Nextgov - All Contenthttp://www.nextgov.com/Federal technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:33:10 -0500Navy’s $2.5B Plan for Shipboard Networks Hits Snag after GAO Partially Upholds Protesthttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/12/navys-25b-plan-shipboard-networks-hits-snag-after-gao-partially-uphold-protest/101766/GAO's action could further delay Navy's plans to upgrade the nation’s surface warship fleet.Frank KonkelFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:33:10 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/12/navys-25b-plan-shipboard-networks-hits-snag-after-gao-partially-uphold-protest/101766/DefenseBecoming a Digital Master: A Conversation with George Westermanhttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/becoming-digital-master-conversation-george-westerman/101706/Lessons on digital transformation from Nike, Burberry and Starbucks.Camille TuuttiFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:49:35 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/becoming-digital-master-conversation-george-westerman/101706/Emerging 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 Thingshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/theres-still-no-governmentwide-definition-internet-things/101721/Key questions about the emerging technology remain unanswered, and the government is still firming up the basics.Jack MooreFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:16:27 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/theres-still-no-governmentwide-definition-internet-things/101721/Emerging TechAnna Bardocz/Shutterstock.comHow Even the Remotest Parts of the World Are Getting Mobile Coveragehttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/how-even-remotest-parts-world-are-getting-mobile-coverage/101694/A new device is using regular radio spectrum to connect to mobile phones in its area.Leo Mirani, QuartzFri, 19 Dec 2014 12:56:18 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/how-even-remotest-parts-world-are-getting-mobile-coverage/101694/MobileThat tree is a cellphone tower.EndagaA Computer Can Probably Create as Many Special Snowflakes as Naturehttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/12/computer-can-probably-create-many-special-snowflakes-nature/101697/Given 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/12/computer-can-probably-create-many-special-snowflakes-nature/101697/Big DataJefunne/Shutterstock.comU.S. Officially Blames North Korea for Sony Hackhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/us-officially-blames-north-korea-sony-hack/101700/The 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/us-officially-blames-north-korea-sony-hack/101700/CybersecurityEugene Hoshiko/AP File PhotoMost Federal Agencies Wouldn’t Be Able to Bounce Back from a Sony Hackhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/most-agencies-wouldnt-be-able-bounce-back-sony-hack/101658/60 percent of federal agencies lack contingency plans in the event of a cyber emergency.Aliya SternsteinThu, 18 Dec 2014 19:55:53 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/most-agencies-wouldnt-be-able-bounce-back-sony-hack/101658/CybersecurityA 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 Machinehttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/12/inside-chinas-elaborate-and-absurd-internet-propaganda-machine/101610/Thousands 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/12/inside-chinas-elaborate-and-absurd-internet-propaganda-machine/101610/DefenseArtisticPhoto/Shutterstock.comIn 5 Years, Smart Fridges Will Outnumber Fitness Trackershttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/5-years-smart-fridges-will-outnumber-fitness-trackers/101616/Americans 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/5-years-smart-fridges-will-outnumber-fitness-trackers/101616/MobileVarious 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 Hackhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/opm-alerts-feds-second-background-check-breach/101622/OPM 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/opm-alerts-feds-second-background-check-breach/101622/Cybersecuritywk1003mike/Shutterstock.comSneaky Impersonator Robots Are Taking Over the Webhttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/sneaky-impersonator-robots-are-taking-over-web/101580/A new report finds overall bot traffic dipped, but "bad robots" are on the rise.Adrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:17:27 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/sneaky-impersonator-robots-are-taking-over-web/101580/Emerging TechRTimages/Shutterstock.comWhat did Federal CIOs Learn about Cybersecurity in 2014?http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/what-did-federal-cios-learn-about-cybersecurity-2014/101586/After 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/what-did-federal-cios-learn-about-cybersecurity-2014/101586/CybersecurityAgencies can be very slow to respond to cyber attacks.Saranya Loisamut/Shutterstock.comReport: Definition of ‘Privacy’ Evolvinghttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/report-definition-privacy-evolving/101577/In a new paper from Pew, experts warn that surveillance-free