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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP
Basic safety step, logging travel plans with the state department, if you feel at possible risk for abduction. More generally, if there's a major accident/incident, and state knows you were in the area, they might check on it, and possible check in on you to see if you are okay. They also send updates to you if things start going bad in your general area.
travel  US  government  state  department  vacation  safety 
november 2018 by asteroza
Japan offers $940 million to boost nation's space startups
I bet Horie-mon gets nothing, only the anointed will get anything...
japan  newspace  government  venture  fund  space  startup 
march 2018 by asteroza
CIA Flickr Photo Album
Interesting stuff in the CIA's Flickr album, including oddball cartography tools.
CIA  map  chart  cartography  government  intelligence  cold  war  spy  espionage  information  visualization  retro  Delicious 
december 2016 by asteroza
DRAFT NIST Special Publication 800-63B
NIST now saying forced periodic password changes are stupid, and password max length is also stupid.
NIST  password  security  digital  authentication  government  guideline  reference  information  draft  Delicious 
july 2016 by asteroza
Celebration of the Establishment of the Robot Revolution Initiative Council (The Prime Minister in Action) | Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
Bruce Schneier calls IoT the World-sized Web, a global robot fitted with brains/sensors/actuators that has emergent behavior properties, and considers the need of a government agency with the smarts and the teeth to deal with applicable technology policy. This being japan, I doubt it has the teeth, but it may have the tech policy smarts and the advisement capacity to affect change.
IoT  japan  government  agency  technology  policy  robotics  Delicious 
february 2016 by asteroza
At Ease Computing Inc.
Here's where to get that unclassified sticker for your laptop, which combined with an official looking asset tag will deter the TSA and majority of criminals from fiddling with your laptop. Won't stop nation states and their three letter friends, but what does?
US  government  computer  security  label  sticker  unclassified  humor  travel  TSA  Delicious 
january 2016 by asteroza
NSW Ombudsman - Apologies - A practical guide (2nd Edition)
How to apologize if you're a government, via your friends in New South Wales in Australia...
apology  guide  howto  tutorial  reference  information  government  australia  Delicious 
january 2016 by asteroza
ckan - The open source data portal software
Nice, open,data,cataloging platform that is opensource. Seems Data.Gov is moving to this.
CKAN  open  data  portal  platform  server  software  opensource  opendata  database  publishing  government  development  programming  catalog  Delicious 
july 2014 by asteroza
Group aims to boost Japanese competitiveness in 3-D printers- Nikkei Asian Review
METI dragooning the conglomerates into 3D printer development. The investment seems pitifully low too.
japan  3D  printer  fabber  printing  fabbing  metal  research  consortium  government  Mitsubishi  Panasonic  NAIST  IHI  MHI  METI  Delicious 
april 2014 by asteroza
DARPA Open Source Catalog
Nice of DARPA to package up their open source stuff in one place.
DARPA  opensource  software  repository  open  government  defense  research  Delicious 
february 2014 by asteroza
SecureKey: Building Trusted Identity Networks
Apparently these guys have a deal with the USPS, to setup a cloud federated identity platform, so you can use bank website logins (or other identity providers deemed secure) to logon/verify identity with US federal websites. Sorta Fed OpenID?
cloud  identity  management  authentication  service  government  ID  password  security  federated  provider  USA  portal  Delicious 
january 2014 by asteroza
Experimental government clearinghouse portal for disaster news, information relay, and survival registration.
information  survival  news  portal  disaster  government  IT  japan  Delicious 
september 2012 by asteroza
India Gov't To Load Critical Data To The Cloud - Forbes
India planning on making the direct leap to cloud services, leapfrogging intermediary government models/services/operations methodologies. Considering the current epic government ID drive, and the dispersal of cellular telephone infrastructure, as fixed line infrastructure rollout costs are simply too high at the moment, this may have legs.
service  cloud  private  public  government  india  Delicious 
august 2012 by asteroza
Japan plans to merge major science bodies : Nature News & Comment
Seems like an attempt to bleed RIKEN and wean it from the government big grant money nipple at the same time. There will be fighting because the admin styles of the different agencies is so different. Integration of support/admin services and IT might be sane though.
japan  science  group  integration  government  agency  policy  RIKEN  NIMS  JAMSTEC  NIED  JST  Delicious 
february 2012 by asteroza
Public entity eyed for power supply : Business : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)
So the government is using the opportunity to pimp slap TEPCO into allowing a power grid ISO. Still kinda daft to have two ISO's for the 50/60Hz split, but understandable since the transfer limit across the divide is so low. Which might change if Son gets his way with his offshore HVDC grid intertie, which having an ISO exist would facilitate.
japan  power  industry  long  distance  transmission  line  grid  intertie  ISO  management  government  policy  energy  Delicious 
january 2012 by asteroza
東京新聞:共通番号、15年1月に利用開始 政府、法案概要を決定:政治(TOKYO Web)
Japanese government is going to attempt a national number register for all citizens, and eventually force all interaction using this number, such as national pensions, national health care, and disaster relief. Naturally, such central consolidated information will allow the national government to keep tabs on anyone easily, rather than disappearing into the current prefectual and municipal systems. Since Jukinet went so well the first time around...
jukinet  identity  monitoring  government  ID  registry  number  citizen  national  japan  Delicious 
december 2011 by asteroza
opengovplatform/opengovplatform - GitHub
Joint collaboration between India and the US to make a data distribution platform for government records in the interests of open and transparent government, and allowing citizens to build mashups of government data.
data.gove  opensource  open  government  data  transparency  platform  software  opengov  opendata  Delicious 
december 2011 by asteroza
Interesting pseudo-fork of OpenVPN, endorsed by the government of the Netherlands. I don't quite understand/appreciate the reasons behind swapping PolarSSL for OpenSSL though. Yes, you can forcibly prevent insecure configurations using older crypto, but in the end it is up to the administrator to configure OpenVPN correctly.
