Twitter To Ban All Political Ads Ahead Of 2020 Elections

Twitter | October 31, 2019

Twitter is done with political advertising. Period. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted out the news on Wednesday afternoon, making it clear that the site will be putting an end to all political advertising globally. Dorsey also, in a series of tweets, explained the company’s decision to take such a stance, quipping that political message reach should be earned, not bought. Of course, the platform’s new stance, which Dorsey said they will start enforcing on Nov. 22 after sharing a final policy on Nov. 15, is in sharp contrast with Facebook’s own stance. Facebook has been under increasing scrutiny for refusing to even fact-check ads blasted out by politicians or campaigns, meaning that lies are a free-for-all.

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Do “green” buildings deliver the performance they promise? To answer this question, the General Services Administration (GSA) selected 22 representative green buildings from its national portfolio, including 12 buildings whose performance was assessed initially in 20071 . The evaluation was comprehensive, measuring environmental performance, financial metrics, and occupant satisfaction. Results were compared to both industry and GSA baselines. All buildings in the study incorporated sustainable design practices. Sixteen were LEED-NC certified or registered, representing more than one-third of the LEED buildings in GSA’s inventory at the time of the study. The remaining six buildings implemented a suite of sustainability strategies to enhance building performance.

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Do “green” buildings deliver the performance they promise? To answer this question, the General Services Administration (GSA) selected 22 representative green buildings from its national portfolio, including 12 buildings whose performance was assessed initially in 20071 . The evaluation was comprehensive, measuring environmental performance, financial metrics, and occupant satisfaction. Results were compared to both industry and GSA baselines. All buildings in the study incorporated sustainable design practices. Sixteen were LEED-NC certified or registered, representing more than one-third of the LEED buildings in GSA’s inventory at the time of the study. The remaining six buildings implemented a suite of sustainability strategies to enhance building performance.

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Consensus' ECFax Digital Cloud Faxing Solution Achieves Veterans Affairs ATO in Partnership with Federal Contractor, Cognosante

Cognosante | November 11, 2022

Consensus Cloud Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCSI), a leader in enterprise cloud faxing and interoperability solutions, today announced that its government offering, Enterprise Cloud Fax (ECFax), available through a partnership with prime contractor Cognosante, has achieved Authority to Operate (ATO) from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and is in process of final certification with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) PMO at the highest security impact level. Supporting VA's ECFax program marks Consensus' official entry into the U.S. federal government marketplace. The ECFax digital cloud faxing program offers government cloud faxing and secure information exchange solutions including advanced fax annotation, mobile apps, and a secure fax API that integrates into existing business applications, such as a CMS or EHR system. ECFax provides high volume, HIPAA-compliant, secure faxing in the cloud. With the ATO from VA, ECFax can now be implemented at over 2,000 US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) locations. "We are delighted that our solution has reached ATO status. Our official entry into the federal market, supporting VA in partnership with government contractor, Cognosante, is a significant milestone in Consensus' history, We remain committed to providing federal agencies with the technology and services they need to accelerate and streamline workflow processes, and securely exchange and validate data in an era of digital transformation." -Scott Turicchi, Chief Executive Officer, Consensus Cloud Solutions. Philip Dietz, General Manager of Cognosante's Military and Veteran Health Business Unit commented: Attaining ATO is a critical step to implementation. By achieving ATO, we have demonstrated that ECFax meets the government's most rigorous security and quality assurance protocols for data protection. VA and its partners can be confident that the most sensitive veteran healthcare information will be handled with the attention it deserves. About Consensus Cloud Solutions: Consensus Cloud Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCSI) is the world's largest digital fax provider and a trusted global source for the transformation, enhancement and secure exchange of digital information. We leverage our 25-year history of success by providing advanced solutions for regulated industries such as healthcare, finance, insurance and manufacturing, as well as state and federal government. Our solutions consist of: cloud faxing, digital signature, robotic process automation, interoperability and workflow enhancement; and intelligent data extraction using natural language processing and artificial intelligence that result in improved outcomes. Our solutions can be combined with best-in-class managed services for optimal implementations. About Cognosante: Cognosante is a mission-driven technology company delivering innovative and transformative solutions that improve the health and safety of Americans. With more than a decade of experience working with Federal and state government agencies, we aim to expand access to care, improve care delivery, deliver solutions addressing social determinants of health, and ensure safety and security through multi-faceted technology and customer experience (CX) solutions. Our broad range of capabilities includes enterprise IT and cloud, data science, telehealth, interoperability, public health surveillance, clinical performance, eligibility and enrollment, and consumer engagement.

