Government

  • Hacked Newsweek Twitter Account Tweets Threats At Obama Family

    Hacked Newsweek Twitter Account Tweets Threats At Obama Family

    It appears that Newsweek’s Twitter account was hacked today by a group calling itself Cyber Caliphate. Around 20 minutes ago, the Newsweek Twitter account began tweeting out images of alleged leaked documents from the DCITA, or the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy. Other tweets contained threats against Michelle Obama and her family on Valentine’s Day. Cyber Caliphate… Read More

  • Russia To Pay Local Devs To Migrate Apps To Tizen, Sailfish

    Russia To Pay Local Devs To Migrate Apps To Tizen, Sailfish

    The Russian Federation is intending to support alternative mobile platforms, with a Minister promising grants for developers to migrate their apps from Android and iOS to the Samsung-led Tizen open source effort, and also Jolla’s Sailfish OS. Read More

  • U.K. Court Says NSA-GCHQ Data-Sharing Was Illegal

    U.K. Court Says NSA-GCHQ Data-Sharing Was Illegal

    A U.K. court has for the first time ruled that intelligence sharing activities between the NSA and the equivalent government intelligence agency in the U.K., GCHQ, were unlawful in the past on the grounds that they breached European human rights law. Read More

  • Google Faces Fight In Europe On Search Delisting

    Google Faces Fight In Europe On Search Delisting

    Google’s digital policy pantomime on the theme of Europe’s so-called ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ (rtbf) ruling has delivered its final conclusions, with the publication of a report by the Google-appointed and Google-styled “Advisory Council”, following a series of Google-arranged public debates last year. Read More

  • Recapping Week Three Of The Silk Road Trial

    Recapping Week Three Of The Silk Road Trial

    Cold winds and snow buffeted the walls of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse last week as jurors heard more of the Government’s case in the trial against Ross WIlliam Ulbricht. In week three, the jury learned how a google search led the IRS to Ross Ulbricht and how activities referenced in emails were also found in chats between Silk Road’s main administrator and… Read More

  • Once Reviled For A Screed On The Homeless, Greg Gopman Looks To Make Amends

    Once Reviled For A Screed On The Homeless, Greg Gopman Looks To Make Amends

    I remember meeting Greg Gopman for the first time several years ago at a Facebook mobile hackathon. He had just moved from Miami and was in full-on hustler mode. Newcomers to the Valley are a varied sort. Some are idealists, spewing truisms from Steve Jobs keynotes. Some see stories about billion-dollar acquisitions and have pretty thinly-concealed ambitions of validation through funding… Read More

  • Sandboxing And Smart Regulation In An Age of A/B Testing

    Sandboxing And Smart Regulation In An Age of A/B Testing

    The small drone crash at the White House earlier this week is just the latest in a series of reminders that when it comes to regulating new technology the government is woefully slow. Read More

  • Uber Sued In California For Fraud, Negligence Following New Delhi Rape

    Uber Sued In California For Fraud, Negligence Following New Delhi Rape

    Nearly two months ago, a young woman was allegedly raped by her Uber driver in New Delhi, India. The incident led to the banning of the service in India and a full-scale investigation there, but the victim has brought her case over to the U.S. now filing a complaint with the Northern District Court of California. The charges raised in the complaint include negligence and fraud, and the victim… Read More

  • Recapping Week Two of the Silk Road Trial

    Recapping Week Two of the Silk Road Trial

    Editor’s Note: John Bush is the Editor in Chief of the Liberty Beat daily radio news service and host of the weekly Bitcoin podcast SovereignBTC. The third week of the Ross Ulbricht trial resumes today, which presents an opportunity to caught up with what happened in the case since our last installment. To recap, Ulbricht is accused of creating the Silk Road marketplace and… Read More

  • Europe Gets A Cyber Security Incubator

    Europe Gets A Cyber Security Incubator

    London’s crowded startup accelerator scene is getting a new addition. Not fintech-related, this time — rather the focus is cyber security. The Cyber London (CyLon for short) 12-week program, has been co-founded by Alex van Someren of VC firm Amadeus Capital Partners, along with Jonathan Luff and Grace Cassy, co-founders of strategic technology consultancy Epsilon Advisory Partners. Read More

  • UK Regulator Sets Out Priorities For Growing The Internet Of Things

    UK Regulator Sets Out Priorities For Growing The Internet Of Things

    The U.K.’s telecoms regulator Ofcom has identified four areas it plans to prioritize in order to support the development of the Internet of Things, after taking input from various industry “stakeholders” last year. Read More