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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

GIS Goes to Washington

June 8th, 2009 by Susan Smith

It would seem that GIS is positioning itself in Washington, with two recent news stories to that effect:

DigitalGlobe announced the resignation of Judith McHale from its board of directors, effective as of May 26, 2009. Ms. McHale joined DigitalGlobe’s board of directors in July 2008 and is resigning to accept the position of Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Ms. McHale’s resignation was expected by the Company.

President Obama nominated Ms. McHale to the post of Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs on April 14, 2009, and the Senate recently confirmed her nomination. Ms. McHale was sworn in on May 26, 2009 and will assume her duties supporting Secretary Clinton and the State Department immediately.

While it is exciting that the President nominates someone from the geospatial industry, it is also very apt. Companies such as DigitalGlobe were developed to provide commercial satellite imagery, funded by the government, so it stands to reason that there would be a flow of energies between the two entities.

Google’s Washington presence keeps growing, by Gautham Nagesh, June 2, 2009, NextGovInternet search giant Google has been steadily increasing its presence in Washington as the company seeks to capture a larger share of the federal market for information technology products and services. Google officials discussed the company’s increasing involvement in the government space at an event on Tuesday.

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3 Responses to “GIS Goes to Washington”

  1. seventhcode says:

    So few comments, kidding me?
    GISers always keep their mouthes closed, O(∩_∩)O~

  2. squint says:

    How does GOOGLE manage data? Who owns the data they capture? Do we really want to open a one-way door for government intrusion?

  3. Susan Smith says:

    This has been the topic of articles which obviously you can “Google” to find. Subscribers have been engaged in a controversy about who owns the data that Google and other internet sites capture for some time now. Essentially even after ending a subscription, subscriber data is stored in data banks and can be used for marketing and advertising.

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