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NYC launches hyper-local websites

NYC launches hyper-local websites

New York City has more than 8 million residents, but many know very little about the neighborhoods in which they live.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to change that with the launching of Neighborhood.nyc websites, which contain hyper-local information community groups and individuals can use to develop online hubs for civic engagement, online organizing and information sharing.

Residents can find restaurant grades, public events, school closures, transit information and report issues such as leaking fire hydrants or broken traffic lights. The sites will also give weather updates, and information on parking rules, tenant protections and garbage and recycling pickups. The sites will be available in 13 languages, mobile friendly and allow users to give feedback.

The 400 neighborhood sites, which will have names such crownheights.nyc, will officially launch early next year, and the domains are available for licensing by qualified community groups. Until then visitors can find the same information by going to Neighborhoods.nyc and typing a neighborhood name in the search bar.

The websites were created through a public-private partnership between the Mayor's Office and Vizalytics, a local technology startup and 2014 BigApps winner.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 8:28 AM0 comments


Army launches online squad assessment tool

Army launches online squad assessment tool

The Army unveiled an online survey tool to help new squad leaders with their professional development.

The “Not In My Squad Assessment Resource” evaluates four areas: shared identity of trusted Army professionals, standards and discipline, professional climate and esprit de corps. 

Results of the survey are immediately calculated, and soldiers can share a link of their results with others and see how they scored compared to others. The assessment also links to training and education materials.  Common access cards are not needed to log into the site.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 8:28 AM0 comments


Iron Mountain to open Northern Virginia storage facility

Iron Mountain to open Northern Virginia storage facility

Iron Mountain, a storage and information management services provider, will be opening a new, state-of-the-art federal records center in Sterling, Va., on Oct. 13. With close to 500,000 cubic feet of space, the center is specifically designed to meet federal agencies’ needs for temporary records storage.

Offsite storage can help agencies take advantage of features and services they can’t easily provide on their own, such as customizable storage and ‘build to suit’ compliant facilities.  It can also help them meet requirements of the Office of Management and Budget’s  Reduce the Footprint memorandum, which obliges agencies to trim the total square footage of their domestic office and warehouse inventory.

“A well-managed offsite records management program creates more efficiency for federal agencies both in terms of cost and compliance, while ensuring information is secure and protected,” said Ernest W. Cloutier, Iron Mountain’s executive vice president for U.S. federal, security and legal.  

The new facility’s storage space is available for lease as a self-managed option or as a fully managed service, and can be customized to fit specific requirements, Iron Mountain said.

Posted on Oct 08, 2015 at 8:28 AM0 comments


DHS announces challenge for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

DHS announces challenge for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has announced a competition designed to help the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) better protect the nation’s animal agricultural industry and public health.

The Think and Do Challenge is seeking unique ideas and concepts to jump start the development of an innovation ecosystem that will enhance public/private sector collaboration, leverage stakeholder knowledge and capabilities, accelerate the speed of technology transfer and enable skilled training and talent development in support of the NBAF mission.

The winners will receive up to $100,000 for the development or implementation of their submissions under the America COMPETES Act. Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 30 and must include a written business plan that clearly states an understanding of the solution and its impact on, creative and specialized collaboration, innovation, talent or training to the innovation ecosystem.

The NBAF is a biocontainment laboratory focused on the study diseases that threaten America’s agriculture and public health, and is currently under construction in Manhattan, Kan.  "The NBAF will open in 2022," DHS S&T Undersecretary Reginald Brothers said, "but we are laying the groundwork now for its future success.”

Posted on Oct 06, 2015 at 8:28 AM0 comments


DHS puts $14M toward better DDoS defenses

DHS puts $14M toward better DDoS defenses

In an effort to encourage new technologies to defend against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has awarded eight grants worth a total of $14 million.

The eight award winners and the amount they will receive are:

  • University of California, San Diego: $1.3 million
  • University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute: $1.8 million
  • Colorado State University: $2.7 million
  • University of Houston, Texas: $2.6 million
  • University of Delaware: $1.9 million
  • University of Oregon: $1.3 million
  • Waverley Labs of Waterford, Virginia: $629,992
  • Galois Inc. of Portland, Oregon: $1.7 million  

DDoS attacks are used to overwhelm a target's computer systems, preventing legitimate users from accessing them and creating opportunities to breach their security.  The funded research will focus on slowing the growth rate of such attacks, making current attacks harder to execute and developing tools and techniques that allow organizations to respond to attacks. Research will also go toward addressing new threats that may target non-traditional clients such as emergency management systems.

“Cybersecurity is a critical technology area that is continuously changing,” DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Reginald Brothers stated in announcing the awards. “We need to be able to quickly adapt to challenges like DDoS attacks and work with our partners so that solutions can be rapidly developed to ensure the security of our nation’s networks and resources.”

Posted on Oct 05, 2015 at 8:28 AM0 comments