The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced a pre-solicitation for SBIR funds. Topics include Privacy Protecting Analytics for the Internet of Things (Privacy of Things?), A Wearable Communications Hub Designed to Streamline and Improve First Responder Communication Capabilities (Jarvis from Iron Man?), Canine Mounted Track and Transmit Device (Bionic Dog?) and more.
++ The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is an opportunity to get the U.S. gov to fund startup ideas up to $1.15M over a period of about 2 1/2 years. In a lot of ways, this is the government at its best - "... SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization".
The user at the centre of it all?
UK Government Digital Service (GDS) presentation on how they do User Research.
++ Smashing Magazine article on the tension inherent in balancing the perspective of designers and control given to users.
++ D5, a "... group of some of the most digitally advanced governments in the world". Founding members are United Kingdom, South Korea, Estonia, Israel and New Zealand. "D5 is not a talking shop" says Liam Maxwell, GDS CTO. I think that's a message. Yup, cue Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back music ...
cyberforge: random and relevant
++ So, is there anyone other than OIX.UK toiling and expending treasure to explore the business side of the identity house? Anyone?