The Washington Post Debuts A Real-Time Political Lie-Detector Prototype Named "Truth Teller"

This is a guest post by Lewis Shepherd, the Director of Microsoft’s Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, based in Washington DC (with offices in Redmond, WA and the UK). You can follow him on Twitter at @lewisshepherd. This post originally appeared on his blog, Shepherd’s Pi. I like writing about cool applications of technology that are so pregnant with the…

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Free Microsoft Cloud Computing For University Scientists

Microsoft and Internet2 have announced a new agreement enabling member universities to take advantage of Windows Azure to open up collaborative, instructional and research opportunities in the cloud. The announcement was made at the recent Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting in Arlington, VA. This agreement is a significant step in making cloud computing more accessible…

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Political Campaign In The Cloud: Three Hot New Social Apps For Election 2012

This is a guest post by Stan Freck, part of the Microsoft Office of Civic Innovation, with headquarters in Washington DC. An earlier version of this article appeared on the FutureFed blog. Everyone knows that the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign for President of the United States made sophisticated use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media,…

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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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How Microsoft Is Organizing Local News And Nonprofit Impact On Bing Maps In The Cloud

Guest post byTara Grumm, the Online Marketing Manager for Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft, where she develops Web presence and digital strategy. You can follow her on Twitter at @tgrumm. Every day, hundreds of nonprofit organizations are hard at work improving the educational process, facilitating research on important topics, and empowering citizens with skills critical to…

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Brookings And Microsoft Develop Online Data Visualization To Align Public Transportation Resources With Job Creation Goals

Guest post by Joanne Harrell, the Senior Director of Microsoft State and Local eGovernment Programs. This article originally appeared on the Microsoft Bright Side of Government blog. The Brookings Institution and Microsoft have teamed up to develop a new online data visualization tool that is designed to help cities and counties align public transportation resources…

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Thinking About Data.gov And Open Government Data As A Service

Guest post by Phil West, a Senior Technology Architect with the Microsoft Office of Civic Innovation. A version of this article originally appeared at FutureFed. Data.gov recently turned two years old. On the White House blog, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra wrote about how far Data.gov has come since starting on May 21, 2009. From 47…

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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 negative real growth since fiscal…

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Should Researchers Perform Biocomputation In The Cloud To Deal With A Biological Data Tsunami?

More data is being produced, analyzed, shared, and stored than ever before. Scientific research, particularly biological sciences like genomics, is one of the more prominent examples of this, with laboratories producing teraBY a, a, part, Dan described above – use BLAST to sift through large databases, identify new animal species,improve drug effectiveness,produce biofuels, and much…

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Designing State And Local Governments With Connected Devices And Continuous Services

Guest post by Kristin Bockius, the Education Marketing Manager within Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector division. She was until recently the State and Local Government Marketing Manager, where among other things she launched the Bright Side of Government blog. These are tough times for governments. Well, for governments that can’t print money, that is. While at…

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