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Remember Data.gov? The President does, and he has issued an executive order that should give the information portal a shot in the arm. Starting this week, new and modernized Government information systems should use open and machine readable formats by default, adhering to the guidelines of a new Open Data Policy. The policy requires agencies to use open, machine readable formats that are non-proprietary, publicly available and unrestricted, and aims to put useful data in the hands of US companies while increasing privacy and security.
According to the White House blog, this means new data will be served in CSV, XML, JSON and other machine readable formats, and will even be accessible via API in some situations. The White House hopes the new policy will help foster innovation. “There are private companies using open data to fight credit card fraud; consumers using open data to save on their energy bills; families leveraging open data to compare health care options; and a host of new apps and tools in areas ranging from public safety, to financial planning, to education, and more,” the blog explains. “We are very excited about the path ahead and can’t wait to see what new ideas and yet to be imagined innovations can be unlocked by increased access to open data.” Head past the break to read the executive order for yourself, and check out the source PDF for a peek at the new Open Data Policy.
President Obama came into office 2009 with a promise to make his administration the most “open” in history in terms of revealing information to the public about the inner-workings of government, a claim that has been challenged vociferously. But to further advance his open government ambitions, the President today issued an executive order requiring all major federal agencies under the executive branch to make their data “easy to find, accessible, and usable,” with an important caveat: ” wherever possible and legally permissible.” The White House also released a new set of open source software tools on Github that federal agencies can use to get more of their data out onto the web in software developer and user-friendly formats,…
As Julius Genachowski winds down his five-year term as Chairman of the FCC, rumors of his successor are in full swing. Now, Engadget has confirmed with a White House official that President Obama will nominate industry veteran, Tom Wheeler, for the position, in an announcement that will come tomorrow. According to Wheeler’s profile on his personal blog, he currently identifies himself as a venture capitalist and sits on the boards of Roundbox, UpdateLogic, Twisted Pair Solutions, EarthLink and TNS. Wheeler’s history in the cable and wireless industry spans decades. He served as president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984, and later took the helm of the CTIA as its president and CEO from 1992 until 2003. According to Politico, Wheeler shares close ties with the Obama administration, and is said to have raised hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars for the President’s two bids at the White House. Pending confirmation, Mignon Clyburn, will serve as interim chairman until a new leader is appointed.
Exactly how do you get people to care about the most recent abstract pricing crisis? You rile up two of the most active sci-fi follower bases by getting their terminology puzzled. Conversation of the Sequester briefly slugged to a stop today when Obama made an off-the-cuff reference to a “Jedi mind meld,” conflating Star Trek and Star Wars in a verbal stumble. “This has been some of the traditional wisdom that’s floating around … A lot of individuals agree I exist a fair offer” to Republicans, Obama stated. “The truth that they do not take it suggests that I need to somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these people and convince them to do exactly what’s right.”
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Warren Buffett getting HJ Heinz Co. Billionaire Warren Buffett is dipping into the ketchup company as part of a. 3 billion bargain to purchase HJ Heinz Co., uniting a legend of American investing with a pillar of supermarket racks. Heinz CEO William Johnson said at a news conference that taking the company exclusive would offer Heinz the flexibility to make choices more quickly, without the concern of having to report quarterly earnings. Heinz expects emerging markets to account for a quarter of the business’s sales this year. Heinz’s brand names have power with shoppers that takes years to create, and it has actually been able to raise costs even in the extremely competitive grocery business, stated Brian Sozzi, chief equities expert for NBG Productions. Berkshire has actually likewise helped finance offers prior to – most recently throughout the monetary crisis of 2008, when he made profitable bargains for Berkshire when couple of various other companies had cash. www.sfgate.com Buffet Discusses Heinz Bargain Buffett said 3G will supervise operations at Heinz, applauding the Brazilian financial investment business’s record with Hamburger King, which it purchased in 2010 then took public last year. The Heinz bargain is the biggest ever before in the food sector, where Buffett has actually previously grabbed See’s Candies and Milk Queen ice cream stores. Heads up Xoom, a San Francisco online money-transfer service, begins trading as a public business Friday on the Nasdaq Stock exchange. www.sfgate.com Corporate Profits May Be Hurt By Minimum Wage Trip, Obama Says …
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After hackers attack major U.S. media companies, the administration gets tough.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced steps taken Tuesday to step up the nation’s response to emerging cyber-threats.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order hours before delivering his fourth State of the Union to Congress to strengthen cooperation between government agencies and the private sector to identify and respond to threats — including hacking — by sharing classified and unclassified information.
The order also calls for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a “technology neutral” framework for protecting critical infrastructure.
The administration also issued a Presidential Policy Directive to streamline government efforts to protect physical and cyber infrastructure, including updating the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and completing a “national critical infrastructure security and resilience research and development plan within 2 years.”
“Critical infrastructure must be secure and able to withstand and rapidly recover from all hazards. Achieving this will require integration with the national preparedness system across prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery,” the directive says.
The measures come weeks after revelations that major media companies and government agencies have come under hacking attacks. Neither the executive order nor the directive mentions any alleged perpetrators of large-scale cybercrimes— most often linked to China, and sometimes traced to elements of its government or military.
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Bloomberg is reporting that the White House plans to introduce an executive order on cybersecurity sometime after next week’s State of the Union address. The order, which has been in the works for months at this point, would arrive after several high-profile attacks have highlighted the threat posed by online attacks. Just last week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times revealed they’d been the victims of attacks — thought to have originated in China — while Twitter announced it could have had as many as 250,000 user accounts compromised.
According to the report, the order will set up a set of voluntary cybersecurity standards that companies operating important US infrastructure will be able to participate in. Federal…
Social network was an important aspect of Head of state Barack Obama’s re-election project this previous year, and it was driven in several cases by some incredibly popular pictures. Now the White House has posted a photo album of a few of the most unforgettable images taken of the Head of state in 2012. Highlighting magnificent work from the similarity White Residence photographer Pete Souza, the collection is not just a look at the greatest office in the land– it’s a testament to the stirring power of extraordinary photography also. We’ve included some standouts below, but be sure to look at the entire gallery for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
“Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows — only hard and with luminous edges — and you will then have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen.”
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President Obama is no stranger to Reddit — he hosted a brief “ask me anything” session back in August. Now, with just over two hours left until the polls close on the east coast, the president has jumped back on Reddit and posted a message urging users to get out there and vote, “whatever your political persuasion.” For those that already voted, President Obama requested that users spread the word to friends and family — “think of it as upvoting,” the president said. While it’s highly likely that the president simply had one of his campaign staff type out the brief message, it’s good to see he hasn’t forgotten the denizens of the internet as his campaigning wraps up.
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