Topic / United States Government

Who else is participating in the Jan 18 Blackout?

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Wikipedia and Reddit are not the only sites to black-out their website in protest of the PROTECT IP and Stop Online Piracy Acts that are running through the US Congress. Many other sites, including Destructoid, and Imgur will also participate. These sites will be participating in the black-out: Destructoid Major League Gaming (MLG) Identi.ca Red 5 Studios – shutting down Firefall beta. Every site under the “I Can Haz Cheezburger” […]

What is SOPA and PIPA (and why Wikipedia isn’t working)?

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Have you heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act, or the PROTECT IP Act? The tech industry is talking about it. And that could be because it hasn’t gotten any mainstream media attention until the White House publicly said it would not let it through if Congress passed it in its current form. But what is it? Why are Google and Facebook against it? Let’s get the background on what […]

Wikipedia ponders total blackout ahead of SOPA

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Wikipedia could have a total “blackout” – by blanking out every single page in the online encyclopedia, even the 1 million pages in the English version – as a protest to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, which is heading to the US Senate. The bill, which is designed to safeguard intellectual property through controversial means needs to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee before it will head to the full […]

Judge gives Wikileaks Twitter Records to US Government

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The United States Government has been given the go-ahead to access Twitter records relating to associates of website Wikileaks after Birgitta Jonsdottir’s motion to have the request thrown out failed, with the judge saying that the associates have no standing to challenge the order. Judge Theresa Buchanan, also denied a request to unseal the order, saying that the Twitter order “does not demand the contents of any communication… and thus […]

Iceland “furious” over US Wikileaks subpoena

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Jónsdóttir helped Wikileaks to release the Collateral Murder video – she is now no longer a volunteer for the site. The Icelandic government has summoned the US ambassador to Iceland to explain why the United States has subpoenaed the personal details of an Icelandic MP’s Twitter account who had links to Wikileaks and Julian Assange, the site’s founder.

US Government subpoenas Twitter logs of Icelandic MP, Wikileaks volunteers

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The Department of Justice has issued subpoena to Twitter asking for the records of Twitter messages between known Wikileaks supporters since November 1, 2009, according to a message posted on Twitter by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament. Jónsdóttir was a former supporter of Wikileaks and a member of the Movement in the country. She also is part of the NATO parliamentary assembly and a member of the […]

Criminal investigation underway with Wikileaks leak

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President Barack Obama is considering taking legal action against Wikileaks, which is currently based in Iceland, after more than 250,000 diplomatic cables were released in the wild. In addition, the Justice Department has announced that it has an active criminal investigation on how the cables were leaked.

Wikileaks leaks US diplomatic cables

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Wikileaks newest leak, promised to be seven times larger than the Iraq War Logs, have been revealed to be the diplomatic communications between the United States and its allies. The site, similar its previous leak, has given first access to the New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais and Der Spiegel, who all released the news at the same time. More than 250,000 diplomatic cables between its allies […]

Report: FTC to investigate Apple on app tatics

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The Federal Trade Commission is said to be opening an investigation on whether Apple has been using its position as the mobile application market to harm its competitors – including those in the mobile-advertising market, where Apple is set to open its own mobile ad provider iAd in July – according to several publications. Both the US Justice Department and FTC were under discussions whether which agency would conduct the […]

Govt Freelancer claimed to wrote Google attack code

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Analysts from the United States government have said that they have found the programmer who wrote the code that was used to hack into Google’s servers last year, according to the Financial Times. According to the newspaper, the man is a security consultant in his 30s and posted sections of the code to a hacking forum. The creator is known to be a freelancer, but while he did not launch […]

Obama selects Schmidt to take up cybersecurity coordinator

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NEWS IN BRIEF: President Barack Obama has chosen Howard Schmidt to take up the role as the national cybersecurity coordinator, according to an “administration official” talking to the Washington Post. The role will coordinate cybersecurity policy across the federal government – including the military agencies. Schmidt, who is the president of the not-for-profit consortium Information Security Forum and was a cyber-adviser to the former Bush administration, will report to the […]

Barack Obama names new Chief Information Officer

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Barack Obama has announced that Vivek Kundra, a former Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, as the new Federal Chief Information Officer, which will oversee the architecture and spending of technology across the entire federal Government. The Chief Information Officer will work with the Chief Technology Officer, which is still currently vacant, to promote the new President’s technology agenda. “Vivek Kundra will bring a depth of experience in […]

Digital TV delay passes in Senate

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The United States Senate has voted unanimously to delay the digital television transition, which was supposed to happen on February 17, for four months to June 12. The vote, which came after the NTIA’s coupon program announced that it ran out of money, is seen as a huge victory to the Obama administration. “I firmly believe that our nation is not yet ready to make this transition at this time,” […]

Image : 2009 Inauguration Picture

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This is the image from the inauguration from the GeoEye-1 satellite, which Google has exclusive access to it, and it shows the mass number of people seeing the inauguration from Capitol Hill to the Washington Monument. It looks magnificent. Image Credit : GeoEye