Google Ads Introduces New Policies for Government Documents & Services

Google | March 21, 2020

Google Ads has new policies, going into effect in May, on advertising government documents and official services. Government documents and official services now fall under the ‘other restricted businesses’ policy, which means Google will no longer show ads for them. As stated by Google, this policy applies to the government itself and companies that provide products and services on the government’s behalf.

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Digital modernization refers to the process of utilizing technology, whether through adoption of new tools or the improvement of existing ones, to achieve organizational goals. This can include enhancing the user experience, ensuring high uptime, implementing robust security measures, reducing latency, and streamlining processes for resolving issues. All levels of government are going through a digital transformation to deliver services and programs more effectively,transparently, and economically.To meet the demands of citizens who have adapted to the technological advancements in society, digital government transformation has become a vital aspect of providing efficient and effective services. However, one of the biggest hurdles in this process for federal agencies is striking a balance between leveraging technology for its benefits and maintaining robust security and privacy measures. Federal agencies handle confidential information regularly, making it imperative to safeguard against data breaches. Consequently, agencies must ensure that their digital systems and procedures are secure and adhere to relevant regulatory requirements.


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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Healthera receives funding from Government-backed Innovate UK to tackle critical challenges in the UK pharmacy sector

Healthera | December 02, 2022

Healthera, Cambridge-based digital health platform, today announces that it has been awarded funding from Innovate UK to develop the next generation of innovative patient-pharmacy healthcare platform. Following a rigorous process, and for the 3rd time since 2017, Healthera has been awarded funding from Innovate UK. Healthera has been offered an innovation loan of up to £500,000 to support its ongoing innovation in the community pharmacy and consumer medicine sector throughout the United Kingdom. Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, actively supports game-changing and commercially viable R&D projects that can significantly impact the UK economy. About the Project Utilising this new funding and with a strong leadership team with first hand experience in the industry, Healthera is addressing three critical opportunities to 'future-proof' UK pharmacies in this age of rapid digitalisation and growing consumer expectation: Enabling private treatments to be provided by local pharmacies digitally - ensuring safe and local clinical care for millions of patients with conditions like erectile dysfunction and hair loss. Improving medication adherence and access to repeat medication through a combination of smart algorithms, analytics tools, and targeted pharmacist support. Improving speed and accessibility of local delivery for medicines from the largest digital network of pharmacies in the UK. Healthera will leverage its network of over 1500 pharmacies, its current platform and infrastructure, and the clinical training of pharmacists on the platform to help more patients get access to private treatments for conditions that are often left untreated. This will allow local pharmacies to be a part of the rapidly growing sector that was previously only available to online doctors. Innovation from the project also aims to provide accessible delivery options for areas of the UK that do not currently have access to local medicine delivery – and continuing Healthera's original mission to improve adherence of medicines, reduce medicine wastage and spearhead the growth of pharmacy revenue – all this at a time when central funding and revenue channels are being limited for the community pharmacy. "This is an important step in our mission of becoming the go-to health hub for patients. As the market leaders for digitally transforming the pharmacy landscape, we're excited to receive support from Innovate UK to expedite this total innovation and truly future-proof the UK's vital community pharmacy industry." -Quintus Liu, CEO of Healthera. Andrew Bellingham, Director of Product and Strategy at Healthera commented, The pharmacy sector, which I've worked in for 20 years, is well-prepared to enhance their efficiencies, expand to more healthcare verticals, and reach more patients outside of their local vicinity through adopting digital technology. We've identified these opportunities and market gaps and are thrilled to be delivering the support that our invaluable community pharmacies deserve. "We're pleased to offer an innovation loan to Healthera to support the team on their mission to improve the delivery of healthcare through local pharmacies, a large market that is critical for the health of the nation and one that is now becoming ready to be further enhanced through digital innovation. The industry has huge potential for growth and it's important that an innovative platform like Healthera continues to push boundaries." -Scott O'Brien, Director of Innovation Finance at Innovate UK. About Healthera: Founded out of Cambridge University, Healthera operates a market leading healthcare platform that provides patients with medicines, healthcare services and products through the largest digital network of pharmacies in the UK, including over 1,500 pharmacies from large national chains and independent providers. About Innovate UK: Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by grant-in-aid from the UK government. Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK's world-class research base.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

NanoGraf Wins Contract from U.S. Government to Develop First Large-Volume Advanced Silicon Anode Manufacturing Facility in the U.S.

