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June 1, 2015

What’s Rupert the Turtle up to?

Answer: See for yourself.

May 30, 2015

Interview with Retiring MS-ISAC Founder Will Pelgrin and Incoming CIS CEO Jane Lute

Will Pelgrin started the MS-ISAC more than a decade ago, and he is a leading voice in government cyberdefense. Tomorrow is his last day with the Center for Internet Security, and I caught up with him and new CEO Jane Lute to discuss the past, the present and the future of global cybersecurity - especially within governments.

May 29, 2015

Susannah Fox Named HHS CTO

After 14 years at the Pew Research Center, Susannah Fox will lead technology efforts for the nation's federal health department.

May 29, 2015

Should Governments Trademark Twitter Hashtags?

As public-sector agencies continue to invest more heavily in the marketing benefits of social media, they may want to consider legally protecting their slogans.

May 29, 2015

Department of Energy Recognizes Green Leasers

Green leases have the potential to save American business billions, so the federal government is highlighting those who lead the way.

May 29, 2015

FCC Aims to Overhaul Phone Subsidy Program to Cover Broadband

About 12 million households participated last year in the Lifeline program, which began 30 years ago to ensure that all Americans had access to basic telecommunications services.

May 29, 2015

Lexington, Ky., Assesses Road Conditions Using High-Tech SUVs

Officials unveiled two "digital survey vehicles" that use lasers and cameras to measure the surface condition of road pavement, including potholes, cracks, roughness and rutting.

May 29, 2015

California Standardized Testing Scores May Not Meet Expectations

The curriculum is new, the tests are new, the technology is new, and there are kids who haven’t spent a lot of time typing on a keyboard or manipulating a mouse.

May 29, 2015

Emoji App Helps Teens, Kids Convey Abuse

The app, called Abused Emojis, contains a set of emojis that were designed from already existing icons to demonstrate different types of difficult situations and psychological harm.

May 29, 2015

Remote-Proctoring Helps Curb Cheating in Online Classes

A recent incident at Ohio State University raises questions about whether the growth in online courses has led to a corresponding increase in cheating.

May 29, 2015

North Carolina Green-Energy Freeze Gathers Opposition from Tech Giants

In a joint letter to the Senatae and House, Apple, Facebook and Google predict the freeze would have “a significant negative impact” on the availability of green energy in the state.

May 29, 2015

What Do Millennials Want from a Workplace?

According to a recent survey, millennials highly value flexible work arrangements, as well as paid parental leave.

May 29, 2015

Washington May See Satellite-Based Train Control Systems by 2016

Public worry over train safety is mounting in Washington state, where combustible Bakken crude rolls past two Seattle stadiums and dozens of busy industrial and suburban crossings.

May 29, 2015

Albuquerque, N.M., Shows Benefits of Skills-Based Hiring for Tech Jobs

A departure from more traditional hiring practices, which usually focus on formal education, could help employers in New Mexico fill their needs for STEM workers.

May 29, 2015

Kentucky May Go From Defying EPA’s Clean Power Plan to Complying

Cheap natural gas is flooding the market as environmental regulations take effect and because upgrading aging plants is cost-prohibitive, coal-fired power plants across Kentucky are shutting down.

May 29, 2015

Nebraska Appoints Ed Toner as CIO

The state has a new technology chief incoming.

May 29, 2015

Google I/O 2015: 5 Things You Missed but Need to Know

This year’s Google I/O was all about context; here are the important things you may have missed from yesterday’s event and what they mean for government.

May 29, 2015

Mobile App, Responsive Site or a Little of Both?

As governments scramble to please mobile users, hybrid apps might be a winning option.

May 29, 2015

How Network Convergence Will Save Transportation

The aging public transportation in many American cities is straining under increased use. New tools and technologies are needed to create new options for city planners and policy makers.

May 29, 2015

What does the Light Phone allow people to do?

Answer: disconnect (mostly) from your smartphone