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CSC Buys Outsourcing Specialist Covansys

April 26, 2007 In another sign of the growing business of information technology outsourcing, Computer Sciences Corp. announced that it has agreed to purchase systems integrator and consulting firm Covansys Corp. for $1.3 billion. Of Convansys' 9,000 employees, 6,400 are based in India, which leads the world in providing outsourcing IT services. The...

Ruling: Not All Government E-mails Public Record

April 26, 2007 Not all government e-mails, electronic documents and notes stored on a computer should be considered a public record, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled yesterday. According to an article published by the Arizona Daily Star: [Arizona Chief Justice Ruth McGregor wrote in her opinion,] "Every note made on government-owned paper, located...

System Makes DMV Waits Longer

April 25, 2007 Automating business processes is supposed to create efficiencies. But for the Wisconsin's Department of Motor Vehicles, a new computer system has resulted in the opposite outcome. A new system installed in 2004 to reduce the time it takes to receive a license plate and vehicle title has more than doubled...

Learning How to Track Hackers

April 25, 2007 With losses of financial data and personal information on the rise, more universities now offer courses to students on how to combat hackers. An estimated 22 universities in the United States offer such programs, including the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, according to an article on Charlotte's News 14...

Group Criticizes President's Privacy Report

April 24, 2007 A leading cybersecurity association says a report released yesterday by the President's Identity Theft Task Force falls short of adequately protecting Americans' privacy because the report's recommendations for the public sector are less stringent than those recommendations for the private sector. According to a statement by the Cyber Security Industry...

White House Finds No Privacy Violations

April 24, 2007 A White House board tasked to oversee possible infringements on privacy and civil liberties from government information systems and programs designed to fight terrorism has ruled that many programs have not compromised Americans' privacy, according to a report the board released yesterday and a brief posted by Wired.com. In its...

Computers-in-Classroom Debate Continues

April 24, 2007 Some education experts question spending on interactive white boards and other advanced technologies that connect classrooms throughout New South Wales in Australia, according an article on the online news site The Age. The interactive white boards are "the latest high-tech device charged with transforming the state's classrooms, along with broadband...

CSC's Yerks Appointed to Head DOD Division

April 19, 2007 Austin Yerks, president of Computer Sciences Corporation's Defense Integrated Solutions and Services division, has been named the president of CSC's new Defense Division. In his new role, "Yerks will provide executive leadership and strategic direction for the company's Department of Defense business," according to a CSC press release. "The division,...

Using Blogs to Create Public Policy

April 19, 2007 A minister in the Australian government has suggested using Web 2.0 applications to help set federal policies, according to an article in the Brisbane Times. Special Minister of State Gary Nairn envisions the Australian government setting up blogs in which citizens and community groups could comment on proposed public policies....

Report Outlines Troubled IT in Wis.

April 18, 2007 Wisconsin's government computer projects are failing because of poor planning, cost overruns, delays and a lack of oversight, a report released by a state representative shows. Sue Jeskewitz, R, Menomonee Falls, who oversaw the Legislative Audit Bureau report, "says we need project managers, for accountability, and the state should think...