Federal Communications Commission

Data Portability

November 23rd, 2009 by Vishal Doshi - Government Performance Analyst, National Broadband Task Force

No, we’re not talking about an android in a transporter. We’re talking about the data that pass through government systems, and the ways in which the public can make use of the data. As access to and adoption of broadband increases, the capacity for the flow of data between government and the public increases, enabling the provision of new services online. With that in mind, we’ve issued a Public Notice seeking your comments, data and analysis regarding data transparency, cloud computing, and online identity.

Data transparency: There have been significant efforts by governments and nonprofits across the country and around the world to publish government data in a central repository. These include the publication of data feeds and competitions encouraging innovative and novel uses of government data. Share your success stories and frustrations. What would you like to see government continue doing or do differently regarding data transparency?
Cloud computing: Cloud computing is often misunderstood. That is why we want to know more about cloud computing as a model for the provisioning of technology. The federal government has taken steps to adopt this model (see or this article about the CIA’s internal cloud). We want to understand the consequences of agencies moving their systems to the cloud, with a specific focus on potential costs and benefits. Please share your views. What are the costs and benefits of moving to the cloud?
Online identity: In order to provide a number of the new services enabled by increased broadband access and adoption, governments at all levels will need ways to verify people’s identities online to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and increase the integrity of government services. The federal government has begun exploring the use of Open ID technologies to provision services that require a low assurance level (pdf) – or “little or no confidence in the asserted identity’s validity.” What are the potential costs and benefits of a national strategy on this topic?
For more details, background and context on these issues, please see the Public Notice. You can respond directly to this blog or file comments in our Electronic Filing Comment System, using either ECFS Express or our standard submission page if you need to attach a file. Please title comments and reply comments responsive to this Notice as “Comments (or Reply Comments) – NBP Public Notice # 21.”


One Response to “Data Portability”

  1. Rob says:

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