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  • Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Mikey Dickerson, the engineer credited with saving the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, moved into the White House earlier this month to lead the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS). But just because he’s working a few steps from the Oval Office, Dickerson said he won’t be changing his style. “People are putting up with me walking around [Executive Office Building] and the… Read More

  • FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

    FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday it would extend the net neutrality reply comment period from September 10 to September 15. The commission has already received more than 1.1 million comments, which it released to the public last week. That is the largest number of comments the FCC has ever received, with the exception of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe… Read More

  • Senator Calls On FCC To Hold Net Neutrality Round Tables Outside Of Washington

    Senator Calls On FCC To Hold Net Neutrality Round Tables Outside Of Washington

    Senator Patrick Leahy recently called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host round-table discussions about net neutrality outside of Washington. The agency previously announced that it will hold a number of sessions concerning the open Internet inside of the capital. The FCC should heed the senator’s call and follow through with hosting sessions around the country. It… Read More

  • Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

    Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

    Many in the media have conjectured that supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were responsible for a series of Internet outages in Syria in 2012. But National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden claims at least one was caused by the United States Government. Read More

  • Microsoft Urges Reform Of U.S. Government’s Surveillance Practices

    Microsoft Urges Reform Of U.S. Government’s Surveillance Practices

    In a set of comments regarding “big data,” submitted in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) request for public input, Microsoft listed a number of changes to how the U.S. government handles surveillance and digital privacy that it thinks would help build “confidence in the cloud.” Its list, while not surprising in… Read More

  • Share Your Ideas About Immigration

    Share Your Ideas About Immigration

    High-skilled immigration reform matters to the tech community. Yet in the nationwide debate that often spirals into partisan bickering over border patrol, we’re often drowned out. In both 2013 and earlier this year, we saw chances of high-skilled immigration reform die in congress. In 2013 the senate passed a bill that never gained any traction in the House. This year, House… Read More

  • NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

    NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

    A now-defunct National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program that collected information about online communications exceeded its authority, collected too much, and shared that information too freely, recently declassified court documents show. The program collected, according to the official IC On The Record Tumblr page, “certain electronic communications metadata such as the… Read More

  • Imgur Joins Chorus Of Tech Companies Calling For Net Neutrality

    Imgur Joins Chorus Of Tech Companies Calling For Net Neutrality

    Imgur, the popular photo sharing service, today filed comments with the FCC concerning net neutrality, arguing against paid prioritization and in favor of Title II reclassification of ISPs as utilities. To see a non-ISP technology company speak in that manner isn’t surprising. But Imgur’s comments are worth noting for their candor, as well as discussion of the impact of paid… Read More

  • Bitcoin Slips As US Consumer Finance Agency Warns Of Cryptocurrency Risks

    Bitcoin Slips As US Consumer Finance Agency Warns Of Cryptocurrency Risks

    Remember bitcoin? Today the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a lengthy set of risks that the cryptocurrency poses to early adopters. The list is somewhat decent in its content, though I suspect the bitcoin faithful will find its tone to be overly negative. That same contingent will likely also find it encouraging that the CFPB is paying bitcoin any mind at all. The CFPB has… Read More

  • The FCC To Host Net Neutrality Round Tables

    The FCC To Host Net Neutrality Round Tables

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host four “Open Internet Round Tables” to discuss a number of topics that relate to net neutrality. The six sessions start with basic questions regarding the brass tacks of net neutrality itself, moving into the more technical aspects of the idea. The economics of broadband, a related topic, will also be discussed. According to the… Read More