Technocrat | January 14, 2019: No End in Sight

It’s hard to focus on anything beside the partial government shutdown, which has dragged into its third week with no resolution in sight. Federal agencies and their employees are feeling the effects. At the Transportation Security Administration, the shutdown is preventing the agency from moving ahead with its $230 million contract consolidation, delaying data-security efforts.


Technocrat | January 7, 2019: Top Technology Headlines to Kick Off 2019

Remember when the movies promised us we’d be accustomed to advanced technology like flying cars by 2019? Well, for those of you still allowed to check your government email, does 2019 feel all that advanced? The year has gotten off to a shaky start for the federal government, which continues to deal with a partial shutdown and its side effects.

Technocrat | December 26, 2018: All Eyes on E-Commerce

Tensions were high last week, as lawmakers pleaded with President Donald Trump to sign a stop-gap spending bill, which the Senate passed on Dec. 19, to avoid a partial government shutdown. Yet President Trump held his ground, saying a shutdown would last “for a very long time” if Congress didn’t meet his request. Things certainly didn’t feel merry right before the holidays. Speaking of which, Merry Christmas to those federal employees who celebrate!

Technocrat | December 17, 2018: Score Big or Go Home

“Mr. Monopoly” made an appearance on Capitol Hill last week to remind all of us that tech giants profit from personal data and there’s not much we can do about it. A mustachioed activist dressed as Monopoly’s famous mascot attended a hearing where Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before Congress on the company’s privacy practices, market power, and efforts to potentially build a censored search engine for China.

Technocrat | December 7, 2018: Al Is Here to Stay

Last week the nation bid farewell to the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, who left a legacy beyond his presidency. During his time in the White House, Bush was responsible for several IT reforms by which the government still operates.

Technocrat | December 3, 2018: To the Cloud and Beyond

Welcome to December, the most wonderful time of the year! Although the federal government isn’t feeling so jolly with a possible partial shutdown looming. Congress needs to pass a spending bill by Dec. 7, but more on that next time…

Technocrat | November 27, 2018: The Zuck Hits the Fan

Fallout continues from an explosive New York Times investigation into how top leaders at Facebook handled (or didn’t handle) Russian disinformation campaigns on their platform aimed at interfering with U.S.elections. Facebook’s leadership is again, on the defensive amid a renewed round of withering criticism–with some calling (again) for Mark Zuckerberg to step down or for the FTC to crackdown.

Technocrat | November 19, 2018: Power to the People

It was a difficult week for California, as it continued to deal with devastating wildfires that resulted in many casualties and forced at least 52,000 people to evacuate. NASA created maps using satellite data to show areas damaged most by the fires. It’s the latest example of technology assisting first responders in deciding where urgent help is needed.

Technocrat | November 5, 2018: Moving to the (Hybrid) Cloud

It took a few days, but we’re finally not feeling like zombies after the Halloween sugar binge. Speaking of dead things, NASA has put to rest its Kepler space telescope, which is known for discovering more than 2,600 planets outside our solar system over the past nine years. RIP Kepler, the planet hunter. You’ll be missed.

Technocrat | October 29, 2018: Suspicious Activity Detected

As the Pentagon’s Cyber Command began its first operation to prevent Russian election meddling, the U.S. was also dealing with an outbreak of security threats close to home. Law enforcement was on high alert after numerous suspicious packages were sent to prominent liberals, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Robert De Niro.