According to Elizabeth May, head of Canada's Green Party and former executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, there now appears to be a concerted push in the U.S. to increase doubt among the general public concerning global warming and our role in causing this.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will move to create formal net neutrality rules prohibiting Internet providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and applications, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today.
The MIT Media Lab in collaboration with researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have created a new iPhone application that enables users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 (swine flu), on the ground in real time.
For much of the last week, staff from Poker Flat Research Range have been assisting fire personnel in mapping the Crazy Mountain Complex fires with unmanned aircraft. The mapping operation is using 40-pound Insitu ScanEagles equipped with infrared cameras.
In the five months since passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), thousands of research-related awards have been made, supporting important scientific efforts across the country, according to a statement from the Science Coalition released today.
A new survey by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that approximately one in six public health workers said they would not report to work during a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity.
Researchers from the Fraunhofer nstitute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg have developed a method that visualizes the processes inside energy conversion plants such as photovoltaic, wind, biogas and hydroelectric power stations.
According to a new white paper from the American Telemedicine Association to be published in the peer-reviewed journal, Telemedicine and e-Health, telemedicine, or information technology enhanced healthcare, must be a core component of any viable healthcare reform strategy.
Scientists and researchers representing 13 U.S. government science agencies, major universities and research institutes produced the most comprehensive report to date on national climate change, offering the latest information on rising temperatures.
Harris County Commissioners Court has unanimously approved the creation of the Houston Ship Channel Security District, a public-private partnership that will fund enhancements to security technology, infrastructure and processes along the ship channel.
As described in an article to be published in the August 2009 issue of the American Journal of Medicine and released online yesterday, medical problems contributed to nearly two-thirds (62.1 percent) of all bankruptcies in 2007. Between 2001 and 2007, the proportion of all bankruptcies attributable to medical problems rose by 49.6 percent.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have come up with a new memory storage medium that can pack thousands of times more data into one square inch of space than conventional chips and preserve this data for more than a billion years.
Not only does research show that rural residents may be more likely to maintain normal levels of social contact than urban residents, but the researchers said that the decreased access to hospitals and physicians also make rural areas especially vulnerable during an epidemic.
Increasing sea levels, coastal erosion, changing sea ice conditions, and permafrost thaw threatens municipal infrastructure, such as transport links, the survival of Inuit subsistence hunting and fishing activities, and the fabric of Inuit culture and society.
Conventional smoke detection and sprinkler systems are important safety tools and help to save lives, but indiscriminately soaking an office building, home, or workplace with water can cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.
With more than 9 million people incarcerated across the globe 2.25 million in U.S. jails and prisons alone, it is vital that correctional officials and health professionals be prepared for a worst-case scenario that involves pandemic influenza reaching inmates and staff.
A team of University of Miami College of Engineering researchers are implementing a self-powered monitor system for bridges that can continuously check their condition using wireless sensors that "harvest" power from structural vibration and wind energy.
Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. in collaboration with the Marion County Health Department (Indianapolis, Ind), have developed and tested a technology that allows public health officials to abandon a traditional, inefficient paper approach to alerting the medical community about public health crises.
Vivek Kundra, chief technology officer of the District of Columbia, spoke with Digital Communities editor Blake Harris about his management approach, IT governance innovations, cost-cutting measures and the pace of innovation. Today, President Barack Obama named Kundra the "federal CIO."
Kansas State University engineers are developing an energy-harvesting radio that could transmit important data -- like stress measurements on a bridge, for instance -- without needing a change of batteries, ever.
Is Web 2.0 simply another hype storm created by technocrats and marketers in an attempt to generate new demand for products? Or do these technologies offer a real answer to some of the traditional shortcomings of citizen government interaction?
The city of Tempe boasts the largest ubiquitous border-to-border high-speed broadband network in North America (40 square miles) that provides Wi-Fi access to residents and the business community as well as to its municipal workforce.
Two of the six proposals submitted to the city would offer free access -- the one from the joint forces of Google and EarthLink and one from SF Metro Connect, a collaboration between Cisco Systems, I.B.M. and SeaKay, a non-profit group involved in developing community networks.
