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I was recently at a function and talking with a motley group – a mid-60’s river cruise salesman, a mid-life graduate student in public policy, a young urban community organizer, and a logistic analyst in manufacturing. When asked about my work, I said I am developing a research program on Smart Cities.


Personal laptops, tablet PCs, or smart phones are showing up in ever increasing numbers. Although many public sector organizations still officially ban the use of personal devices to conduct official business, since many workplace devices are now only being replaced every six or seven years, it seems to make sense for staff to use the more up to date personal equipment they own, and are familiar with.

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Fed IT Spending To Drop Slightly - FY 2013 Budget

By Shawn P. McCarthy – 1 Comment

Federal Spending on Information Technology will flatline for Fiscal Year 2013, with total spending dropping about 0.7% for the coming fiscal year. The IT budget was announced as part of President Obama's overall spending plan - released along with the full federal FY 2013 budget this morning. IT spending alone is targeted at $78.9 billion for FY 2013. That's roughly $586 million less what was budgetd for FY 2012.

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Man in the Middle Attacks: The Social Media Version

By Shawn P. McCarthy

Since this is a presidential election year, it may be more important than ever to understand so-called “man-in-the middle” attacks on information systems –  including how such attacks can be used to manipulate information quality. As the use of social media grows, it’s particularly important to understand how MITM manipulation threatens to undermine the way online information is consumed, comprehended and acted upon.

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We are all familiar with OMB's "shared first" strategy, and there are many government initiatives underway where agencies are building on one another's implementation activities. The FOIA shared services approach led by EPA, Department of Commerce, and NARA leverages technology to inform citizens about their government, supports a transition from paper to electronic records, and assists government in moving to the Smart Government stage.  These agencies are building a multi-agency portal that includes

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Smart Government: Intelligent or Painful?

By Thom Rubel

Government vendors are promoting "smart" and government audiences are receiving the message with mixed feelings.  Is smart a function of government?  Can government be smart?  If so, what's so smart about it?  Google "smart" and see what you get.  It's very telling.  After you get by all the branding, you'll find it defined when used as an adverb as "having or showing a quick-witted intelligence."  Conversely, when used as a noun it can mean "cause a sharp, sting

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Smart: Coming to a city near you!

By Ruthbea Yesner Clarke – 4 Comments

 I’m now in my fourth week as the research director for IDC Government Insights’ new Smart City Strategies program.  The time has gone by quickly and I’ve already been a part of several interesting conversations with vendors and government leaders.  There is clearly momentum at the local level for research and implementation of Smart City solutions (especially in the areas of public safety, transportation and energy), but there are many definitions about what it means to be

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