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LEAKED! Here's The White House's Draft Cybersecurity Executive Order

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Earlier this week, we wrote about how the White House was working on an executive order to act as a "stand in" for cybersecurity legislation that has so far failed to pass Congress (CISPA passed in the House, but a different effort, the Cybersecurity Act, failed in the Senate, and...
LEAKED! Here's The White House's Draft Cybersecurity Executive Order

Salman Khan to MIT Grads: Innovators Will Foster Societal Change

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Future scientists and technology professionals, not governments, will develop the innovations that most benefit society, online educator entrepreneur Sal Khan......
Salman Khan to MIT Grads: Innovators Will Foster Societal Change

Salesforce.com aims its customer service, social monitoring apps at governments

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Salesforce.com is hoping to set the standard for how government bodies deliver online services to citizens using mobile devices.The cloud-based software vendor on Wednesday announced Rapid Response 311, a mobile application that citizens can use to log and track requests for service; Mobile Communities for Government; Government Social Command...
Salesforce.com aims its customer service, social monitoring apps at governments

Nick Grossman's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Hello Techdirt! It's an honor to be here. Here are my favorite posts from this week. Most of these fall under the general theme of "be careful what you wish for"... If There Needs To Be An Investigation, It Should Be About Why The FBI Was Reading Certain Emails While...
Nick Grossman's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week
Obama urges Senate to pass Cybersecurity Act, citing 'growing' cyber attack dangers to US

Locata wants to fill holes in GPS location, navigation

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A ground-based equivalent of satellite navigation technology is for governments and businesses today, but the company hopes to bring it to smartphones in two years or so. [Read more]...
Locata wants to fill holes in GPS location, navigation
Guess Which Government Sent Google the Most Removal Requests? USA! USA! USA!

Governments should spend more to cybercriminals, researchers say

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Improving the ability of law enforcement agencies to catch cybercriminals should be a priority when governments decide how their cybersecurity budgets get spent, according to University of Cambridge security engineering professor Ross Anderson....
Governments should spend more to cybercriminals, researchers say

Google Documents Government Snooping

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Google disclosed government requests for user data in the latest installment in its Transparency Report. The report documents an upward trend in requests that Google itself finds "troubling."  For this fifth installment of the interactive report, Google added the ability to view aggregated court orders and other requests across all countries.  From July...
Google Documents Government Snooping

Controversial content and free expression on the web: a refresher

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Two and a half years ago, we outlined our approach to removing content from Google products and services. Our process hasn’t changed since then, but our recent decision to stop censoring search on Google.cn has raised new questions about when we remove content, and how we respond to censorship demands...
Controversial content and free expression on the web: a refresher

Google Transparency Report now includes the FBI's National Security Letters

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Google's Transparency Report has sometimes supplied an unsettling level of detail as to what companies and governments want to know. Americans won't feel much more comfortable now that Google has added the FBI's National Security Letters to the mix. The investigative branch wants the numbers vague for secrecy's sake,...
Google Transparency Report now includes the FBI's National Security Letters

I.B.M. Is No Longer a Tech Bellwether

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I.B.M. is the largest supplier of information technology - hardware, software and services - to corporations and governments worldwide. But it is less and less a bellwether for the enterprise technology industry. I.B.M., like Apple in consumer technology, has gone its own way - separate from the industry pack....
I.B.M. Is No Longer a Tech Bellwether

Here We Go Again: FBI Wants Backdoors To Snoop On Nearly All Internet Communications

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On Friday, Declan McCullagh over at News.com had the latest reports of the FBI trying to get new laws in place that would require all kinds of internet communication services to include wiretapping back doors, so that law enforcement could tap into them. This isn't a new idea. The FBI...
Here We Go Again: FBI Wants Backdoors To Snoop On Nearly All Internet Communications

Reddit Writes A Law: First Draft Of The Free Internet Act Emerges

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As we noted last month, the community at Reddit responded to the whole SOPA mess by deciding that they should collaborate to write their own piece of legislation that protects internet freedoms. The first draft of the Free Internet Act is now available as an open Google doc, where there...
Reddit Writes A Law: First Draft Of The Free Internet Act Emerges

New net names to face objections

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Governments are to file a list of objections to Icann's proposed new internet address endings....
New net names to face objections

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here's the news: Microsoft is holding a big event this afternoon in Los Angeles. The latest rumor is that the company will announce a new tablet with Barnes and Noble. Here's everything we know so far about Microsoft's deal to buy Yammer. There's a big 56-page document floating...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning
CISPA: Congress weighs privacy against 'cyber threats'

Twitter Lawyer Responds to Censorship Controversy

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There was considerable confusion, and opposition, following Twitter’s announcement Thursday that it can now censor tweets within specific countries if foreign governments request that it do so. The company’s top lawyer late Friday tried to clarify what the micro-blogging company will and won’t do. Some observers suspect Twitter is setting...
Twitter Lawyer Responds to Censorship Controversy

Tim Berners-Lee on internet data and privacy

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Inventor of the world wide wide talks about the potential misues of personal information by companies, organisations and governments...
Tim Berners-Lee on internet data and privacy

IBM's Project Sparta Is Now Named PureData

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So remember last month how I told you about Project Sparta? That would be the IBM project aimed at simplifying how companies attack their big data problems. So anyway, it has a name now, and like I suspected, it’s part of the growing Pure line. It’s been dubbed the PureData...
IBM's Project Sparta Is Now Named PureData

Google tells European Commission on 'open standards': do as I say, not as I do

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More than a year ago, I blogged a few times about the European Interoperability Framework 2.0, a set of IT procurement guidelines that was adopted in December 2010. The most controversial item, which delayed adoption by many months, was a passage that some stakeholders wanted to turn into a ringing...
Google tells European Commission on 'open standards': do as I say, not as I do

Amazon's Bezos: Patent suits 'might start to stifle innovation'

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The Amazon chief executive says that governments might need to intervene to ensure the patent suits don't hurt "society." [Read more]...
Amazon's Bezos: Patent suits 'might start to stifle innovation'
Anonymous blows off WikiLeaks, calls Assange a sellout over Lady Gaga dinner

Is Facebook's Facial Recognition That Scary?

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There has been some concern here and there about Facebook's face recognition technology, though I will admit that I still don't see it as being that concerning. It only works on people who you're already listed as being "friends" with -- not just randomly identifying people in crowds or anything....
Is Facebook's Facial Recognition That Scary?

Peter Thiel: Sometimes the Opposite of Transparency is Criminality

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For a guy who’s so well known for small-government ideas and turbo-charged libertarian ideals, Peter Thiel doesn’t seem to mind flirting with a bit of old-fashioned surveillance. Speaking at tonight’s PandoMonthly in front of an audience of 400 in San Francisco, the Facebook investor and PayPal founder discussed how we’re...
Peter Thiel: Sometimes the Opposite of Transparency is Criminality

Coders Gather for the Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend

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More than a hundred computer programmers gathered in New York Friday for the kickoff of The Wall Street Journal’s first-ever Data Transparency Weekend. Over the weekend, the coders will form teams to work on free tools that help people see and control their personal data online. At the end of...
Coders Gather for the Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend
Will there be an Amazon of Europe?
Boeing developing a secure Android phone for the U.S. government

Google on PRISM accusations 'WHAT THE ...'

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You don’t get any more tenacious denials than this. First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centers. We...
Google on PRISM accusations 'WHAT THE ...'
Google's transparency report shows big increase in government takedown requests
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