Nextgov - All Contenthttp://www.nextgov.com/Federal technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:16:39 -0500Hackers Blackmail Sony Pictures, Feed Pill Addictions and Bankrupt Small Mexican Townhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/hackers-blackmail-sony-pictures-feed-pill-addictions-and-bankrupt-small-mexican-town/100058/Just another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:16:39 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/hackers-blackmail-sony-pictures-feed-pill-addictions-and-bankrupt-small-mexican-town/100058/Cybersecurityscyther5/Shutterstock.comUS Marshals Migrate from BlackBerrys to iPhoneshttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/11/us-marshals-migrating-blackberrys-iphones/100052/The Marshals also are testing a small number of Windows 8 tablets and Android-based smartphones.Aliya SternsteinWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:55:37 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/11/us-marshals-migrating-blackberrys-iphones/100052/MobileHadrian/Shutterstock.comNew Playbook Looks to Increase Public Participation http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/11/new-playbook-aims-increase-public-participation/100055/The living document builds off the administration's push for a more open government.Camille TuuttiWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:43:55 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/11/new-playbook-aims-increase-public-participation/100055/CIO Briefingkropic1/Shutterstock.comBug Accidentally Shut Down Military Open Source Software Portalhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/bug-accidentally-shut-down-military-open-source-software-portal/99950/Problems with a backup system are preventing Pentagon from recovering Forge.mil.Aliya SternsteinTue, 25 Nov 2014 17:21:27 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/bug-accidentally-shut-down-military-open-source-software-portal/99950/DefensePavel Ignatov/ShutterstockMobile Phone Metadata Could be a Lifesaver after a Disaster, but Privacy Concerns Lingerhttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/11/mobile-phone-metadata-could-be-lifesaver-after-disaster-privacy-concerns-linger/99977/Unclear rules about sharing phone data with researchers hamper wider adoption.Jack MooreTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:44:18 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/11/mobile-phone-metadata-could-be-lifesaver-after-disaster-privacy-concerns-linger/99977/Big Data 24Novembers/ShutterstockHere’s What the Rewrite of DOD’s Cloud Strategy Will Look Likehttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/11/heres-what-rewrite-dods-cloud-strategy-will-look/99944/An update to the Defense Department’s cloud computing strategy aims to decentralize the process for purchasing commercial cloud solutionsFrank KonkelTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:16:23 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/11/heres-what-rewrite-dods-cloud-strategy-will-look/99944/CloudPhoto of the United States Department of Defense homepage on a monitor screen through a magnifying glass.Gil C / Shutterstock.comKey Internet and Tech Concepts Still Mysteries for Manyhttp://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/11/key-internet-and-tech-concepts-still-mysteries-many/99929/Many Americans are puzzled by concepts that support the Internet and other technological innovations.Camille TuuttiTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:03:30 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/11/key-internet-and-tech-concepts-still-mysteries-many/99929/News - Tech Insider Imillian/ShutterstockLawmakers Seeking NSA Reform Could Use the Patriot Act as Leveragehttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/lawmakers-seeking-nsa-reform-could-use-patriot-act-leverage/99908/Stinging from defeat, some privacy advocates want to let parts of the Patriot Act sunset next year. But not everyone is ready to take the plunge.Dustin Volz and Brendan Sasso, National JournalTue, 25 Nov 2014 12:23:47 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/lawmakers-seeking-nsa-reform-could-use-patriot-act-leverage/99908/CybersecuritySigns held by protesters during a rally against mass surveillance in Washington, D.C., on October 26, 2013.Rena Schild / Shutterstock.comBig Data Pitfall -- Too Much Organizing, Not Enough Analyzinghttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/11/big-data-pitfall-too-much-organizing-not-enough-analyzing/99542/Through data virtualization, federal agencies can handle – and benefit from – all their data in a way that is efficient and secure.Anne BuffTue, 25 Nov 2014 11:53:00 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/11/big-data-pitfall-too-much-organizing-not-enough-analyzing/99542/Big DataGenialbaron/Shutterstock.comInfographic: NASA's Great Effect on Techhttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/11/infographic-nasas-great-effect-tech/99866/Studies estimate that for every federal dollar spent on NASA, the economy is boosted by as much as $14.Caitlin FairchildTue, 25 Nov 2014 09:59:01 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/11/infographic-nasas-great-effect-tech/99866/Emerging TechNASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands beside solar wind experiment on the moon.NASADrones and Mistletoe: What Could Go Wrong?http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/drones-and-mistletoe-what-could-go-wrong/99869/Let us commence discussion on T.G.I. Friday's drone for holiday cheer and forced romance.Adam Chandler, The AtlanticTue, 25 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/drones-and-mistletoe-what-could-go-wrong/99869/Defenseaida ricciardiello/Shutterstock.comDHS Kills Dreaded Biometric Deportation Programhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/dhs-kills-dreaded-biometric-deportation-program/99836/… and replaces it with a new controversial biometric deportation program.Aliya SternsteinMon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:53 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/dhs-kills-dreaded-biometric-deportation-program/99836/DefenseBruce Rolff/Shutterstock.com Will Robots Replace Human Security Guards in Silicon Valley?http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/11/will-robots-replace-human-security-guards-silicon-valley/99806/This