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Tag: public sector

Listen to Citizen and Student Sentiment with Machine Learning

Twitter has hundreds of millions of active users each month and supports multiple languages on their platform. These users engage with nonprofits, need citizen services, and learn at schools, universities, and other educational institutions. As a consequence, public sector organizations look to social media not only to communicate with the public, but also to gain insights about the citizens, volunteers, and students they serve. Wouldn’t it be great to know if people had positive or negative opinions about your city, school, nonprofit, or organization? What are they talking about and how many other people share that view?

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AWS Media Services Powering the DoD

For soldiers in remote or “disconnected” environments, video content must be delivered securely and it must be tailored based on roles, missions, and other factors. Previously, troops stationed around the world would struggle with distribution and network connectivity challenges that prevented them from accessing military command videos, training videos, entertainment, or even the ability to call home. With the launch of AWS Media Services, government and military agencies can bring connectivity to the edge.

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Vets.gov on AWS GovCloud (US): A Single Place for Veterans to Discover, Apply for, Track, and Manage Their Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides patient care and federal benefits to Veterans and their dependents. The organization is split up into silos of health, benefit, and cemetery benefits; VA’s web presence was similarly fractured and users had difficulty interacting with VA online. The U.S. Digital Service team at VA looked across VA’s many products from the point of view of the Veteran. What do they want to do? How do they want to interact with VA? They started as a small team, iteratively building out features on Vets.gov.

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In Honor of Our Veterans

We are excited to welcome our first AWS Worldwide Public Sector Military Apprentice Cohort. The team graduated from the instructor-led training portion of their curriculum delivered by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and are now starting the next phase of the Technical Development Program (TDP) under the AWS Intelligence Initiative (AI2). AI2/TDP centralizes the onboarding, […]

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MEANS: Matching Excess with Need

Two students had an idea: match excess food with people in need. Maria Rose Belding and Grant Nelson created MEANS, a nonprofit database where people list a donation, food banks and pantries get notified about food near them, and then they claim and pick up the food. MEANS is now in 49 states and territories […]

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Get Your University Ready for NIST 800-171

The deadline to implement National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171 is fast approaching. Beginning in January 2018, you may miss out on government funding that stipulates its implementation if you have not taken action. In 2015, NIST published Special Publication (SP) 800-171 – Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-federal Information Systems […]

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