State and Local IT News in Brief

Xbox and PlayStation emergency alerts, Viriginia's IT systems in need of backups.

by / November 24, 2009

Photo: Virginia CIO George Coulter

Virginia IT Systems Don't Have a Backup

Virginia CIO George Coulter has called for an emergency meeting in early December to address the fact that the state's IT systems don't have a backup. Coulter called it a major issue that must be fixed. Coulter was named state CIO in August. He is working to improve Virginia's $2.3 billion IT outsourcing deal with Northrop Grumman.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch


Emergency Alerts on Super Mario?

The New York State Emergency Management Office is testing a system that would send out emergency alerts on home video game consoles like Xbox and PlayStation. The alerts, which have traditionally been delivered via TV and radio, would be sent through networks that video gamers use for online play.

Source: InformationWeek


Doctors Warn That Electronic Health Records Don't Always Work

An in-depth investigation by the American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop finds an uneven record for costly implementations of electronic health records. Furthermore, "no government agency regulates digital health systems or tracks how well they work."

Source: Huffington Post


Beware the Copyright Czar

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Victoria Espinel as the nation's first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (a.k.a. the Copyright Czar). Congress created the position in 2008 to combat the explosion of illegal copyright infringement due digital downloading and file sharing.

Source: The Hill