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Four Fundamental Ways To Think About Social Media
What do you say to a group of Georgetown masters’ students studying the future of communications and media? That’s what I had to figure out last week when I spoke at the Gnovis Digital Cultures conference last week ( Gnovis is their journal). Frankly, I never know what to...
18 Mar 2013
Complicated is sexy: Microsoft Office versus Google Docs in situations where tiny details matter a lot
When I’m visiting New York, I have a bit of a routine I like to perform on weekends. I crave books, and I crave pizza. As it happens, two of my favorite places for doing these two things are around the corner from each other in NoLita: Rubirosa Pizza on Mulberry St. and McNally Jackson Books on...
26 Feb 2013
Homefront Heroes Takes Compelling Wounded Warrior Stories To The GI Film Festival
For those not directly connected with an active-duty military person or a veteran, you often only hear their stories vaguely, or in passing. Now, two very different people have created Homefront Heroes to deliver veterans' stories to you in a very compelling, human way. Mike Allen, a Microsoft executive...
16 May 2012
Open Government: Navy Launches Public Wargame About U.S. Energy Crisis
In May 2012, the U.S. Navy will launch a week-long multiplayer online wargame in order to tackle America's energy crisis as a national security issue . This effort is being spearheaded by the Department of Innovation of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), an academic-oriented applied research facility...
6 Apr 2012
Infographic: Matching Military Veterans With Tech Jobs
All the way up to the White House , Americans are concerned about employing currently unemployed and underemployed veterans, whose rate of unemployment is higher than average. Microsoft and other like-minded companies are stepping up their efforts in this area. Now, Payscale.com has created a very...
21 Feb 2012
Sand Table 2.0: Modern Warfighters Connecting With Open Government And Big Data
Guest post by Phil West, a senior technology architect with the Microsoft Office of Civic Innovation.This article was originally published in slightly different form at FutureFed . In the days of General Eisenhower, war planners used small 3D models embedded in sand -- a sand table -- to understand...
6 Sep 2011
Why Cyberspace Will Be The Battlefield Of The Future And What That Means
Guest post by Stephen Gordon, a Director of Market Development in Microsoft’s Enterprise Strategy Consulting business. You can follow him on Twitter at @sgordonmobile . I recently attended a private workshop on cybersecurity and net-centric warfare held at MIT Lincoln Labs . While the majority...
19 Aug 2011
Interview With Blake Hall, CEO Of Washington DC Military And Veteran Services Startup TroopSwap
Blake Hall first got our attention when he spoke at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, DC a while back. Since then, he's been making waves with his startup, hiring people, raising financing, and doing public good. Editor-in-Chief Mark Drapeau caught up with Blake over cocktails in Georgetown to talk about...
6 Jul 2011
I Have Met The Enemy And It Is Not PowerPoint
Guest post by Lt. Col. Mark Valentine, a combat-decorated U.S. Air Force pilot. He is currently based in Chevy Chase, MD as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow at Microsoft. You can follow him on Twitter at @ drifterval . After a long period of popularity, there has been a recent backlash against...
20 Jun 2011
Government 2.0: The Case For Defense Department Cloud Computing
Guest post by Capt. John R. Forbes of the U.S. Air Force, currently an Education With Industry student with Microsoft Corporation. You can follow him on Twitter at @Forbes_John . The fiscal year 2012 Defense budget request has a distinct tone from previous requests. Not only does it mark the first...
20 Jun 2011
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