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Cloud computing and DC, OpenID, privacy, cybersecurity, 3121, CongressCamp, Gov20 and the US CIO

Fall came and with it a torrent of news and events. I’m still sifting through news, ideas and encounters from the Gov 2.0 Summit last week. I’m still smiling after meeting Clay Shirky, Craig Newmark and Vint Cerf. The “father of the Internet,” below was  a kind, gentlemanly presence at Google’s offices after the Gov 2.0 Expo.

Vint Cerf at Google

Vint Cerf at Google

Following up on Gov 2.0, I wrote about how D.C.’s CTO found both compliance cost savings benefits to cloud computing and reported on the OpenID federated identity framework set for .gov authentication pilot.

In a snarky moment, I caught the Twitter fail whale surfacing during a discussion on cloud computing.

Ironic animal.

I recorded a half hour of video with Chris Messina and David Recordon discussing OpenID authentication and .gov websites.

I wrote a short piece that sized up U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra on Data.gov, OpenID and government transparency.

I blogged about how U.S. CTO Chopra focused on transparency and outcomes at Gov 2.0.

After I made it through that writing, I summarized new research from the IAPP that showed privacy policy success lies in collaboration with IT and synthesized the expectations of Center for Democracy and Technology analysts regarding federal technology policy here Washington.

And I managed to get a post up about how 3121 brings social networking and security challenges to Capitol Hill that included an interview with the CTO responsible for getting this new professional network for Congressional staffers working properly.

At the beginning of the week, I also wrote three posts on Congress Camp, including:

I visited the FCC for the first time, where I watched the panels on broadband and healthcare.

And on one pleasant fall night, I also visited the National Press Club, where the DC Social Media Club hosted a panel that discussed  how mainstream media is using social media tools.

I think I like living in the District.

I know this is a lot of “I” but hey, this is my blog. Thanks for visiting!

I can’t wait for the weekend! BBQs with friends and family, bike rides, plenty of time outdoors.

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“Massachusetts Senate seeks to amend, weaken data protection law” [new article]

We had to respond to a bit of a curveball this morning on the Mass. data protection law. A MA Senate Bill significantly alters certain provisions. I reported on it today and will be reviewing it further tomorrow.

Massachusetts Senate seeks to amend, weaken, data protection law
13 May 2009 | SearchCompliance.com

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“The challenges of a state CIO” [New podcast]

I was happy to find the podcast  I recorded with Anne Marguiles at the top of SearchCIO.com tonight. The conversation I had with the Commonwealth’s CIO is captured in two portions at “The challenges of a state CIO.” Marguiles was an engaging interview and offered insight on a wide variety of technological challenges and opportunities that exist in 2009 for government agencies and their leaders.

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First scoop: “ICE Act would restructure cybersecurity rule, create White House post”

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After I caught wind of a bill that was going to be introduced by Senator Karper this week during RSA, I followed up on the information I saw presented there by Erik Hopkins and Alan Paller. I reported on its introduction Monday night, posting “ICE Act would restructure cybersecurity rule, create White House post” before any other news organization had covered the story.

In short order, Jolie O’Dell blogged about it at ReadWriteWeb (Proposed Act Would Create National Cyber Security Office).

Half an hour after that, Brian Krebs picked it up at the Washington Post (Proposal Would Shore Up Govt. Cyber Defenses).

He wrote a great story — but I had it first, which in of itself is a first.

It’s good to get a scoop. Terrific day.

IT Business Edge picked up the story from RWW (Legislation Proposes National Cyber Security Office) and quoted me.

Dennis Fisher blogged about it at Threatpost: (New ICE bill would overhaul federal cybersecurity).

As he noted, there was a hearing today morning on the bill in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. You can watch the archived webcast here.

This draft of the Ice Bill (PDF) is now available for download and review from Govexec.com.

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