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Big data policy preview reveals equity concerns

“We need to pay careful attention to what unexpected outcomes the use of big data might lead to, and how to remedy any unintended discrimination or inequality that may result," according to presidential advisor John Podesta, who is heading up a White House policy review.

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Improved Pentagon acquisition requires tolerance of risk

Overhauling the defense acquisition process is a national security imperative in tight budget times, argues a consultant and former Marine major general.

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Does anyone want to be a CIO?

Alan Balutis argues that focusing too much on "commodity IT" is an abdication of the CIO's mission.

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Industry, agencies talk small business obstacles

Programs aimed at cutting through the weeds of the procurement process can help, but many small vendors feel other federal efforts are stacked against them.

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NSA document details foreign intel databases

The intelligence agency delves into some details about how it collects, stores and accesses data but leaves many key questions unanswered.

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Two IRS IT projects on hold

A GAO report on the tax agency's budget says a pair of tech programs have fallen victim to spending cuts.

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Does the big data era demand new rules of the road?

The gray area for those developing guidelines lies in the purpose behind a data collection, and the issue of subsequent, unforeseen use.

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Increased trust boosts Pentagon-industry info sharing

In the seven years since the creation of the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Information Assurance program, contractors have become less skittish about what sharing can do to their bottom lines, a Pentagon official says.

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Guarding against Heartbleed not so simple

As DHS discusses the ongoing assessment, cybersecurity experts warn that "you never know when you're done."

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Clapper: GEOINT is on the rise

The transparent nature of geospatial intelligence brings added value in the post-Snowden era, the director of national intelligence says.

Feds warn HealthCare.gov users about Heartbleed

HHS officials reset 8 million user accounts as a precaution, though they said they have found no indication that personal information has been targeted.

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Americans wary of domestic drones, wearable computers

A new Pew survey found overall optimism but strong concerns about the effect of specific technologies.