I blogged earlier about the FCC coming out strongly in support of net neutrality for the wired and wireless internet. According to a report, Google, Ebay, Skype, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, IAC, Sony Electronics, Digg, Flickr, LinkedIn, Craigslist, the founder of Youtube and others have written a letter of support for net neutrality to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
There have been some amazing changes at the FCC. First of all there is the new broadband.gov, the new fcc ideascale broadband site, where you can suggest and vote on what you think is important for the FCC to look at, and the new FCC blog. Secondly the new FCC chairman is intensely interested in broadband as a vehicle for innovation and has released a video on Youtube on his view of the importance of broadband.
Yesterday on the FCC blog Julius Genachowski has identified what he sees as a serious threat to an open internet which he sees as a threat to the internet as a major driver for innovation. To address this problem, he has proposed that the FCC adopt two new rules in addition to four pre-existing rules.
The first is net neutrality, which says that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications. The second says broadband providers must be transparent about their network management practices. In addition he has proposed that the FCC formally enshrine four pre-existing agency policies that say network operators cannot prevent users from accessing the lawful Internet content, applications, and services of their choice, nor can they prohibit users from attaching non-harmful devices to the network.
The FCC has also created a new internet site, in beta, for an open interent called OpenInternet.gov, which is designed to allow you to join the discussion about a free and open Internet.
Continuing his use of Web 2.0 technologies, the FY2010 budget explicitly refers to Web 2.0 technologies such as syndicated web feeds, video-sharing, podcasts, social networking and bookmarking, widgets, virtual worlds, and micro-blogs to increase transparency and citizen participation. These technologoies wil enable individuals to collaborate on web content and to create, organize, edit or comment, combine, and share information.
The President's FY2010 budget plans extend the administration's focus on Web 2.0 to cloud computing, by which is meant an "on-demand model for network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction."
Cloud computing is expected to help in sharing data and applications to improve innovation, efficiency, and effectiveness in Federal IT. The objective is to define departmental and agency architectures to enable enterprise-wide common services and solutions to eliminate duplicate operations at the agency level.
There are some who believe that the FY2010 IT plans are going to make it possible for smaller, more agile firms to win a bigger slice of the Federal IT pie as opposed to the IBMs, HPs, EMCs, and other large firms who have won a lion's share of this work in the past.
Every year Fastcompany chooses 50 companies that
they consider to have been the most innovative over the past year. This year as number one they chose Team Obama that "took a skinny kid with a funny name and turned him into the most powerful new national brand in a generation." Barack Obama's presidential campaign used a lot of web technology to connect with more voters than ever in history. It has really shown the power of web technology to convey information, raise funds, and encourage participation. The Obama on-line "community raised more money, held more events, made more phone calls, shared more videos, and offered more policy suggestions than any in history." And it seems to be continuing to encourage participation and accountability, see recovery.gov as an example.
One of the most interesting presentations at the National Guard's JIMC conference in San Diego was the California State CIO Teri Takai's
keynote on the challenges facing the state government's IT folks. In 2006 Governor Schwarzenegger decided that the state needed a cabinet level CIO position to oversea the state's 10 000 IT employees, $3 billion annual IT budget, and 130 departmental CIO's and Teri Takai, who was then State CIO of the State of Michigan, was brought on board.
Top Technology Challenges
The top technology challenges for the state government in California are driven by a few key principles, consolidation (turf battles are no longer cool), focus on the customer (helps get around turf battles), and collaboration (no longer a luxury).
Among the top technology challenges for the State of California is geospatial technology.
Governor Schwarzenegger's Geospatial Strategy in California
In May, 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger called for the creation of a task force to develop a statewide strategy to enhance geospatial technology for
natural resource management,
emergency preparedness and response,
land use planning and
health and human services.
and tasked the State CIO for a strategy and plan to accomplish this. To get the ball rolling, in June 2008 Teri Takai sponsored the More than a Map geospatial forum which was held in Sacramento, and where I had the opportunity to present. The next step that Teri Takai announced at the JIMC conference was that within the next few months the State of California will be announcing its first Geospatial Information Officer (GIO).
For all of you who are interested in running AutoCAD Map3D on Citrix, there will be a live webinar June 25, 2008 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET. This webinar is specifically targeted on utility and telecommunication organizations. The background for the webinar is that Citrix and Autodesk have recently partnered to provide secure on-demand access to AutoCAD Map 3D through Citrix XenApp™ which provides a way to significantly reduce IT hardware costs when deploying AutoCAD Map3D to a large number if users.
According to InformationWeek , Gartner in a new research report warns open source software makers that Microsoft's
pledge to open up its documentation library to third parties carries
legal risks for developers.