NanoGraf | December 01, 2022

NanoGraf, an advanced battery material company and enabler of the world’s most energy dense 18650 lithium-ion cell, today announced a contract award from the U.S. Government. The contract will fund the onshore manufacturing of high-performance silicon anode materials as the first large-volume silicon oxide manufacturing facility in the U.S. At peak production, NanoGraf will produce 35 T/Y, enough material to provide enhanced power for various battery applications. The U.S. faces unprecedented battery market demand and a highly problematic supply chain, resulting in an increased need for the onshoring of battery manufacturing facilities. In awarding NanoGraf this production contract, the U.S. Government is taking an important step towards a strong supply chain by scaling material production of the world’s most energy dense 3.8Ah 18650 cylindrical lithium-ion cell, at 800 watt-hours per liter (Wh/L), which was announced in 2021. “NanoGraf’s twin mission is to continually improve battery performance and to be a great partner for our customers across sectors, including government, automotive, and consumer electronics, This contract ensures continued improvements in battery performance and a more reliable supply chain as we bring our silicon-anode technology to scale.” -Connor Hund, Chief Operating Officer. The 18-month contract complements NanoGraf’s existing domestic material production strategy and the company’s additional plans to support the electric vehicle market by 2024. NanoGraf will produce 35 tons of silicon anode material per year as the company scales to 1,000 tons per year to support the EV market. With NanoGraf’s proprietary silicon oxide material design, material prices will be on par with the cost of lower-performance graphite anodes. The contract announcement comes on the heels of NanoGraf’s setting the new industry benchmark for the most energy dense lithium-ion 18650 battery. The next-generation cell will increase the energy density of batteries by over 20%, considerably lightening the load for users. Illinois is poised to become a leader in the electric vehicle revolution, thanks to leaders in our state like NanoGraf. With its groundbreaking research and production of light-weight, energy dense batteries, NanoGraf is helping define the next generation of consumer and military vehicles, said Senator Dick Durbin. I’m pleased to see the Department of Defense recognize the value in supporting NanoGraf’s mission, which will improve our military readiness and have immeasurable applications across industry. About NanoGraf: NanoGraf is an advanced battery material company whose patented silicon-anode technology enables longer-lasting, higher-energy, and higher-power lithium-ion batteries. NanoGraf works with more than 50 companies, including some of the world’s leading consumer electronics, household appliance, and power tool brands, and over 12 strategic partners in electric mobility (from startups to Fortune 100s). NanoGraf is a spinout of Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory.

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CYBERSECURITY

HUMAN Security and Carahsoft Partner to Provide Holistic Digital Attack Defense and World Class Threat Intelligence to the Public Sector

Carahsoft | November 21, 2022

HUMAN Security, Inc. (formerly White Ops)--the global leader in safeguarding enterprises from digital attacks with modern defense, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a partnership. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as HUMAN’s Master Government Aggregator®, making the company’s industry-leading bot, fraud, and account abuse protection services available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s reseller partners and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), E&I Cooperative Services Contract, OMNIA Partners, and The Quilt contracts. “As digital attacks have become increasingly sophisticated and targeted, agencies need a modern defense strategy to protect their operational efficiencies from threats and digital attacks, With the addition of the Human Defense Platform to our cybersecurity offerings, agencies can trust they are protected against digital attacks, fraud and account abuse. We look forward to working with HUMAN and our reseller partners to help our joint customers stay ahead of the threat landscape and protect their organizations from emerging cyber risk.” -Rich Maigue, Sales Director who leads the HUMAN Security Team at Carahsoft. The Human Defense Platform provides advanced technology, profound insights, and full lifecycle approach that rapidly protects many of the world’s largest entities against sophisticated digital attacks including, bots, transaction fraud, account takeover, data exfiltration and system compromises, and other malicious attacks. HUMAN’s software as a service (SaaS) solution is powered by massive observability by verifying the humanity of more than 20 trillion digital interactions a week (over 50% of the global internet population and 3 billion unique devices a month) on behalf of its customers. With this observability advantage and network effect, paired with threat intelligence for continuous adaptation, HUMAN is able to stay ahead of adversaries and disrupt their campaigns while protecting valuable customer and employee data, platforms and applications. Past examples of disruptions in collaboration with the government includes disrupting 3ve bringing together the FBI, Google, Facebook and many others in the industry; and the takedown of Methbot. The first lesson I learned in the Air Force was to always go into battle with a distinct advantage. Unfortunately, when it comes to cybercrime, strategies built around defensive security don’t apply this same principle. At best, many are playing not to lose. HUMAN plays to win. Our unique approach with modern defense leverages internet observability, collective protection across hundreds of customers, and actionable threat intelligence and disruptions, enables us to win against cybercriminals, said Tamer Hassan, HUMAN Co-Founder and CEO, and a former decorated Air Force pilot who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. By partnering with Carahsoft and its reseller partners, we’re able to not only protect Government and military entities and Public Sector institutions from sophisticated bot attacks, fraud, and account abuse, but we’re able to adapt quickly to defend them from threats yet to come. HUMAN’s modern defense approach protects customers along every step of the digital journey. The following featured solutions are part of the Human Defense Platform: HUMAN Bot Defender For digital businesses that need to protect their web and mobile applications and APIs, HUMAN Bot Defender is a behavior-based bot management solution that efficiently detects and mitigates the most sophisticated bot attacks. Unlike competing solutions that provide protection from only basic bot attacks, are hard to integrate and limit your infrastructure choices, HUMAN Bot Defender effortlessly integrates into any existing infrastructure and scales as your traffic grows to safeguard your online revenue and competitive edge. HUMAN Account Defender HUMAN Account Defender safeguards online accounts by detecting and neutralizing compromised and fake accounts on apps and websites. It stops fraud and abuse, reduces customer risk and cuts your fraud team’s workload. Account Defender uses behavioral analysis to continuously monitor accounts post-login for suspicious behavior. It generates an evolving risk score based on all activity in an account rather than relying on a single point-in-time check, such as only at login or at the point of transaction. When a risk threshold is met, automated actions such as locking the account are triggered. Code Defender HUMAN Code Defender is a client-side web application security solution that provides comprehensive real-time visibility and granular control into modern website’s client-side supply chain attack surface. Leveraging behavioral analysis and advanced machine learning, Code Defender identifies vulnerabilities and anomalous behavior to reduce the risk of non-compliance. It provides comprehensive client-side mitigation, partnering granular control over legitimate JavaScript with Content Security Policy (CSP) mitigation capabilities to identify high risk PII, PCI and vulnerability incidents. About HUMAN: HUMAN is a cybersecurity company that safeguards 500+ customers from sophisticated bot attacks, fraud and account abuse. We leverage modern defense—internet visibility, network effect, and disruptions—to enable our customers to increase ROI and trust while decreasing end-user friction, data contamination, and cybersecurity exposure. Today we verify the humanity of more than 20 trillion digital interactions per week across advertising, marketing, e-commerce, government, education and enterprise security, putting us in a position to win against cybercriminals. Protect your digital business with HUMAN. About Carahsoft: Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

