Scientific American looks at concerns over BPA

On January 27, 2010, in DCView, by Focus Washington

The Food and Drug Administration has begun warning consumers that baby bottles and plastic containers containing Bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, may pose hazards to your health. The FDA recently cautioned the American public not to put liquids into, or to heat, containers made of BPA. David Biello, Energy and Environment Editor at Scientific American, Americas oldest continually published magazine, joins us to explain the history of BPA, the science behind it, and the dangers to your health it may cause.

 

White House Forum on Modernizing Government

On January 14, 2010, in TechView, by TechView

The White House today, led by the President himself, is conducting a very interesting, and I think unprecedented, brainstorming with some of the nation’s top CEOs.  The topic– modernizing government– may seem a little dry, but what it’s really about is closing the gap between the way the private sectors conducts business and the way the government operates.  The task for the CEOs, sitting with key cabinet under secretaries in five break-out sessions, is to talk about their own internal best practices and how they can adapted to the way we manage government agencies.

The White House Forum has attracted almost no attention, but here’s a link to the White House’ own blog today discussing the event.  Among the companies whose CEOs are attending are Craiglist, Adobe, Monster.com, FaceBook, OpenTable– in other words, the real leaders in applying technology to needs of their customers.  Which is exactly the direction that the government needs to move as well.

Here, also, is a link to a letter that some of the CEOs sent in support of the Forum, carried on the Huffington Post.  TechView will be covering the Forum over the next several days, so stay tuned.

 

Bob Wise shares a new study on the future of education

On January 13, 2010, in DCView, by Focus Washington

It’s no surprise that students who drop out of school are harming their own individual prospects. But now, an Alliance for Excellent Education study, partnered with State Farm Insurance, shows exactly what that problem can mean for the city and the nation. As the former governor of West Virginia, Bob Wise brings a high level of expertise to the Alliance for Excellent Education, and as its president, leads the organization in its mission to see every student through high school.

 

Security Fears for the New Year

On January 4, 2010, in TechView, by TechView

Bill Jackson’s article in today’s Government Computer News, “Security Issues To Fear In The New Year,” is enough to want to make you want to go back to bed and stay hidden under the covers.  Cloud computing, the move to mobile, Twitter, FaceBook, and social media in general, are all opportunities for new exploits for the world’s hackers and spammers.

“Users without a high level of skepticism could become their own worst enemies as they fall prey to solicitations and messages delivered through and to these sites,” writes Jackson.  Scary, but common sense across the web.

 

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