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White House: It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

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The White House on Monday came out in support of a consumer’s right to unlock their cell phone once they have fulfilled the terms of the contract. Responding to a petition on whitehouse.gov, the executive branch stated “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers...
White House: It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

Hate SOPA (or love it)? Here’s a chance to have a voice in IP law

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If you’re among the throng of citizens outraged by questionable legislation such as SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA, the White House has a deal for you. On Monday, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel called on all interested parties to submit their comments and suggestions for how the United...
Hate SOPA (or love it)? Here’s a chance to have a voice in IP law
Google and other tech companies deny PRISM surveillance claims, NSA says claims 'inaccurate' and not used domestically

The ACLU blasts CISPA's passage, calling it 'extreme' over lax privacy safeguards

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CISPA passed less than an hour ago in the House on a vote of 288 to 127. Its opponents are already vocalizing their discontent. The ACLU is out with a sternly worded statement, reiterating its opposition to the bill. The group publicly attacked the bill before its passage. In the...
The ACLU blasts CISPA's passage, calling it 'extreme' over lax privacy safeguards
Former US Mint director addresses legal concerns with trillion-dollar coin proposal
Apple and other tech companies deny PRISM surveillance claims, NSA says claims 'inaccurate' and not used domestically

The Obama Administration Briefly Considers Developing 'Explicit Rules' For Killer Drones, Abandons Process After Romney Loses Election

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The US government's "targeted strike" drone program has been around since George W. Bush's first presidential term. Despite being nearly a decade old, the program has largely operated in a gray area of legality, with no codified set of rules governing drone strikes. So, what does it take to get...
The Obama Administration Briefly Considers Developing 'Explicit Rules' For Killer Drones, Abandons Process After Romney Loses Election

Despite complaints, fresh calls for the President to act on cybersecurity mount

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TNW’s coverage of the cybersecurity debacle has been a wide-ranging series on the issues, merits, dangers, and setbacks of the issue. It’s also been a bit more political in nature than our usual fare, frankly. I’m taking this aside to say that the very instant Congress unsticks its gears and...
Despite complaints, fresh calls for the President to act on cybersecurity mount

Court makes spying on Americans legal with new warrantless wiretap ruling

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of President George W. Bush’s controversial Terrorist Surveillance Program, which allows the government to spy on Americans without a warrant. The court reversed an earlier decision in which two American attorneys were awarded more than $20,000 in damages and their...
Court makes spying on Americans legal with new warrantless wiretap ruling
ACTA is part of a multi-decade, worldwide copyright campaign

Sen. Wyden demands vote on American copyright, patent treaties

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is a long-time opponent of the secretly negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Today he introduced an amendment to a Senate "jobs bill" that would force ACTA to come before Congress for approval. A second amendment would make the US Trade Representative, which negotiates US trade...
Sen. Wyden demands vote on American copyright, patent treaties

Senate to Debate Again When and How Government Seizes the Cloud

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The rapid migration by U.S. government agencies to cloud-based architectures is producing radical, and potentially beneficial, changes to these agencies' management structures. Costs are coming down, and as some agencies are just now realizing, security and resiliency could be going up. But the very concept of cloud infrastructure is something...
Senate to Debate Again When and How Government Seizes the Cloud

We the People: Obama's petition network passes 3M signatures in one year

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According to the White House, the grassroots petition project ‘We The People‘ has passed the 3 million signature mark. The platform allows individual citizens to set up petitions, which if pass a certain threshold, warrant a response from the White House itself. Describing what happens when the 25,000 signature mark...
We the People: Obama's petition network passes 3M signatures in one year

U.S. Government: Reports About PRISM Contain "Numerous Inaccuracies"

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After the flurry of reports about the NSA’s alleged PRISM surveillance program earlier today, the U.S.’s Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper just released an official statement. According to Clapper, “The Guardian and The Washington Post articles refer to collection of communications pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign...
U.S. Government: Reports About PRISM Contain "Numerous Inaccuracies"

White House confirms cyber attack, demurs to point a finger at China

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Today the White House confirmed that it had been the target and victim of a cyber attack. News of the issue arose on Sunday, when the conservative-leaning Washington Free Beacon reported that China had been behind a breach of key systems at the Executive Branch. In its initial reporting, the...
White House confirms cyber attack, demurs to point a finger at China

Minnesota State Government Executive Branch Picks Microsoft to Improve E-mail, Collaboration

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The Executive Branch of the Minnesota state government had its 40,000 end users on a mishmash of e-mail systems when in 2008 its IT group, the Office of......
Minnesota State Government Executive Branch Picks Microsoft to Improve E-mail, Collaboration

As USTR Insists ACTA Doesn't Need Congressional Approval, Wyden Asks State Dept. For A Second Opinion

