Nextgov - All Content technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usTue, 01 Dec 2015 17:34:13 -0500Why Are There So Many Data Centers in Iowa?“Networks, land, power, and taxes.”Ingrid Burrington, The AtlanticTue, 01 Dec 2015 17:34:13 -0500 DataEmployees work at Google's newest data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.Nati Harnik/APOPM Announces Official Launch of Self-Check Site for Hack Victims can use the Pentagon-hosted website to check if their personal data was stolen in a massive breach of sensitive background investigation files.Nextgov StaffTue, 01 Dec 2015 17:25:29 -0500 Van Scyoc/Shutterstock.comDHS Looking for Data Privacy Experts' Privacy Office is looking for 17 applicants for 3-year termsMohana RavindranathTue, 01 Dec 2015 16:17:03 -0500 BriefingA reflection of the, ... ]Mark J. Terrill/AP File PhotoHow Valuable is Federal Research? It Depends How You Count's difficult to pin down the total economic impact of federal R&D.Mohana RavindranathTue, 01 Dec 2015 15:49:29 -0500 BriefingPentagon Watchdog: Show Us the Cost Benefit Analysis of Cloud forthcoming DOD IG audit may soon shed light on the extent the Pentagon and its components perform cost benefit analysis before acquiring cloud services.Frank KonkelTue, 01 Dec 2015 15:45:29 -0500 Tech - Emerging Techliravega/Shutterstock.comAre These Collaboration Platforms Key to Improving Federal IT? Chief Information Officer Tony Scott announced the winning teams of the first-ever CIO Council IT Solutions Challenge.Hallie GoldenTue, 01 Dec 2015 15:34:58 -0500 BriefingFederal CIO Tony ScottSusan Walsh/APVideo: Got an Old Android Device? Here Are 5 Ways to Repurpose it, reuse, recycle and embrace the Internet of ThingsCaitlin FairchildTue, 01 Dec 2015 15:24:46 -0500 Program Beats Humans On College Acceptance Test researchers have created a computer program capable of limited humanistic understanding.Patrick Tucker, Defense OneTue, 01 Dec 2015 14:00:00 -0500 TechHumanoid robot Pepper is on display at SoftBank Mobile shop in Tokyo.Koji Sasahara/AP File PhotoThe High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers competition is fierce, the key players are billionaires, but the path—and even the destination—remains uncertain.Adrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticTue, 01 Dec 2015 11:39:02 -0500 TechGoogle's new self-driving prototype car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif.Tony Avelar/AP File PhotoHere's Air Force’s $49.5M Plan to Outsource Cyberweapon and Counterhack Software, the nickname for the mouthful of a project title, is a 5.5-year deal that would add to the Defense Department’s growing arsenal of cyberweapons.Aliya SternsteinTue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 -0500 Sgt. Alex Garviria, 721st Communication Squadron senior systems controller, and 2nd Lt. Rachel James, 721st CS crew commander, work in the Global Strategic Warning and Space Surveillance System Center at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., SU.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal ArdreyHere’s How Your Driverless Car Will Communicate With You, According to Google plans to make its cars more communicative with light-up signs, audio cues, mechanical hands, and, eery “robotic eyes".Adam Epstein, QuartzTue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 -0500 TechGoogle's new self-driving prototype carTony Avelar/AP File PhotoDARPA Kills Program That Would Have Launched Satellites with Fighter Jets next-generation rocket fuel involved turned out to be a little too explosive.Tim Fernholz, QuartzTue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 -0500 rocket engines—like these two built by SpaceX—is never easy. SpaceXVideo: Don’t Fall for These Common Smartphone Battery Myths misconceptions might have you running for your charger.Caitlin FairchildMon, 30 Nov 2015 17:14:35 -0500 Labels OPM Breach a ‘Federal Fumble’ of 2015“The federal government still does not know -- and may not know for years to come -- the extent of the damage done by the massive OPM breach,” the report stated.Jack MooreMon, 30 Nov 2015 17:11:31 -0500 James Lankford R-Okla.J. Scott Applewhite/APRevamping IRS Electronic Fraud Detection Could Waste $18 Million a Year new Treasury audit found the IRS planned to run the new and old systems simultaneously.Mohana RavindranathMon, 30 Nov 2015 17:00:39 -0500 BriefingMark Van Scyoc/Shutterstock.comWill Social Media Mavens Take Leave of Absence to Help TSA Tweet Better? is on the hunt for a few good social media experts willing to devote six months to boosting the agency's customer service social media campaign.Hallie GoldenMon, 30 Nov 2015 15:01:52 -0500 TechBloomua/Shutterstock.comThe Internet Isn't Available in Most Languages all the hype about how it has connected the world, the web is more insular than you might think.Katharine Schwab, The AtlanticMon, 30 Nov 2015 12:19:10 -0500 DataGongTo/Shutterstock.comMonths After Huge Hack, OPM Finally Completes IT Inventory agency is still cleaning up from the breaches it announced this summer.Kaveh Waddell, The AtlanticMon, 30 Nov 2015 11:59:24 -0500 BriefingOleksiy Mark/Shutterstock.comOut of the Mouths of Bots building a robot in a person's image can reveal about identity and humanityAdrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticMon, 30 Nov 2015 11:08:27 -0500 TechA car drives by HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot in Marblehead, Mass. Stephan Savoia/AP File PhotoLeaked Pentagon Bomber Data, Scoop Up Toy Company Details on Kids, and Pinch Credit Cards from Wisconsin Resort another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinMon, 30 Nov 2015 07:00:00 -0500 the Encryption Debate ability to encrypt and use cyphers to hide messages from unauthorized readers goes back at least as far as Roman times.John Breeden II, Government ExecutiveMon, 30 Nov 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Techandrey_l/Shutterstock.comSecret DHS Audit Could Prove Governmentwide Hacker Surveillance Isn’t Really Governmentwide intrusion-prevention system, named EINSTEIN 3 Accelerated, garnered both ridicule and praise following the OPM hack.Aliya SternsteinWed, 25 Nov 2015 16:56:21 -0500 Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., questions Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Benjamin Ziff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, during the committee's hearing entitled: "Putin's Invasion of Ukraine anAP Photo/Andrew HarnikEmma, USCIS' New Virtual Assistant, Can Soon Answer Your Visa Questions rudimentary, text-based version of more advanced virtual assistants such as Apple's Siri, Emma interprets typed questions and direct users to relevant parts of the USCIS website.Mohana RavindranathWed, 25 Nov 2015 16:22:53 -0500 Too Many DARPA Projects Enter 'Valley of Death,' Don't Progress's method of tracking "technology transition" is unreliable.Mohana RavindranathWed, 25 Nov 2015 15:29:59 -0500 Tech Africa Studio/Shutterstock.comFDA Crowdsourcing its Way to Precision Medicine. But What About Security? team at FDA is in the midst of launching PrecisionFDA, a cloud-based platform so researchers can work together.Hallie GoldenWed, 25 Nov 2015 13:23:25 -0500 - Health ITvenimo/