Tag: IT

Federal, Policy, State & Local

The worst part about the U.S. losing 10 million jobs in two weeks? The real number may be much higher

April 2, 2020

Via: Fortune

Take the worst weekly unemployment numbers the U.S. has ever seen. And then double it. More than 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the week ended March 28. That tops the previous all-time record of almost 3.3 million […]

Applications, Infrastructure, Unified Communications

US officials are using location data from mobile ads to map the spread of Covid-19

March 30, 2020

Via: TechSpot

Earlier this month, there were reports that talked about the US government’s intention to work with tech firms on tracking the coronavirus pandemic. This meant that authorities could use everyone’s phone location data in studying the spread of the virus, […]

Software, Tech

Microsoft reports new zero-day vulnerability in Windows that is being actively exploited

March 23, 2020

Via: TechSpot

Microsoft posted a new security advisory today (ADV200006), detailing what it’s calling “Type 1 Font Parsing Remote Code Execution Vulnerability.” They have given the vulnerability a “critical” severity rating, which is the highest severity rating Microsoft gives. The flaw seems […]

Big Data, Mobility, Tech

Facebook, Google discuss sharing smartphone data with government to fight coronavirus, but there are risks

March 19, 2020


The disclosure that the U.S. government is currently in discussions with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about the possibility of using location and movement data from Americans’ smartphones to combat coronavirus has some people on edge about potential privacy […]

Software, Tech

One of Google’s best inventions ever just went live on Android

March 17, 2020

Via: BGR

One of the best services that Google ever released is one that you may be taking for granted. We’re likely years away from it being a flawless tool, but Google Translate can help you read any website, no matter the […]

Big Data, Software, Tech

White House leads effort to publish COVID-19 open research data set

March 16, 2020

Via: ZDnet

In the span of a week, a unique cooperative effort between academic, government and industry researchers has produced a new, structured dataset that the worldwide machine learning community can use to advance COVID-19 research. The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Why are governments so vulnerable to ransomware attacks?

March 11, 2020

Via: ZDnet

Ransomware is a constant feature of the threat landscape and despite the damage and disruption it can cause, governments are failing to protect against this form of malware. Emisoft estimates that over 2019, ransomware attacks impacted at least 948 government […]

Policy, State & Local

Arizona promotes interim CIO J.R. Sloan to permanent role

March 9, 2020

Via: StateScoop

Arizona officials said Friday that J.R. Sloan, who was named the state’s interim chief information officer last August, will lead the state’s IT efforts on a permanent basis. Sloan had stepped into the CIO job following the resignation of Morgan […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Former DHS watchdogs charged in software and data theft

March 6, 2020

Via: FCW

The Department of Justice announced it has indicted Charles K. Edwards, a former acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, and one of his former subordinates for allegedly stealing software and confidential databases from the U.S. government. According […]

Software, Tech

The Pentagon’s AI Shop Takes A Venture Capital Approach to Funding Tech

March 6, 2020

Via: Government Executive

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will take a Series A, B, approach to building tech for customers, with product managers and mission teams. By Patrick Tucker Military leaders who long to copy the way Silicon Valley funds projects should know: […]