Australia's plan to combine its multiple governmental websites onto one Drupal-based CMS platform is really starting to come together. Australia's Department of Finance announced this week plans to migrate Australia.gov.au and finance.gov.au to its new online content management system, govCMS, powered by digital business company Acquia.
Mobile devices have become the tech tool of choice among Americans, and Utah has responded by becoming the most mobile-friendly state government in the nation.
The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hatched a great plan several years ago to automate the immigration and citizenship benefits program. It launched in 2007 and seven years later only nine e-file documents are available online. In fact, the entire filing procedure takes longer now than when the agencies processed the documents by hand.
Chicago has been all aboard the big data train since it pulled up to the station. But Chicago isn't just along for the ride. The city is striving to create an embedded sensor network dubbed the "Array of Things" to lay the track to its future as the reigning "City of Big Data."
The recent White House report on big data continues to gather mixed reactions, with advocacy and lobbying groups lining up to offer both praise and concerns.
t's the same old, same old. A headcount, whether it's done in person by a census worker or online by said head owner or mined from databases, is still just a headcount.
It's perfectly reasonable to think the government may be spying on data that app developers possess. Have you looked at commercial mobile app permission requirements lately? Almost all of them ask for permission to record sound, make calls, pictures and videos, read your social media posts and other suspicious activities all without any indication to the device owner that such is happening. So, there's reason to suspect government spying on app data, but is that really happening?
Big data is not an entirely one-sided affair
The government agency charged with safeguarding our public lands has approved a new $1 billion deal with IBM that takes the agency to the cloud over the next decade.
While tough and important issues remain surrounding the government's use of big data, and I am certainly not making light of those, there is no doubt that Corporate America is benefiting from the government's work in perfecting big data tools and techniques.