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Patriotic Love

July 23, 2010 The Defense Department is warning "patriotic women" to be aware of individuals posing as members of the military on dating sites who are running scams. In a press release issued on Thursday, the department related a story of a woman named Shelley who "was thrilled to meet a handsome Marine...

Census Fears Spill Over the Border

July 22, 2010 What can only be characterized as a bit of a surprise, Canada, the land of good government, is having its own debate over the nation's next census, scheduled for 2011. The debate is over the "intrusive" questions on the long form, which 20 percent of Canadians receive and are required...

Assange No-Show at Hacker Conference

July 22, 2010 The following post was written by Dawn Lim, former Nextgov intern. Jacob Appelbaum Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was a no-show at the annual New York City hacker conference HOPE, after five Homeland Security agents turned up the day before he scheduled to speak. After an army intelligence analyst blew the...

Real Social Networking?

July 22, 2010 Agencies have been pretty much experimenting with social media for the past two years, writing blogs (that are mostly routine), Tweeting (mostly press releases) and conducting an occasional town hall meeting (that is typically very orderly). It's understandable that many of the attempts have been carefully orchestrated offerings, given the...

Where to Set a 'Meaningful' Bar?

July 20, 2010 Although it may have been motivated mostly by politics, some Republican lawmakers on Tuesday raised what is a basic question when creating a new policy: How tough do you make requirements to get federal funding? How high should the bar be set? That was part of the discussion at Tuesday's...

Have Gun, Will Cut in Line

July 20, 2010 The following item was written by Jill R. Aitoro. You think metal detectors, you think enhanced security. If someone's got a gun, it will set off the alarm and he or she won't be able to enter. Not in Texas. According to an AP story posted by countless media outlets,...

Can You Please Repeat That?

July 20, 2010 It's likely you've been on the phone when the voice recognition program just doesn't understand a single word you are saying. Maybe you're Scottish. (This is a piece from the BBC Scotland comedy sketch show Burnistoun.) Hat tip: Singularity Weblog

Government's Big Recruiting Problem

July 19, 2010 I met last week with about 25 students from Cornell University who took part in the school's annual Summer in Washington program. Part of the work is to meet in a class setting every week to discuss the impact of the Internet on politics, business and the arts. Many work...

Password Practices

July 16, 2010 Cybersecurity in government has been a punching bag for years. Most experts agree it's pretty bad -- scary bad. But when it comes to passwords, federal managers are more careful than their private sector counterparts. In a recent cybersecurity survey conducted by the Government Business Council, a Nextgov sister organization...

TSA Blogger Brings Message to Defense

July 16, 2010 A prolific -- and popular -- blogger at the Transportation Security Administration is also now spreading his insight to the Defense community. Bob Burns, a.k.a. Blogger Bob, wrote his first post for the Armed With Science Blog, which appears on the DoD Live website. Blogger Bob launched his gig as...