Philadelphia’s School Of The Future Hosts A Screening Of The Matt Damon-Narrated Film ‘American Teacher’

Guest post by Andrew Ko, the senior director of innovation for Microsoft’s U.S. education business. Continue the conversation with him on Twitter at @AndrewKo888. American Teacher is a documentary that chronicles the stories of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. Narrated by Matt Damon, the teacher’s stories…

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Top 5 Windows Phone Apps Connecting Citizens To Civic Organizations

Guest post by Joel Reyes, a senior developer evangelist for Microsoft public sector. Follow him on Twitter at @joelcitizen. As I do every month, I present five of my favorite apps. This month, I’ve curated apps which are meant for your average consumer or citizen, but better connect them to information of a public /…

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Trends In Social Media And Cloud Computing Connecting Citizens With Government Services

Guest post by Ken Mallit, a Microsoft public sector solutions architect. Local governments, public agencies, and service delivery organizations continuously strive to enhance citizen and constituent services through a structured, centralized and efficient service delivery system. Such an ambitious objective, however, is not devoid of serious challenges and limitations, particularly in a world of shrinking…

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Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook Age Rules

Guest post by danah boyd, a senior researcher with Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Versions of this article were originally written for the Huffington Post, the Digital Media and Learning Blog, and danah’s personal site. “At what age…

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New AARP Survey Reveals Seniors Are Concerned About Online Safety

Guest post by Tammy Gordon, the Director of Social Communications and Strategy for AARP in Washington, DC. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. Follow @AARPtech for information about technology…

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Cybersafety: Microsoft Releases New Index Gauging Online Behaviors

Guest post by Jacqueline Beauchere, Director of Trustworthy Computing, Privacy & Safety Communications for the Microsoft Corporation. In October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the U.S., Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group announced a new tool named the Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MSCI) to help gauge how consumers are meeting the challenges of today’s digital…

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Interview With Cybersecurity Expert And Suits & Spooks Founder Jeffrey Carr

Every month at Publicyte, we interview a star who in our view is under-the-radar, and highlight their work in which they’re using technology for civic good, whether in the private or public sector. This month for our issue on Safety, I reached out to Jeffrey Carr, a cybersecurity consultant and author and former Microsoftie who…

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Top 5 Windows Phone Apps Related To Public Safety

Guest post by Joel Reyes, a senior developer evangelist for Microsoft public sector. Follow him on Twitter at @joelcitizen.  Every month in Publicyte, I’ll be describing the top five apps for Windows Phone 7 that fit the current themed issue. Last month, I brought you five great Connectivity apps. Today, I describe five fresh apps…

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Job One: Education And Skills Gap A National Security Risk

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. Could a skills gap caused by a lack of global competitiveness by our education system be a threat to U.S. national security? At least one former senior military leader thinks so….

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