May 19, 2020

Google's Eric Schmidt to speak to Senate Wednesday

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Federal Trade Commission
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Google's Eric Schmidt to speak to Senate Wednesday

 

Google chairman Eric Schmidt will be in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon – and not for a very pleasant reason. While Google has seen record sales and earnings this year thus far, acquired a laundry list of booming businesses and are continuing to expand its workforce, Schmidt will speak to a Senate panel to state that the massive enterprise is fighting to stay afloat and defending its products despite the company’s unparalleled growth.

According to CNN, Schmidt plans to tell the Senate antitrust subcommittee that Google “plays by the rules, continually improving its customer experience so that its enormous base of users doesn’t leave for the rivals that are just ‘one click away.’” Google has definitely monopolized the U.S. search engine market, commanding two-thirds of users, according to traffic tracker comScore. However, the site has been under fire frequently throughout the years as it’s been viewed as abusing its dominant position in the marketplace, and not to mention its Google privacy issues.

"We face an extremely competitive landscape in which consumers have a multitude of options to access information," Schmidt plans to say, according to a written copy of his prepared testimony. "If we want consumers to keep coming back to Google, we have to give them the best possible experience."

Throughout the years, Bing, Amazon, Facebook and other sites have stepped up to the plate when it comes to allowing for search of news, people and products and Schmidt has noticed the emergence of competitors. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation of Google this June to see if any antitrust violations or product favoring were occurring. With so many Google products like Gmail, Google Maps, Google+ and so much more, it’s no wonder that Google prefers its own sister sites and algorithms before competitors in search engines.

 

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May 12, 2021

How innovation is transforming government

United States Air Force
Leidos
Bizclik Editor
3 min
Leidos is a global leader in the development and application of technology to solve their customers’ most demanding challenges.

According to Washington Technology’s Top 100 list, Leidos is the largest IT provider to the government. But as Lieutenant General William J. Bender explains, “that barely scratches the surface” of the company’s portfolio and drive for innovation.

Bender, who spent three and a half decades in the military, including a stint as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has seen action in the field and in technology during that time, and it runs in the family. Bender’s son is an F-16 instructor pilot. So it stands to reason Bender Senior intends to ensure a thriving technological base for the U.S. Air Force. “What we’re really doing here is transforming the federal government from the industrial age into the information age and doing it hand-in-hand with industry,” he says.

The significant changes that have taken place in the wider technology world are precisely the capabilities Leidos is trying to pilot the U.S. Air Force through. It boils down to developing cyberspace as a new domain of battle, globally connected and constantly challenged by the threat of cybersecurity attacks.

“We recognize the importance of the U.S. Air Force’s missions,” says Bender, “and making sure they achieve those missions. We sit side-by-side with the air combat command, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance infrastructure across the Air Force. There are multiple large programs where the Air Force is partnering with Leidos to ensure their mission is successfully accomplished 24/7/365. In this company, we’re all in on making sure there’s no drop in capability.”

That partnership relies on a shared understanding of delivering successful national security outcomes, really understanding the mission at hand, and Leidos’ long-standing relationship of over 50 years with the federal government.

To look at where technology is going, Bender thinks it is important to look back at the last 10 to 15 years. “What we’ve seen is a complete shift in how technology gets developed,” he says. “It used to be that the government invested aggressively in research and development, and some of those technologies, once they were launched in a military context, would find their way into the commercial space. That has shifted almost a hundred percent now, where the bulk of the research and development dollars and the development of tech-explicit technologies takes place in the commercial sector.”

“There’s a long-standing desire to adopt commercial technology into defense applications, but it’s had a hard time crossing the ‘valley of death’ [government slang for commercial technologies and partnerships that fail to effectively transition into government missions]. Increasingly we’re able to do that. We need to look at open architectures and open systems for a true plug-and-play capability. Instead of buying it now and trying to guess what it’s going to be used for 12 years from now, it should be evolving iteratively.”

 

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