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Know your audience

There are six types of users who visit government Web sites, and a comprehensive open-government strategy must address each of them.

Opening new doors

Benefits of information sharing outweigh vulnerabilities

The Markle Foundation’s Task Force on National Security in the Information Age has written “Nation At Risk: Policy-Makers Need Better Information to Protect the Country,” which focuses on five simple recommendations that center on leadership to change bureaucracy, enforce already existing rules and seize the moment to make change happen.

The limits of a cyber czar

The cybersecurity coordinator needs support from the White House to to the job effectively.

Polishing the keys to open government

Effective methods of online participation will come from a painstaking trial-and-error process that requires patience from Americans and their government.

In-house expertise

Veteran journalist John Stein Monroe is taking on a new role at FCW as the social-media evangelist.

Kelman: Challenges to conventional thinking can prompt novel ideas

Iconoclasts spur innovation because they do not settle for familiar ideas or solutions.

Lisagor: Hybrid networks promise better performance

One predicted trend for the next year is the rise of hybrid topologies/infrastructures, in which an agency might have a combination of internal servers for the more meat-and-potato functions, coupled with an external system such as Amazon’s S3 to “cloud burst,” or take up the slack, for files that are really popular.

Serrao: Web 2.0 works better for connecting people than assessing threats

Are new social-networking tools suitable for law enforcement?

The first adopter

If nothing else, Barack Obama might well go down in history as the nation’s first information technology president. That’s the one thing we can say about his still-young administration.

Welles: New book provides fresh take on many familiar business ideas

You are bound to find some truths that work for you in a new book, "Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self," by Alan Webber. Webber gives all of them a new context that keeps them current.

Obama launches new era in government technology

It's too early to judge accomplishment of the young Obama administration, but look at the daily dialogue and the high priority given to IT issues to find cause for both opportunity and challenge. Everyone is talking about cloud computing, visualization, mashups, social networking and virtualization of everything from servers to training programs and running government operations in the virtual world of Second Life.