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Back in October, we noted that Senator Ron Wyden had sent the Obama administration a letter pointing out that it appeared unconstitutional for the President to sign ACTA without getting Congressional approval. The USTR had been insisting that because ACTA does not require any change to US law, it doesn't...
As USTR Insists ACTA Doesn't Need Congressional Approval, Wyden Asks State Dept. For A Second Opinion

Mexican Legislature Scolds Executive Branch For Signing ACTA

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As we noted recently, Mexico's executive branch surprised a lot of people recently by having its ambassador to Japan sign ACTA (just as people were claiming that ACTA was dead in the country). Of course, this came after the Congress had very specifically called for the Mexican President to reject...
Mexican Legislature Scolds Executive Branch For Signing ACTA

Panama's Government One Step Away From Passing The 'Worst Copyright Law In History'

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It looks as if Panama is set to pass what Andres Guadamuz (Technollama) called the "worst copyright law in history." The 510 Bill grants the Panamanian copyright office the right to pursue filesharers directly and fine them up to $100,000 USD EACH with the money flowing directly back into the...
Panama's Government One Step Away From Passing The 'Worst Copyright Law In History'

Wyden To Obama: Hollywood Shouldn't Know More About TPP Than Congress

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Senator Wyden has been at the forefront of raising concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (as with many other issues we follow), specifically over the total lack of transparency from the USTR on the issue. While USTR Ron Kirk has pretended that "listening" to a few people is transparency,...
Wyden To Obama: Hollywood Shouldn't Know More About TPP Than Congress

Minn. executive branch picks Microsoft to improve email, collaboration

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The Executive Branch of the Minnesota state government uses cloud-hosted Microsoft email and collaboration software, first as part of BPOS and later, Office 365....
Minn. executive branch picks Microsoft to improve email, collaboration

Rogers & Ruppersberger Reintroduce Cybersecurity Bill to Protect the American Economy

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Rogers & Ruppersberger Reintroduce Cybersecurity Bill to Protect the American Economy

With CISPA dead, a look ahead to the Senate's coming work on cybersecurity

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We’re back to where we were, amazingly. In 2012, we watched CISPA pass in the House, insufficiently amended to protect the privacy of the average citizen. The President threatened to veto the bill. The Senate worked on its own law, all but ignoring what the House had produced. And in 2013, the...
With CISPA dead, a look ahead to the Senate's coming work on cybersecurity

Appeals Court Hears Case Over Constitutionality Of Copyright Royalty Board

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The Copyright Royalty Board is a horrific abomination of a judicial process -- it's basically a board of three totally out-of-touch judges who get to pick out of thin air what certain copyright royalties will be. They have a terrible track record, agreeing to set "webcasting" rates that would have...
Appeals Court Hears Case Over Constitutionality Of Copyright Royalty Board
As ACTA support falters, treaty referred to European court

Rewind: Mexico Surprises Everyone, Signs ACTA

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Just yesterday we pointed out that reports coming out of Mexico suggested that ACTA was dead there and had no chance of being signed and ratified. And then, just hours later, the news comes out that Mexico's ambassador to Japan signed on to ACTA without anyone knowing about it. Bizarrely,...
Rewind: Mexico Surprises Everyone, Signs ACTA

How much do Google and Facebook profit from your data?

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Savvy Internet users know that all the great stuff they get from the internet us for "free"—the searches, the social networks, the games, even the news—isn't really free. It's an exchange, where companies are able to take user data, sell it to advertisers, and make money that allows them...
How much do Google and Facebook profit from your data?

Harry Reid Wants a Bigger, Badder Version of SOPA/PIPA

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., still licking wounds form last week's defea of the Protect IP Act and its House counterpart the Stop Online Piracy Act, is reportedly working on an even more sinister, Internet-regulating bill. Few details have been publicly disclosed about the latest push by legislative Democrats...
Harry Reid Wants a Bigger, Badder Version of SOPA/PIPA

USTR Wants 'Trade Promotion Authority' In An Effort To Ram TPP Through Congress With Little Debate

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While we've noted that the White House and the USTR have insisted that ACTA is not a treaty and does not require Congressional ratification (something that many, many observers believe is wrong), with the followup TPP agreement, there's no question that it's a broad agreement that will require Congressional approval....
USTR Wants 'Trade Promotion Authority' In An Effort To Ram TPP Through Congress With Little Debate

What The FBI Had On Steve Jobs

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You’ve heard about things going on your permanent record? Steve Jobs had one, too. The Federal Bureau of Investigation just made public its file on the Apple co-founder. The agency assembled the investigation in 1991 because Jobs was being considered for a presidential appointment by George H.W. Bush to the...
What The FBI Had On Steve Jobs
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