Renewing Trust in Government through News Media

A big reason why T4A.org was created is that our founders noticed a real disconnect between citizens and the government. Getting in contact with public officials is difficult and, even where you can connect, it can be hard to raise your voice above all the noise. What I’ve come to realize is that, in many…

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How we talk about and address cybersecurity

Every week, it seems, we hear of yet another cybersecurity vulnerability. Last week it was “FREAK,” a flaw that has been afflicting Apple and Google device users for almost 10 years. Long story, short – this flaw enables hackers to take advantage of an older and weaker encryption in browsers which then allows them to…

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What role can technology play in the fight against terrorism?

A question I see coming up frequently in the news is what role tech companies should play in combating terrorism. Many are calling on social media companies like Twitter to do more to inhibit the spread of extremist propaganda on their platforms. In attempting to address these requests, tech companies are struggling to figure out…

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Legislative Success: State vs. Federal Government

As the federal government struggles to pass meaningful legislation, state and local governments are surging ahead, making progress on many of the bills that are getting stuck at the federal level. According to a recent report composed by CQ Roll Call, Congress passed 352 of the 9,252 bills introduced in the 113th Congress, a pass…

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An Update on Net Neutrality

Last week’s big news in the tech industry was the announcement by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler of his proposal to classify Internet as a telecommunications service using the FCC’s Title II authority under the Communications Act of 1934. [quote author=”Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC”]Using [the Title II] authority, I am submitting to my colleagues…

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How the Private Sector Can Serve

On Monday, President Obama released his proposal for the 2016 budget. One of the things that stuck out most to me was his designation of $105 million to expand the U.S. Digital Service (USDS). This allocation would “give 25 agencies their own digital shops” as well as help build out the central USDS team.1 This…

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Protecting our Data in the Next Frontier

Cybersecurity will take center stage this week as Congress begins drafting legislation to address data breaches. In particular, they will be responding to President Obama’s call for a federal notification standard to alert consumers of breaches rather than, as the process currently stands, a separate state-by-state system. On Tuesday, hearings began in the House Energy…

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Megan Smith bullish on digital government

“Digital government may still be in its infancy, but things are starting to shape up in the same way the Web caught on in the late 1990s. That was the central message offered Tuesday by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith during a keynote presentation at the State of the Net Conference in Washington, D.C.…

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“The State of the Union is strong.”

On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address to Congress. Called “the Super Bowl of political events,” the State of the Union is one of the biggest and most storied nights in politics.1 Significant planning goes into not only the speech itself but in the opposing party’s rebuttals, logistics, and even…

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Obama’s State of the Union underplays cybersecurity challenge

“Editor’s Note: The story has been updated to include the Republican response.Contrary to what many observers predicted, President Barack Obama spent the vast majority of his State of the Union address Tuesday on the economy and offered only a passing glance to the pressing challenges of national cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection and privacy. In a…

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