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The US's web-based health care portal didn't launch as planned, to put it mildly, but the digital task force created to salvage that mess (and prevent others) showed that it's possible to have modern, responsive government services on the internet. Accordingly, the White House wants more -- as par...

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The FCC's latest wireless auction brought in far more money than anyone expected. The Chairman, Tom Wheeler, set a goal of raising $10.6 billion by selling off 1,600 licenses to blocks of wireless spectrum. In the end, the government not only blew past its goal, but also its previous record of rai...

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In the UK, the simplest way to report a crime has always been to pick up the phone and speak to someone. Whether that's dialling 999, 101 or the Crimestoppers charity, the general process has stayed the same. However, that could soon change in the not-too-distant future. The UK's Home Secretary Th...

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For all the recent talk of moving to digital wallets, you can't really ditch the old-school kind yet -- you still need to carry physical copies of your driver's license and other forms of ID. If you live in Delaware, though, you may eventually have one less reason to worry when you leave your purs...

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While law enforcement has been using license plate readers to track vehicles for a while, they never formed into a unified network. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security posited a 29-page document about a vehicle-tracking network, but the idea didn't go any further. Until now, that is. The ...

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With personal devices getting more powerful every day and the launch of a wearable on the horizon, Apple is reportedly ramping up its presence in Washington in order to help calm any concerns. Bloomberg reports that Tim Cook's photo op with Orrin Hatch in December was just a small sample of Apple'...

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The NSA isn't the only American government agency keeping track of phone call metadata... or rather, it wasn't. A Department of Justice court filing has revealed that the Drug Enforcement Administration maintained records of every call made from the US to Iran and other nations for nearly 15 years...

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In parts of the US, broadband internet options are limited. And as competition dries up (or gets bought out), things could get worse. Well, President Obama reckons this should stop and will reveal a series of initiatives aimed at opening up choice and competition, dropping the price of high-speed i...

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If you're ready to air those grievances with your current cable, internet or phone service, the FCC has a new site to collect those complaints. The Commission's Consumer Help Center provides a list of common gripes concerning both broadcast and cable TV, radio, emergency communications and access ...

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Barack Obama's last effort to get some cybersecurity legislation through Congress stalled in 2011, when it successfully cleared the Republican-held House, but withered in the Senate. After some high-profile attacks on government social networking accounts, Sony and others, he's resurrecting those ...

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In the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called for stronger legislation against secure forms of communication. Encryption wasn't specifically mentioned, instead the Conservative party leader reaffirmed his stance with a question: "Do we want to al...

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The Supreme Court of the US has stuck stubbornly to its ways. No cameras in the court room, a paper filing system, those robes... which are so last century. That may begin to change over the next couple of years however. In a year-end report released Wednesday night, Chief Justice John Roberts sai...

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While Google has long been publishing transparency reports on government takedown requests, its most recent one for June to December 2013 gives us details the company hasn't shared in the past. In it, Mountain View doesn't only explain how it deals with these requests, it also lists some examples....

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At a time when ultra-nationalist rallies are becoming a weekly occurrence in the German capital of Berlin, activists are turning to apps to help track the extremist movement and ensure it doesn't evolve into something more dangerous, RT reports. The app, which is named "Berlin Gegen Nazis" (Berlin...

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