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Corey McCarren's Blog Posts Tagged 'tech' (85)

GovBytes: Social Media a Major Campaign Tool for Political Candidates

Social media has become a major influencer in the way candidates campaign. Newark's Cory Booker has over one million followers, and is one of the best examples of a politician successfully utilizing social media. On New Years Eve in 2010, Mayor Booker even responded to a grandson tweeting about his grandfather who needed his driveway shoveled. Booker tweeted "I will do it myself; where does he live?" And shovel Booker did, with a handful of other volunteers.



Added by Corey McCarren on July 2, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

SINET helps address cybersecurity by increasing collaboration

Cybersecurity is a big deal, especially after the revelations of the role of the United States behind Stuxnet and the Flame virus. We've learned that cyber-infrastructure isn't particularly well protected, and the Security Innovation Network (SINET) is looking to change that through collaboration. Robert Rodriguez of SINET spoke with Chris Dorobek of the…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cloud Storage: Are you a believer?

Flavor Flav once said “don’t believe the hype,” but should we when it comes to cloud computing? In administrative

circles it seems to be the talk of the town, and certainly has benefits, though it’s still developing as a way to store data. Christopher Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER recently sat down with Jim Sweeney, Chief Technology Officer at GTSI, to speak about cloud storage, it’s applications and…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

GovBytes: Facebook releases location check-in infographic

Checking into locations can be entertaining; trust me, I'm the trainspotter champion on Foursquare. But it can also be dangerous, as children have access to geolocation apps which can attract predators and adults aren't always much wiser when checking in.…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 25, 2012 at 10:42am — 3 Comments

Physicist and Sammies Finalist Explains Hi-Tech Advances in Medicical Imaging and Data-Transfer

Physics, according to Jacob Taylor, is studying how nature works at a fundamental level, and using that knowledge to

apply it in different ways. Jacob has been working hard at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, thinking through new technologies as a theoretical physicist (yes, the same title as Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory). Recently, Christopher Dorobek of…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 21, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

GovBytes: Mayors Seek to Promote Entrepreneurship through Open Government

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. last week, the organization backed an action

plan to promote technology, entrepreneurship, open government, and innovation. The Technology and Innovation Task Force, which was created in the beginning of this year, passed a resolution which aims to promote open data at all levels of government; they believe this will encourage entrepreneurship, creating jobs and economic growth.…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 21, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Tracking digital government initiatives: Is your agency green, yellow, or red?

With the release of the White House’s Digital Government Strategy, agencies are being asked to take certain steps

towards growing digital government in the United States. Already, Jay Huie, who consults as a senior information engineer and an information architect, has built a website to track how well agencies are doing in their digital government initiatives. Jay sat down with Chris Dorobek of…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Clay Johnson: Government Apps Contests Shouldn't Just be About the Application Itself

App contests are a great way to get useful programs for your agency, but there's something more important which can result from a well-run app competition. Christopher Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER spoke with Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet and How to Run Apps Contests, about what should be the focus of an apps…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

GovBytes: Start-ups and Local Government, a Match Made in Heaven?

As I've come to realize, government and industry play an important role in supporting each other. There are many

emerging technologies -- see graphene -- which without government investment in commercializing the technology, may never make it out of the research labs. Government Chief Information, Innovation, and Technology Officers have come to realize this, as reported by GovTech, and are doing their share to support start-ups, and therefore their communities.

Local governments…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

GovBytes: Michelle Obama catches the Pinterest bug

Pinterest, with tremendous growth as of late, has made a splash in the world of social media. The photo-sharing website was the fastest website ever to break through 10 million unique visitors, and 40-60 percent of registrants regularly use the service after they've created accounts.

