The Bottom Line

June 9, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Technology is a wonderful way to stay in touch, but it’s summer and time to put gadgets away for a bit. Whether you live in a region with year-round sunshine or brutal winters, taking those paid vacation days benefits not just you and your family but also the economy.

May 13, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

It all began with Dolly, the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell. While technical advances continued to make the news, their effects and the possibilities they created did not reach lawmakers or the legal profession.

March 13, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Nearly a dozen years ago, consumers were afforded some protection against receiving unwanted phone calls—the National Do Not Call Registry. But it's up to consumers to make sure it works. 

January 30, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Privacy hasn't disappeared. We've been handing it over bit by bit for years.

January 13, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

While cybersecurity is getting big play in the news these days—as it well should—three topics require just as much attention but have not yet hit the big time. Acquisition, spectrum and interoperability may not have the headline-grabbing charm of the hack into the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account, but they are issues that need the same serious attention.

December 12, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Serial has become more than an ordinary podcast. Its captivating story line has listeners joining in the conversation, an approach that could help governments solve larger problems.

October 9, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

When it comes to STEM, it is time to stop talking about the need and the gap and the possible solutions and start doing something about them. Action not only requires that more students and future teachers major in STEM fields but also that governments and the private sector put their money where their mouths are by providing financial support to these students.

September 10, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

You’ve heard of light years? Well, in computer time, what you believe has been 15 minutes is actually one hour.

August 13, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

New media entrants have quietly emerged: John Q. Public as the on-the-spot reporter.

July 9, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The 2013 U.S. Defense Department’s budget woes have been called “the perfect storm,” but it’s time to come out of the storm cellar.

June 11, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Graduation ceremony speech from Adm. McRaven, Navy SEAL and commander, U.S. Special Forces Command, encompasses wisdom for all: Make your bed. Face the sharks. Respect everyone.

May 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The military’s evolving environment stands on the strong shoulders of the past to reach for the clouds.

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?

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.

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.

January 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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