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Government IT in the news

*Naval War College computers were taken offline due to a suspected attack from malicious Chinese hackers, The Washington Times reports. As a result of the break-in, the U.S. Strategic Command raised the security alert level for the Pentagon IT systems.


*Without paper records to validate votes, electronic voting machines are a fundamentally flawed, the National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded in a report covered by The Washington Post.

*The New York Times Magazine has a feature piece on the growing acceptance of blogs, wikis and other 'Web 2.0' tools within the intelligence community (free registration required).

*You'll have to buy the print copy to read it, but Harper's has a fascinating feature on the problem of time-keeping in the digital age. Author Michelle Stacey visits the Naval Observatory in Washington, where the Navy keeps the three servers that provide the Internet with the world's official time. It seems we've gotten so efficient at measuring seconds that we must periodically insert a leap second into our timekeeping devices. We do this to compensate for the fact the earth is slowing down ever so slowly, causing a disparity between calendar time and digital time. A controversy rages over which is the true time (which Stacey characterizes as the 'astronomers versus the physicists').

Posted by Joab Jackson on Dec 03, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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