Nextgov - All Content technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usTue, 21 Apr 2015 10:01:00 -0400Few Americans Think Federal Open Data Programs Are Effective 5 percent believe the federal government shares data effectively, according to a new survey from Pew.Mohana RavindranathTue, 21 Apr 2015 10:01:00 -0400 passenger gets out of a car driven by Dara Jenkins, a driver for the ride-sharing service Lyft, Ted S. Warren/APDoes the Government Need to Rethink Its Weed Ban to Get Cyber Talent? executive order dating to the Reagan administration outright bans federal employees from toking up -- even off duty.Jack MooreTue, 21 Apr 2015 08:59:20 -0400 Briefing - Wired Workplacesarra22/Shutterstock.comFeds Heighten Scrutiny of TSA Screeners and Aviation Staff to Thwart Insider Threat prospective measures stem from a report the Department of Homeland Security requested after a former baggage handler last December allegedly helped smuggle loaded guns aboard a plane bound for New York City.Aliya SternsteinMon, 20 Apr 2015 17:46:35 -0400 agents work at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash.Elaine Thompson/AP18F’s Hillary Hartley on Redesigning Government Services: Put the People First deputy executive director of GSA’s digital services team, Hillary Hartley’s job is to put customers at the forefront of any technology project.Frank KonkelMon, 20 Apr 2015 17:20:00 -0400 BriefingJeff Still Gets Poor Marks for Customer Experience U.S. Postal Service and the National Parks Service get highest grades in government.Frank KonkelMon, 20 Apr 2015 16:00:14 -0400 BriefingGil C/Shutterstock.comVideo: How Do Noise-Canceling Headphones Work? eliminating the sounds of your surroundings may be one way to finally get some work done.Caitlin FairchildMon, 20 Apr 2015 14:34:07 -0400 Romero/Shutterstock.comDo Killer Robots Violate Human Rights? machines are anthropomorphized, we risk applying a human standard that should not apply to mere tools.Patrick Lin, The AtlanticMon, 20 Apr 2015 12:57:19 -0400 Techmaxuser/Shutterstock.comRyan and Murray’s Next Big Project: Better Use of Big Data budget wunderkinds want the federal government to use data to improve its efficiency.Dylan Scott, National JournalMon, 20 Apr 2015 12:39:55 -0400 DataRep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty MurrayJ. Scott Applewhite/AP File PhotoVideo: John Oliver Is the Most Powerful Tech Lobbyist in the Country British TV host excoriated patent trolls on his show Sunday.Dustin Volz, National JournalMon, 20 Apr 2015 12:29:00 -0400 Sykes/Invision/APRepublican Lawmakers Want More Accountability for US CTO Role new legislation would make it easier for lawmakers to compel the U.S. chief technology officer to testify before Congress.Jack MooreMon, 20 Apr 2015 11:45:09 -0400 BriefingUS CTO Megan SmithOmidyar Network/APWhite House Promotes Tech Meetups federal CTO Megan Smith, the White House hosted its first tech meetup, encouraging technologists from across the U.S. to network with each other.Mohana RavindranathFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:10:21 -0400 BriefingAndrea Izzotti/Shutterstock.comHackers Publicize US Authorities’ Home Addresses and Freeze Cops’ Computers another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 17 Apr 2015 16:17:42 -0400 Is the iPad Dead? it ain't so.Caitlin FairchildFri, 17 Apr 2015 16:05:30 -0400 Secure is an Email Tip Line for Federal Employees? Mark Meadows announced on Thursday the launch of an email account for federal employees to send anonymous complaints about their working conditions, according to his website.Hallie GoldenFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:42:45 -0400 Briefing - Wired WorkplaceRep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.J. Scott Applewhite/AP File PhotoThese 3 Steps Could Prevent 85 Percent of All Data Breaches great many cyber calamities are preventable through basic cybersecurity hygiene.Frank KonkelFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:11:13 -0400 Tech - Emerging Techwk1003mike/Shutterstock.comTrade Bill Takes Aim at Foreign Governments' Data Protections companies and trade groups come out in support of the Trade Priorities Act.Kaveh Waddell, National JournalFri, 17 Apr 2015 13:43:01 -0400 DataSenate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.Jacquelyn Martin/AP File PhotoFederal Employees, Don’t Do This on Social Media officials say they’ve been inundated with questions from agencies about how their employees’ Twitter and Facebook habits conform with govermentwide ethics rules.Jack MooreFri, 17 Apr 2015 13:10:22 -0400 Briefing - Wired WorkplaceTwin Design/Shutterstock.comThe Latest Disruptive Space Technology Is a Battery-Powered Rocket Engine Electron battery will be focused on lifting the new generation of miniature satellites weighing as little as 2 kg that some entrepreneurs say they will use to create the infrastructure for a global internet network.Tim Fernholz, QuartzFri, 17 Apr 2015 12:47:57 -0400 TechRocket LabsCongress to Introduce Last-Ditch Bill to Reform NSA Spying the clock winding down, lawmakers in both chambers are staging one last attempt to rein in the government’s surveillance powers.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 17 Apr 2015 12:21:20 -0400 Bowmer/APWhy is the Army Handing Its Cyber Stars to Fox Entertainment?’s just one strategy U.S. organizations are trying out to deal with a workforce challenge as persistent as the cyber threat.Aliya SternsteinFri, 17 Apr 2015 10:55:36 -0400 Sgt. 1st Class Michael Deblock, Vermont Army National Guard Computer Network Defense Team, left, discusses new ways to make the exercise more challenging for cyber defenders with a fellow Red Cell team member during a 2014 Cyber Shield exercise.US ArmyAgencies Botch IT Savings Estimates by $3.8 Billion revisions by the departments of Defense and Homeland Security accounted for most of the savings discrepancy.Jack MooreThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:31:14 -0400 Briefingcosma/Shutterstock.comConsumer Electronics Show Sets up Shop in Least Tech-Savvy Place on Earth: US Congress companies, from startups to heavyweights such as Google and LG, came to the Rayburn House Office to pitch their products to lawmakers.Mohana RavindranathThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:22:11 -0400 TechPeople walk through the Ericsson booth during the International CES Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Las Vegas. John Locher/APShortage of IT Security Professionals not Unique to Government information security workforce gap isn’t a federal government problem; it’s a worldwide problem.Hallie GoldenThu, 16 Apr 2015 17:09:30 -0400 Briefing - Wired WorkplaceOlivier Le Moal/Shutterstock.comSEC Reveals It Doesn’t Use Email Snooping Power It Defends Mary Jo White said the commission isn’t using subpoenas to acquire emails from ISPs, despite a long-running defense of the practice.Dustin Volz, National JournalThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:28:35 -0400 BriefingSecurities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo WhiteCarolyn Kaster/APA New Satellite for One of the Great U.S. Space Programs 9 will launch in 2023, and promises the continuity of a critical, long-running database for imagery of the Earth's surface.Robinson Meyer, The AtlanticThu, 16 Apr 2015 15:56:27 -0400 TechAn artist's depiction of Landsat 8, which launched in 2013.NASA