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Eight more years of leap-second problems loom as governments punt decision to 2023

A vote to abolish troublesome leap seconds blamed for crashing thousands of networks has been postponed

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Encryption is not the enemy

The fearmongering after last week's attacks in Paris does nothing to improve security and helps the terrorists' cause

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Extreme tech positions of the presidential candidates

How candidates see the government's role in science and tech and some tech implications of the 2016 contest

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In wake of Paris attacks, legislation aims to extend NSA program

The proposed bill would extend bulk collection of phone metadata to January 2017

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Ted Koppel discusses the inevitable cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure

Author of 'Lights Out' speaks about the risks of a catastrophic cyber attack on U.S. infrastructure, and how government has no apparent plan to deal with the results

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After Paris: Liberté demands unlimited encryption

Allowing restricted access to encrypted communication would destroy privacy not only for people but also governments and businesses

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TPP trade pact spreads SOPA-like censorship worldwide

The deal could dramatically expand copyright enforcement to hinder access to information and stifle free expression on the Web

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Search and seizure: Why everyone must fear hackers in the cloud

If public clouds are used for attacks on governments, as they surely will be, there's a risk enterprise data will be seized in the investigation too

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Sens. Grassley, Durbin launch new H-1B fight

Their proposed bill 'explicitly prohibits the replacement of American workers by H-1B or L-1 visa holders'

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Sen. Ted Cruz changes his tone on H-1Bs

GOP presidential candidates may be downshifting on unabashed support for the visa program

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Deploying application whitelisting? NIST has some advice for you

The U.S. government agency has published a detailed guide on how to use application whitelisting technologies to bar malware infections

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EU tells US it must make next move on new Safe Harbor deal

Replacing the now-defunct Safe Harbor agreement is urgent, and the US must make the next move in negotiating a new framework for data transfers

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FCC strikes again on Wi-Fi blocking

Hilton and a big electrical contracting company are fined thousands for blocking consumers' Wi-Fi connections

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Federal IT outsourcing is alarmingly poorly managed

The U.S. government is leaving billions of dollars on the table due to poorly managed and duplicative IT outsourcing deals, according to a GAO report

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Man whose iPhone passcode DOJ wanted Apple to bypass enters guilty plea

Guilty plea raises questions as to whether access to the iPhone data was really critical to the DOJ's investigations

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Harder than herding cats: Carriers seek international agreement on new mobile spectrum

At a meeting in Geneva starting next week, government representatives will hash out proposals to hand over more radio spectrum for use by mobile networks

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At GOP debate, Rubio says he’s against H-1B abuses, Trump has memory lapse

As Grassley readies a new H-1B bill, GOP hopefuls debate the visa

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CISA: The new security law doesn't help security

The bill gives government access to a new trove of personal data but does nothing to improve its poor track record in safeguarding the data it already has

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