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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems. She’s covered technology for more than a decade at such publications as National Journal's Technology Daily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, Sternstein covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She’s been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, MSNBC, WAMU and Federal News Radio. Sternstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Debate focuses on how to protect users' privacy if Web-tracking tools are allowed on federal sites

May 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some website performance consultants and civil liberties advocates are at odds over the best way to protect user privacy, should the White House decide to lift a decade-old ban on Web-tracking devices for federal sites. The Office of Management and Budget is still revising a 2000 policy that forbids such ...

With Oil Spill, DOI Quickly Hires CIO

May 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Interior Department, saddled with handling the Gulf Coast oil spill, on Wednesday quickly moved to appoint a new chief information officer, Bernard J. Mazer. He will replace Sanjeev Bhagowalia, who joined the General Services Administration on Monday. Mazer, currently the CIO of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service, will take ...

Google's Cookies, A .Gov Model?

May 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google set a precedent for the use of cookies - website tracking devices - that the White House should follow, some privacy advocates said, reacting to the news that the search giant will now allow site owners and users to opt out of its service that tracks traffic on websites. ...

Digital technology will speed search-and-rescue efforts

May 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has found a way to switch from analog to digital satellite-based search and rescue, but it could take until 2020 for the system to be fully operational, federal officials said. The government's existing system - Search-and-Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) -- is nearly 30 years old and has relied ...

Internet isn't the agent of regime change some hoped for

May 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, technologists have predicted the Internet would provide the masses with free speech that would challenge totalitarian regimes. But so far the Web has been a weak tool in the fight against censorship, technology experts said on Monday. One of the most commonly cited examples of how citizens have ...

Product safety commission to use crowd sourcing

May 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Deaths caused by some childhood products and toys prompted Congress to call for the website.U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Federal regulators proposed on Monday creating a website that will make product safety information almost immediately available, searchable and downloadable so consumers will become aware of possible hazards more quickly. Data ...

From Nextgov.com: Product safety commission to use crowd sourcing

May 24, 2010 Federal regulators proposed on Monday creating a website that will make product safety information almost immediately available, searchable and downloadable so consumers will become aware of possible hazards more quickly. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Transparency effort will not end with Data.gov makeover

May 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Friday unveiled a more interactive version of its online catalog of federal statistics in celebration of the first-ever effort to open government operations to analysis. But observers noted the Obama administration still has its work cut out for it. One year after launching Data.gov, White House ...

House panel approves bipartisan bill to overhaul cybersecurity

May 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House committee on Thursday approved by voice vote a bill that would overhaul federal cybersecurity laws to install a permanent cyber czar and chief technology officer, ensure continuous monitoring of networks, and do away with paperwork requirements that some said distracted managers from securing computer systems. "This has truly ...

Data warehouse gets a facelift for its one-year anniversary

May 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Friday will unveil an upgraded online depot of downloadable federal statistics that is the equivalent of a YouTube video-sharing website for data analysts, according to federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. When Data.gov launched in May 2009, its offerings were scant and the formatting of its ...