Elise Hu http://wkms.org en What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet http://wkms.org/post/what-do-now-heartbleed-bug-exposed-internet With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">has been bleeding out information</a>, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.<p>"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.<p>Are you affected? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Elise Hu 39798 at http://wkms.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On http://wkms.org/post/sxsw-software-apps-still-rule-hardware-resurgence The task of building your very own toy, or robot, or radio can seem daunting for someone without much background in engineering. But a set of color-coded electronic bits that can be magnetically snapped together called <a href="http://littlebits.cc/pressroom">littleBits</a> is aiming to make creating your own electronics easy for everyone. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Elise Hu 39170 at http://wkms.org SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On For Taiwanese News Animators, Funny Videos Are Serious Work http://wkms.org/post/taiwanese-news-animators-funny-videos-are-serious-work <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VzLOaeNZEY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou6E9kVSC-4</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Elise Hu 38312 at http://wkms.org For Taiwanese News Animators, Funny Videos Are Serious Work A Rush To Reconcile Health Enrollment Data, By Hand http://wkms.org/post/rush-reconcile-health-enrollment-data-hand With just a few weeks left before a deadline to get health coverage, lingering bugs lurk in the part of HealthCare.gov that you can't see. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:48:00 +0000 Elise Hu 37297 at http://wkms.org A Rush To Reconcile Health Enrollment Data, By Hand HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline http://wkms.org/post/healthcaregov-team-working-through-holiday-meet-deadline Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new HealthCare.gov "exchange operations center." Staffers on <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/22/239220962/the-healthcare-gov-tech-surge-is-racing-against-the-clock">the "tech surge"</a> to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site.<p>The pledge came from the president, the vice president, the Health and Human Services secretary, and the numerous spokespeople that represent them, like White House s Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:27:00 +0000 Elise Hu 36954 at http://wkms.org HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work http://wkms.org/post/how-sharing-economy-changing-places-we-work <em>This week, we've been reporting on</em><em> </em><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/11/244538728/this-week-exploring-the-sharing-economy">the sharing economy</a></em><em> </em><em>— a term that describes the couch-surfing, car-sharing and community-garden-growing world where so many people are using their existing talents, space or tools. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:08:00 +0000 Elise Hu 36552 at http://wkms.org How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work The Tech Stats We Now Know About HealthCare.gov http://wkms.org/post/tech-stats-we-now-know-about-healthcaregov The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/13/245046494/more-than-106-000-people-chose-an-obamacare-plan-in-first-month">big numbers out today</a> are the administration's counts of how many people actually enrolled in health exchanges between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Elise Hu 36544 at http://wkms.org The Tech Stats We Now Know About HealthCare.gov A Few Places Where Government Tech Procurement Works http://wkms.org/post/few-places-where-government-tech-procurement-works The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/02/228220325/tech-problems-plague-first-day-of-health-exchange-rollout">botched start</a> of HealthCare.gov is just the latest big federal tech system to fail at launch, but information technology research group Standish found that during the last decade, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/opinion/getting-to-the-bottom-of-healthcaregovs-flop.html?_r=0">94 percent</a> of the large-scale federal IT projects have been similarly unsuccessful.<p>Critics say the real root of government website woes is procurement, or, government Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 36469 at http://wkms.org A Few Places Where Government Tech Procurement Works Third-Graders React To Video Games Tracking Their Play http://wkms.org/post/third-graders-react-video-games-tracking-their-play Last week, as part of our kids and technology theme week, Steve Henn wrote about <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/30/241449067/how-video-games-are-getting-inside-your-head-and-wallet">how video game makers</a> are spending more time and money tracking players' behavior.<p>"As we play games, game designers are running tests on us and our kids. They're asking themselves what can they tweak to make us play just a bit longer," Henn wrote.<p>The story connected with Mary Beth James. She's a third grade teacher at St. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Elise Hu 36399 at http://wkms.org Third-Graders React To Video Games Tracking Their Play HealthCare.gov's Rocky First Month Leaves Plenty Of Questions http://wkms.org/post/healthcaregovs-rocky-first-month-leaves-plenty-questions When the federal health exchange marketplace opened Oct. 1, <a href="http://wap.npr.org/story/230424841">we visited jazz musician Suzanne Cloud</a> in Philadelphia. She tried to start an account early in the morning, but technology thwarted her plans.<p>She wasn't alone, as it became clear quickly that the unprecedented system for Americans in 36 states to shop and enroll for health insurance was broken in several places. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Elise Hu 36216 at http://wkms.org HealthCare.gov's Rocky First Month Leaves Plenty Of Questions