five-foot, 300-pound robot features an autonomous technology platform that combines robotics, predictive analytics, and collaborative social engagement to predict and prevent crime.Allen McDuffee, The AtlanticMon, 24 Nov 2014 13:09:42 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/11/will-robots-replace-human-security-guards-silicon-valley/99806/Emerging Techkoya979/Shutterstock.comNew Space Mission: Leave a Time Capsule on the Moonhttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/11/new-space-mission-leave-time-capsule-moon/99809/Lunar Mission One will launch in 2024—if enough backers fund the project on Kickstarter.Shirley Li, The AtlanticMon, 24 Nov 2014 12:17:06 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/11/new-space-mission-leave-time-capsule-moon/99809/Emerging TechStefan Holm/Shutterstock.comEven with the DATA Act, the Forecast for Transparency Remains Murkyhttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/11/forecast-transparency-murky/99734/Even after passage of the Data Act, it’s far from clear we’ll end up with the kind of transparency that matters most.Doug CriscitelloMon, 24 Nov 2014 09:44:22 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/11/forecast-transparency-murky/99734/Big Datahaveseen/Shutterstock.comPrince George's County School Employees’ Social Security Numbers Emailed Out Erroneouslyhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/pg-county-school-employees-social-security-numbers-emailed-out-erroneously/99749/About 10,000 personnel are affected by the security breach.Nextgov StaffMon, 24 Nov 2014 09:37:37 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/pg-county-school-employees-social-security-numbers-emailed-out-erroneously/99749/Cybersecurityzimmytws/Shutterstock.comDHS Set to Destroy Governmentwide Network Surveillance Recordshttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/dhs-set-destroy-governmentwide-network-surveillance-records/99737/"Einstein" critics are happy to see the metadata go, but not about obliterating potential evidence of overreach.Aliya SternsteinSun, 23 Nov 2014 19:56:00 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/dhs-set-destroy-governmentwide-network-surveillance-records/99737/CybersecurityMark J. Terrill/AP File PhotoInfographic: NASA's Next Rockethttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/11/infographic-nasas-next-rocket/99680/The era of the Space Shuttle may be over, but get a peek inside the space agency's new space launch system.Caitlin FairchildFri, 21 Nov 2014 17:18:37 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/11/infographic-nasas-next-rocket/99680/Emerging Tech - Emerging TechThe barrel for the engine section of NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System.NASAWhy Do So Few Feds Champion User Experience?http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/11/why-do-so-few-feds-champion-customer-experience/99704/A dearth of staff resources, a lack of awareness about UX and nonexistent management buy-in are the top challenges.Nextgov StaffFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:50:52 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/11/why-do-so-few-feds-champion-customer-experience/99704/News - Tech Insiderscyther5/Shutterstock.comHackers Scam Uncle Sam, Upset Mick Jagger and Rob HSBChttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/hackers-scam-uncle-sam-upset-mick-jagger-and-rob-hsbc/99692/Just another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:10:14 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/hackers-scam-uncle-sam-upset-mick-jagger-and-rob-hsbc/99692/CybersecuritySinger Mick Jagger, right, with his girlfriend, designer L'Wren Scott.Richard Drew/AP File PhotoVA’s Aggressive Plan for Shedding Its 'Back-to-the-Future' Era Scheduling System http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/vas-aggressive-plan-shedding-its-back-future-era-scheduling-software/99683/VA is now taking bids for commercial software to replace a clunky 1980s-era system for scheduling medical appointments.Jack MooreFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:22 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/11/vas-aggressive-plan-shedding-its-back-future-era-scheduling-software/99683/DefenseA wheelchair sits outside the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta. David Goldman/AP File PhotoImmigrants Use Social Networking to Prove Residencyhttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/11/immigrants-are-using-facebook-check-ins-prove-residency/99659/Applicants have submitted check-ins at restaurants and movie theaters, parties and sporting events, to show they were in the United States.Chris Fowler, QuartzFri, 21 Nov 2014 12:29:12 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/11/immigrants-are-using-facebook-check-ins-prove-residency/99659/Emerging TechGil C/Shutterstock.comWhy Is Apple Gobbling Up a Quarter of the World’s Sapphire Supply?http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/11/why-apple-gobbling-quarter-worlds-sapphire-supply/99665/The sapphire is used to cover the iPhone’s camera lens and fingerprint reader.Dan Frommer, QuartzFri, 21 Nov 2014 12:11:31 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/11/why-apple-gobbling-quarter-worlds-sapphire-supply/99665/Mobileendermasali/Shutterstock.com The Number of Works Licensed Under Creative Commons Will Surpass 1 Billion by 2015http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/11/number-works-licensed-under-creative-commons-will-surpass-1-billion-2015/99662/The number of creations under open 'Creative Commons' licenses has doubled since 2010Robinson Meyer, The AtlanticFri, 21 Nov 2014 12:06:37 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/11/number-works-licensed-under-creative-commons-will-surpass-1-billion-2015/99662/Big Datafotogestoeber/Shutterstock.comObama's Net-Neutrality Plan Could Mean New Internet Feeshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/11/obamas-net-neutrality-plan-could-mean-new-internet-fees/99656/The president wants to treat the Internet like a utility, which could trigger new government tolls.Brendan Sasso, National JournalFri, 21 Nov 2014 12:04:18 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/11/obamas-net-neutrality-plan-could-mean-new-internet-fees/99656/CIO BriefingCarolyn Kaster/AP