First Lady Michelle Obama Joins…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 14, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

White House Fellows Program Looks to Solve Gov't Tech Problems with Private Sector Assistance

As part of the White House’s recently released digital government strategy, a new Presidential Innovation Fellows 

program has been created. The program brings in 15 innovators from outside government who provide expertise on projects, particularly those that are technology related. Tom Fox, vice president for leadership and innovation at

the Partnership for Public Service sat down…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 14, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

GovBytes: Run-of-the-mill malware still poses huge cybersecurity threat

As of late, we've all heard of the threat of new, advanced, nation-state sponsored viruses like Stuxnet and Flame. But it's important not to forget the risk posed by run-of-the-mill malware to our machines and personal information. McAfee's latest threat report suggest that this year is shaping up to be one of increased risk online, with PC and smartphone threats reaching a 4-year high. Some highlights of the report are:

  • There were 8,000 mobile malware samples collected when…

Added by Corey McCarren on June 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Connery got the job done at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit

In post 9/11 world, securing nuclear materials and safeguarding them from non-governmental actors is as important as

ever. In 2010, President Obama hosted 50 world leaders in Washington, DC at the Nuclear Security Summit.

The gathering was the largest of world leaders since the creation of the United Nations in 1945. Joyce Connery, the current Director for Nuclear Energy Policy at the National…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 7, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

EEOC cuts costs with BYOD pilot program

Technology can help agencies make great strides increasing productivity and in cutting costs – but it can also be very

 expensive. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is quickly discovering how to leverage new policies amid budget cuts. This past year, the IT budget for the EEOC was reduced about 15%. The Commission had to look at cost-cutting measures without weakening their services, and decided that a bring your own device (BYOD) pilot was in order. Chief Information Officer…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 5, 2012 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

GovBytes: Calif. Towns IT Department likely to be Ousted by Bank Repossession

The city of Stockton, California is in dire fiscal straits, as recently evidenced by Wells Fargo's impending repossession of a property purchased by the city in 2007. The property is partly housed by Stockton's IT department. A San Joaquin County Superior Court judge ruled that Wells Fargo can move forward with repossession the property after the town stopped making bond payments in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy.

The Wells Fargo bank has already repossessed three parking…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 4, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

GovBytes: Open Data - Necessity or Novelty?

Open data is probably more interesting to GovLoopers than the average citizen. That's understandable; most data-sets aren't helpful to everybody. For instance, checking out, I see raw data-sets concerning the marital status of active-duty forces, the location and characteristics of the worlds copper smelters, and data regarding the surface-temperature of land at night. For me, and probably most of you, this is all largely useless…


Added by Corey McCarren on May 31, 2012 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

White House Affirms its Commitment to Digital Government

Improving citizen interaction with government is a key goal of the White House’s Digital Management Strategy. The

approach is to use modern, open source approaches to handling data and content.

Chris Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER spoke with Alan Balutis, senior director of Cisco’s Business…


Added by Corey McCarren on May 31, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

GovBytes: Joplin launches fantastic new website

About a year ago, Joplin, Missouri was tragically hit by the worst tornado in decades. Now, after its visit by President Obama for the Joplin High School commencement, it has launched a new website. The website is the result of a hackathon which was judged in part by GovLoop founder and CEO Steve Ressler.



Added by Corey McCarren on May 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

GovBytes: Surviving austerity - 4 tips to cope with the times

Doing more with less. I'll bet that's a phrase you've heard before, and have probably become skeptical of. As a matter of fact, in response to a recent GovLoop survey, most of you responded that being asked to do more with less is your biggest challenge. On Government Technology, GovLoop president Steve Ressler gave a few ideas on how to cope with fewer resources.…


Added by Corey McCarren on May 21, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

GovBytes: Cyber-Crime Grew in 2011

Crime on the Internet is trending up, which is no surprise with the explosive growth of the Internet. Cyber-crime

complaints were up 3.4 percent in 2011 from 2010 according to the latest latest Report on Internet Crime by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI, White Collar Crime Center, and Bureau of Justice, which reports its findings and complaints to law enforcement at all levels of…


Added by Corey McCarren on May 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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