01/31/2012 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Information Research Center has published a list of recommended smartphone apps and mobile optimized Web sites to put disaster information at the fingertips of both first responders and the public.
Book Reviews: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
12/20/2011 - Social media creates a revolutionary tool for communicating information, gaining situational awareness, and forging networks of mutual aid during a disaster, asserts the Center for National Policy in a new report.
11/21/2011 - Things didn’t go exactly as planned with FEMA’s emergency alert test earlier this month, but despite its shortcomings--including some of the public not getting any alerts at all--FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA agree the test was a success.
08/30/2011 - A federal appeals court ruled that a district court violated the public’s First Amendment right of access when it banned the media from covering the sentencing of a notorious drug cartel leader for security reasons. The court ruled that the press and public must have notice and an opportunity to respond to decisions about closed hearings, even of potentially violent criminals.
08/18/2011 - Last week LightSquared sent a letter to the the FCC blaming the GPS industry for interference problems that could come from its proposed broadband towers. This week the GPS industry responded.
08/12/2011 - The gloves come off for LightSquared in the fight to establish a nationwide broadband network. Initial tests of their system showed it would interfere with GPS signals. Weeks after being slammed at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., LightSquared has filed a letter with the FCC saying it’s not the company's fault GPS signals are affected.
07/28/2010 - A bill (H.R. 1258) would make it illegal to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification, known as “spoofing,” with intent to defraud or deceive. The bill has been approved by the House of Representatives. The Senate has announced that it will consider the bill.