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The White House's We the People site is supposed to help the government hear your calls for change, but that isn't quite how it worked out: backlogs meant that it took ages to respond to petitions. You'll be glad to hear that the service is getting a much-needed tune-up, though. As of today, the...

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Some of the US' bigger tech firms have already made conspicuous efforts to embrace clean energy and otherwise tackle climate change, but they're reinforcing that commitment today. Apple, Google and Microsoft are among the 13 corporate giants helping the White House launch the American Business Ac...

July 27th 2015 at 2:27pm 0 Comments
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You might think that legislation should be freely accessible as a matter of course, but the state of Georgia begs to differ. It's suing Public.Resource.Org owner Carl Malamud for allegedly violating copyright by publishing the annotated versions of Georgia's laws (that is, the ones that truly refl...

July 26th 2015 at 4:04pm 0 Comments
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Yet another government agency was found to have substandard cybersecurity measures in place after an internal audit -- worse, it exposed the organization's intelligence network to attacks. According to a late 2014 audit report obtained by Reuters, around 29 percent of the devices that connect to th...

July 24th 2015 at 12:22pm 0 Comments
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As police forces up and down the country turn the screw on sellers of illegal streaming boxes, the government is now considering whether pirates in general should receive tougher sentences. Currently, infringers face up to two years in prison, but an amendment to the Copyright, Designs and Patents...

July 19th 2015 at 5:00am 0 Comments
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This year a number of major news stories released information on world governments buying, selling and using surveillance technologies on their citizens. These stories, reports -- and in some cases, hacktivist breaches and data dumps -- have served to verify the acquisition and use of spyware on...

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Surveillance is a contentious issue in the UK -- the government, police and intelligence agencies see it as a vital tool for preventing and solving serious crimes, whereas others see it as an unwelcome intrusion into their lives. The debate over whether the UK's surveillance laws are legal continu...

July 17th 2015 at 11:14am 0 Comments
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The High Court has ruled today that parts of the UK's emergency surveillance legislation, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA), is unlawful. Conservative MP David Davis and Labour MP Tom Watson, represented by the Liberty human rights organisation, have successfully argued...

July 17th 2015 at 6:26am 0 Comments
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Every ten years, the BBC is given a new Royal Charter which shapes its work as a public service broadcaster. The current Charter runs until the end of 2016 and in preparation, the government has published a consultation with some of its most pressing concerns. Most of them are posed as questions -...

July 16th 2015 at 10:35am 0 Comments
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It's supposed to be easier to email Congresspeople than it is to pick up the phone, but that's not always how it works in practice. Just ask anyone who has navigated convoluted web forms just to voice opposition to a bill, for starters. You won't have to put up with those technical hurdles after...

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When investigators discovered that the US Office of Personnel Management had suffered a massive data breach, the White House kicked off a 30-day cybersecurity "sprint" in hopes of boosting its defenses and checking for vulnerabilities. Well, that mad dash is over -- and the government might not l...

July 12th 2015 at 8:31am 0 Comments
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In the last year the federal government's Office of Personnel Management has been hit by at least two separate attacks by hackers. The first one that came to light affected the info on some four million people, while another has apparently seen sensitive background check info on more than 20 milli...

July 10th 2015 at 1:40pm 0 Comments