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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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Activists call on U.S. to provide unfettered Internet access to Iranian citizens

June 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As violence flares in Tehran over the apparent reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Obama administration should help Iranian citizens obtain unfettered Internet access through distributed networks, some civil liberties activists advised. Iranians outraged over allegations of vote rigging reportedly have been text messaging each other to organize impromptu rallies ...

From Nextgov.com: Activists call on U.S. to provide unfettered Internet access to Iranian citizens

June 16, 2009 As violence flares in Tehran over the apparent reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Obama administration should help Iranian citizens obtain unfettered Internet access through distributed networks, some civil liberties activists advised. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

No Tweets in Iranian Election

June 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A twitter outage in Iran on Friday reportedly foiled some supporters of a leading reformist candidate in the country's presidential election. Former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi had relied heavily on the broadcast text-messaging application to rally voters, according to the Wall Street Journal. Heavy voter turnout was expected to ...

The Public Eye

June 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bev Godwin of the White House's new media office sizes up the potential and pitfalls of opening up to citizens online. From Day 1 of the new administration, President Obama has called upon federal agencies to be more transparent, or, in his words, "disclose information rapidly in forms that the ...

Vinton Cerf: Outer space could be next frontier for cybersecurity

June 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google executive Vinton Cerf, known as the father of the Internet, said a tool for securing ad hoc networks used in warfare might be sitting in an extraterrestrial Internet that he and NASA have been testing. A cybersecurity strategy "has been waiting in the interplanetary Internet" Cerf and NASA began ...

Dems slam Bush administration for stalling EPA health-risk database

June 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democrats on a House subcommittee on Thursday alleged that a database the Environmental Protection Agency designed to provide science on health risks that particular chemicals pose was stalled -- and could continue to be impeded -- because of improper Bush administration interference. At a hearing on fixing EPA's Integrated Risk ...

From Nextgov.com: Outer space could be next frontier for cybersecurity, says Internet's 'father'

June 11, 2009 Google executive Vinton Cerf, known as the father of the Internet, said a tool for securing ad hoc networks used in warfare might be available in an extraterrestrial Internet that he and NASA have been testing. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

FAA Launches Safety Site

June 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday remodeled its Web site partly to direct users to its safety-related content. "Safety and efficiency are at the center of what FAA does, and we've dedicated a What We Do promotional area on the home page to highlight this message," the site states. The ...

From Nextgov.com: Recovery board to issue application agencies can use to report stimulus data

June 9, 2009 The board charged with oversight of stimulus spending is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to deploy a software package that agencies and recipients of stimulus funds can use to report spending data to Recovery.gov, officials with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Recovery board to issue app agencies can use to report stimulus data

June 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board charged with oversight of stimulus spending is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to deploy a software package that agencies and recipients of stimulus funds can use to report spending data to Recovery.gov, officials with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said. Open access activists and some lawmakers ...