Nextgov - All Content technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:10:21 -0400White House Promotes Tech Meetups federal CTO Megan Smith, the White House hosted its first tech meetup, encouraging technologists from across the U.S. to network with each other.Mohana Ravindranath, Government ExecutiveFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:10:21 -0400 BriefingAndrea Izzotti/Shutterstock.comHackers Publicize US Authorities’ Home Addresses and Freeze Cops’ Computers another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 17 Apr 2015 16:17:42 -0400 Is the iPad Dead? it ain't so.Caitlin FairchildFri, 17 Apr 2015 16:05:30 -0400 Secure is an Email Tip Line for Federal Employees? Mark Meadows announced on Thursday the launch of an email account for federal employees to send anonymous complaints about their working conditions, according to his website.Hallie GoldenFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:42:45 -0400 Briefing - Wired WorkplaceRep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.J. Scott Applewhite/AP File PhotoThese 3 Steps Could Prevent 85 Percent of All Data Breaches great many cyber calamities are preventable through basic cybersecurity hygiene.Frank KonkelFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:11:13 -0400 Tech - Emerging Techwk1003mike/Shutterstock.comTrade Bill Takes Aim at Foreign Governments' Data Protections companies and trade groups come out in support of the Trade Priorities Act.Kaveh Waddell, National JournalFri, 17 Apr 2015 13:43:01 -0400 DataSenate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.Jacquelyn Martin/AP File PhotoFederal Employees, Don’t Do This on Social Media officials say they’ve been inundated with questions from agencies about how their employees’ Twitter and Facebook habits conform with govermentwide ethics rules.Jack MooreFri, 17 Apr 2015 13:10:22 -0400 Briefing - Wired WorkplaceTwin Design/Shutterstock.comThe Latest Disruptive Space Technology Is a Battery-Powered Rocket Engine Electron battery will be focused on lifting the new generation of miniature satellites weighing as little as 2 kg that some entrepreneurs say they will use to create the infrastructure for a global internet network.Tim Fernholz, QuartzFri, 17 Apr 2015 12:47:57 -0400 TechRocket LabsCongress to Introduce Last-Ditch Bill to Reform NSA Spying the clock winding down, lawmakers in both chambers are staging one last attempt to rein in the government’s surveillance powers.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 17 Apr 2015 12:21:20 -0400 Bowmer/APWhy is the Army Handing Its Cyber Stars to Fox Entertainment?’s just one strategy U.S. organizations are trying out to deal with a workforce challenge as persistent as the cyber threat.Aliya SternsteinFri, 17 Apr 2015 10:55:36 -0400 Sgt. 1st Class Michael Deblock, Vermont Army National Guard Computer Network Defense Team, left, discusses new ways to make the exercise more challenging for cyber defenders with a fellow Red Cell team member during a 2014 Cyber Shield exercise.US ArmyAgencies Botch IT Savings Estimates by $3.8 Billion revisions by the departments of Defense and Homeland Security accounted for most of the savings discrepancy.Jack MooreThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:31:14 -0400 Briefingcosma/Shutterstock.comConsumer Electronics Show Sets up Shop in Least Tech-Savvy Place on Earth: US Congress companies, from startups to heavyweights such as Google and LG, came to the Rayburn House Office to pitch their products to lawmakers.Mohana RavindranathThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:22:11 -0400 TechPeople walk through the Ericsson booth during the International CES Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Las Vegas. John Locher/APShortage of IT Security Professionals not Unique to Government information security workforce gap isn’t a federal government problem; it’s a worldwide problem.Hallie GoldenThu, 16 Apr 2015 17:09:30 -0400 Briefing - Wired WorkplaceOlivier Le Moal/Shutterstock.comSEC Reveals It Doesn’t Use Email Snooping Power It Defends Mary Jo White said the commission isn’t using subpoenas to acquire emails from ISPs, despite a long-running defense of the practice.Dustin Volz, National JournalThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:28:35 -0400 BriefingSecurities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo WhiteCarolyn Kaster/APA New Satellite for One of the Great U.S. Space Programs 9 will launch in 2023, and promises the continuity of a critical, long-running database for imagery of the Earth's surface.Robinson Meyer, The AtlanticThu, 16 Apr 2015 15:56:27 -0400 TechAn artist's depiction of Landsat 8, which launched in 2013.NASAVideo: Making An Impact With Open Data government needs more tools to get open data to the people.Caitlin FairchildThu, 16 Apr 2015 15:45:53 -0400 DataSergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comACLU: Government Should Encourage Anonymous Browsing a statement, ACLU asserted that the two-year timeline is too slow, especially for sites used by inspectors general to collect reports about waste, fraud and abuseMohana RavindranathThu, 16 Apr 2015 15:36:51 -0400 BriefingJeff Wasserman/Shutterstock.comFederal CIO Tony Scott Expects Some 'Resistance' on Federal IT Reform Law became the government’s top techie in February and it hasn’t taken long for him to realize things work very differently in government.Frank KonkelThu, 16 Apr 2015 15:15:05 -0400 Tech - Emerging TechFederal CIO Tony ScottVMwareGoogle's Other Big Research Project: Curbing Its Own Prejudice for a company that's trying to produce driverless cars and "solve" mortality, getting employees to overcome their own biases is a challenge.Joe Pinsker, The AtlanticThu, 16 Apr 2015 12:17:55 -0400 Briefing - Wired Workplacel i g h t p o e t/Shutterstock.comDoes the Federal Government Need a New $400M Cyber Campus? Obama administration has proposed spending more than $227 million next year for the first phase of the facility’s construction.Jack MooreWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:17:05 -0400 J. Terrill/AP File PhotoWatchdog: VA Teleworkers Breached Security in China and India Department of Veterans Affairs allowed contractors to access the agency’s network using personally owned laptops while traveling abroad in China and India.Aliya SternsteinWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:08:25 -0400 FBI Director Talks Cybersecurity admitted it was his responsibility, as director of the FBI, to ask for clarification on broad technology projects.Mohana RavindranathWed, 15 Apr 2015 14:42:34 -0400 BriefingFormer FBI director Robert MuellerEvan Vucci/APVideo: 5 Ways to Speed Up Your Wi-Fi might be time to buy a new router.Caitlin FairchildWed, 15 Apr 2015 13:55:47 -0400 Has Patented Ability to Control Robot Army patent suggests the robots could be controlled by a smartphoneMike Murphy, QuartzWed, 15 Apr 2015 13:28:58 -0400 TechAsif Islam/Shutterstock.comSpace Coffee: Astronauts Getting Fancy New Espresso Machine they won’t have to sip coffee out of Capri Sun pouches any longer.Robinson Meyer, The AtlanticWed, 15 Apr 2015 13:20:17 -0400 TechItalian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti holds coffee beans on the orbiting laboratory.NASA/ESA