It's no easy task for the nation's highest judicial body to make a lasting ruling on something that's, well, not lasting. Where mobile technology is concerned, constant evolution means today's technology is tomorrow's paperweight.
It's not that discussion around mobile innovation in government isn't happening. Mobile in government is generating buzz and, hopefully, action. But it's hard to tell. The problem is that such events aren't as open as they once were.
The First Responder Network Authority has set a slow pace for the rollout of a national public safety broadband network. Two years into its existence and there are still no towers and no transparent business plan. And the latest entity to complain that things are taking longer than expected: The White House.
The Obama administration promised to be the most transparent administration in history, but recent action by the Justice Department to block access to emails sent by an Iowa Sherriff through his county email account – not a federal one – indicate yet another deviation from the transparency mandate touted again and again governmentwide.
As government officials may have varying levels of understanding of new technologies' capabilities and limitations it may become more difficult to know when to step in and when it's best to step back.
Agencies are experimenting with a variety of mobile tools for engaging with the public – mobile applications and mobile-friendly websites are the more popular communication mechanisms as of late. But when it comes to health information, as with the Health and Human Services Department's Text4Baby service, and emergency alerts, short message service text messages are still a tried and true option.
Rather than butting up against technology and security issues, the conversation on BYOD has really stalled in the human resources arena. It's the softer considerations of who pays for what and why that are preventing agencies from taking next steps on BYOD.
But news last week of a new model caught my eye as a possible catalyst to kickstart the BYOD conversation once again.
FirstNet board chairman Bill D'Agostino says he's open to sharing—it is the season for that sort of thing after all. The funny thing is, there was a time not so long ago that first responders were very against sharing.
The Federal Communications Commission Dec. 6 announced it would push its much-anticipated spectrum auction back an entire year. No one has doubted it would be difficult to execute, but the FCC's decision serves as something of an admission of just how many details still need to be hashed out.