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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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From Nextgov.com: State Department promotes Internet diplomacy

June 1, 2009 For the first time in its history, the State Department is conducting international relations by encouraging online interaction between individual Americans and foreigners. But the risks associated with this approach are unknown so far, said the department's new media strategist on Monday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

State Department promotes Internet diplomacy

June 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the first time in its history, the State Department is conducting international relations by encouraging online interaction between individual Americans and foreigners. But the risks associated with this approach are unknown so far, said the department's new media strategist on Monday. Calling the tactic, "21st century statecraft," Alec Ross, ...

Obama's open government initiative thin on collaboration, critics say

May 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the White House transitions into the second phase of its open government initiative, participants in the first phase said the project has yet to demonstrate a willingness to collaborate between federal officials and the public. "We don't find the process particularly collaborative at this point," said Patrice McDermott, director ...

From Nextgov.com: Obama misses key elements in rolling back Bush-era secrecy practices

May 28, 2009 President Obama's plan for rolling back Bush-era government secrecy practices might not go far enough, some digital records specialists say. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Obama misses key elements in rolling back secrecy practices

May 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The initiative calls for a review of the Bush administration's policy on classified information.Matt Slocum/AP President Obama's plan for rolling back Bush-era government secrecy practices might not go far enough, some digital records specialists say. "The emphasis has to be on how you control the information from the beginning," said ...

Sotomayor Restricted FBI Gag on ISPs

May 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just this winter, Supreme Court pick Sonia Sotomayor was part of a unanimous court decision that limited the use of the 2001 Patriot Act to silence Internet service providers who are contacted by federal authorities for customer phone and Internet records. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ...

From Nextgov.com: New media advocates see cracks in Obama's open government push

May 27, 2009 President Obama was criticized during the presidential campaign for promoting himself as a community organizer. It could be even harder to prove he's an online community organizer in executing his open government project, say new media advocates outside of Washington. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

New media advocates see cracks in Obama's open government push

May 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama was criticized during the presidential campaign for promoting himself as a community organizer. It could be even harder to prove he's an online community organizer in executing his open government project, say new media advocates outside of Washington. "The Beltway seems to have caught the transparency bug, but ...

Administration looks to attract venture capital to gov contracting

May 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "We're looking at the procurement process to make sure we're able to tap into some of the best ideas," Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said.Mid-Atlantic Venture Association The Obama administration is reviewing the government procurement process to better position innovative startup companies to compete for technology contracts, said Vivek Kundra, the ...

WhiteHouse.gov's Misplaced Speeches

May 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Beltway transparency movement cheers on President Obama's open government initiative, some Washington watchdogs say the arguably admirable feat overlooks important aspects of public disclosure. On Thursday, the White House Web site unveiled plans for involving Internet users in crafting a directive to create a more transparent and participatory ...