Special Report: Information Sharing

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Despite pockets of resistance, the old stovepiped mind-set of agency data ownership is giving way, and all-important security efforts are shifting to accommodate access rather than deny it. Needed policies and regulations are appearing, but cultural and governance issues still need work.
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Just as attitudes about sharing were changing for the better, the WikiLeaks organization began releasing sensitive government documents, culminating in the dump of more than 250,000 State Department cables. It wasn’t the mortal blow to sharing some thought it might be, but there were repercussions.
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The launch of the Information Sharing Environment will give the intelligence community a modern and integrated infrastructure for sharing information, and it could have an influence beyond intelligence borders. Like everything else associated with sharing, however, it’s slow going.
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Social media technologies have, without a doubt, been one of the biggest drivers of a more open government and a major aid to sharing within agencies and various communities behind the firewall. However, agencies are cautious about the future.
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The Semantic Web is what defines the next generation of the Web, and it could have a big say in how data is collated and information is shared. Not everyone is convinced, but the Defense Department now looks to be getting on board and momentum is building.
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