Following the Sago coal mine explosion in Tallmansville, West Virginia, where 12 trapped miners died in the worst mine disaster in that state since 1968, U.S. experts have started to assess how new wireless technologies might mitigate such incidents in the future.
While many municipalities now have their sights on Wi-Fi, it is interesting to note that what is reportedly the largest Wi-Fi/WiMAX network up and running in the country isn't found in a major sprawling city like New York, San Francisco or Philadelphia. Nor does it stretched along a high tech corridor like Silicon Valley.
San Francisco city officials have publicly released the responses they received to their Request for Information and Comment (RFI/C) on the proposed construction of an affordable wireless Internet network to serve the entire city.
Yesterday, Oct.12, 2005, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, WI, announced a $20 million-plus initiative to create a citywide Wi-Fi network, one that would be built at no cost to the city or taxpayers. It is a move that he and other city officials believe positions Milwaukee to become the first fully wireless large city in America.
Following a renewed commitment on the part of the Indian government to build what will be the most extensive wireless network in the world, trainers from the many participating partner agencies in the initiative -- dubbed the National Alliance for Mission 2007 -- came together September 22-23, 2005 to develop a training plan and curriculum to support the undertaking.
One of the highlights of the inaugural Muniwireless Conference, held in San Francisco September 28-29, was the release of what was described as the first comprehensive statistical analysis on the municipal wireless market.
Two of Canada's leading communication companies, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada, have announced an agreement to jointly build and manage a Canada-wide wireless broadband network that is expected to reach more than two-thirds of all Canadians in less than three years.
Last week (Sept. 15), the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bipartisan "staff discussion draft" of legislation that proposes to rework laws governing U.S. telecommunications to accelerate the deployment of broadband Internet services.
In recent weeks, Intel Corporation has started to publicly unveil the extent of its new global initiative designed to help communities use wireless technology and innovative applications to expand and improve municipal government services for businesses and citizens.
As a representative of Washington state's First Congressional District since 1995, Rick White gained national attention for his efforts on issues related to the Internet and technology. He was also one of a handful of members selected to develop the final Telecommunications Act of 1996. As the founder of the Congressional Internet Caucus, he has not only worked to educate other members of Congress about the Internet but also to create -- through its use -- a more open and participatory government. White talked with Editor at Large Blake Harris about his past efforts and new initiatives.
Jeffrey Eisenach is president and co-founder of The Progress & Freedom Foundation located in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1985, and since 1995 has served on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has also held policy positions in government at both the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. Editor at Large Blake Harris spoke with him about the changing role of government in the digital age.
Ira Magaziner is senior advisor to the president for policy development, where he chairs a joint National Economic Council/ National Security Council initiative that is working to increase U.S. exports. He recently supervised the administration's development of "The Framework for Global Electronic Commerce," which outlines the U.S. government strategy for promoting global electronic commerce on the Internet. He now co-chairs the task force charged with implementing this strategy worldwide. Editor at Large Blake Harris spoke with Magaziner about his role as "point man" of the digital commercial revolution.
"There will never be enough jobs in the knowledge sector of America or any country to accommodate the millions and millions of people let go in the traditional industrial sectors, blue- and white-collar manufacturing and service." -- Jeremy Rifkin on information technology and the end of wage labor.
Edwin Meese III served as counselor to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1985, making him the President's chief policy advisor and manager of the administration of the Cabinet, policy development and planning. He was then appointed the 75th Attorney General of the United States, a position he held from February 1985 to August 1988. He currently holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy research and education institution. Meese recently keynoted Government Technology's conference on Justice and Public Safety in the 21st Century, where he was interviewed by Staff Writer Blake Harris.
William Greider is an award-winning author and reporter who has covered politics from the nation's capitol for more than 30 years. His best-selling books include "Secrets of the Temple" -- on the inner workings of the Federal Reserve -- and "Who Will Tell The People: The Betrayal of American Democracy," an eye-opening and tough-minded account of how accountability and responsibility have decayed in the American political system.