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Hear the Navy CIO talk about the Navy’s Web 2.0 policy

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Last week, I told you that the Navy has issued the government’s first Web 2.0 policy. Today on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we spoke to Robert Carey, the chief information officer for the Department of the Navy, about the policy.

Some highlights:

It was really to provide some cover for folks who are clamoring to get in the space and might have been a little bit fearful with it so that they could press on into the new way of collaboration and sort of group thinking using IT.

Carey says he doesn’t feel this is going to constrain anyone and is trying to keep the guidelines fairly broad, while providing examples of how the technology could be used.

My sense is, is that this will not offer constraints, but it will make people think when they want to go forward, which is, again, what I wanted them to do. I want them to think about security as they move forward into the information sharing domain. I don’t want them to just wholly plunge in without regard to some of the constraints that are, in fact, real live issues out there. So, the thinking of moving into Web 2.0, I think will occur and is occuring — the “I must add a couple of variables into that” is one of the outcomes of this memo I was trying to achieve.

Carey says the memo is just the beginning. He says he envisions guidelines that evolve with the technology, which will ultimately create what he calls Web 3.0.

RSS feeds and mash-ups and wikis and blogs — all those things . . . none of those is new in 2008. They’ve been around a little while. Have they been deployed? It’s hit or miss in the federal space. It’s starting to get traction because the workforce sees these things as tools to enable and outcome that they desire — and so I imagine, as technology evolves, that we will have to capture those evolutions of technology and decide where we want to put guidance out on each particular advance that’s made.

Read the full story here. You can also hear both parts of our interview. Hear part one here. [MP3] Hear part two here. [MP3]

You can also read the five page document for yourself here [PDF] and find it on the Navy’s CIO site here [link to a PDF].

UPDATE: You can also find the policy after the break.

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November 4, 2008 at 7:44 PM

Election night — what to watch

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So it is in your hands now. All of the reporting has been done. You decide.

And then, we’ll all sit back and watch tonight.

And it doesn’t make much sense for me to post about anything else because, as we media type say, the election is sucking the oxygen out of the room — there simply is no other story. It is the story.

What should you be watching for when you tune in tonight?

The best recap I have seen about what to watch for — hour-by-hour — was put together by CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield for CBS’s Sunday Morning program. He deliniates out what you’ll know — and when you’ll know it — when the polls close, state by state. And we’ll be able to tell fairly quickly whether it is going to be a early evening… or a long night.

Newsweek also has a story about what to watch for tonight.

There are also urban legends. For example, the Washington Redskins lost last night. I’m sure you’ve heard that the final Redskins game before the election has been a predictor of the presidential election results, right? Well… actually — wrong. Snopes.com found that just isn’t true.

One other site I’ll point to: TechPresident.com has a wonderful map where you can track the vote. The map has separate layers for Presidential, House and Senate races, showing results down to the county level. The map updates in real time as the AP posts votes, and shows data at the county level if you zoom in, or at the state level if you’re zoomed out. For the presidential race, it also be keeping track of the electoral count as states are called for one candidate or the other.

Stay tuned.

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November 4, 2008 at 10:17 AM

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The run of the geeks — their term, not mine

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Run-5This weekend was the inaugural Run! Geek! Run! 8K road race along the Potomac River here in DC. More than 600 runners participated and proceeds benefited the Equal Footing Foundation, a nonprofit focused on youth development and education.

For those keeping score…

The overall men’s winner, Peter Silverman of Washington D.C. finished in a time of 25:31 for a pace of 5:08 per mile. Second place was Pat Murphy of Washington D.C. who finished in 26:29 (5:20 pace) and third was Dylan Keith of Arlington, Virginia in a time of 26:45 (5:23 pace). For the women, the overall winner was Laurel Jefferson of Bethesda, Maryland who finished in a time of 29:42 (5:59 pace). In second place was Julia Smith of Tappahannock, Virginia who ran a 30:38 (6:10 pace) and in third was Dionis Gauvin of Alexandria, Virginia who ran a 31:40 (6:23 pace). In the Masters (40 and over) competition, William Bray of Fairfax, Virginia took first place in 28:42 (5:47 pace) and Betty Blank of Falls Church, Virginia finished in first place with a time of 34:03 (6:51 pace).

IBM’s Anne Altman was one of the runners. Congratulations to her… and the other 600.

The event was organized by Welz & Weisel Communications.

Get more details… more photos… after the break.
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November 4, 2008 at 9:38 AM