Nextgov - All Contenthttp://www.nextgov.com/Federal 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 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 PhotoTech Giants Join Microsoft's Privacy Fight Against Justice Departmenthttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/tech-giants-join-microsofts-privacy-fight-against-justice-department/101307/Apple, 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/tech-giants-join-microsofts-privacy-fight-against-justice-department/101307/CybersecurityKen Wolter/Shutterstock.comThe Evolving Search for Life on Marshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/evolving-search-life-mars/101286/Before 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/12/evolving-search-life-mars/101286/Emerging TechA self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.NASAScientists Have a Sharing Problemhttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/12/scientists-have-sharing-problem/101262/Competition 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/12/scientists-have-sharing-problem/101262/Big DataFlickr user AJC1Agencies Mold Regulations around ‘Voluntary’ Cyber Standardshttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/agencies-mold-regulations-around-voluntary-cyber-standards/101217/Coast 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/agencies-mold-regulations-around-voluntary-cyber-standards/101217/Cybersecurityvoyager624/Shutterstock.comA Brief History of Militarized Lasershttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/12/brief-history-militarized-lasers/101178/The 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/12/brief-history-militarized-lasers/101178/DefenseThe Laser Weapon system aboard the USS Ponce taken Nov. 16, 2014. US Navy/APThe Next 'Smart' Device Could Be Your Carry-On Suitcasehttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/next-smart-device-could-be-your-carry-suitcase/101184/The 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/12/next-smart-device-could-be-your-carry-suitcase/101184/MobileAlexander Chaikin/Shutterstock.comFITARA Analysis: Will CIOs Use Their New Powers for Good?http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/12/fitara-analysis-will-cios-use-their-new-powers-good/101160/The fate of IT reform now lies almost squarely on the shoulders of agency chief information officers.Jack MooreFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:21:11 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/12/fitara-analysis-will-cios-use-their-new-powers-good/101160/CIO BriefingNeyro/Shutterstock.comHackers Pocket Patient Credit Cards, Loiter for Half a Decade at Payment Processor and Exploit BThttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/hackers-pocket-patient-credit-cards-loiter-half-decade-payment-processor-and-exploit-bt/101157/Just another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:52:51 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/hackers-pocket-patient-credit-cards-loiter-half-decade-payment-processor-and-exploit-bt/101157/Cybersecuritywk1003mike/Shutterstock.comCongress Strengthens Homeland Security's Cyber Role with FISMA Reform, Other Bills http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/congress-strengthens-homeland-securitys-cyber-role-fisma-reform-other-bills/101121/A 2002 computer protection law finally gets an upgrade.Aliya SternsteinThu, 11 Dec 2014 20:26:15 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/congress-strengthens-homeland-securitys-cyber-role-fisma-reform-other-bills/101121/CybersecurityHomeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.Evan Vucci/APTech Explosion Makes Cybercrooks Harder to Catchhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/tech-explosion-makes-cybercrooks-harder-catch/101091/Are crimes in the cyber realm the only time it's OK to blame the victim?Frank KonkelThu, 11 Dec 2014 16:05:01 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/tech-explosion-makes-cybercrooks-harder-catch/101091/CybersecurityAssistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APFCC Hikes Phone Fees to Give Students Faster Internethttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/12/fcc-hikes-phone-fees-give-students-faster-internet/101082/Democrats 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/12/fcc-hikes-phone-fees-give-students-faster-internet/101082/CIO Briefingwavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.comCongress Quietly Bolsters NSA Spying in Intelligence Billhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/congress-quietly-bolsters-nsa-spying-intelligence-bill/101076/‘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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/congress-quietly-bolsters-nsa-spying-intelligence-bill/101076/CybersecurityRep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. J. Scott Applewhite/AP File PhotoHow Well Do You Really Know Your Network?http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/12/how-well-do-you-really-know-your-network/101052/As 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 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/12/how-well-do-you-really-know-your-network/101052/News - Tech InsiderInozemtsev Konstantin/Shutterstock.comThree Years After SOPA Crashed and Burned, Congress Seeks Copyright Updatehttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/12/three-years-after-sopa-crashed-and-burned-congress-seeks-copyright-update/101040/The backlash over the Stop Online Piracy Act still has lawmakers skittish.Brendan Sasso, National JournalThu, 11 Dec 2014 12:40:55 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/12/three-years-after-sopa-crashed-and-burned-congress-seeks-copyright-update/101040/CIO BriefingBrandon Bourdages/Shutterstock.com