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according to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, the public sector is once again the industry most affected by cyber attacks, with more than 50,000 security incidents in 2014 and more than 300 cases of confirmed data losses.  Join me and the PSTE on February for our panel of government, higher education, and industry discussing "Hacker and the Human Factor"  http://www.publicsectortechnologyexchange.com/Hackers_and_the_Human_Factor_Panel_Bios.html
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Bruce Moore

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Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.
Should there be a law passed which imposes penalties on local elected officials who lie or misrepresent facts in public open meetings?
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YES, A LAW WITH STRONG PENALTIES
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YES, A LAW WITH WEAK PENALTIES
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NO, BUT SHOULD BE PART OF THEIR OATH
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NO, IT IS OK TO LIE AND TELL HALF-TRUTHS
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Will Fine

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Watch leading energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine discusses the impact of falling global oil prices (Please Share!)
Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, discusses the impact of falling oil prices on the domestic energy industry. Fine offered these comments during an interview for Carolina Journal Radio (CarolinaJournalRadio.com) Program No. 640. Video courtesy of CarolinaJournal.tv.
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GlobalNet21

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Democracy, Devolution & England
This coming Wednesday August 5th at 7.0pm UK time we have a Webinar on “Democracy, Devolution & England” where we look at the fallout from the Scottish referendum for England itself and how we can bring citizens closer to government.
 
You can find out more and register here …  http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/events/223510887/  
If you have not tried a webinar before then this is a chance to see how they work. You can join from anywhere as long as you have a computer, tablet of mobile. And you can join in the discussion live!
Scotland seeks more power to itself but what about England? How can power be devolved in England so that decision making gets closer to people and is the Government going about this the right way? Following the General Election that saw the Scottish Nationalists sweep the Board in Scotland then devolution is back on the political agenda. But what will this mean for England and how can devolution work out there. Just prior to the General Election,...
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When you send a public records request to a government agency, you might expect a delayed response or high costs to fulfill it, even a denial--but you probably don't expect to be sued by the agency. Yet that...
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ProPublica has it right: The way to celebrate is to file a FOIA. OK, first thing Monday, I have two or three in mind!
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Sharon Fisher

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Deleting data that prosecutors decide was relevant to a federal case can send you to jail. We’re not talking about terabytes of data. Sarbanes Oxley, which carries a sentence of 20 years, has been used against individuals for as little as clearing a browser history.
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Alexander Howard
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A snapshot of networks around open government discussions on Twitter from Memorial Day: https://nodexlgraphgallery.org/Pages/Graph.aspx?graphID=46164 

One interesting takeaway:@stateguardian spamming the #opengov hashtag may have led to his Kickstarter campaign being the "top URL" in the snapshot but, to date, it's received $0 in funding. (Hypothesis: If Joshua Tauberer​ Derek Willis​ & Eric Mill​ give you constructive feedback on your  idea to reinvent their open government projects, it might be a good idea to listen.)
NodeXL Graph Gallery, a collection of network graphs created by NodeXL.
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Erik Jonker

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Social media forces authorities to make principal choices
Great scientific research from the Netherlands. Also beautiful way to present the results. 
The emergence of social media has provided Dutch authorities with various new possibilities to get in touch with their citizens. However, it appears that authorities still make use of these opportunities on a very limited scale. Such is the conclusion of a comprehensive scientific research by the CTIT research centre of the University Twente by order the WODC. In part, there are compelling reasons for this limited use. Nonetheless, there are also...
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Thanks for the post. Reading the English language page now. Love that they treat "media" as plural!
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Around 63% of Brits are beginning to embrace the idea of internet surveillance carried out by the government; however fear of how personal details will be stored is still at the forefront of people’s minds.

#surveillance #cctv #government #governance #council #marketresearch #mrx  
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Inderjeet Singh

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If you want to apply for post and pre metric scholarships then you need to register on www.scholarships.gov.in. For more details please read full article.
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A recent survey within local councils, planning consultancies and private sector employers has revealed that in 2015, the most common salary bracket for local authority planners was £35,000 to £40,000, as opposed to £30,000 to £35,000 last year.

#council #local #planning #planner #consultancy #marketresearch #mrx #government  
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Are You Aware of the New Era of Cyber Threats targeting Government and Education? Sept. 24th-Leadership Forum Webinar “Extortionists, Exfiltrators, and Hacktivists - What your Department Must Know in the New Era of Security Threats”  tinyurl.com/PSTEsecurityforum
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From USA TODAY

Police track cellphones for routine crimes

http://usat.ly/1JeqgNk

BALTIMORE — The crime itself was ordinary: Someone smashed the back window of a parked car one evening and ran off with a cellphone. What was unusual was how the police hunted the thief.
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Why can’t Washington build a website?
The title is clickbait but the article's contents is evidence for optimism. One shortcoming of the article though is that there's a hell of a difference between developing software and managing the process changes that have to take place around the changed software, and that's not really addressed.
The 2016 presidential candidates like to talk about innovation, and they're currently debating the tech- fueled 'gig economy.' Those are important issues, but when it comes to how government meets the digital world, there's a crucial component they're not talking about.
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+Gregor J. Rothfuss good question
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Sharon Fisher

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As many as 24,000 Lerner email messages may have been lost because the 422 backup tapes were erased. This is despite the fact that IRS Chief Technology Officer Terry Mulholland had issued a directive in May, 2013, telling the department to preserve the records. 
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Erasure and deletion -- like backup -- of data are deliberate, non-routine actions. Unless the system is setup to automatically delete or erase on a specific schedule, the very action of erasure requires intent. And if an automatic schedule is set up, that requires a higher level of decision and planning. Erasure is a permanent and fearful thing that it is not undertaken lightly. As people who have spent time responsible for the management of newsroom files and data know, these tasks take planning and automation -- or regular reminders.
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Fiorenzo Arcadi

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Indonesia’s Economic Future Based on Corruption and the American Dream

By: Michael Ambrozewicz & Fiorenzo Arcadi

There are historical perspectives we need to enlighten ourselves with as to how the future will unfold and why it unfolds in such a predictable way. Roman emperor Claudius was always referred to as a weak and disabled individual with a certain degree of humility on his side. After Caligula’s death, he hid behind a curtain fearing for his life. The Praetorian guard found him and hailed him as the new emperor. 

