Podcast: IT Security, Internet Freedom and Open Government at Threatpost

This morning, I was privileged to join Dennis Fisher on the Digital Underground podcast to talk about IT security, open government, Internet freedom and open data movements, including how they’re affecting IT security.

ListenIT Security, Internet Freedom and Open Government [MP3]

Fisher is a founding editor of the Threatpost blog and is one of the best information security journalists in the industry and a former colleague from TechTarget.

Over the course of the podcast, we discussed the different ways in which Internet freedom and privacy play into the current climate online. (We also talked a bit about Twitter and journalism.) As 2011 matures, legitimate concerns about national security will continue to be balanced with the spirit of open government expressed by the Obama administration.

The issues created between Wikileaks and open government policies are substantial. Open data may be used for accountability, citizen utility and economic opportunity. But as federal CIO Vivek Kundra said to Harvard Business School students studying Data.gov last year, the transparency facet in the Obama administration’s open government initiative has multiple layers of complexity.

Fisher and I explore these issues, along with a number of the complexities involved with improving information sharing between the public and private sector when it comes to vulnerabilities and threats. Currently, over 80% of the nation’s critical infrastructure is in the private sector.

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About Alex Howard

Alexander B. Howard is a DC-based a technology writer and editor. Previously, he was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where he covered the voices, technologies and issues that matter in the intersection of government, technology and society. If you're feeling social, you can follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or circle him on Google Plus In addition to corresponding for the O’Reilly Radar, he has contributed to the Huffington Post, Govfresh, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, National Journal, The Atlantic, CBS News and Forbes. He graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in biology and sociology. Currently, he is a resident of the District of Columbia, where he lives with his greyhound, wife, power tools, plants and growing collection of cast iron pans, many of which are frequently used to pursue his passion for good cooking.

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