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03.09.2012: DorobekINSIDER Issue of the week: Hyperconnectivity and what it means to all of us

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Hey there — I’m Christopher Dorobek — the DorobekINSIDER — welcome to GovLoop Insights Issue of the Week with Chris Dorobek… where each week, our goal is to find an issue — a person — an idea — then helped define the past 7-days… and we work to find an issue that will also will have an impact on the days, weeks and months ahead. And, as always, we focus on six words: helping you do your job better.

This week also closes out the first week that we have done daily shows — yes, GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER comes to you every day now. While your feeding yourself at lunch each day, you can also feed your mind… or you can take us with you whoever you go. And We got to do some fun stuff this week. We spoke to officials at the Santa Cruz Police Department about how they are using all the data that they already have — big data — to actually do their job better. Really amazing stuff. And we got to learn about an international search effort that will go later this month that will test how the power of networks can help you do your job better… and it’s all made possible as a result of a State Department grant. Pretty amazing. And we got to talk to Linda Cureton about leadership… and about the nature of leadership.

But our issue of the week this week is a different take on all that information coming at us… and the impact it has, particularly on the Mellinials — those young people who don’t remember phones with cords — but they also have a ripple effect on all of us. Pew has a new report out this week and we’ll talk to one of the researchers.

Also ahead on the program… We’ll also have your weekend reading list — the weekends are a good time to rejuvenate — but also some time to take a step back and ponder. And we’ll have some reading that may guide you as you work to think outside of the box. And we actually have a video for you that may just remind you why you do what you do each day.

All of that just ahead… after the break…

A slight change in our format now that we get together each days. Typically we would do a round-up of what was news. But we’re tweaking that just a bit. As you know, each day, we look at the stories that impact your world from the past 24 hours. On Friday’s, we’ll try to take a step back and look at the stories from the week that rose to the top. So… your government world… in 120 seconds…

  • And we start with your money, as we do so often. There were fits and starts on getting a transportation authorization bill — Politico’s Morning Transportation notes that the highway and transit policy runs out in 23 days. And they note that while the House will be out of session next week, lawmakers will be working to pull a bill together.
  • The White House it touting its efforts to be more open and transparent. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel tweeted and blogged about the IT Dashboard 2.0. The  IT Dashboard seeks bring openness and transparency to government budgets, programs and thereby bring additional accountability and oversight. The new site is more accessible… and includes more data, including data for fiscal year 2013.
  • The Obama administration also unveiled the new The White House said the site is a centralized database of lobbying reports, ethics records, and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable, and downloadable format.
  • The Defense Department is in some hot water after reports surfaced that the Pentagon had inflated the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s combat capability test. The test was meant to show that the jet can fly as far and take off as quickly as combat commanders say they need it to. But Wired’s Danger Room says, the review council, which includes the vice chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, eased the standard flying profile of the Air Force’s F-35A model — thereby giving it a range boost of 30 miles.  The total cost to buy and fly the full fleet of F-35s over 50 years is estimated at around $1 trillion.
  • The United States took a step backwards in the rankings of an international survey of e-government capability. Federal Computer Week says the U.S. now ranks fifth in the United Nations’ Global E-gov index. Topping off the list was South Korea, followed by the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark and then the United States. The rankings are based on public sector capacity for using government websites and public information tools to serve citizens. Read the full report here.
  • And former Federal CIO Viveck Kundra tells Bloomberg [membership required] that cloud computing will re-create the government IT market. Kundra said that companies that dominate the $80 billion market for federal technology awards face an “epic battle” against cloud-computing rivals offering services at lower costs. The government is able to save money by replacing proprietary networks developed and operated by a few contractors with cloud computing systems that don’t require the government to provide the maintenance, Kundra said.

Ahead, your weekend reading list, which includes the portrait of a hacker…

But our issue of the week is about the hyper-connected world these days. What impact does the FaceMySpaceTwitGoogle+ world have on the young people who are growing up in this hyperconnected world? Teens and young adults have grown up digital — always connected, on 24-seven… they count on the Internet as their external brains. But a new survey of tech experts by the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds that there are some side effects. Many of them are good, but there is concern about a thirst for instant gratification and quick fixes, and a lack the ability to think deeply. Janna Anderson is the director of the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University. She was one of the authors of the report. She told me what you can expect from these hyper-connected millennials.

Pew Internet report:  “Millennials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives” PDF of the full report.

Also… the TED Talks presention: Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now

Weekend reads
And that brings us to your weekend reads… That brings us to your weekend reads — we know weekend time is precious, so we try to pull some stories throughout the week that are worth your time… and may just plant a seed for new ideas…

The New York Times today has the portrait of a hacker… and it profiles Hector Xavier Monsegur, known on the Internet as Sabu. As a federal informant, Monsegur — who is all of 28, helped bring down a group of politically motivated “hacktivists” in Europe and the United States, who were indicted on Tuesday on computer crime charges. The New York Times says Monsegur’s base of operations was an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He attended high school in New York, but left in 2001 without finishing the ninth grade. In recent years, he had been unemployed, the authorities said. They said he was active in computer and hacking circles as far back as the late 1990s.

And we always talk about why government projects fail… Why do companies fail? The Atlantic notes that GM’s stock price has sunk by a third since its IPO. Why is corporate turnaround so difficult and rare? The answer is often culture—the hardest thing of all to change. Yes — culture is an issue in the private sector too.

And finally, if you want to feel better about the work you do — and real insights about how the government space is change — we have the video of a TED conference presentation from Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. And she talks about how government is increasing focused on getting things donelittle bets, if you will. We have the video — well worth a few minutes. And we’re talking to Jennifer next week right here.

That does it for us this week.

Thanks for being here.

We’ll see you on Monday at noon for GovLoop Insight’s DorobekINSIDER.

I’m Christopher Dorobek. Go out and do good work… and we’ll see you online…

Written by cdorobek

March 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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  1. Love this report Chris and the show overall, especially big data!


    March 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

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