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Age or Environment?

April 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Are people more comfortable with evolutions in technology because they’re young, used to change, eager to learn and searching for an easier way to get a job done well? Have Baby Boomers learned the latest technologies because they were raising video gamers during the days of the Super Mario Bros. who then turned into digital natives? Is it age ... or environment?

The Internet Is Shrinking While Giving Birth

March 17, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The bottom line is that the Internet today is more like the Wild West than the researchers who gave birth to it envisioned, but its inherent dangers have inspired techno-creativity to an extent that they also could not have anticipated. That’s probably something the bad guys also never predicted.

The Bottom Line: Time to Tame the Email Beast

February 12, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

It is estimated that today more than 100 billion emails are sent and received each day, and this number is expected to grow. While email is an effective means of communications, it is has become a time-consuming black hole.

The Bottom Line: Annual Predictions are Fun, But …

January 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Year-end business and weather forecasts have a lot in common.

The Bottom Line: Information-Gathering Reform Needed All Around

December 16, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

In an open letter to decision makers in Washington, D.C., last week, several superpowers of the Web called for global government surveillance reform. A bit of the pot calling the kettle black, isn’t it?

The Bottom Line: Revolution Through Evolution

November 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

The bottom line is that today's military structure is not set up to foster creative solutions and incorporate them into the bureaucracy, but a revolution quietly erupted in October. More than 80 innovators came together to discuss their ideas about how to solve some of the military's most vexing problems.

The Bottom Line: Is Anyone in Congress Listening?

October 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

For hours and hours and days and days, representatives on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives droned on. One side continued to call for a clean continuing resolution (CR) bill to be brought to the floor for a vote; the other side continued to bring up individual items in the CR for a vote.

The Bottom Line: Snowden, Secrets, Syria … and Common Sense

September 16, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Some say the information age dawned as early as the early 1970s with the birth of email, while others may argue the light wasn’t realized until the early 1990s with rise of the World Wide Web. Either way, there’s no doubt that the era of information sharing is at least into its third decade with a growth rate that rivals a computer virus. Yet in a time when information travels at the speed of light, the public continues to be astonished when once-private information goes, well, public.

The Bottom Line: Downsizing Devil is in the Details

August 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Industry has been reacting to sequestration woes for some time, but now it appears the details of downsizing are finally making their way into the military sector.

The Bottom Line: The DOD Must Be a Squeaky Wheel

May 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

It’s time for military leaders, and yes, even members of the intelligence community, to come out from behind the curtain. They not only need to share with the public what networks and radios and tanks and guns mean to a warfighter’s safety but also what they mean to global security.

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