Nextgov - All Content technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:17:58 -0500Sony 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/Shutterstock.comGoogle: 2015 Will Be the 'Moment' to Reform NSA Spying 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 -0500 C/Shutterstock.comSanta Claus and the Surveillance State'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 -0500 user Mark BaylorAmerica's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Space're especially bright in the suburbs, says NASA.John Metcalfe, CityLabWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:02:58 -0500 TechNASAGet Ready for a More Efficient, Flexible FedRAMP's two-year road map presents a concrete plan for the future of FedRAMP.Frank KonkelTue, 16 Dec 2014 18:45:31 -0500 Wants to Connect the Whole World to the Internet. Here’s Why That’s a Problem.“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 -0500 TechToria/Shutterstock.comDo Kids Really Care About STEM Education? 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 -0500 Agencies Ever Let Hackers Rummage through Government Networks?, State and the White House, during recent breaches, had golden opportunities to stalk adversaries.Aliya SternsteinTue, 16 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Turns to IBM Watson to Improve Veteran Care pilot program could show how cognitive computing systems can distill complex data sets into useful information.Frank KonkelMon, 15 Dec 2014 17:56:17 -0500 - Health ITIBM's Watson computerIBM/AP File PhotoTech Giants Join Microsoft's Privacy Fight Against Justice Department, Amazon, Verizon, AT&T and others want to keep the U.S. using search warrants to seize private data stored overseas.Brendan Sasso, National JournalMon, 15 Dec 2014 17:14:56 -0500 Wolter/Shutterstock.comThe Evolving Search for Life on Mars the first spaceflight, humanity’s sense of what—or who—might be in our galactic neighborhood was, by today’s standards, remarkably optimistic.Nicholas St. Fleur, The AtlanticMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:06:00 -0500 TechA self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.NASAScientists Have a Sharing Problem and disorganization within their disciplines prevent many researchers from making their data publicly available, which is stunting scientific progress.Maggie Puniewska, The AtlanticMon, 15 Dec 2014 12:57:05 -0500 DataFlickr user AJC1Agencies Mold Regulations around ‘Voluntary’ Cyber Standards Guard, NHTSA and FDA are adapting the NIST framework for boat owners, car companies and medical device manufacturers.Aliya SternsteinMon, 15 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Brief History of Militarized Lasers Navy recently mounted a laser cannon on a ship. It's been a long time coming.Brian Resnick, National JournalFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:08:31 -0500 Laser Weapon system aboard the USS Ponce taken Nov. 16, 2014. US Navy/APThe Next 'Smart' Device Could Be Your Carry-On Suitcase Bluesmart carry-on can be connected to your phone via an app, available for iOS, Android and even smartwatches.Zainab Mudallal, QuartzFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:01:44 -0500 Chaikin/Shutterstock.comFITARA Analysis: Will CIOs Use Their New Powers for Good? fate of IT reform now lies almost squarely on the shoulders of agency chief information officers.Jack MooreFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:21:11 -0500 BriefingNeyro/Shutterstock.comHackers Pocket Patient Credit Cards, Loiter for Half a Decade at Payment Processor and Exploit BT another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:52:51 -0500 Strengthens Homeland Security's Cyber Role with FISMA Reform, Other Bills 2002 computer protection law finally gets an upgrade.Aliya SternsteinThu, 11 Dec 2014 20:26:15 -0500 Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.Evan Vucci/APTech Explosion Makes Cybercrooks Harder to Catch crimes in the cyber realm the only time it's OK to blame the victim?Frank KonkelThu, 11 Dec 2014 16:05:01 -0500 Attorney General Leslie Caldwell Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APFCC Hikes Phone Fees to Give Students Faster Internet say the plan will give millions of students a better education, but Republicans worry about a rising phone "tax."Brendan Sasso, National JournalThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:50:44 -0500 Briefingwavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.comCongress Quietly Bolsters NSA Spying in Intelligence Bill‘It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American,’ warned Rep. Justin Amash.Dustin Volz, National JournalThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:36:08 -0500 Justin Amash, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. J. Scott Applewhite/AP File PhotoHow Well Do You Really Know Your Network? the complexity of federal IT infrastructures continues to grow, so do the demands placed on government networks.Sean ApplegateThu, 11 Dec 2014 12:49:36 -0500 - Tech InsiderInozemtsev Konstantin/Shutterstock.comThree Years After SOPA Crashed and Burned, Congress Seeks Copyright Update backlash over the Stop Online Piracy Act still has lawmakers skittish.Brendan Sasso, National JournalThu, 11 Dec 2014 12:40:55 -0500 BriefingBrandon Bourdages/