Plano, Texas, announced a public-private partnership to bring free Wi-Fi to all major city parks and recreation facilities.
Working with Time Warner Cable, Toyota and American Park Network, Plano is expanding the number of Wi-Fi hotspots to include the city’s recreations centers. Toyota is working with American Park Network to provide additional hotspots in areas outside of the Time Warner Cable coverage area. The hotspots throughout the park system are free to all park visitors at no cost for up to an hour per day.
In addition to providing free connectivity for visitors, these new systems will also help to identify park visitation patterns, generate awareness of upcoming programs and events and promote the support of Plano’s parks.
Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 12:59 PM0 comments
The Government Publishing Office has moved three of its Integrated Library System public websites to the Amazon cloud, delivering faster search results and content downloads for users, especially during peak traffic times.
The three sites are the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, the Federal Depository Library Directory and MetaLib.
This move follows GPO’s recent migration of its email system to the cloud; agency official say it was the first legislative branch agency to do so.
“Moving these sites to the cloud demonstrates our ongoing commitment to leverage the best technology tools to support GPO's mission of keeping America informed,” GPO CIO Chuck Riddle said.
GPO produces and distributes information products and services for all three branches of the federal government and provides public access to that information through its website and its partnerships with 1,150 libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program.
Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:38 AM0 comments
The National Security Agency is taking nominations for its fourth annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition, which recognizes recent work that has made a significant contribution to cybersecurity science.
Entries must have been published between Jan. 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015, and will be judged by a panel of eight cybersecurity experts who will provide recommendations to NSA Director of Research Deborah Frincke. Frincke, in turn, will make the final decision on awards.
"The emergence of a science supporting security can be seen in the high quality of the papers that are nominated for our award,” Frincke said. “And this progress couldn't be timelier. Securing our infrastructure gets harder, and will take the continued focus of government, industry and academia: all of us, working together, to make progress."
The deadline for entry is March 31. More information is available here.
Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 9:29 AM0 comments
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has selected to GovReady PBC to provide tools that can help prepare small and medium-sized businesses to develop software and IT systems for the federal market.
GovReady will receive $1.1 million DHS S&T to develop tools to help firms through the certification and accreditation process the government uses to test, evaluate and ensure IT systems and software are ready to be deployed. That C&A process can be long and difficult, and it can discourage smaller companies from trying to do business with the government.
The project, known as “Security Controls Compliance Server,” is part of the Homeland Open Security Technology program administered by S&T’s Cyber Security Division.
“The C&A process is essential but, in its current state, unnecessarily difficult for small businesses to navigate,” Dan Massey, S&T's HOST program manager, said in announcing the award. “This project will help to even the playing field between large and small business by giving everyone an opportunity to provide software to the government.”
Posted on Mar 07, 2016 at 10:03 AM0 comments
It just got easier for local law enforcement to learn thing or two about crime and security risks by checking Facebook.
Until now, Facebook users who didn’t want to enter a written reply to a post were limited a thumbs-up or “like.” Now those options have expanded to include a heart and four emoji faces representing surprise, sadness, anger and laughter. Reveal News reported that use of emoji could provide law enforcement and intelligence agencies with new torrents of data for sentiment analysis of criminal and terrorism suspects.
Similar to the way Gmail monitors content in emails and search results to deliver targeted advertisements, police could analyze this new source of intelligence to pick up on feelings related to matters of national security
Some federal agencies already use social media-scraping software programs like SocioSpyder and Dunami to mine social sites and look for “networks of association, centers of influence and signs of radicalization,” according to Reveal News. And many police departments make Facebook a key part of their investigative and community-policing efforts. The new emoji could make that analysis even easier.
Posted on Mar 03, 2016 at 2:25 PM0 comments