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A collection of tech-sector trade groups including the Internet Association and Digital Europe is urging leaders from the world’s top 20 economic powers to focus on policies that encourage broadband deployment and adoption, and job skills training for the digital workforce when the G20’s Digital Economy Task Force meets next week in Argentina. […]

A former top White House cybersecurity policymaker and IT systems manager at the Department of Education said today at the FCW Cybersecurity Summit that Federal agencies should expect to become targets of sophisticated cyber attacks and should count on assistance from other entities including their cloud service providers to meet those assaults. 






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To attract girls and women to computer science and retain their interest in the field, Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology, said this week it is advocating for a policy agenda that includes expanded computer science classes, increased exposure to women and minorities in tech, and more professional development funding.






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IT modernization in the Federal government will require collaboration, effective policies, and a focus on the true end-goal: improving the government experience for citizens, said agency CIOs and industry leaders at a May 23 FedInsider webinar on IT modernization.






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In order to combat a cyber workforce shortage, the traditional U.S. education system needs to be revamped to better align with cybersecurity needs, according to testimony at a House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection hearing. “Simply put, cybersecurity professionals are not produced by the education system in the United States in the quantities or the correct soft skills that are needed,” said David Jarvis, chief information officer at the IBM Institute for Business Value.






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The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced that it awarded $527,112 to Brigham Young University for a Web authentication middleware tool that will improve online security.






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Is the digital divide growing or shrinking in the United States? A new Pew Research Center report found that the digital divide, and digital readiness, is closely tied to an individual’s socioeconomic status, their race and ethnicity, and their level of access to home broadband and smartphones.






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Technavio announced the top 10 global visual analytics vendors for the U.S. education market through 2020. Educational institutions are increasing their use of dashboards and visualizations within applications and business process management systems as part of their technology strategy.






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The U.S. Department of Education in August delivered a death blow for ITT Technical Institute by banning the for-profit college from accepting new students who depend on Federal student aid, which was the source of most of ITT’s revenue. On Tuesday, ITT Educational Services, the company that operates ITT Technical Institutes, said it was permanently closing all of its campuses nationwide.






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