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Groups urge Obama to oppose cyber threat sharing bills

They say the Senate's CISA cyber threat information sharing bill would allow businesses to share too much information

There's more to municipal broadband than public funding, says report

City funding of entire networks is just one option for local officials looking to improve broadband networks, a report says


Facebook, Amazon, Apple pick up spending on lobbying

But Google still outstrips other key tech companies, spending $4.62 million on lobbying in the second quarter

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In Scott Walker's state, Democrats seek outsourcing penalties

Proposed Wisconsin anti-outsourcing legislation could shed light on Walker's views, if the bill makes it to his desk

Google slams proposed export controls on security tools

Says controls on exporting hacking tools are 'dangerously broad and vague' and would hurt the security research community

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Regulators seek to limit security software exports

Comment period on Wassenaar ends Monday, and the rules as written would severely restrict sales, deployment, and research of cyber security tools and exploits

The White House

Will the White House disappoint on H-1B displacements?

Signals are mixed on whether the Obama administration will take action or wait for Congress to change the law

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Hello, Congress? CISA has nothing to do with data protection

Congress is making all the wrong moves by holding hearings on the dangers of encryption and trying yet again to push through CISA

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NSA's new open source project is a cyber security tool

But wariness of the NSA as a software supplier will make it hard for the SIMP cyber security project to attract users

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How OPM data breach could have been prevented

Recently disclosed data breach was far larger than initially thought. Inspector general says warnings went ignored

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Microsoft, Rubio, Sessions and the H-1B ground war

Microsoft is laying off workers, Sen. Marco Rubio is running for president, Sen. Jeff Sessions sees a surplus of unemployed IT workers -- and all are talking about the H-1B visa program

OPM director resigns after unprecedented data breach

Katherine Archuleta stands down a day after scale of the massive breach was made clear

FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption

The agencies want tech vendors to retain access to encrypted data to comply with court-ordered warrants

Former attorney general calls Snowden deal possible

Eric Holder says the 'possibility exists' for a deal, but the DOJ's official position on the NSA leaker facing criminal charges hasn't changed

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Encryption backdoors: A bad idea then, a bad idea now

A research paper authored by encryption and computer security experts savages renewed government attempts to make encryption more law-enforcement friendly

Privacy group files FTC complaint to push Google to extend 'right to be forgotten' to U.S.

Consumer Watchdog says Google engages in unfair business practices by not offering U.S. residents the service

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Chicago taxes cloud and streaming services

Sweeping new 9% tax could be a preview of other jurisdictions targeting cloud and streaming services

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A look at California's effort to build an H-1B firewall

It's not just California that's trying: N.J. lawmakers passed an anti-offshoring bill that was later vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie

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A California backlash rises over foreign IT worker replacements

State lawmakers want to use regulatory power to keep utilities from offshoring jobs and ask feds for broader investigation

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Compromised encryption is a threat to national security

The administration is floating a trial balloon suggesting that national security requires giving up the protection provided by strong encryption. This approach gets the issue wrong. When the situation calls for encryption, using...

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