spaces are disappearing.Adrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:06:01 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/report-definition-privacy-evolving/101577/CybersecurityDenniro/Shutterstock.comConsumer Agency Goes After Phone Companies for Bogus Chargeshttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/consumer-agencies-goes-after-phone-companies-bogus-charges/101574/The 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/consumer-agencies-goes-after-phone-companies-bogus-charges/101574/MobileSusan Law Cain/Shutterstock.comSony Cancels Release of 'The Interview' Amid Sony Hack Fearshttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/sony-cancels-release-interview-amid-sony-hack-fears/101529/Hackers 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/sony-cancels-release-interview-amid-sony-hack-fears/101529/CybersecurityA 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 http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/12/new-policy-dod-components-wont-need-disa-buy-cloud-services/101511/The 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/12/new-policy-dod-components-wont-need-disa-buy-cloud-services/101511/CloudMelpomene/Shutterstock.comBritish Police Are Going Robocophttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/british-police-are-going-robocop/101502/British 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/british-police-are-going-robocop/101502/Emerging Techpjhpix/Shutterstock.comGoogle: 2015 Will Be the 'Moment' to Reform NSA Spyinghttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/google-2015-will-be-moment-reform-nsa-spying/101499/Despite a crushing defeat this year, the search giant is already preparing for 2015 to push surveillance reform in Congress.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:14:15 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/google-2015-will-be-moment-reform-nsa-spying/101499/CybersecurityGil C/Shutterstock.comSanta Claus and the Surveillance Statehttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/santa-claus-and-surveillance-state/101460/It's not just the Elf on the Shelf; children have been taught for centuries that dangerous authorities are watching and judging them.Adrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:13:52 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/santa-claus-and-surveillance-state/101460/CybersecurityFlickr user Mark BaylorAmerica's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Spacehttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/americas-holiday-lights-can-be-seen-space/101457/They're especially bright in the suburbs, says NASA.John Metcalfe, CityLabWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:02:58 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/americas-holiday-lights-can-be-seen-space/101457/Emerging TechNASAGet Ready for a More Efficient, Flexible FedRAMPhttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/12/get-ready-more-efficient-flexible-fedramp/101412/GSA's two-year road map presents a concrete plan for the future of FedRAMP.Frank KonkelTue, 16 Dec 2014 18:45:31 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/12/get-ready-more-efficient-flexible-fedramp/101412/CloudNucleartist/Shutterstock.comFacebook Wants to Connect the Whole World to the Internet. Here’s Why That’s a Problem. http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/facebook-wants-connect-whole-world-internet-heres-why-s-problem/101358/“It’s not as if anybody asked two-thirds of humanity whether they wanted to be put online.”Kentaro Toyama, The AtlanticTue, 16 Dec 2014 11:42:38 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/facebook-wants-connect-whole-world-internet-heres-why-s-problem/101358/Emerging TechToria/Shutterstock.comDo Kids Really Care About STEM Education?http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/do-kids-really-care-about-stem-education/101361/Just because the students love using their devices to connect with friends, this does not necessarily mean they want school involved in their circuitry.Michael Godsey, QuartzTue, 16 Dec 2014 11:33:51 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/do-kids-really-care-about-stem-education/101361/MobileAndrey_Popov/Shutterstock.comShould Agencies Ever Let Hackers Rummage through Government Networks?http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/when-should-agencies-let-hackers-rummage-through-government-networks/101322/USPS, State and the White House, during recent breaches, had golden opportunities to stalk adversaries.Aliya SternsteinTue, 16 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/when-should-agencies-let-hackers-rummage-through-government-networks/101322/Cybersecurityscyther5/Shutterstock.comVA Turns to IBM Watson to Improve Veteran Carehttp://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/12/va-wants-ibm-watson-come-ways-improve-veteran-care/101316/The pilot program could show how cognitive computing systems can distill complex data sets into useful information.Frank KonkelMon, 15 Dec 2014 17:56:17 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/12/va-wants-ibm-watson-come-ways-improve-veteran-care/101316/Health - Health ITIBM's Watson computerIBM/AP File Photo