Google exec named Obama’s CTO

Officials from two of the world's biggest technology companies have been named to top spots in the Obama administration. Megan Smith,  Google vice-president executive of new business initiatives, will become the chief technology officer

Published on: September 4th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Global agreeement on surveillance needed, says Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton has called for an international agreement on the amount of information governments are collecting electronically. “At some point, I think there needs to be a global pact

Published on: September 4th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Will Microsoft be found in contempt?

CIOs, CSOs and risk managers concerned about the reach of U.S. courts into data stored in foreign jurisdictions will be interested to note that Microsoft appears willing to risk being found in contempt

Published on: September 2nd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Bluetooth beacons could solve mobile 911 location problems

Those marvellous computing devices we clutch in our hands 20 hours a day called smart phones can do amazing things -- call around the world, carry books, photograph things we want to buy,

Published on: August 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

US has automatic cyberattack software, says Snowden

Science fiction has a way of creeping into reality -- or vice versa. Take, for example, the idea that computers will become so intelligent they will automatically launch weapons at the first sign

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

An unlimited appetite for data

Law enforcement and government intelligence agencies will insist they can never gather too much information when conducting an investigation. They're probably right. On the other hand, if let completely lose these agencies would probably collect

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

What was really behind the U.S. healthcare Web site fiasco

Last fall one of the biggest IT projects in the world was a laughingstock. Healthcare.gov, the Obama administration's portal to register Americans for a new health insurance exchange was staggering under the number of people

Published on: August 13th, 2014 Howard Solomon

How the Nasdaq was hacked

There have been lots of reports that governments around the world aren't paying enough attention to protecting their critical infrastructure -- telecom networks, water systems and power grids -- from cyber attacks. Stock markets would

Published on: July 18th, 2014 Howard Solomon

A U.S. case Canadian CSOs should keep an eye on

CIOs and CSOs have some concerns about their enterprises storing data offshore, particularly in the U.S., over worries that there's a risk sensitive corporate or customer data can't be protected from government reach.

Published on: July 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon