Nextgov - All Content technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usFri, 24 Apr 2015 17:24:27 -0400Germans Are Paranoid that the US Is Spying on Their Data deeply distrusts how the U.S. handles digital data.Grace Dobush, QuartzFri, 24 Apr 2015 17:24:27 -0400 Chancellor Angela MerkelFrancois Walschaerts/APAgencies Often Lack Strong Authentication and it’s a Big Problem reported nearly 70,000 cyberincidents in fiscal 2014, a 15 percent bump up from the previous year.Frank KonkelFri, 24 Apr 2015 15:34:15 -0400 Tech - Emerging TechGajus/Shutterstock.comVideo: How to Spring Clean Your Phone the dust off that smartphone!Caitlin FairchildFri, 24 Apr 2015 15:25:40 -0400 Hijack Wireless Car Keys and Pierce Israeli Military Systems another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 24 Apr 2015 15:13:13 -0400 Want a Few Good Hackers to Help Bring Congress into the 21st Century week, Hack4Congress will bring together a wide array of participants to help solve challenges that could make Congress function more efficiently.Hallie GoldenFri, 24 Apr 2015 14:39:01 -0400 Tech f11photo/Shutterstock.comDOD to Start Its Own Digital Service Team new squad is already working to transfer electronic health records to the Department of Veterans Affairs from DOD.Mohana RavindranathFri, 24 Apr 2015 13:54:37 -0400 Secretary Ash CarterAndrew Harnik/AP3-D Microscope Uses Virtual Reality to Let You Explore a Molecule Imaging has created a new system, called nVisible, that lets anyone walk through a three-dimensional, digital visualization of a microscopic landscape, using a virtual reality headset.Mike Murphy, QuartzFri, 24 Apr 2015 12:53:42 -0400 Rand Paul is Suddenly Silent about NSA Surveillance Paul hates the Patriot Act and NSA mass surveillance. Just don't ask him what he thinks of fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell's plan to keep both alive.Dustin Volz and Emma Roller, National JournalFri, 24 Apr 2015 11:41:36 -0400 presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.Jim Cole/APPrivate Investigators Say Hacked and Bankrupt USIS Didn’t Shirk Security retained by USIS said the company deployed appropriate defenses and was cooperative with government probes.Aliya SternsteinThu, 23 Apr 2015 20:07:10 -0400 USIS building in Falls Church, Va. A cyber-attack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government’s leading security clearance contractor.J. Scott Applewhite/APA New Look at How Federal IT Reform is Faring in 5 Charts new data measure the extent to which agency IT projects stay within budget and on schedule and the average time it takes to deliver key phases of a project.Caitlin Fairchild and Jack MooreThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:16:23 -0400 BriefingSergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comInnovation in Federal IT? Sorry, Not in the Budget This Year new survey, not surprisingly, finds “budget limitations” are the top barrier to new IT adoption.Frank KonkelThu, 23 Apr 2015 16:27:35 -0400 Tech - Emerging TechHermin/Shutterstock.comHouse Lawmakers Float Bill to End NSA Mass Surveillance bipartisan group is launching a final push to reform the government’s spying apparatus.Dustin Volz, National JournalThu, 23 Apr 2015 16:19:39 -0400 Luis Magana/AP File PhotoFeds Say Encrypting Data is Key but Don't Want to Pony up the Cash than 75 percent of federal IT workers polled could not say with complete certainty their network data is safe, according to a recent survey.Hallie GoldenThu, 23 Apr 2015 14:48:54 -0400 Kabakou/Shutterstock.comVideo: Democratizing Data the open data revolution is really a part of something larger.Caitlin FairchildThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:42:59 -0400 DataSergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comThe Unbelievable Power of Amazon's Cloud company's Web Services—which undergird Netflix,, and Spotify—might be the single most important piece of technology to the modern tech boom.Robinson Meyer, The AtlanticThu, 23 Apr 2015 11:29:59 -0400 CEO Jeff BezosTed S. Warren/APLawmaker Says USIS May Have Shortchanged Cybersecurity before Hack of 27,000 Employee Records new accusations come on top of a $1 billion Justice Department lawsuit alleging USIS defrauded the government by conducting incomplete background investigations.Aliya SternsteinThu, 23 Apr 2015 09:43:29 -0400 Elijah Cummings, D-Md.Cliff Owen/APThe Next Step in Health IT? Virtual Doctors Visits interest in telehealth legislation is building.Mohana RavindranathWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:49:27 -0400 possible/Shutterstock.comHere Are the Agency Websites Google Doesn’t Think are Mobile Friendly news for some dot-govs: Google will now rank websites based on their mobile friendliness.Hallie GoldenWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:31:22 -0400 Website Gets a Refresh prototype of the site went live after months of research and focus groups.Hallie GoldenWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:26:51 -0400 BriefingFCCHouse Passes Major Cybersecurity Bill Despite Fears It Will Bolster NSA Spying first of two info-sharing proposals easily cleared the lower chamber Wednesday.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:17:36 -0400 Bourdages/Shutterstock.comGeeks vs. Suits: What's the Real Difference between 18F and USDS? was created to ship culture and the other was created to ship confidence. It’s the age-old saga of geeks vs. suits.Ben BalterWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:02:31 -0400 - Tech InsiderJirsak/Shutterstock.comVideo: These Specs Are Crazier Than Google Glass a first look at Mini's Augmented Vision goggles.Caitlin FairchildWed, 22 Apr 2015 16:41:41 -0400 TechA demonstration of Mini's Augmented Vision GogglesCNETGood News About Hiring Women in STEM, but, it’s Not Enough diversity initiatives focus more on increasing women’s numeric representation or improving the treatment of women already in these fields?David Miller, QuartzWed, 22 Apr 2015 15:11:48 -0400 Briefing - Wired Workplacera2studio/Shutterstock.comIntelligent Windows, Self-Repairing Concrete and Other Inventions that Could Change the World European Patent Office has announced its finalists for the 2015 European Inventor Awards, honoring brilliant inventions from a range of scientific fields.Mike Murphy, QuartzWed, 22 Apr 2015 14:19:44 -0400 TechBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comMcConnell Introduces Bill to Authorize NSA Surveillance Until 2020 move may thwart any attempt to reform the NSA’s mass-surveillance authorities.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 22 Apr 2015 14:02:33 -0400 Majority Leader Mitch McConnellJ. 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