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Smart Grid & Privacy

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Another MSNBC article Talking about how the avalanche of data expected to be generated by consumer smart homes can be used knowingly or unknowingly to reconstruct your daily/private life.

Utility companies, by gathering hundreds of billions of data points about us, could reconstruct much of our daily lives — when we wake up, when we go home, when we go on vacation, perhaps even when we draw a hot bath. They might sell this information to marketing companies — perhaps a travel agency will send brochures right when the family vacation is about to arrive. Law enforcement officials might use this information against us (“Where were you last night? Home watching TV? That’s not what the power company says … ”). Divorce lawyers could subpoena the data (“You say you’re a good parent, but your children are forced to sleep in 61-degree rooms. For shame …”). A credit bureau or insurance company could penalize you because your energy use patterns are similar to those of other troublesome consumers. Or criminals could spy the data, then plan home burglaries with fine-tuned accuracy.

The Full article can be read HERE

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The Federal IT Dashboard-The Status Quo Is No Longer Acceptable !

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

I really like the new Federal IT dashborad I see it as an amazing tool to keep the public informed with the details of the Federal information technology investments and provide them with the ability to track the progress of IT investments/projects over time. The IT Dashboard displays data received from 29 agency reports to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), including general information on over 7,000 Federal IT investments and detailed data for nearly 800 of those investments that agencies classify as “major.”

I know that some other countries are doing the same and will launch similar services soon, Such a trend can really help the concerned public/industry. The data is very comprehensive, It even covers the performance metrics and KPIs for every major project.

For example the NPPD – National Cybersecurity & Protection System (NCPS) project seems to be running little behind ( Av. days late per milestone is 120 ) , But you can see that the amount of work is huge.

NPPD

NPPD

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NPPD Miletsones

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You might need to watch this tutorial Video to actually know how to reach your desired information, then it becomes fairly easy.