly.
Ninety-one percent of American adults own a cellphone, finds a Pew Internet and American Life study published Sept. 19. The most popular activity besides talking on the cellphone is text messaging, with 81 percent of those surveyed saying they send or receive texts.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently published an update to its electronic authentication guidance published in 2011 with a focus on remote authentication of individuals over an open network.
Despite having a lead role in the implementation of the White House's Digital Government Strategy, the General Services Administration didn't exactly pass an audit of its mobility programs with flying colors. A Sept. 10 office of inspector general report (.pdf) found several problems with GSA mobile security and acquisition.
"We're taking derived credentials from the PIV or CAC and we're basically deploying that with a non-person cert on to that mobile or tablet device," said Greg Capella, deputy executive director of enterprise system development at the Homeland Security Department's office of the chief information officer.