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DorobekInsider: Clearing the desk – and stories mentioned on the Daily Debrief

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Cleaning off the desk and some of the stories mentioned on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris:

* National Journal’s Tech Daily Dose: Former TV newsman to join the intel’s ‘analytic transformation’

John Miller, a broadcast journalist who parlayed his expertise on terrorism into a career with local law enforcement and later the FBI, plans to leave the bureau to help lead reform efforts for the intelligence community. According to sources familiar with Miller’s plans, he would move to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he’d head up a team devoted to “analytic transformation.”

* CNet’s Technically Incorrect blog: Why Twitter isn’t pointless babble

Have you ever sat in a bar or a coffee shop, just watching what people do, examining the expressions on their faces, or just desperately trying to overhear the endearing nonsense that emerges from their mouths?

That’s how I think of Twitter.

Read CNet’s previous coverage of the Twitter “babble” report… and read Pear Analytics post on their Twitter report… or download the PDF of the report itself.

* Navy CIO Robert Carey is speaking at Input tomorrow morning. Find details here… Hear Carey from my Daily Debrief birthday show last weekhear that conversation here.

* Happy birthday to Scott Burns, CEO and co-founder of GovDelivery, which focuses on helping agencies reach out to the public. [Read Burns’ blog here… and follow him on Twitter at Federal News Radio featured Burns as part of Federal News Radio’s Meet the Innovator series. Hear that conversation here… and find all of the Meet the Innovator conversations here.] Burns shares his birthday with Coco Chanel, creator of the “little black dress”, the late great Frank McCourt. Other people born on this date: former President Bill Clinton and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry — live long and prosper.

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August 19, 2009 at 2:48 PM

DorobekInsider: The FCC joins the blogsphere — and Twitter

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The Federal Communications Commission, now under the leadership of one of the people I simply can’t wait to meet, Julius Genachowski, has launched a blog — and a Twitter feed.

The blog, call Blogband and it will likely focus on the Obama administration’s broadband initiative to get broadband service out to more of the country. The broadband plan is part of the stimulus package and, of course, is being led by the FCC.

It is the start of a welcome change for FCC, which has had an incredibly cumbersome Web sites. I haven’t visited recently, but… years ago, when I was looking for information about the Sirius-XM merger, I went to the FCC Web site and it was almost impossible to find what I was looking for, and then each submission from each person was a separatePDF file, which made reading them all clunky at best. So I look forward to seeing how the broadband discussion evolves.

I don’t often post full text of posts because… well, that’s not the Internet way — reference and link. If people do the work, they deserve the traffic. That being said, Genachowski’s introductory post isn’t that long…:

The National Broadband Plan is one of the most important initiatives that the FCC has ever undertaken. To foster public dialogue about the National Broadband Plan, we’re tapping the power of the Internet to launch a new FCC blog, calledBlogband . What better time to start blogging than now? With just 183 days before our deadline to send the National Broadband Plan to Congress, we need as many people involved as possible.

Like our unprecedented two-dozen public workshops and the upcoming fall public hearings, Blogband is part of the FCC’s commitment to an open and participatory process. Blogband will keep people up-to-date about the work the FCC is doing and the progress we’re making. But we want it to be a two-way conversation. The feedback, ideas, and discussions generated on this blog will be critical in developing the best possible National Broadband Plan.

As this blog demonstrates, the Internet is changing and expanding the way Americans communicate, providing them with unparalleled access to information. Our goal is to create a National Broadband Plan that charts a path toward bringing the benefits of robust broadband to all Americans. So visitBlogband often to keep up with the latest news and – more importantly – get involved.

Read the FCC Blogband blog at

And you can follow the FCC on Twitter at

And, of course, a hat tip to National Journal’s Tech Daily Dose blog.

Written by cdorobek

August 19, 2009 at 9:28 AM