Nextgov - All Content technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usMon, 22 Dec 2014 19:02:45 -0500The CIA Has a Problem with Biometric Surveillance same technology that flags terrorists could blow a spy's cover at European airports.Aliya SternsteinMon, 22 Dec 2014 19:02:45 -0500 Brewin, 1944-2014 passing of a legendary reporter and a beloved colleague.Katherine McIntire PetersMon, 22 Dec 2014 17:35:05 -0500 - What's BrewinGoogle Reveals Government Attempt to Scrub Alleged Prisoner Abuse search giant’s latest transparency reports offers granular detail about the takedown requests it receives from governments around the world.Dustin Volz, National JournalMon, 22 Dec 2014 15:59:06 -0500 Meyer/AP File PhotoDid North Korea Really Attack Sony?'s too early to take the U.S. government at its word.Bruce Schneier, The AtlanticMon, 22 Dec 2014 11:26:20 -0500 Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea.Wong Maye-E/AP File PhotoShould Cities Give Hackathons Another Look to Improve Digital Infrastructure? 36-hour coding session in Boston recently helped revamp the city's permit system.Sam Sturgis, CityLabMon, 22 Dec 2014 11:18:04 -0500's annual development community meet-up — the Wikimedia Hackathon — was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2013.Flickr user Sebastiaan ter BurgWe Need to Talk About the Health Risks of Wearable Technology obvious problem is a lack of long-term research.Jenni Avins, QuartzMon, 22 Dec 2014 11:12:19 -0500 Wenig/APHackers Wreck Iron Plant Machinery, Spear ICANN Systems and Channel M.C. Hammer another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:39:10 -0500 / Shutterstock.comObama Administration Aims to Create ‘Insider Threat’ Job Specialty to Plug Leaks relatively new discipline blends together the roles of counterintelligence analyst, human resources professional and information security professional.Aliya SternsteinMon, 22 Dec 2014 08:55:21 -0500 creation of insider threat teams was spurred, in part, because of the leaks from ex-NSA contractor Edward SnowdenGil C / Shutterstock.comNavy’s $2.5B Plan for Shipboard Networks Hits Snag after GAO Partially Upholds Protest's action could further delay Navy's plans to upgrade the nation’s surface warship fleet.Frank KonkelFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:33:10 -0500 amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, background, pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf.U.S. Navy/APBecoming a Digital Master: A Conversation with George Westerman on digital transformation from Nike, Burberry and Starbucks.Camille TuuttiFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:49:35 -0500 TechCompanies, such as Burberry, can teach the government a thing or two about digital transformations, says George Westerman, an MIT Sloan management researcher and author of “Leading Digital." anantachat/Shutterstock.comThere’s Still No Governmentwide Definition of the Internet of Things questions about the emerging technology remain unanswered, and the government is still firming up the basics.Jack MooreFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:16:27 -0500 TechAnna Bardocz/Shutterstock.comHow Even the Remotest Parts of the World Are Getting Mobile Coverage new device is using regular radio spectrum to connect to mobile phones in its area.Leo Mirani, QuartzFri, 19 Dec 2014 12:56:18 -0500 tree is a cellphone tower.EndagaA Computer Can Probably Create as Many Special Snowflakes as Nature enough time, enough storage, and enough information on how a snowflake's path affects its growth, the answer is... maybe.Shirley Li, The AtlanticFri, 19 Dec 2014 12:34:54 -0500 DataJefunne/Shutterstock.comU.S. Officially Blames North Korea for Sony Hack reclusive regime is at fault for the unprecedented cyberattack that prompted the canceled release of The Interview, investigators have determined.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 19 Dec 2014 12:28:47 -0500 Hoshiko/AP File PhotoMost Federal Agencies Wouldn’t Be Able to Bounce Back from a Sony Hack percent of federal agencies lack contingency plans in the event of a cyber emergency.Aliya SternsteinThu, 18 Dec 2014 19:55:53 -0500 movie poster for the movie "The Interview" is displayed outside the AMC Glendora 12 movie theater Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Glendora, Calif. Damian Dovarganes/APInside China’s Elaborate and Absurd Internet Propaganda Machine of emails obtained from the Zhanggong propaganda department by a Chinese blogger offer a rare view into the mechanics of manipulating web conversation in China at its most local level.Nikhil Sonnad, QuartzThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:51:54 -0500 5 Years, Smart Fridges Will Outnumber Fitness Trackers expect to first upgrade their thermostats and security systems, but look more than five years out, and smart fridges will be the big winners.Alice Truong, QuartzThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:00:00 -0500 fitness trackers are posed for a photo next to an iPhone, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.Bebeto Matthews/AP48,000 Federal Employees Potentially Affected by Second Background Check Hack is alerting more than 48,000 federal employees their personal information may have been exposed following a breach at KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background investigations of federal employees seeking security clearances.Nextgov StaffThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:12:06 -0500 Impersonator Robots Are Taking Over the Web new report finds overall bot traffic dipped, but "bad robots" are on the rise.Adrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:17:27 -0500 TechRTimages/Shutterstock.comWhat did Federal CIOs Learn about Cybersecurity in 2014? a tough year, agency CIOs say it’s time for new approaches to rooting out and responding to cyber incidents.Jack MooreThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:24:52 -0500 can be very slow to respond to cyber attacks.Saranya Loisamut/Shutterstock.comReport: Definition of ‘Privacy’ Evolving a new paper from Pew, experts warn that surveillance-free spaces are disappearing.Adrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:06:01 -0500 Agency Goes After Phone Companies for Bogus Charges Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is demanding that Sprint refund consumers millions of dollars for unwanted charges.Brendan Sasso, National JournalThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:56:24 -0500 Law Cain/Shutterstock.comSony Cancels Release of 'The Interview' Amid Sony Hack Fears warned of 9/11-scale violence if the film's release was not canceled, according to multiple reports.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:17:58 -0500 poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.David Goldman/APWith New Policy, DOD Components Won’t Need DISA to Buy Cloud Services new guidance overrides two previous memorandums that charged DISA with assessing the security of commercial cloud service offerings.Frank KonkelWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:12:37 -0500 Police Are Going Robocop bobbies may soon be ditching caps and tunics for a striking new digital look that includes a robotic exoskeleton and Google Glass.Zach Wener-Fligner, QuartzWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:26:12 -0500 Techpjhpix/