Favorite bookmarks of Rising Star winners

Here are some of the sites that our 2009 Rising Star award winners identified as their favorite online destinations

Security news with a dash of attitude
Source: Alma Cole, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The Register, an online technology publication based in London and San Francisco, serves up a steady diet of security news from around the globe, with a focus on the United Kingdom and United States.

The Register’s security home page, a favorite of Rising Star award winner Alma Cole, includes reports on the latest software vulnerabilities, national cybersecurity initiatives and cyber crime news.

The serious nature of the articles is leavened with a touch of snarkiness. An article last week about the Obama administration’s latest loss of a high-level cybersecurity official (Mischel Kwon) was subtitled “Oh the bureaucracy.”

Radiohead meets Jared Diamond
Source: Harold Schliesske, Defense Department

Kottke.org is a virtual tapas buffet where blogger Jason Kottke offers links and pithy observations on a wide variety of topics, from science and technology to sociology and pop culture.

A day after providing a link to a Financial Times interview with scientist and big thinker Jared Diamond, Kottke mourned the possibility that music group Radiohead might not produce any more albums.

One item definitely worth checking out: Kottke links to a New York Times slide show of photos from the 2003 blackout. But other readers might be more interested in a YouTube interview in which Quentin Tarantino talks about his 20 favorite movies.

Taking the pulse of health IT
Source: Steven Posnack, Health and Human Services Department

iHealthBeat.org is part of a new generation of online publications that aggregate news from other Web sites.

The site is produced by the California HealthCare Foundation, which describes itself as an independent philanthropic organization focused on promoting innovation in health care. iHealthBeat focuses on the impact of information technology.

Staff writers also produce some original content. Last week, the site included a feature on how mobile phones are being used to improve health care in developing countries.

Technology news for nerds
Source: John Collier, Ball Aerospace and Technologies

Slashdot.org turns the typical news model on its head. Rather than having an editor or two select the news of the day, Slashdot — tagline: “News for nerds. Stuff that matters.” — is fed by readers, who recommend stories they have come across online and provide a summary (often with commentary) and a link.

The site also enables readers to comment on and rate one another’s recommendations and view the news lineup by most recent or most popular stories.

Slashdot also offers the occasional reader poll. Last week, the editors asked whether the federal government is the most interesting tech start-up of 2009. The question was based on an article on the topic on techdirt.com.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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