The proliferation of smartphones and tablets among, not just the press but all attendees at the games mean the committee's monopoly on Olympic content--video, images and event results--is significantly weakened.
Testing the mobile app code of conduct is a step in the right direction. The code is still more or less theoretical. It was developed by lawyer types working on behalf of consumer groups and technology firms--not by actual developers.
As previously noted, the recent government shut down had me worried that Federal Communication Commission priorities could be in jeopardy. Ninety-eight percent of its workers were furloughed, it was waiting on a chairman and many of it's timeline-sensitive programs appeared doomed to slip.
Yes, some plans have hit a bit of a speed bump, but it doesn't appear an insurmountable one.
Public interest in BlackBerry devices isn't just waning on the part of the public…it's waning at Research in Motion as well, as evidenced by the fact that its biggest announcements of late have been around BlackBerry services not hardware.
Whether or not the allegations are true, the FirstNet board must respond to conflict of interest concerns if it wants the nationwide first responder broadband network to move forward in an orderly and ethical fashion.
As the federal government shut down marches through day nine, it's no longer a question of "will the shutdown have an impact on agencies" but what that impact will be--and how to mitigate potential problems stemming from closures.
The Federal Communications Commission is among the agencies hit hard by the shutdown.
Deciding where to focus funding and energy can be a tough call. A new Pew Internet and American Life report finds location sharing for "check ins" saw a significant decline. Today, 8 percent of cell owners report checking in, but in February 2012 11 percent said they did so. That's a big drop in not a lot of time. Foursquare, a popular location-based tool, has been a focus of agencies before.
As agencies plot their public-facing mobile strategy they have an important decision to make: Develop a native app related their mission or pursue responsive web design to enhance mobile browsing. A new study could make proponents of native apps think twice and reconsider the mobile web.
At this point most of us are nearly numb to the constant stream of news about privacy violations committed by National Security Agency surveillance programs. Still, one revelation this week was especially troubling.
The National Security Agency can access user data on iPhones, Android devices and BlackBerrys, according to top secret NSA documents viewed by a German news outlet. The agency can access contact lists, text messages, notes and location data.
It's a good time of year to review lessons learned and the potential impacts of natural disasters on communications. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security's recently-released annual report on electronic communications sector incidents couldn't be more timely.