Aug 4, 2009 | 3
White House acting cyber security czar Melissa Hathaway on Monday became the latest to walk away from a position that (ostensibly, at least) promises to play the primary role in protecting the nation's digital infrastructure. Hathaway told The Wall Street Journal she was leaving the White House after about six months there for "personal reasons," but the paper also made clear that Hathaway (like many of her federal-level cyber security predecessors) was embroiled in a power struggle that she was unlikely to win.
Hathaway, a holdover from the Bush administration, locked horns with President Obama's economic team, the Journal reports, after she said it should consider options for regulating some private-sector entities to ensure they secure their networks. Instead of "spinning her wheels" in the White House, as one Journal source put it, Hathaway decided to "pass the torch."
Jan 27, 2009 | 4
The Obama White House was so 1996 yesterday: the new administration’s e-mail crashed, forcing the president’s aides to rely on cell phones, text messaging and (gasp) paper to communicate.
The White House e-mail system uses Microsoft Outlook, and a server outage caused the collapse, an unidentified staffer told The Washington Post. The glitch hit the press office, first lady’s office and other departments, but by this morning was resolved, according to The Washington Times.
Nov 7, 2008 | 4
Now that president-elect Barack Obama is officially on his way to the White House, it's time to make good on his numerous campaign pledges. Among them: his plan to appoint the first cabinet-level chief technology officer (CTO) tasked with, for starters, improving cyber security, spreading high-speed broadband Internet connectivity, and coordinating the efforts of the top info officers of the federal agencies, according to Change.gov, a Web site Obama's transition team set up to lay out the president-elect's plans for technology, the economy, education and several other issues.
Who's up to the task? CNET says that Obama's decision to include Julius Genachowski, a fellow Columbia University alum with significant biz and government experience in the tech sector, in his transition team may provide a clue. Genachowski, 45, was co-founder of Rock Creek Ventures, in Washington, D.C., which funds, launches, and advises digital media and commerce companies. He also served in executive positions for eight years at IAC/InterActiveCorp., a New York-based company that owns dozens of popular Web sites, including Ask.com, Citysearch.com and Match.com. Before joining IAC, Genachowski was chief counsel to former Federal Communications Commission chairman Reed Hundt and served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court justices David H. Souter and William J. Brennan, Jr.
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