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Government Brands Becomes "Catalis" for Transforming Government

Government Brands, LLC | September 01, 2022

Government Brands, LLC, the trusted technology partner for thousands of US and Canadian government entities, has launched a rebrand as Catalis TM. Catalis is one of North America's leading government Software as a Service (SaaS) and integrated payments providers, powering municipal, county, state, and federal governments. Government Brands was launched in late 2017 and in less than five years strategically acquired and combined more than 30 GovTech companies across the US and Canada. This rapid growth necessitates a new way to organize and brand their broad portfolio of software and payments solutions. The rebrand, which is not a corporate restructuring, is part of the company's natural progression as it continues to grow and offer clients innovative technology and a more comprehensive suite of solutions. A recapitalization in 2021, with leading investors PSG and TPG, elevated Government Brands to "unicorn" status, with a valuation exceeding $1 billion. Rebranding is the next step of evolution toward further expansion and positioning Catalis as North America's premier software and digital payments provider to government. "This an exciting time – not only for our company but also for our customers and stakeholders, This rebrand reflects the evolution of our company and provides an opportunity to better communicate the wide range of best-in-class solutions we provide. We look forward to uniting our existing brands under one comprehensive citizen-first brand focused on serving government, The inherent complexity of government can hinder change, and no one feels this more than the people who work there: the public servants who work tirelessly to meet the needs of their citizens, Catalis understands those challenges and provides the technology, expertise, and agility to successfully deploy modern, transformative solutions, Our existing customers will continue to experience the same customer-centric service they have grown to know and rely on, and we're excited to develop new partnerships at all levels of government,The rebrand to Catalis is just the next step in our progression to providing the technology and innovation to meet – and exceed – the expectations of a modern digital government." -John Kristel, CEO of Catalis. "Catalis" is inspired by the word "catalyst," which describes the company's mission: to serve as a catalyst for creating a modern digital government. Their deep expertise, proven track record, and purpose-built digital solutions empower public officials to advance government and engage citizens through technology. The company offers a wide range of technology solutions across government with a portfolio of leading SaaS solutions for Citizen Engagement, Courts, Land Records, Public Works, Tax, Regulatory & Compliance, and CAMA, and integrated systems for Payments. While the brand name has changed, Kristel assures customers that Catalis will continue to provide an unparalleled customer service experience, including an expanded range of resources and solutions to help them modernize government and engage citizens. About Catalis: Catalis is the transformational SaaS and integrated payments partner powering all levels and sizes of government – municipal, county, state, and federal. With deep expertise, a proven track record, and innovative digital solutions, Catalis has empowered public servants across the US and Canada to modernize government and engage citizens.

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CounterCraft Awarded $26 Million Contract from U.S. Government to Support Advanced Cyber Operations

CounterCraft | October 07, 2022

CounterCraft has been awarded a sole-source contract from the U.S. government, with a ceiling of more than $26MM, allowing the entire U.S. Department of Defense and federal government access to their innovative deception technology for active cyber defense. This is an especially important announcement as CounterCraft continues their ongoing mission to support U.S. cybersecurity initiatives. "It is clear that we are the active cyber defense and threat intelligence partner of choice for some of the most sophisticated organizations in the world; from governments to critical infrastructure to Fortune 500 companies, This award validates that our technology is highly needed and tremendously valued by our customers." -David Barroso, CEO and Co-Founder CounterCraft. This contract announcement is the culmination of a three-year effort starting with competitive trials with the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit, where CounterCraft outperformed over 20 other cybersecurity firms, including some of the giants in the industry. "Enabling commercial solutions and advancing public-private partnerships is a strong move by GSA and other forward-thinking federal organizations to stay ahead of threats from nation-state adversaries, We are committed to supporting our warfighters with innovative solutions for defense cyber operations (DCO) and nontraditional cyber initiatives." -Amyn Gilani COO CounterCraft. About CounterCraft: CounterCraft is the next generation of threat intelligence. CounterCraft The Platform™ is a cyber deception platform that offers active defense powered by high-interaction deception technology. Countercraft detects threats early, collects personalized, actionable intelligence, and enables organizations to defend their valuable data in real time. Their award-winning solution, fully integrated with MITRE ATT&CK®, fits seamlessly into existing security strategies and uses powerful automation features to reduce operator workload. Founded in 2015, CounterCraft is present in London, New York, and Madrid, with R&D in San Sebastian, Spain. CounterCraft recently raised additional funding from venture capital firms including cybersecurity-specific funds Adara Ventures, eCAPITAL, In-Q-Tel and Evolution Equity, bringing the total investment to date to $10 million.

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