Top Senate Democrats unveil new online privacy bill, promising tough penalties for data abuse

Google | November 27, 2019

Senate Democrats on Tuesday, Nov. 26, proposed tough new punishments for Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley tech giants that mishandle their users' personal data, unveiling a sweeping new online privacy bill that aims to provide people their "Miranda rights" for the digital age. The effort, led by Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington state Democrat who previously worked in the tech industry, marks a significant attempt by Congress to write the country's first-ever national consumer-privacy law after years of false starts - and massive data scandals that illustrated the costs of the U.S. government's inaction. Cantwell's bill, dubbed the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act, would allow people to see the personal information that is amassed about them and block it from being sold. The measure also promises steep fines and opens the door for web users to bring lawsuits, if social media sites, retailers and others engage in harmful practices and break the rules.

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New technologies in cars have enabled valuable features that have the potential to improve driver safety and vehicle performance. Along with these benefits, vehicles are becoming more connected through electronic systems like navigation, infotainment, and safety monitoring tools. The proliferation of these technologies raises concerns about the ability of hackers to gain access and control to the essential functions and features of those cars and for others to utilize information on drivers’ habits for commercial purposes without the drivers’ knowledge or consent.

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New technologies in cars have enabled valuable features that have the potential to improve driver safety and vehicle performance. Along with these benefits, vehicles are becoming more connected through electronic systems like navigation, infotainment, and safety monitoring tools. The proliferation of these technologies raises concerns about the ability of hackers to gain access and control to the essential functions and features of those cars and for others to utilize information on drivers’ habits for commercial purposes without the drivers’ knowledge or consent.

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ICF Partners with Google Cloud Expands Digital Support To Public Sector Clients

ICF | June 02, 2022

ICF, a worldwide consulting and digital services firm, has teamed up with Google Cloud to offer cloud and analytics services to government clients. As organizations across the public sector execute on their digital transformation strategies, there is an increased need for technology partners and solutions that seamlessly support these transformation goal. We're pleased to partner with ICF and continue helping customers across the public sector with the solutions and expertise they need to move into the next stage of their digital transformation journeys." Lesta Brady, Director, Federal Sales at Google Cloud ICF's engagement with Google Cloud demonstrates the company's success in speeding digital transformation for federal agencies using Google Cloud's platform, which includes helping federal health clients like the National Cancer Institute and others. In support of its multi-cloud strategy, the alliance strengthens the company's digital and partnership ecosystem. By combining strong domain and technology consulting skills with new Google Cloud features, ICF is better able to quickly implement digital solutions that support our customers' missions and improve operational efficiency. Mark Lee, ICF Executive Vice President and Public Sector Lead, shared, "ICF's partnership with Google Cloud strengthens our ability to bring greater innovation to federal agencies so they can deliver better citizen services, faster. With Google Cloud as a partner, ICF can provide more clients with the interdisciplinary partners they need to accelerate their migrations to the cloud and increase their mission impact." ICF combines public sector domain experience with an ecosystem of platform partners and digital practices to create responsive, scalable solutions that help customers achieve their mission objectives and achieve a significant increase in productivity. To promote positive change from the inside, the company's digital solutions assist mission leaders in solving crucial problems, modernizing systems, harnessing the power of data and analytics, and optimizing the customer experience.

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DataRobot Selected by U.S. Department of Defense to Power Government’s AI Initiatives

DataRobot | February 14, 2022

AI Cloud leader DataRobot today announced its selection as an AI partner under a five-year $249 million-ceiling Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). Through this contract, DataRobot is tasked with transforming AI throughout the DoD ecosystem by providing its AI Cloud platform and services to accelerate the government’s use of emerging AI technologies including Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), and Neural Networks (NN). DataRobot will support JAIC’s commitment to strategic and world-class AI solutions by: ● Providing a unified AI platform to enable all users across the DoD to quickly and successfully build and deploy mission-enabling AI projects ● Detecting, measuring, and standardizing bias prevention as a routine step in the machine learning process, driving more reliable operations and strategic solutions ● Operationalizing solutions for Testing and Evaluation (T&E) of AI-enabled systems, automated products, and autonomous systems ● Integrating AI T&E tools and services in alignment with JAIC’s architectures, technical standards, and security standards DataRobot’s end-to-end AI Cloud platform brings together disparate data and users, spanning expert data scientists to IT operators to analysts, through enhanced collaboration and continuous optimization across the entire AI lifecycle. Built as a multi-cloud platform, DataRobot AI Cloud can be deployed in a combination of public clouds, data centers, or at the edge, with governance to protect and secure even the most highly-regulated organizations. “AI has the power to shape the next generation of U.S. Defense operations, ensuring the safety of our citizens, personnel and allies,” said Jim Watson, VP, Sales, Federal & Public Sector, DataRobot. “We’re proud to support the JAIC’s mission to maximize the full potential of AI, and we share the DoD’s commitment to solving complex and mission-critical problems with better, faster, data-driven solutions that are accessible for all.” About DataRobot DataRobot AI Cloud is the next generation of AI. DataRobot’s AI Cloud vision is to bring together all data types, all users, and all environments to deliver critical business insights for every organization. DataRobot is trusted by global customers across industries and verticals, including a third of the Fortune 50.

