Artificial Intelligence and the Future

In our busy, plugged-in lives, we rely on technology to help us organize our calendars, categorize our e-mails, and stay connected with those across the world. And artificial intelligence and automation is becoming more commonplace as we allow software bots like Siri and Cortana to manage our day-to-day lives. But how far will this go?…

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The Influx of Tech Talent to Government

In the past year we have seen a frenzy of tech hiring by the White House. The most high profile of these include past Google execs Megan Smith, now CTO, and Michelle Lee, who is now leading up the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. And most recently, we saw the President bring in David Recordon,…

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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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5 Exciting Thoughts from the FEC TechTable

Members of the Federal Election Commission, including chairwoman Ann Ravel joined our innovators in a discussion at the TechTable on February 19. The meeting focused on how technology can be implemented in helping the goals of the commission. Here are some interesting ideas from some of the guests at the TechTable: Players from different XBOX…

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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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