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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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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Code.org Launches U.S. Teacher Training Program In Districts With Highest Diversity | TechCrunch

“Code.org’s Code Studio will be training teachers in 60 different school districts in the U.S., including the 7 largest school districts with the highest diversity in the country. The New York City Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District and Chicago Public Schools are districts that account for some of the lowest-income and highest…

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Indiegogo Life Is a New Charitable Crowdfunding Platform | WIRED

“A couple of years ago, Karen Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor, made headlines when a video surfaced of four adolescent schoolboys bullying her during a ride. But that viral clip wasn’t just pure awfulness. After seeing the video, Canadian do-gooder Max Sidorov started a campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo with hopes of sending Klein on…

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VA signs $6 million contract for IBM Watson to advise PTSD treatment – The Washington Post

“The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to use IBM’s Watson — the Jeopardy! winning supercomputing system designed to simulate human cognition — to advise doctors on treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder patients, IBM announced on Monday. As part of a two-year, multi-million dollar contract, IBM plans to install Watson software at the Department’s data…

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Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers | WIRED

“Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and former Google executive, wants every child to be able to code.  That’s a sweeping but practical vision. If we’re teaching students the languages of letters and numbers to be able to speak, understand, and impact this world — math, science, technology, and code must be…

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Obama Becomes First President to Write a Computer Program | WIRED

“President Barack Obama told the world that everyone should learn how to code. And now he’s putting his money where his mouth is. Earlier today, to help kick-off the annual Computer Science Education Week, Obama became the first president ever to write a computer program. It was a very simple program—all it does is draw…

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How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality – NYTimes.com

“Rising income inequality has set off fierce political and economic debates, but one important angle hasn’t been explored adequately. We need to ask whether market forces themselves might limit or reverse the trend. Technology has contributed to the rise in inequality, but there are also some significant ways in which technology could reduce it. For…

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