Government

  • Apple Extends Its Crimea Block To Products And Services

    Apple Extends Its Crimea Block To Products And Services

    This past weekend, Crimea made tech news when it emerged that Apple and Valve had sent out notices to developers in the region informing them their accounts would be cut off, in line with U.S. sanctions against the region. Now Apple has extended that further, ordering retailers to halt all shipments and sales of products like the iPhone and Mac computers and services in the region… Read More

  • Uncle Sam Needs More Geeks

    Uncle Sam Needs More Geeks

    One of President Obama’s guests at this year’s State of the Union address was Kathy Pham, a health IT expert formerly of Google and IBM. Pham recently joined the federal government to make it easier for veterans to access the benefits they have earned – like her brother, who earned a Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan. Kathy is exactly what this country needs. Uncle… Read More

  • Inmarsat Courts Developers, Opens Its Satellite Broadband Platform To All

    Inmarsat Courts Developers, Opens Its Satellite Broadband Platform To All

    Inmarsat, the UK-based satellite company that provides voice and broadband services to users in the air and on land and sea, is today announcing that it will open its platform for all developers to access. The move is calculated to help the company expand its services beyond its traditional customer base — businesses and individuals in remote areas that terrestrial networks… Read More

  • U.S. Hacked North Korea Before North Korea Hacked U.S.

    U.S. Hacked North Korea Before North Korea Hacked U.S.

    Ever wonder why President Obama so quickly and sure-footedly accused North Korea of hacking into Sony servers? Turns out, the United States had actually hacked into North Korean computer networks back in 2010, giving the government more confidence in their determination of the situation. The NYT reports that the NSA used Chinese networks to route themselves into North Korean computer… Read More

  • Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley

    Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley

    With an increasingly global map of startup hubs, Silicon Valley needs to look not just at the factors bringing talent in, but also the negative factors diverting talent elsewhere. When a hub’s defining trait is optimism, is any time spent thinking of the darker side of foreign founders’ life in Silicon Valley? Read More

  • The Hypocrisy of U.S. Cyber Policy

    The Hypocrisy of U.S. Cyber Policy

    The breakneck growth in internet usage over the past two decades has forced policymakers to confront a host of challenges, from how to regulate the sharing economy to who owns the infrastructure behind the “tubes” themselves. While tempers have flared on a number of these issues, I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to policymakers. The transformation of our society has been… Read More

  • U.K. Knots Closer Cyber Security Ties In Washington

    U.K. Knots Closer Cyber Security Ties In Washington

    The U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is in Washington DC this week, lobbying the U.S. President on the need for circumventing the strong encryption of Internet services. So why is he now banging on about closer “cyber security” co-operation? Read More

  • U.K. PM To Take His Anti-Encryption Drum-Banging To Obama’s Doorstep

    U.K. PM To Take His Anti-Encryption Drum-Banging To Obama’s Doorstep

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is evidently not done banging the anti-encryption drum in public yet — despite being slammed by Internet security experts, startup investors and others earlier this week for appearing to suggest he wants to outlaw strong encryption. Read More

  • U.K. PM Backpedals On ‘Encryption Ban’, Sort Of

    U.K. PM Backpedals On ‘Encryption Ban’, Sort Of

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has been weathering a Twitter storm of mockery for comments he made yesterday in which he appeared to suggest it would be the intention of a future Conservative government to ban strong encryption. Read More

  • Here’s What Happened On Twitter After The U.K. PM Said He Wants To Ban Encryption

    Here’s What Happened On Twitter After The U.K. PM Said He Wants To Ban Encryption

    Yesterday U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was dubbing a Fox News commenter who had made ludicrous claims on a topic on which he was entirely mis-informed “clearly an idiot”. Today Cameron has been branded a dunce of similar proportions after making a speech calling for encryption to be banned on national security grounds. Read More

  • European Ministers Call For Increased Digital Surveillance After Paris Terror Attacks

    European Ministers Call For Increased Digital Surveillance After Paris Terror Attacks

    And so it begins again; the customary fingerpointing at the Internet as a platform for fueling extremist hatred in the wake of the latest terrorist outrages in Europe — accompanied, in certain corners of the political arena, by calls for greater powers of digital surveillance to preemptively thwart acts of terror. Read More