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India Prime Minister has Big Plans for Nationwide Digital Programs

July 7, 2015 Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of Digital India Week, a new effort to transform the country into a prominent hub of e-government services and digital innovation. The nationwide event is meant to serve as a launchpad for a program first introduced last August designed to...

DHS Launches Federal Government's First FOIA App

July 7, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security has released a new mobile app to make it easier for the public to submit Freedom of Information Act requests regarding DHS documents. DHS' new app, called eFOIA, allows users to submit and check the status of their FOIA requests from their mobile devices. Users...

Why Americans Don’t Trust the Government to Safeguard Their Data

July 2, 2015 Nearly 40 percent of people polled in a recent survey don’t think their personal information is safe in the hands of the federal government. And that was before the massive breach of millions of federal employee records at the Office of Personnel Management -- one of the largest government data...

How Do We Stop Artificial Intelligence from Overpowering Humans?

July 1, 2015 OK, maybe it is time to start worrying about robots taking over the world. Artificial intelligence could pose a serious threat to the human race, but only if we allow that to actually happen, according to Stuart Russell, electrical engineering and computer sciences professor at UC Berkeley. "At the moment,...

State Department Posts Back Online after Tech Glitch Snarls Visas

July 1, 2015 The State Department’s visa-issuing embassies and consulates are back online after a hardware bug corrupted the agency’s database used for processing biometric information and halted its ability to issue most types of visas. The news came about three weeks after the problem was discovered. But some challenges associated with State’s...

This NASA Software Aims to Make the Skies a Little Bit More Organized

June 30, 2015 NASA may be best known for space exploration endeavors but here on Earth, it works with other agencies to design technology for craft flying slightly closer to the ground. The space agency has developed a software tool for the Federal Aviation Administration so its air traffic controllers can coordinate aircraft...

Australia Ramps Up Digital Services With Own 18F-Inspired Office

June 30, 2015 On Wednesday, the Digital Transformation Office will start making public services accessible and comprehensive by making them digital from start to finish as the newly christened office for the Australian government. If the effort sounds familiar, it should. More than a year ago, the U.S. launched its own federal digital...

E-Government Successes: In Singapore, It Takes Just Minutes to File Your Taxes

June 26, 2015 Singapore might be a small island country in Southeast Asia, but it has recently had big wins with its e-government programs. Its recipe for success? Creating services based on the actual needs of the citizens, rather than the needs it assumes they have, said Singapore Chief Information Officer Chan Cheow...

State Department Visa System on the Mend After 2-Week Glitch

June 24, 2015 The State Department’s database responsible for processing biometric information has been rebuilt after a hardware bug brought it down for about two weeks and brought the issuing of most visas across the globe screeching to a halt. The department is now starting to issue visas again, according to a press...

Park Service Employees Get New Mapping Tools

June 23, 2015 In the coming weeks, the National Park Service plans to release a digital map-editing tool so easy to use it could turn the service’s 20,000 park rangers and other employees into amateur cartographers. Maintaining comprehensive and up-to-date digital maps of the hundreds of “special features” the Park Service manages across...