We Like, January 20: Data.gov goes open source, risks in genome identification and gigabit communities Reply

Data.gov Moving To Open Source Platform

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The team that manages Data.gov is well on its way to making the government data repository open source using a new back-end called the Open Government Platform, officials said during a web discussion Wednesday.

There are now nearly 400,000 raw and geospatial government data sets posted to Data.gov.

Study Highlights the Risk of Handing Over Your Genome

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Researchers found they could tie people’s identities to supposedly anonymous genetic data by cross-referencing it with information available online.

Faster, Sooner: Why The U.S. Needs ‘Gigabit Communities’

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Photo Credit: Marco Wessel via Compfight cc

Walking the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show last week, I kept thinking of that line from Jaws, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” All the Internet-connected, data-hungry gadgets that are coming to market sent a strikingly clear message: we’re going to need faster broadband networks.

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