OpenVPN-NL  OpenVPN  PolarSSL  VPN  software  network  tunnel  security  networking  holland  netherlands  opensource  government  approval  Delicious 
november 2011 by asteroza
Japanese government wants to build 'back-up' Tokyo (Wired UK)
Follow the money, since this smells like pork to keep Itami airport afloat. Unfortunately, the normally sane option of just setting up in Osaka proper faces NIMBY issues for land allocation, and there is something to be said for a green field facility, provided it is actually done right. I don't expect it to be done right though, since that is usually very ugly, and japanese people have become overly concerned about outward appearances these days. Also, what took them so long? The Hanshin earthquake should have been enough to show the need for government continuity facilities, but no one did jack then. It takes a real rumbler felt in Tokyo to get them to move? Typical reactive behavior.
japan  government  backup  recovery  facility  site  city  continuity  IRTBBC  Itami  airport  Tokyo-2  Tokyo2  fail  business  Delicious 
november 2011 by asteroza
Japan plans floating wind farm near nuclear plant
METI is talking about offshore wind near the fukushima plant, since hardly anyone would be sane to fish near there anyways, removing the fisherman segment of the usual complainers. Using the nuclear plant as the landing station of the wind turbine array would make sense since a lot of power infrastructure is available and unused. This article seems to mention offshore floating turbines, but most other articles seems to specifically mention non-floating pile types.
japan  METI  offshore  wind  turbine  power  generator  green  energy  government  policy  fukushima  Delicious 
september 2011 by asteroza
Softbank CEO Son to Set up Energy Foundation following Japan's nuclear crisis - International Business Times
Hrm, nice idea in concept, but despite Son's efforts, I suspect it will be packed with local japanese scientists, who will toe the party line and not piss off METI. His money would be better spent sponsoring a japanese version of a clean energy X-Prize/ARPA-E to promote businesses and stand clear of government meddling. Hell, if he was really serious, he would do an SPS X-Prize, but that's probably asking too much...
Softbank  clean  green  energy  foundation  government  advisory  advisor  Delicious 
april 2011 by asteroza
National Strategy on Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Your internet drivers license, courtesy of the Federal government and assorted big private players with lobbyists.
NSTIC  national  online  identity  credential  system  ID  internet  drivers  license  false  security  privacy  government  NIST  standard  policy  Delicious 
april 2011 by asteroza
China building a city for cloud computing - Computerworld
As an office park this may not be a hot idea. Perhaps as a city district established as a free trade zone or similar low tax environment, it might have legs, at least for the datacenter part.
china  datacenter  city  project  government  infrastructure  cloud  computing  business  park  Delicious 
february 2011 by asteroza
GSTF_WP_E.pdf (application/pdf Object)
American chamber of commerce in japan releases a position paper recommending structural changes to japanese government economic policy, particularly to support small business, reduce market entry barriers, deregulate telecoms and IT, and generally reduce the suck of operating a business in japan.
ACCJ  japan  government  economic  policy  position  paper  business  boost  filetype:pdf  media:document  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza
Gov't to allot 2 'platinum frequency bands' to cell phone operators › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
So softbank FINALLY might get a low frequency band to fix their radio penetration problems? Or will NTT and KDDi do a bait and switch and screw them over? Getting stuff in the 900MHz would fit in well with an overall plan for acquiring foreign cellphone models with little to no modifications to the hardware, since that's an original GSM band for voice and SMS communications, which would help Softbank enourmously since they have a reputation for dropped calls. It would also improve battery life since it's a lower power mode than operating at UMTS 3G at much higher frequencies. You would still need to use UMTS 3G for data if you want high speed downloads though. COnsidering Vodaphone did the original network deployment, I bet there is a lot of legacy GSM gear that could be activated with a simple software switch.
japan  Softbank  900MHz  900  MHz  platinum  frequency  band  allocation  spectrum  GSM  cellphone  mobile  phone  radio  government  license  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza
Ministry plans data centers for cloud computing : Business : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)
METI courting the big global cloud companies? Or is this something on the surface that's fair, when it's really sweetheart deals to NTT and friends? The idea of a special district is interesting, but pushing it up a notch as a kind of tax haven/free trade zone would make it more appealing though.
japan  METI  cloud  computing  datacenter  government  incentive  tax  credit  Delicious 
may 2010 by asteroza
BBC News - 'Muscular' UK Space Agency launched
I wonder what the interaction with the ESA will be like?
UKSA  UK  england  space  agency  government  science  Delicious 
march 2010 by asteroza
Deal made with China on IT info disclosure : Business : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)
I expect some very interesting new legal definitions of "government owned company" shortly, and/or certain government strategic agreements that will short circuit this "compromise" via tricks such as infrastructure monopolies being broken out as "strategic".
china  IT  source  code  disclosure  government  Delicious 
march 2010 by asteroza
【電子経済産業省アイディアボックス】 ホーム
METI trying to get into the web 2.0 game. Some interesting ideas, like converting closed school facilities in rural areas (which are numerous) into distributed datacenter operations. Which might actually work if you razed the schools and put in containerized datacenter pods, containerized generators, and containerized cooling on the former front lawns.
japan  government  IT  innovation  idea  ideabox  cloud  web  2.0  politics  research  service  Delicious 
november 2009 by asteroza
FAQ: Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE)
Plug in an autorun USB stick
Take data
I wonder how long before an ISO hits the PirateBay...
online  software  security  windows  framework  USB  microsoft  privacy  computer  hacking  law  government  forensics  forensic  suite  evidence  extractor  enforcement  COFEE  Delicious 
february 2009 by asteroza
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