A Tweet on the #SMEM (Social Media for Emergency Management) hash-tag alerted me to the release of an official "Army Social Media" app on the iPhone. No, this isn't America's Army where teens battle it out Call of Duty… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on March 3, 2011 at 5:20pm —
Last night I saw a rather interesting commercial promoting the Disney re-release of Bambi. What made it so interesting was the introduction of a technology called Second Screen. As the name implies, your TV is the first screen, and your mobile device (in this case a tablet) the second. In the case of Bambi, your mobile tablet displays extras normally found on a separate disc as the original movie… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on February 24, 2011 at 1:54pm —
"Think of the message that would be sent if GSA took iPads off schedule until working conditions improved in China."
On the drive back from Miami to St. Pete last night, my fiancé was helping me pass the time by reading "The Awful Truth Behind 5 Items Probably On Your Grocery… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on February 16, 2011 at 5:00pm —
Today was the perfect day to spill mouthwash on my Verizon Blackberry. Why? The Verizon iPhone is available in stores tomorrow and NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition has launched their application gallery for public voting.
Added by Chris Bennett on February 9, 2011 at 11:45am —
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Cheryl Bledsoe, GovLoop Member and founder of the latest GovLaunch Social Media for Emergency Management.
I'm no… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on February 2, 2011 at 8:00am —
Last night in Winnipeg, Manitoba I had the awesome pleasure of dining at the same table with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Premier Greg Selinger, Minister of Defence Peter MacKay, Mayor of Fargo Dennis Walaker and other exciting guests. My company … Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on January 26, 2011 at 1:30pm —
While developing a new technology for an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force this month, I gained insight into a growing problem facing both local law enforcement and federal agencies alike. In an effort remain anonymous from the police, criminals from drug dealers up to terrorists like the Times Square car bomb plotter have been taking advantage of the ability to buy prepaid cell phones from convenience stores in… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on January 19, 2011 at 1:23pm —
Today's CB2 is an open letter to Facebook's Public Policy Communications Manager, Andrew Noyes as headlines such as ABC's "… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on January 12, 2011 at 2:37pm —
When I met a friend to share my good news yesterday, she caught me a little off-guard by saying, "You have to hear how BP saved my Christmas." That's right, as in the same BP from the Gulf oil spill. Having asked to remain anonymous, we'll… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on January 6, 2011 at 12:06pm —
Each new interaction I have with a government platform makes me think how it could be improved upon. This time it was my experience with travel.state.gov as I used their Smart… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on December 30, 2010 at 10:52am —
Hola and Feliz Navidad from 35,000 feet as I blog on my return flight from Bogota, Colombia where I return with sunburn, coffee and new perspectives after working with the government of Barranquilla to combat devastating floods in the country.
Exactly one week… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on December 23, 2010 at 2:26pm —
Yesterday I was on a little field trip in in Vicksburg, Mississippi, invited by DHS Science & Technology's Army Corp of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to witness the demonstration of their final levee plug prototype. To arm you with some random US trivia over the holidays, there are… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on December 16, 2010 at 1:42pm —
Think twice before joining an unsecured wireless network. It just became ridiculously easy to hijack confidential information from your agency and co-workers.
If I was on the same open WiFi network as you - sitting outside your home, at your office (if you still didn't put a password on your router), a Starbucks, an airport, whatever - I could steal your Facebook, Twitter, Google, GovLoop and possibly your agency system logins in… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on December 1, 2010 at 2:41pm —
I have a new guilty pleasure: ChaCha
. In a nutshell, text any question you have to ChaCha (242-242) and a human on the other end will Google it and text you back the answer at no charge. While it's great for folks without smartphones, it's also addictive for those who do - knowing a real person is on the other end settling debates with my vertically challenged friend such as, "how short must my friend be to legally qualify as a 'little person'?" (4'10" by the… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on November 23, 2010 at 8:00am —
Chris Bennett's Crisis Blog (CB2) Part 1 of 2 on the TSA Debate
The TSA pat-down situation is making national
and GovLoop… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on November 17, 2010 at 12:00pm —
It's always great when you discover something that's not only fun but can make your job easier. Recently I became aware of a service named GroupMe
that enables you to instantly define a group of friends or co-workers and text them all at once with a single number.
To give it a try, I set up a text group including myself, Ilya, Steve and my brother in it in just 2 minutes. When any of us text the GroupMe number that was generated, everyone… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on November 11, 2010 at 11:30am —
Today's CB2 will be brief, following a great time at the Philly GovUp
last night. I came across a crisis-related article on CrunchGear last week that really piqued my interest:
Added by Chris Bennett on November 3, 2010 at 11:37am —
This week I have the pleasure of blogging from the 20th Clean Gulf oil spill conference
right across the bay in Tampa, FL. The conference hosts oil companies, government agencies and inventors with the latest and greatest oil recovery technologies.
Last night I caught up for dinner with Billy Nungesser, President of Plaquemines Parish and local BP oil spill celebrity for speaking out for the people of Louisiana. It's great… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on October 20, 2010 at 8:00am —
I've been going about alerting all wrong.
I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert in the crisis alerting space, having built or deployed SMS, FM and satellite text and video notification systems in the past. I've also been fairly vocal on how their inherent limitations of cost, public adoption rate, and lack of agency best practices have yet to make any of them a big win. (Read more on… Continue
Added by Chris Bennett on October 12, 2010 at 6:54pm —
If the evening news has taught us one thing, local crime really captures our attention. It was only a matter of time before the web would catch onto that in a big way too.
One of my new favorite sites for 2010 is CrimeReports.com
. They take local law enforcement data from over 900 police departments and…
Added by Chris Bennett on October 6, 2010 at 12:39pm —