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CB2: Army Social Media App Reviewed

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…


Added by Chris Bennett on March 3, 2011 at 5:20pm — 4 Comments

CB2: Second Screen for Government

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…


Added by Chris Bennett on February 24, 2011 at 1:54pm — 5 Comments

CB2: GSA, Human Rights, and Nestle Quik

"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…


Added by Chris Bennett on February 16, 2011 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

CB2: NYC BigApps - Cast Your Vote

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 — No Comments

CB2: GovLaunch - Social Media for Emergency Management

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…


Added by Chris Bennett on February 2, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

CB2: Breaking Bread With the Governator

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 — 10 Comments

CB2: Are Prepaid Phones Hurting Your Community?

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…


Added by Chris Bennett on January 19, 2011 at 1:23pm — 10 Comments

CB2: Facebook Amber Alerts, an Open Letter

Today's CB2 is an open letter to Facebook's Public Policy Communications Manager, Andrew Noyes as headlines such as ABC's "…


Added by Chris Bennett on January 12, 2011 at 2:37pm — 8 Comments

CB2: BP Saves Christmas?

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…


Added by Chris Bennett on January 6, 2011 at 12:06pm — 5 Comments

CB2: Check In at the Embassy

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 as I used their Smart…


Added by Chris Bennett on December 30, 2010 at 10:52am — 8 Comments

CB2: On Location at the Colombian Floods

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…


Added by Chris Bennett on December 23, 2010 at 2:26pm — 4 Comments

CB2: Plugging Levee Breaks

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…


Added by Chris Bennett on December 16, 2010 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

CB2: Simplicity for City Council

About 3 times per month my City Council in St. Petersburg meets to discuss and vote on local issues. Aside from knowing the name of my district representative, I generally have no idea what he's voting on or if I should re-elect him. That's a shame because (forgive the web-speak) he's dealing with hyper-local issues: as in things that impact me within 30 square blocks. Stuff that really matters to tax payers.

Instead, I yell at the TV when I hear that the new crosswalk on…

Added by Chris Bennett on December 8, 2010 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

CB2: Don't Let Firesheep Be Your WikiLeak

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…

Added by Chris Bennett on December 1, 2010 at 2:41pm — 4 Comments

CB2: Hey 311, Let's ChaCha!

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 — 7 Comments

Why TSA Body Scans Concern Me

I'm intentionally blogging this part on Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT or body scans) separate today as it addresses an opinion on TSA practices, whereas the first portion offered a potential solution to the problem.

Why body scans don't worry me today:
  • I believe it's a fair tradeoff for added…

Added by Chris Bennett on November 17, 2010 at 1:15pm — No Comments

CB2: What TSA Can Learn From the Simpsons

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 — 9 Comments

CB2: GroupMe Gets the Gov2.0 Treatment

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…

Added by Chris Bennett on November 11, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Facebook Predicts Election

Since not everyone is a fan of Facebook DC (you should be), I thought I'd repost this release about FB fans being a great predictor for election results. This hits home as after having a recent conversation with the online campaign manager for Charlie Crist at a fundraising event about how they need to step up their social media use. He didn't, and he lost.…


Added by Chris Bennett on November 3, 2010 at 1:28pm — 4 Comments

CB2: Crowdsourcing Against Terror

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 — No Comments

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