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Governments Must Secure and Exploit the World’s Newest Natural Resource

Data. It’s a small word, but carries huge risks and rewards for today’s government leaders. The insidious threats from cyberterrorism are a real and ever-present danger.  Virtually every few weeks, we now hear about a new ransomware threat with a scary name – WannaCry, Petya … who knows what’s next?  What about the data breaches […]

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Cloud for Caseworkers

Few careers are as demanding as those of social services caseworkers. There are inherent risks in dealing with people in crisis and caseworkers know that if they fail to uncover those risk factors, their clients may face serious consequences. Every day, dedicated caseworkers strive to assist their clients in getting the services and support they […]

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A Perspective on Government in the Cognitive Era

Dr. Julia Glidden, General Manager, Global Government Industry at IBM, had an opportunity to sit down with David Bicknell, editor of Government Computing to discuss the era of cognitive computing and the digital transformation that is taking hold in government agencies around the globe. Dr. Glidden describes the intersection between digital transformation and cognitive computing […]

Convergence of Blockchain and Cybersecurity

This is part II of a series. Part I of this blog, “Blockchain Security Assurance,” can be found here. Blockchain technology offers profound opportunities in a myriad of domains, across self-sovereign digital identities, financial services, enterprise asset protection, supply chain risk management, and healthcare IT transformation. Because blockchain technology offers exciting prospects for developing blockchain-based […]

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Is blockchain secure?

For public- and private-sector blockchain initiatives, blockchain technology must contend with technological, governance and regulatory challenges. For all its business transformational values, immutability, distributed transactions, cryptography, provenance, etc., pertinent issues around governance, advocacy, SmartContracts development, and securing blockchain applications at the edges still must be resolved for blockchain to garner mainstream adoption. Part I of […]

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IBM enhances its proprietary Agile courses with ICAgile certifications

Agile principles are vital to driving tangible government value and user-centric outcomes What’s “agility,” and why “Agile?” IBM defines “agility” as the ability of an organization to rapidly, efficiently and structurally adapt to the changing business environments in both internal and external markets. Because government organizations are affected by an ever-increasing number of factors that […]

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month calls attention to the widening new collar skills gap

We live in an era in which cyberattacks are increasing in speed and scale, and their effects are growing in severity, range and cost. The fear, uncertainty and real-life implications of these breaches are felt at the individual level – and, like all things of scale, there are macro-level impacts as well. It is estimated […]

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State Priorities

I just returned from the Annual meeting of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) in Austin, Texas. With 46 state governments represented and over 650 technology professionals in attendance, NASCIO continues to maintain its status as the premier conference for access to state CIOs. Through our membership, NASCIO provides the IBM Government […]

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Three government agencies you should be emulating

How agencies are successfully sharing information and creating new service delivery models Perspectives on the 12th Annual Stewards of Change Symposium Imagine an era where care providers have complete and actionable information at their fingertips. That time has come. Today, HHS agencies understand that improving the management and outcomes of complex persons requires a holistic […]

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Can we beat the opioid epidemic using artificial intelligence?

A complex and tragic epidemic When there is a natural disaster, explosion or virus with the potential to cause the loss of thousands of lives in the U.S., we are quick to respond and then analyze causal issues contributing to the disaster. Our government and private partner agencies rally together and develop a plan to […]

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A New Chain of Trust – Blockchain and Its Impact on Trustworthy Systems

The Need for Trust I remember when I first started learning about security and the concepts of CIA – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. At the heart of these concepts is trust. For us in IT, that means creating trusted systems that support our organization’s business processes. Unfortunately, we have not really been able to achieve […]

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How to implement Tim O’Reilly’s vision for Government-as-a-Platform

Recently, I interviewed Sangeet Paul Choudary, a C-level executive advisor and an international best-selling author. He is the co-author of Platform Revolution and the author of Platform Scale. He has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is ranked among the top 30 emerging thinkers globally in 2016 by […]

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City 2.0: City Platform Thinking

Today’s Challenges City governments around the world are under enormous pressure to deliver value to their citizens, while facing critical challenges: Infrastructure capacity struggles to keep up with rapid urbanization. Siloed infrastructure management. Citizens and businesses increasingly expect cities to provide high quality services. Cities are also realizing that the conventional methods for financing, constructing, […]

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10 Lessons: Design Thinking for Blockchain

Over the past fifteen months I’ve facilitated eighteen design thinking workshops to explore the application of blockchain to customer projects.  Most of these (actually 12) have been in the finance industry, and in Europe (specifically 15).  Some interesting lessons and reflections emerge. First a little context . . . We use a standard approach for customer projects as shown […]

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Combating Fake News with Document Provenance

With all the talk about “fake news” it’s interesting to reflect on the roles of intelligence agencies (government and civil), the similarities and differences between their work and investigative journalism and how a clear, trusted document provenance will help them both in proving the validity of their work products. Let’s start with the intelligence agencies.  […]

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