Monday Mar 23, 2009

TOTUS: Teleprompter of the United States

A bit of visual hilarity to end a long, productive day ...




Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the post, David A Stein for the artwork and @mikepfs's tweet which triggered my attention in the first place.

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Thursday Feb 19, 2009

Federal CTO Agenda: The Industry's Advice To Obama

The issue of Information Week that landed on my table this morning contained an insightful article entitled, "About Your Federal CTO, Mr. President."

On the his campaign site, Mr. Obama promised appoint a CTO,
"to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies, and services for the 21st century." 
I applaud this position which recognizes that technology can be a positive force for good government if harnessed effectively.

The Information Week survey of 853 business technology professionals revealed that
"31% [of respondents] say improving the government's use of technology is the single most important agenda item for the incoming CTO, well ahead of improving education in science and technology (19%) and encouraging industry-driven technology (16%)."

Speaking as one who favors focusing on the governments use of technology,

"Bob Otto, former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service ... says part of the CTO's job must be to standardize and simplify the layers of federal IT management and the wide variety of technologies used in the federal government. 'E-government was supposed to make information from every agency available to the public in an easier way,' Otto says. 'Now the information from the agencies is on the Web, but citizens still don't know where to go to find it.'"

However,
"many see a higher calling for Obama's CTO. 'Technology is a piece, and a means to that end, but the focus should be on innovation,' says Sybase CEO [John] Chen. He envisions the CTO working to improve the economic environment for technology innovation; foster public-private tech research partnerships; improve education in math, science, and technology; and develop trade policies related to green technology standards."

Whatever the focus, the scope of the federal government IT challenge is enormous:

"The federal government spends more than $70 billion on IT, an amount that doesn't even include the armed forces or intelligence."

With such a huge price tag, with the promises that advanced technology can improve services, increase efficiency and enhance competitiveness, much hangs in the balance.  I do hope that Mr. Obama apoints a visionary CTO who can provide visionary leadership and marshall active support from industry leaders such as the ones quoted in this article.  I believe this CTO, whomever he or she may be, should seek tostrike an effective balance between infrastructure improvement and competitive innovation.  I look forward to seeing what transpires.  


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Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

The Digital Trail

A few weeks ago, Bruce Schneier posted an interesting article explaining how Barack Obama will need to give up his Blackberry to minimize his personal "electronic trail" that could prove troublesome or worse:
"When he becomes president, Barack Obama will have to give up his BlackBerry. Aides are concerned that his unofficial conversations would become part of the presidential record, subject to subpoena and eventually made public as part of the country's historical record."


Interestingly enough, when I re-visited that article this afternoon, the sidebar list of Most Popular posts listed "Governor is Arrested on Graft Charges" as the second most popular post today. I wonder what Governor Blagojevich thinks about the damning electronic trail he left behind?


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