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Strategic Plan Sets Federal Information Sharing Goals

On January 9, the Information Sharing Environment program office released the Strategic Implementation Plan. The plan details how agencies are meeting 16 objectives in the president’s National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding through fiscal 2018.

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Coming to an Office Near You

Innovation, the elixir of progress, has always cost people their jobs. In the Industrial Revolution artisan weavers were swept aside by the mechanical loom.

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Blue Button Hack-a-thon: Help Unleash Your Data

Every year, I take my car to a mechanic for an annual inspection. After my car gets checked out, I receive a vehicle inspection report, which lets me know my eight-year-old Civic will still keep on ticking for another year, and provides some insight to the tune-ups I probably need to get done.

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How the United States Is Reinventing Itself Yet Again

We have moved from the Great Recession to the Great Malaise. Despite massive government stimulus, the world’s largest and most advanced economy continues to limp sideways. 

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Blue Button

A year ago we wrote about advancements to date and potential future challenges to the continued growth of mobile health in the United States. As a tool to impact behavior change and to support positive health activities, mHealth had a good year in 2013.

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Anxious Youth, Then and Now

For years now, we’ve heard the gripes by and about millennials, the offspring of the Great Recession, caught between childhood and adulthood. 

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Power in 2030: The Roads We May Take

There is no question that we are at a turning point in world energy. But then we are often at a turning point. Just as everybody gets comfortable with what they expect to happen, a big change comes along that undercuts existing assumptions.

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Gross Domestic Freebie

Twitter’s recent I.P.O. bonanza gave us all some striking numbers to consider. There’s the company’s valuation: an astounding twenty-four billion dollars. 

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Are You Competent? Prove It.

IN 1893, Charles Eliot, president of Harvard, introduced to the National Education Association a novel concept: the credit hour. 

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Can the Internet of Everything Bring Back the High-Growth Economy?

The United States and the other major advanced economies are currently stuck in a seemingly endless twilight of slow growth. The numbers are ugly: The April 2013 forecast from the International Monetary Fund predicts that economic growth in Europe will average only 1.7% over the next five years. 

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Remarks by the President in a Press Conference

President Obama addresses the need to strike the right balance between protecting the country’s security and preserving its freedoms.

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The Great Stagnation of American Education

For most of American history, parents could expect that their children would, on average, be much better educated than they were. But that is no longer true.

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Apple’s Tim Cook, Tech Executives Meet with Barack Obama to Talk Surveillance

President Barack Obama hosted Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Google computer scientist Vint Cerf and other tech executives and civil liberties leaders on Thursday for a closed-door meeting about government surveillance.

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The Robot Will See You Now

BM’s Watson-the same machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy-is now churning through case histories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so many other industries.

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Commentary: US Kids Need Computer Science Education

Estonia is a small country in the Baltic region with a population of 1.3 million. It’s probably best known in the tech world as the home of the engineers that developed Skype, but it’s soon to be known for far more than that.

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Airbnb and the Unstoppable Rise of the Share Economy

On paper, Frederic Larson is just one data point in five years of U.S. government statistics showing underemployment in dozens of industries and stagnant income growth across the board.

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Millennials Say Innovation Holds Key to Business Success

The next generation of leaders believes the ability of workers to come up with cutting-edge ideas is essential for future businessgrowth, new research finds.

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The Insourcing Boom

After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home. It is not alone. An exploration of the startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States.

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There Is No ‘Structural’ Unemployment Problem

A look at the skills-jobs mismatch finds no evidence that changes in the economy explain high joblessness. The problem is slow growth.

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Open Education for a Global Economy

This is good news for everyone, but it is particularly good for the vast number of people around the world whose job prospects are constrained by their skill levels and who lack the resources to upgrade them through conventional training.

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The Hollowing Out

It has become a campaign ritual. Immediately after the release of unemployment figures on the first Friday of every month, Democratic and Republican spin shifts into high gear.

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A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet

Parlez-vous Python? What about Rails or JavaScript? Foreign languages tend to wax and wane in popularity, but the language du jour is computer code.

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The Global Innovation Revolution

As countries around the world struggle to lay the foundations for stronger sustainable growth in the future, they would do well to focus on policies that encourage innovation.

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Study: Cloud Will Create 14 Million Jobs by 2014

Implementation of cloud services will create 14 million jobs internationally by 2014, with the greatest increases occurring in emerging markets, which are not constrained in deploying cloud systems by legacy infrastructure, according to a new study from Microsoft and IDC.

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US Should Focus on Business Services, Not Manufacturing

As President Obama tirelessly points out, the U.S. manufacturing sector is experiencing a long-sought rebound – adding about 400,000 jobs over the past two years. This is welcome news, and it is justifiably generating headlines.

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Innovation for the People, by the People

A good government implies two things

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Capitalism for the Masses

When Arthur Brooks was 24, he was playing the French horn in a chamber music concert in Dijon, France. He noticed a beautiful woman smiling at him from the front row, so, after the recital, he made a beeline for her and introduced himself.

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Freelancers in the Gig Economy Find a Mix of Freedom and Uncertainty

Josh Springer huddled over two computer screens, immersed in the final hours of a website redesign, shifting images and text from one server to another and smoothing out online hiccups.

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The Myth of American Productivity

Politicians say we have the most productive workers in the world. They don’t know what they’re talking about.

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The Innovation Nation vs. the Warfare-Welfare State

This is our national identity crisis in a nutshell: Do we want government spending half its money on redistribution and military, or re-dedicating itself to science, infrastructure, and health research?

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The Generation Gap on Government: Why and How the Millennial Generation Is the Most Pro-Government Generation and What This Means for Our Future

Young Americans today across the ideological spectrum share a far more favorable view of the federal government than do their elders.