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Editor's Corner: Where Washington, D.C. fits in the Internet of Things

POLITICO and McKinsey & Company pulled together a group of technology leaders to determine how and if Washington has a role in the Internet of Things. The report that came out of that thinkfest proved interesting indeed.

BackOffice launches DATA Act-compliant data management product for federal agencies

BackOffice Associates announced comprehensive data management and mapping capabilities in a single platform to support federal agency DATA Act compliance. This news comes as agencies are racing to meet the Department of Treasury and Office of Management and Budget's 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act – or DATA – implementation proposal deadline on making federal spending open data.

House Oversight hearing on the DATA Act

A House Oversight Committee held a hearing on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, aka the DATA Act, last week. The hearing was jointly held by the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Government Operations.

Congress to examine IoT

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet is holding a hearing on the Internet of Things this Wednesday. Given the breadth of its jurisdiction, it is unclear what precisely the subcommittee is looking for in its examination of the IoT but it's likely that privacy and security issues are on the list.

New Plexxi switches have apps in mind

Plexxi, which makes SDN gear, has introduced a new line of data center switches that focuses on the needs of applications first. 

Business implications of court ruling NSA mass data collection illegal

An appeals court ruled against the NSA's mass phone data collection practice. But this is far from the end of the story. Businesses must pay attention because what happens next could curb data collection in the private sector too--as in you may have to dump a lot of customer data from your databases and stop collecting certain forms of data. 

Spotlight: France moves to greatly expand surveillance

While U.S. lawmakers are reconsidering new rules and oversights on what the public perceives as unfettered surveillance, lawmakers in France are moving to increase surveillance. 

DoD, NASA among agencies not collecting demographic data of grant recipients

A new GAO study released this week found that half of the federal agencies reviewed fail to collect demographic data for federal research grant recipients to determine whether gender discrimination is a factor in grant distribution.

Tax Day data sheds light on accountants, taxpayers, legislators and lobbyist relationships

It's tax day! Yeah, I know, I don't like paying taxes either but here we are and those returns have to be filed. But once you've done that, you can look at the following data on the relationships between accountants, taxpayers, legislators, and lobbyists surrounding tax day. More data is always better right? We may not like what we find but at least we will know where we stand. 

Data Justice taking on big data as a broader economic issue

A new report (pdf) by Data Justice, a consumer group, is taking on big data as an economic justice issue, saying corporate use of big data is a driver of economic inequality. The report outlines steps the country can take to put individuals and corporations on equal footing with big data.