Data As Your Identity And E-Government

Welcome to the last show of 2012 and thanks for making Waves of Tech a regular part of your podcasting lives. This week on Episode 164 we discuss preserving and leaving a digital estate for your friends and families to remember you by and the importance of backing your data up. We wrap 2012 up with a review of an array of e-government activities ranging from big data centers, infrastructure investments, and social media expectations. Thanks as always for listening to Waves of Tech and we wish everyone the very best this holiday season.

In an era where cost savings and budget constraints seem to be the norm, one thing that should never get placed on the back burner is data backup. Steve shares the story of his weekend adventures in assisting a client reclaim their lost data after refusing to take his advice over the past year.
Digital Estate
We all want to leave something behind for our family, children, and friends. This may include jewelry, valuables, money, photos, or anything else of personal wealth. This begs the question – What are we doing with our digital estate and how are we preserving this for our family? With the ease of uploading photos and memories to social media, we often lose a sense of attachment to these routine functions. When someone passes, are there memories, ideas, thoughts, information, or interests that may be left behind simply because they are locked up in the digital life?
We look into a review of the year 2012 as it relates to e-government activities. Governments are starting to realize the power of a strong social media presence and we can see a spike in accounts. Many tax payers are to the point of expecting governments to have a social media presence and governments are responding. Furthermore, we can quantify the number of states and local agencies utilizing online voter registration and electronic voting machines. State agencies are beginning to invest millions (currently and in the near future) in infrastructure design and maintenance along with finding ways to deliver broadband access to millions that still don’t have Internet access.


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