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The next Steve Jobs...

posted Nov 17, 2011, 9:35 AM by ICDC Archive   [ updated Nov 17, 2011, 9:40 AM ]

This is a GREAT video brought to you by TechCrunch and the TEDtalks about a 12 yr. old Coder named Thomas Suarez.

He's developing Apps for the iPhone at age TWELVE, is a public speaker, and is definitely a "thought and technology" leader for his age.

Thomas is a perfect example of innovators and technology leaders that have sprung up from the much younger generation now being 'born into tech'. He's also very well-spoken, educated, and charismatic. Unfortunately, not every youth is a positive influence and looking at technology as a useful tool like Thomas. Watch the video and read on.
Is there a 'Thomas' In Jail?
Putting Corrections Technology into perspective: We have to think of Thomas as an example of what could be, rather, who could be present in our nation's jails and correctional institutions. In today's world of 'Cops and Hackers' I am grateful that Thomas has applied his intelligent coding and development to better our society, but we have to understand that there are those kids out there (unlike Thomas) that won't be so good-natured.

Corrections Technology must improve if we are to face the challenges of tomorrow's incarcerated coder or hacker.

If Thomas shows us anything (beyond all his amazing skills for his age) it's that the young are not afraid to dig in, discover, develop, and ultimately if they are angered: seek to destroy.

Don't believe me? Search Google for "Anonymous" and you'll see what I mean.

The Hackers of Tomorrow are here... Corrections Technology must answer the call.

CTG: Corrections Technology Group is on the forefront of this fight, and we are calling out to our counterparts in Technology to do the same. Only together and accepting and adopting innovations from those like Thomas; will we all succeed.

- R. Carnie Littlefield is a designer and developer of training materials and Director of Google Deployment at CTG: Corrections Technology Group.

Google+ and Corrections - Security and Social Networks

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:13 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 21, 2011, 7:18 AM ]

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With the recent release of Google+ for Google Apps users, it opened up a wide world of communication and collaboration features to Google Apps users, businesses, and organizations. 

The question now is how to make Google+ available and usable for the social and collaborative needs of the corrections industry? Right now, Google+ presents some security risks to be considered especially with corrections professionals in mind. For example: any sharing of posts, docs, links, or photos can be shared across all of Google+, even outside your Google Apps domain. 

That's not to say that Google+ isn't applicable, in fact, the exact opposite. As soon as Google+ security concerns are answered (and I'm sure Google is hard at work providing some new security measures for Google Apps users), the use of Google+ Circles will be a great advantage in the office space. Google+ makes sharing, collaboration, and communication extremely easy with allowing users to 'self-admin' their posts through the use of custom Circles. 

Let's hope that Google surprises us soon with added Google Apps domain security features for Google+!

 R. Carnie Littlefield is a designer and developer of training materials and Director of Google Deployment at CTG: Corrections Technology Group. 

GM goes Google

posted Nov 9, 2011, 1:55 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 27, 2011, 7:14 PM by Unknown user ]

In a major turning point in Cloud based solutions, Google Apps is coming to General Motors. If an organization of 100,000 employees can make the switch, what has been the major hold up for government and more specifically corrections?
Read the article the Forbes article below 

      







Via Forbes

Could "Street View" apply to Corrections?

posted Nov 4, 2011, 10:07 AM by Unknown user

Google's "Street View"

Google's "Street View" is exactly as it sounds: a visual street exploration based on the location you put in. Ex: "Times Square" lets you take a little virtual walk through Times Square, from your desk.

This is a great visual tool for tracking down that new chinese buffet down the street; but what about for the Corrections and Criminal Justice industries? I can definitely see the power of this type of tool for Police Officers looking and scanning neighborhoods, or perhaps tracking certain individuals. But as it is, security considerations and privacy concerns haven't been taken into account. For example, keeping a personal home address from being found, or even knowing who is looking for your address. CTG: Corrections Technology Group analyzes these types of concerns and asks the question: "How could this be used for Corrections?"

Keep checking back for more news and updates on new developments at CorrectionsCloud.com! 

Tighter Security In the Cloud

posted Nov 3, 2011, 7:59 AM by Unknown user

Security and Privacy will always be a concern for people when using online services and in "cloud-based" services  where they store their data "in the cloud". This comes from years of trusting our laptops, desktops, and harddrive storage devices like flash drives and portable USB harddrives. The issue there is: what happens if that physical device crashes, is stolen, or lost? Cloud-based services provide "always-on" connectivity as long as you have an internet connection, which is great for when you want to upload your images to, for example, Flickr or Picasa. 

