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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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Photo Gallery: Curiosity approaches Mars

July 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This weekend, NASA will get its first returns on a very expensive gamble. Launched in November by the Mars Science Laboratory, the “robotic geochemist” known as Curiosity is approaching the red planet at a speed of 8,000 miles per hour with the goal of touching down in Mars' Gale Crater ...

Of Course Verizon Wants Net Neutrality to Go Away

July 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the more controversial recent network neutrality rules, like campaign finance reform, seeks to balance free speech against fairness and access. On one side, those controlling the networks say that controlling what goes out over broadband is their right under the First Amendment's free speech clause, among other commercial ...

State Department: Human Rights Exist in Digital Realm

June 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the Arab Spring's aftermath being felt around the world, the State Department is continuing to emphasize the importance of Internet freedom, both home and abroad. Building off Secretary Hillary Clinton's ongoing speeches of the last two years, Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe -- currently serving as the U.S. Representative to ...

Is Dr. Zaius America's Newest Cyberenemy?

June 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Wednesday, The Colbert Report took a hard look at the possibility of a cyberattack brought on by mobile devices. Host Stephen Colbert asked counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke about the possibility of a Stuxnet-type attack being perpetrated via an iPad. Clarke replied, "A small group of talented people using iPads ...

Technology Coverage, Then and Now

May 1, 2012 Our sister site Nextgov launches officially today, with a bevvy of stories on the intersection of technology and government. With that launch, it would be proper to take a look back at a couple of the first technology stories appearing in Government Executive magazine and on GovExec.com. First, April 1995 ...

Play of the Day -- Mitt Romney's primary victories

April 26, 2012 Jimmy Fallon went back to normal after having President Obama as his guest on Late Night, Conan O'Brien makes light of a student spilling yogurt on the President, and other late-night hosts focus on Mitt Romney's primary victories. Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:19 to find out ...

NASA Wins Third Shorty Award

March 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier this week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration won the award for best government use of social media at the Shorty Awards in New York. The Shorty Awards are given to organizations and individuals using social media -- including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and social applications -- in the most ...

State, Smithsonian Promote Ocean Health with Mobile App

March 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reed Saxon/AP file photo Conservationists -- and even NOAA -- have often cited the ocean and its inhabitants as indicators for the global enviornment. The State Department is now getting in on that idea with the release of a software application highlighting the ocean's import to the world. Former ambassador ...

Video: Clinton praises State workers in budget testimony

February 29, 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday on the Fiscal 2013 Budget and priorities for diplomacy. Clinton argued for $51.6 billion in funding for the diplomatic department. Defending the figure, she said it "represents an increase of less than the rate of inflation and ...

Greed is Not Good

February 28, 2012 Once again, a government agency has enlisted a Hollywood icon to explain an intiative in the form of a public service announcement. In this case, the choice might at first seem a little counterintuitive. The FBI has tapped two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas -- a.k.a. Gordon Gekko, Mr. "Greed ...