Forget traditional websites. To get content out there, agencies need to use new tools, argues the General Services Administration in a DigitalGov blog post, to change how government publishes information-- away from desktop ".gov" websites where traffic is declining, and toward mobile applications, social media and search engines.
While there's been growing global acceptance for a multistakeholder model of Internet governance, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration warned that some countries might still try to give that power to governments.
Data is increasingly seen as a valuable resource. But a new paper published by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation warns that if high-quality data collection regularly excludes certain individuals or communities then their problems could be neglected.
Data localization and "technological sovereignty" movements have gathered strength in Europe and South America since the National Security Agency's surveillance programs became public knowledge. But it's a knee-jerk reaction to require that data reside within a country's borders and it doesn't necessarily ensure security or privacy, said Internet governance experts at a Sept. 19 New America Foundation event.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will be leaving his post at the Office of Management and Budget, said an Obama administration official speaking on background Sept. 19. VanRoekel will become the chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he will work with the agency's Ebola response team.
Privacy research is the next frontier to be tackled by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program. NITRD, the IT research and development program that encourages collaboration across federal departments, will formulate a National Privacy Research Strategy says a notice from the National Science Foundation.
"Improving services in government requires better coordination and integration across traditional organizational boundaries," says the Partnership for Public Service. "Citizens interacting with government should not have to understand and navigate a complex hierarchy of departments, agencies and offices to receive benefits or services."
A recent survey found that 62 percent of government chief information officers said they don't have sufficient resources to do their jobs effectively.
President Obama Sept. 4 has named former Google executive and Silicon Valley veteran Megan Smith to become the nation's next chief technology officer, replacing Todd Park, who is returning to Silicon Valley to help the administration recruit top tech talent for the government.
Started in February, Open Catalog now includes peer-reviewed publications and other material from the agency's Biological Technologies Office and Defense Sciences Office. Overall, the website now offers open source software, peer-reviewed publications and other materials from the majority of programs in DARPA's Information Innovation Office.