Government

Unisys: More than Three-Quarters of U.S. Citizens Accept State and Local Governments Sharing Their Personal Information across Agencies

BLUE BELL, Pa., September 12, 2019 – Most U.S. citizens acknowledge and accept that state and local government agencies share their personal data, even when it comes to personal information such as criminal records and income data, according to a new survey conducted by YouGov and sponsored by Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS). However, the survey found they remain concerned about the security of the data.

New Research Reveals Top Trends in How Governments Modernize Legacy Systems

LONDON – 27th August, 2019 – The Centre for Digital Government (CDG), in conjunction with OutSystems, published a report on legacy systems and IT trends based on a survey of state and local government technology professionals. “Keeping Pace with Modernization in the Age of Rapid Obsolescence” provides key recommendations for how state and local governments can move forward with their modernization efforts.

Digital Government Survey: Increasing the Quality of Citizen User Experience Is App Developer’s Top Goal

LONDON — 2nd April 2019 — OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code rapid application development, today announced the results of a new Digital Government Survey. The research, conducted in partnership with IDG, revealed that the top priority of application developers at state and local government agencies is improving the quality of the citizen experience (46 percent), followed by reducing the cost of service delivery (42 percent).

Other top priorities include improving data security (42 percent), providing better access to data and information (40 percent), and increasing the speed of service delivery (38 percent).

Quoting IT: California Net Neutrality vs the Federal Communications Commission

"An agency that has no power to regulate has no power to preempt the states, according to case law. When the FCC repealed the 2015 Open Internet Order, it said it had no power to regulate broadband internet access providers. That means the FCC cannot prevent the states from adopting net neutrality protections because the FCC’s repeal order removed its authority to adopt such protections."

- Barbara van Schewick, Stanford Law professor, Quoted by Karl Bode , Why feds can’t block California’s net neutrality billThe Verge, Oct 2, 2018.

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Divided we fall

Social media is the perfect platform for turning important discussions into shallow memes. A place where we all live in echo chambers, the cliquiest of all cliques.

In November 2017 Sean Parker, co-founder of Facebook, admitted:

...we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while. It's a social-validation feedback loop...exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology

Quoting IT: Government Should Report Not Exploit Software Vulnerabilities socPub Mon, 05/15/2017 - 17:27

"The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world. We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits."

- Brad Smith, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer, The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack, The Official Microsoft Blog, May 14, 2017.

Government Joins The Finance Sector At The Top Of The Cyber Attack List

London, UK – 8 May 2017 – New research reveals that cyberattacks on the government sector doubled in 2016, hiking to 14% from 7% of all cyber security attacks in 2015. Attacks on the finance sector also rose dramatically from just 3% in 2015 to 14% of all attacks in 2016. 

The manufacturing sector came in at third place at 13%, while the retail sector, which topped the list of all cybersecurity attacks on all sectors in 2015 moved down into fourth place (11%).

96% of Public Sector Office 365 Deployments have no backup solution in place Real Wire Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:57

While most Councils and Government Departments have stringent backup procedures in place, the majority (96%) have no method or procedure to backup their Microsoft Office 365 Deployment, according to a recent FOI request from Cloud to Cloud Backup specialists UK Backup.

Freedom of Information Requests were sent to all of the listed Public Sector users of Microsoft Office 365; with a high proportion of responses. Managing Director of UK Backup, James Chillman, says that a frightening 96% have no procedure in place for protecting their email environment.

UK Local Authority websites struggle to hit plain English guidelines

In its largest ever Local Government study, VisibleThread identified that 82% of Local Governments websites do not meet target readability standards

Cambridge UK, Monday 5th September 2016. VisibleThread, a global leader in content quality management, has released an updated readability report which covers 191 Local Government websites.

UK Government’s Digital Service published its Writing for GOV.UK guide in 2014. In it, there are comprehensive guidelines to help writers, clearly stating that:

Watching the Watchers: Using Big Data to Track the Government

In today’s digital world, many people have become more worried about the possibility of having government agencies track them. Considering the controversy surrounding the leak of NSA programs that target U.S. citizens, these worries are not without reason. With the explosion of big data technologies, it has become easier than ever for governments to keep track of what their citizens are doing. It’s all in the effort of protection, at least in most circumstances, but it does have the feeling of violating personal privacy.