Apple's recently introduced iCloud feature is a great example of putting all of your entertainment "in the cloud": music, movies, pics, etc. can all be synced. The iCloud still doesn't answer the need for a full suite of applications that can not only provide "always on" storage, but also goes to great lengths to consider your security and privacy online.

The great news is that Google has been building and working with your security and privacy concerns into all of their Google Apps. From security features like 2-Step Verification which keeps your logins safe and secure with a special code system, to privacy features like controlled file sharing and secure online documents; Google is doing it all. 

Last month Google officially switched their services to SSL and Google Apps administrators can keep all services in the "Https" mode. 

Read more about Google's security Via Google's Official Blog.

Feds Aim To Speed Cloud Adoption With New Roadmap

posted Nov 2, 2011, 12:18 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 27, 2011, 7:15 PM by Unknown user ]

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the interagency Federal Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Working Group develop cloud adoption roadmap that defines the government's top priorities for standards and requirements for cloud services.

On Tuesday, the NIST relased a draft version of a roadmap that aims to speed up and clarify the process that agencies need to migrate more efficiently into cloud computing. The roadmap also aims to support the tech industry's development of cloud services by clarifying standards and requirements. The plan further goes on to illustrate the actions and steps needed to meet those standards.

"Our goal is to make it substantially easier to buy, sell, interconnect, and use cloud environments in the government," NIST director Pat Gallagher said in a speech Wednesday during an event at NIST headquarters to introduce the strategy. "The roadmap will serve as our action plan, and we expect it not only to drive federal standards efforts, but because our needs are not unique in government, we think it will help the private sector as well."...Read More Via Information Week

Why the Government and The Cloud need to come together

posted Nov 1, 2011, 10:29 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 27, 2011, 7:16 PM by Unknown user ]

Highlights from Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies, Brookings Institute - "Saving Money Through Cloud Computing"

 "Cloud computing has the potential to produce “an explosion in creativity, diversity, and democratization predicated on creating ubiquitous access to high-powered computing resources.” By freeing users from being tied to desktop computers and specific geographic locations, clouds revolutionize the manner in which people, businesses, and governments may undertake basic computational and communication tasks"

"To evaluate the possible cost savings a federal agency might expect from migrating to the cloud, in this study I review past studies, undertake case studies of government agencies that have made the move, and discuss the future of cloud computing. I found that the agencies generally saw between 25 and 50 percent savings in moving to the cloud. For the federal government as a whole, this translates into billions in cost savings, depending on the scope of the transition."

"Agencies generally saw between 25 and 50 percent savings in moving to the cloud. For the federal government as a whole, this translates into billions in cost savings, depending on the scope of the transition.

For entire transcript - Go to Brookings Institute

Government and the Cloud.... Are you moving Forward?

posted Oct 31, 2011, 11:24 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 27, 2011, 7:17 PM by Unknown user ]

Is your government agency moving to the cloud? If not, why aren't they? Hear about what Steven VanRoekel, the U.S. Government Chief Information Officer (CIO), has to say about government hesitancy in moving to the cloud... Watch below.   

Government Cloud Initiatives


VIA ZDNET

For the entire speech go here Steven VanRoekel - Churchill Club

Educause 2011 - Corrections can learn

posted Oct 27, 2011, 10:13 AM by ICDC Archive

Google is a big supporter of education, and with Google Apps for Education they are making it much easier for schools and educators to handle their workloads. Specifically taking the technology and software solutions 'to the cloud' via Google Apps. 

One of the most notable benefits that also applies to Corrections is that with Google Apps, there's no longer a need for in house servers or serious hardware. 

Corrections can learn from the popularity of Google's services in the education field. Google's EDUCAUSE 2011 features some high numbers of higher education institutions making the switch to Google Apps.

How "transparent" is your data?

posted Oct 26, 2011, 9:32 AM by ICDC Archive   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 10:06 AM ]

With Google's Government Requests page, everyone can now see what types of requests are coming from government agencies across the globe. It's interesting to see the kind of requests that Google gets from government.

This brings up a great question about "Transparency" in government across the board. How we share our data has as much to do with the process as the data itself. Especially now with so many social networks, social media, and mobile integration into daily life (with smartphones, tablets, etc.), we need to stop and think about how "transparency" can improve the experience people have dealing with government agencies.

Corrections Cloud is a great example of ultimately being transparent, while still being secure behind protected logins and account management provided by Corrections Technology Group. With the power of Google Apps, Corrections Cloud allows all users to actively collaborate without the concerns of data leakage. This comes at a great time for Corrections when people now require more accountability from their governments, but without any real way of getting it. Within the Corrections Cloud domain, users can choose who and when they share what with (say that ten times fast), and administrators can help to manage this as well with analytics and reports back to them. 

How else can Corrections Cloud continue to improve the online experience for corrections professionals?

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