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Get the Data Right, Too

We also need to get the data right to reap the full benefits of mobile technology. This requires effective, forward-thinking inter-agency coordination on geospatial data to allow users to discover more information about places they visit with their mobiles. Users should be able to get apps that answer questions like: What watershed am I in? What is the soil type here? What are the demographics? What is the weather forecast... more »

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Provide access to mobile apps from full computer browsers.

It should also be possible to use the mobile forms on full computers as well (not just from mobile devices) as many people find the mobile forms easier to use than that pages designed full computers. Larger, simpler, less confusing, less clutter/distraction, easier to use. Especially for more elderly users or those with disabilities.

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No Mention of IT, Information Assurance (IA) or Cybersecurity???

Wow ... what a great start! Kudos to All those involved in this challenging endeavour...

As I was reviewing the DRAFT strategy, I found it really surprising with all the issues of BYOD, Privacy, Data @ Rest, DataNTransit and DataNUse that there is no mention of IT, IA or Cybersecurity?

Are you going to place the security topics under the GOVERNANCE Core Objective?

Or maybe you are considering that all .gov &... more »

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Allow Feds to play in the space for one!

Security personnel (ISSO) in the federal government are preventing federal employees from trying the different platforms or developing for the different platforms by preventing the purchase of certain devices over others. Security concerns are valid but they should not hinder innovation. Apple and Blackberry are the only supported devices where I work so we cannot play in the Android space for instance. So my idea... more »

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No AppStore Capability from Scratch!

Of course everyone wants an AppStore for work.. government can have one without paying a zillion dollars to a large SI to build one from scratch. Start with a COTS product and customize.. one that can create web-services, orchestrate them and deliver data to mobile apps.. in other words build apps fast without a huge investment.

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Digital Privacy Laws/Bill of Rights

Before any major initiative can even be discussed, the US government MUST pass laws to protect online speech at the same levels of offline speech. This must include, but not be limited to:

- Warrants to access GPS signals
- Bans on data mining of personal data (including anonymized approaches)
- Bans on roving wiretaps
- Bans against Deep Packet Inspection
- Strict limitations on acceptable uses of cookies
- 4th amendment... more »

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Unify 'mobility' with a consistent platform strategy

I believe if the USG continues an isolated platform strategy then they will continue to get suboptimal solutions.

 

For example, the consistent believe that "Windows is the platform" leads to the Windows team being group to pick the browser (IE) leading to outdated solutions for a modern world.

 

A successful mobile solution needs to make the browser the platform and divorce this from a Windows-centric view of IT.

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Secure multi-factor authentication empowers data sharing

Leveraging a user's own smart device such as an iPad, tablet, iPhone, or other smart phone can provide significant cost savings for the Federal government. The issue becomes how to securely authenticate the user with strong multi-factor credential to meet level of assurance 3 requirements. This is done today with software credentials such as those from CA (http://www.ca.com/us/vpn-authentication.aspx) and other vendors.... more »

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Mobile Means New Systems Of Engagement -- What's That Strategy?

Mobile's just the pretty face on a complete rethink about how information & services are delivered to citizens, employees, and partners. Everything -- everything -- is affected by these tiny apps because they are in your pocket. Mobile is not just about apps & devices; it's about new systems of engagement. As new companies like Pandora, Twitter, and TripIt have learned, mobile needs cloud or cloud-connect for delivery;... more »

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leverage current proven solutions

There are already in use solutions that allow for mobility over any device, any network and is secure by design because no data resides on the end device. Leverage current. Mobile solutions by Citrix, Microsoft, Dell, Cisco and a few others. Some of these allow you to leverage your current infrastructure and client devices and allow people to bring their own devices.

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Government Mobility Meeting

Here is a meeting that Tom and I have put together. A goal of the TEM is to share ideas and networking across gov't lines to reduce duplication of efforts, expedite fielding of the devices and a few other buzz phrases.

 

Conference info is below. See you there.

 

Conference info

http://www.nist.gov/itl/csd/mobile-device-meeting.cfm

 

Registration link

https://www-s.nist.gov/CRS/conf_disclosure.cfm?conf_id=5122

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