For PR agencies with a stake in DC policymaking and regulation, navigating any presidential transition is challenging and the Trump transition is no exception. Beyond the fact that few people know what policies the president will implement, there are new officials joining government agencies, changes in congressional and committee leadership, and right-of-center think tanks moving…

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What’s the biggest threat in cybersecurity today? While major breaches like OPM, Sony or Ashley Madison steal most of the headlines, these hacks are only the tip of the iceberg. In working with some of the leading cybersecurity companies, we’re privy to the nuanced ways the industry is changing and many of the hacks that…

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If you work in technology, follow the technology industry or have ever considered yourself an early adopter, then chances are that come January you are closely watching what happens over four days in Las Vegas. For nearly 50 years now, CES has been the launch pad for consumer electronics products, from the VCR to the more…

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We were recently in the Windy City, staffing our public safety software client, SunGard Public Sector, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference at McCormick Place West. SunGard, which sells records management system (RMS), computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and a variety of other software solutions to public safety agencies across the country, was…

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Our society places a lot of emphasis on 3rd party validation – workplace reputations, restaurant or travel reviews (think Yelp! or Trip Advisor) and even entertainment (movies, sports, T.V. shows). The same should be said for public relations credibility. Many agencies and companies seek 3rd party validation for the blood, sweat and tears poured into…

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Every day, more of what makes up our daily lives seems to be conducted online. Calendars, address books, notepads and other objects that were commonplace in the physical environment just 15 years ago increasingly exist only online, accessible via our mobile devices. Consumer preferences for mobile over physical transactions are also driving innovations like Apple…

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I recently took a Gallup Strengthsfinder survey, which helps people identify their talents and what they do best in order to develop them into strengths. One of my strengths is “Futuristic.” I suppose this is why I was drawn to tech PR. Every day I get to read about emerging, exciting technology trends that promise…

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Amazon has consistently proven that it is one of the leading innovators in the internet economy (having announced last year that it would start delivering packages via drone soon.) Now, Amazon has set its sights on another vertical – the smartphone market, with the recent release of the Fire Phone. The phone offers a number…

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As PR professionals in DC, it’s our job to monitor the federal marketplace for trends that inform our clients’ communications and marketing strategies. One theme we’ve heard a lot about lately is that in this era of flat or declining government budgets, it’s become almost cliché to talk of agencies “doing more with less.”  How…

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The news that the U.S. government is giving up control of the Internet – that is, the Department of Commerce announcing it will end its oversight of ICANN, the non-profit that administers Internet domains – brought me back to a time in my public affairs career when I learned first-hand about managing controversies, especially those…

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We can only wonder whether a faster release of critical information about the actual path of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight would alter the outcome, such as a rescue of passengers, a discovery of wreckage, or the quick pursuit of leads in a criminal investigation before they dried up. Instead we are witnessing a communications…

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