Their conventional wisdom was to make a fool an emperor. Little did they realize that Claudius was a trained scholar, educated by the historian Livy, and author of historical literary works in Latin and Greek. In fact, they underestimated his education level. He was considered a fool, but it was indeed a quality that saved his life. 

From there the story goes. He became a great emperor in terms of administration and expansion of the Roman Empire. However, it was the economic well being of the Roman Empire that staged the greatest economic benefit: increasing revenue and forging Roman economic influence to the world. 

In Indonesia, Joko Widodo’s humility and presidential election is viewed as utter weakness and a flagrant stupidity of putting a furniture salesman as the leader of the country. Former President Megawati Sukarnoputri is now the leader of the Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Megawati understands Indonesia because she is Indonesia. She chose Joko Widodo because of his timid character, lack of education, and her prowess to control him. 

Indonesian democratization increased corruption with respect to localized government. In many ways the government was decentralized to a localization of corruption. Centralized corruption is more predictable and something that foreign businesses can deal with. Megawati understands the political elites in Indonesia because she understands how submissive the legislature and judiciary system is. She is keen in understanding that local authoritative capitalism is based on a diffused system of patronage, spreading corruption to numerous regions in Indonesia. 

The play for Widodo’s presidential victory was based on an agenda of anti-corruption. However, it is Megawati that understand bureaucratic corruption much better than the people that elected Widodo. The anti-corruption strategy was simply a rubber stamp to hail foreign investors to come in and invest in their country. In essence, it romanticized the feeling that all companies are equal and corruption is non-existent in Indonesia. 

What is self-evident is Megawati’s personality and distain towards Widodo. She indicated that if you do not tow the party line, you will be impeached. She has continually ridiculed Widodo in the legislature. Widodo’s resolve is to comply, show weakness, and to exist behind the protective veil of Megawati’s enforcements. Widodo developed no sensibility in understanding that once you attain power you must assert your authority and quickly eliminate Megawati. In a historical perspective, he did not do what Roman emperor Claudius did to get rid of his adversaries. 

Widodo is simply unfit to govern because corruption in Indonesia impairs the ability of the government to equally redistribute wealth among its citizens. It is the correlation between welfare lost from corruption that is offsetting the potential welfare from economic gains. The long term corruption in Indonesia has become a significant deterrent to any economic development that bases its trust on building infrastructure in the country. 

A leader that fails to vigorously address corruption in his own country cannot be taken seriously by China. Xi Jinping, president of China, knows very well as to why Indonesia is handicapped even though it is progressing as a revenue base to China’s growth. In Indonesia, the political system of corruption advances economic growth to only a certain point by slowing down political reform and not disrupting market reform. The fact that Megawati is using Widodo’s economic illusion and state policy shows why economic growth has been significantly hampered. 

Widodo stated he wanted a China-Indonesia relationship to materialize into more concrete outcomes that promote more progress, trade, and investment from Chinese companies in the infrastructure of Indonesia. He also wished for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to be based in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta. This was refused by Jinping because of weakness, lack of education, and the fact that local authoritative capitalism has become a diffused patronage that spreads corruption to every region in Indonesia. 

The American media hailed Widodo because of his lower-class background. Widodo indicated that the reason why he became president is because of an ‘American Dream’ that now correlates with Indonesia’s American Dream. Unfortunately, Indonesia’s American Dream is based on productivity and the paperwork of bureaucratic bribery. The integration of military and state bureaucracy is fuelling corruption in Indonesia. 

Widodo’s only role is to illicit the virtues of Megawati’s policy and the elites that stand beside her. This American Dream is only built through American virtues that all men are created equal. Widodo lacks the knowledge and poetic sensibility that if you have no money you become inferior. Claudius became a great emperor because he took control of his destiny; Widodo has failed by basing his destiny off of Megawati.

The ultimate question is what can the American public take away from this story? It is that you can not limit foreign economic policy with respect to growing your nation to become elite. It’s not advocating that you’re elite for the sake of being elite. It is understanding relationships in the economic world that build corporate America and its economic growth. The polarization between right and left matters very little if you have the wrong man running for president.  

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Sharon Fisher

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To some people, the fact that the email messages had been submitted on paper rather than electronically was proof of nefarious intent. Others, however, have pointed out that according to law, Clinton was required to turn in the messages on paper – an indication, perhaps, of the sort of antiquated thinking that led her to run a private email server in the first place – and the State Department itself confirmed that material for such reviews was typically turned in on paper.
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Francis Sealey

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Governments usually claim to be open and transparent. Are they doing enough to promote transparency, accountability and access to data for citizens? 
 
This is the debate that we would like to carry through online following the GlobalNet21 meeting with the Open Government Partnership so please join the discussion there and help us reach a wider audience.
 
https://netivist.org/debate/transparency-in-government-and-open-data
Governments usually claim to be open and transparent. Are they doing enough to promote transparency, accountability and access to data for citizens?
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