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MetTel Partners with Geotab to Deliver IoT Solutions for U.S. Government Vehicles

MetTel | January 13, 2021

MetTel, a Gartner-perceived pioneer in advanced transformation and communications, today announced that it is joining forces with Geotab to offer government vehicles access to a suite of oversaw services that give basic knowledge to help streamline consistence and detailing, reduce complete cost of ownership and improve resident and representative safety, as well as limit greenhouse gas emissions. Today, numerous government vehicles just approach vehicle motor diagnostics. Outdated methods of the board and documentation make inefficiencies in fuel usage, driving time and in general expenses. With grant winning telematics from Geotab coupled with MetTel's full service armada the executives entrance, government fleets can increase visibility into their vehicles to make efficiencies and help reduce in general costs. "Our mission at MetTel is to provide an easy on ramp for government agencies to realize the full benefits of the Internet of Things," said Robert Dapkiewicz, SVP and General Manager of MetTel Federal. "Government agencies are looking for ways to provide more transparency, while providing the tools to help reduce costs and increase the safety of government employees and the citizens they serve. MetTel-enabled IoT solutions help provide that, through an easy to use "single pane of glass." With MetTel and Geotab, managers of government vehicles will have access to critical intelligence that will provide broad visibility into each MetTel-enabled vehicle. Among the benefits: • Reduced Costs: Smarter asset utilization can reduce overall mileage and fuel spend. Predictive diagnostic technology notifies agency managers of vehicle maintenance needs before they become costly fixes or replacements. • Improved Driver Safety: In-vehicle coaching, risk and safety reports, instant notifications and accident detection with detailed second-by-second data to help increase the safety of drivers and citizens. • Streamlined Compliance & Reporting: Configurable dashboard and reporting software with email automation helps eliminate the tedious process of manual reporting for government regulations, odometer readings and fuel economy. • GHG & EV Battery Reporting and Compliance: Minimizes and measures greenhouse gas emissions & EV (electric Vehicle) specific solutions for battery and vehicle diagnostics. • Increased Efficiency of Fleet Inventory: Deeper visibility into the availability of vehicles to make data-based decisions about vehicle and driver utilization. • Schedule 70: As a small business, MetTel offers IT communications products, services and solutions through GSA IT Schedule 70 contracts to federal, state and local agencies. "We are excited to add our leading telematics platform to MetTel's expansive technology offering for the U.S. Federal Government," said Jean Pilon-Bignell, Vice President of Business Development, Government and Smart Cities , Geotab. "As the leading telematics provider to the U.S. Federal Government, and thanks to our recent FedRAMP certification, we are committed to connecting Federal agency vehicles and integrating them into broader IoT strategies that can help save the Government time, resources and money." MetTel Federal Portal, Bruin, Provides "Single Pane of Glass" to Help Easily Manage Vehicles Government agencies will have full visibility of MetTel-empowered vehicles through the MetTel Federal Portal, a fully overseen service giving monetary control of operations to telecom services, including service advancement (wireline, wireless, IoT and IaaS) through the Bruin stage, also marked as "MetTel Federal Portal." The MetTel Federal Portal is a head, grant winning armada the executives gateway offering a secure, seamless stage for all charging, provisioning, tagging, requesting and revealing. About MetTel MetTel is a leader in communications and digital transformation (DX) solutions for enterprise customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel gives enterprises one, unified view and control point for all their communications and advanced network services. MetTel's comprehensive portfolio of customer solutions can boost enterprise productivity, reduces costs and simplifies operations. About Geotab Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab's open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. 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