Technologists: Time to dig into the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs Tech Meltdown


Stories are starting to make it into the tech media about what appears to be a massive melt-down of one of the nation’s most important IT systems. This system is not be as widely known as, but it should be, because it is every bit as important. The system is the IT behind the critical […]

RAND Study: Shortage of Cybersecurity Experts? No Problem


In the last decade, data breaches and information technologies have forced cybersecurity into the forefront of American consciousness, despite the fact that it has historically been an afterthought for many corporations, organizations, and individuals. Demand for cybersecurity professionals has increased dramatically in recent years, with government organizations planning to hire thousands of cyberprofessionals in the […]

Marc Andreessen on the future of technology and implications for enhancing government dialog with citizens

Marc Andreessen

This is the fifth installment in our series flowing from recent dialog with Marc Andreessen. In this post we provide some of Marc’s thoughts regarding ways that government can improve the dialog underway with citizens on the future of automation. Gourley: How can government start a dialogue with citizens on how AI, robotics and the coming […]

Report: The Political Potential for Manipulating Search Engine Results


Google’s ability to influence consumers has been discussed for a while. With millions of people routinely searching the Internet for restaurant suggestions and product reviews, the difference between appearing on the first page or the second page of a search could mean the difference between financial success and losing your business. Thanks to digitalization, a […]

Nextgov Enables Examination Of Big Data’s Role in Cybersecurity


Three highly regarded community technologists will meet in a NextGov morning event 3 June 2014 to examine Big Data’s Role in Cybersecurity. Details from the invite: When addressing cybersecurity, it is tempting to think that strengthening walls is enough to prevent unwanted intruders–yet data breaches continue to occur at alarming rates. Facing increasingly sophisticated adversaries, bigger […]

What is Twitch and Why is Google Paying a Billion Dollars for It?


Before this month most Americans had not even heard of Twitch. A videogame-streaming company, Twitch describes itself as “the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers.” The company allows gamers to upload short videos from games, watch other users’ uploads, and chat with other gamers. Todd Spangler, at, first reported this month that […]