NextGov: FedBizOpps Will Be Gone Before the End of the Year

NextGov: FedBizOpps Will Be Gone Before the End of the Year. “The Federal Business Opportunities, or FedBizOpps, website will be shutting down before the end of 2019, as the comprehensive database of government contracting opportunities moves to a new location. By the end of next year, 10 acquisition-focused websites managed by the General Services Administration will be merged together under the new SAM.gov.”

TechXplore: Study explores interactions between world leaders on social media

TechXplore: Study explores interactions between world leaders on social media. “Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have recently carried out a study investigating the interactions among different world leaders and influential political figures on social media. Their findings, pre-published on arXiv, provide interesting new insight about how government actors use social media, which could help to better understand the role of new technologies in diplomatic exchanges.”

Engadget: Local governments are still woefully unprepared to fight ransomware

Engadget: Local governments are still woefully unprepared to fight ransomware. “Our state and local governments found themselves under siege in 2019 from William Plunketts for the internet age. But rather than pistols and roadblocks, this new generation of bandits come armed with encryption algorithms and demands for bitcoin. Can today’s American cities and counties, long hamstrung by both a lack of interest and funding for cybersecurity efforts ever hope to withstand these digital muggings? Just ask Lake City, Florida.”

University of California Davis: Internet Communities Can Teach Amateurs to Build Personalized Governments

University of California Davis: Internet Communities Can Teach Amateurs to Build Personalized Governments. “The internet has its perils with privacy breaches and fake news, but on the plus side, a whole generation of youth have been teaching themselves skills in leadership and community-building, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.”

The Sen Times: Central Govt Warns Its Employees Not To Access Social Media On Official Devices

The Sen Times (India): Central Govt Warns Its Employees Not To Access Social Media On Official Devices. “The central government has cautioned its employees against accessing social media on official devices, including mobile phones and computers, unless permitted. It also directed officials not to carry out classified work on computers connected to Internet and instead use standalone systems.”

Washington Post: Cubans are using social media to air their grievances — and the government is responding, sometimes

Washington Post: Cubans are using social media to air their grievances — and the government is responding, sometimes. “The word spread through the encrypted app Telegram, and later, Twitter. On the agreed-upon day, the Cuban people would unite with one voice. Not to clamor for democracy, or turn out the government, or demand the freedom of political prisoners. To protest high mobile Internet prices.”

DroneDJ: UK database of drone pilots would cost eye-watering £4m

DroneDJ: UK database of drone pilots would cost eye-watering £4m. “UK database capturing information of drone pilots would cost an eye-watering £4m. The government database would collect the personal information of around 150.000 UK drone pilots. Apart from its very high initial price, the database would cost another £2.9m per year to maintain.”