Category: Government

Fourth of July is almost here. Bring on the fireworks, the barbeques, and the fun! Before we celebrate though, let’s take a moment to say thanks to all the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom. In honor of our military, let’s take a look at the evolution of technology that has allowed troops to keep in touch with their families back home. My (now) husband was Army Infantry and deployed with one of first units sent to Iraq - back when instant messaging was all the rage. I remember waking up at four o’clock in the morning so I could get …

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The Center for Digital Government has issued a brief detailing the use of cloud-based video collaboration in the public sector.  Many organizations are switching to the cloud not only for the cost savings, but for the realistic and efficient interactions video conferencing provides.  In fact, “about a quarter of government institutions in North America, Europe and Asia are already using the cloud, with another 36 percent investigating its use.” The cloud offers an open a platform in which users can connect anytime, anywhere, with anyone, on any device.  Organizations no longer have to worry about differences in equipment; or the various …

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Even the President is getting into video conferencing. President Obama offered to pass an out-of-work engineer’s resume to industry big wigs after the engineer’s wife confronted the President about unemployment. The job assistance offer came Monday afternoon at a social media conference hosted by YouTube and Google+ — the search engine giant’s answer to Facebook. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-offers-circulate-resume-unemployeed-engineer-google-hangout-article-1.1014377?localLinksEnabled=false  

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The US government is the world’s largest cosumer of information technology. Now the government is taking steps to cut waste and become more effecient. CIO of the United States Vivek Kundra said “An interesting case study is what the Social Security Administration is doing with videoconferencing. People don’t have to drive down to a Social Security office — they’re doing it through videoconferencing. The General Services Administration recently moved to Google Apps, and part of what they’re going to be doing is using the consumer tools to do video online instead of building these massive brick-and-mortar platforms.” http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/13/news/companies/vivek_kundra_leadership.fortune/  

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Court rooms in New York have increased the number of hearings conducted over video conference, and it is predicted that the court room of the future will include use of this technology, according to a recent article in the NY Daily News. The benefits of using video conferencing for hearings include reduced exposure to risk and increased security. When more hearings are conducted over video a reduction in inmate transportation costs can also be expected. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/04/10/2011-04-10_hearings_by_video_surge_in_courts.html

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