US Government Grants ModMed® a Patent

ModMed | November 11, 2022

Healthcare technology innovator ModMed is pleased to announce that the US Government granted Patent No. 11,443,836 protecting some of the core functionality of its EHR system — a system designed to save clinicians time documenting exams and allows them to focus more on the patient in front of them. “This patent solidifies our position in the EMR market for physicians seeking technology designed to make their lives easier, Physician burnout is very real. By using our patented adaptive learning technology, we are able to streamline the documentation process — saving healthcare providers valuable time. No physician I have ever met went to medical school to treat technology; they went to school to treat patients.” -Dan Cane, CEO and cofounder of ModMed. ModMed offers software solutions developed by physicians for physicians. ModMed cofounder and Chief Medical and Strategy Officer Dr. Michael Sherling, and his team of board-certified physicians, are doctors as well as software coders. The patent really highlights how unique and innovative our adaptive logic software truly is, added Dr. Sherling, who has been a practicing dermatologist since 2006 and currently volunteers in a clinic for underserved communities in Palm Beach County, Florida. Doctors know what doctors need. We develop our product for the specialties we practice in. Every specialty practices medicine differently and each doctor tailors their practice to the patients they are seeing. Out of the box, EMA has the medical knowledge for each speciality, and this helps reduce physician burnout.” About ModMed: ModMed is transforming healthcare by placing doctors and patients at the center of care through an intelligent, specialty-specific cloud platform. With our electronic health records (EHR) and practice management (PM) systems, and our revenue cycle management (RCM) services, our all-in-one solution empowers specialty medical practices by providing clinical, financial and operational software solutions. Our staff physicians help to develop products and services for allergy, dermatology, gastroenterology, OBGYN, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management, plastic surgery, podiatry and urology practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers.

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Spotlight

Digital modernization refers to the process of utilizing technology, whether through adoption of new tools or the improvement of existing ones, to achieve organizational goals. This can include enhancing the user experience, ensuring high uptime, implementing robust security measures, reducing latency, and streamlining processes for resolving issues. All levels of government are going through a digital transformation to deliver services and programs more effectively,transparently, and economically.To meet the demands of citizens who have adapted to the technological advancements in society, digital government transformation has become a vital aspect of providing efficient and effective services. However, one of the biggest hurdles in this process for federal agencies is striking a balance between leveraging technology for its benefits and maintaining robust security and privacy measures. Federal agencies handle confidential information regularly, making it imperative to safeguard against data breaches. Consequently, agencies must ensure that their digital systems and procedures are secure and adhere to relevant regulatory requirements.

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