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

  • Facebook Censors Blasphemous Page To Comply With Turkey’s Demand, But Won’t Publish It

    Facebook Censors Blasphemous Page To Comply With Turkey’s Demand, But Won’t Publish It

    When Google and Twitter receive legal threats from countries to censor controversial content or have their services shut down locally, they often publish them on ChillingEffects.org for transparency. But today when Facebook followed Turkey’s legal order to block a Page that defamed the Prophet Muhammad from Turkish users, it kept the demand private. Rather than get banned, Mark… Read More

  • Uber Will Cap Surge Pricing During Northeast Snowstorm

    Uber Will Cap Surge Pricing During Northeast Snowstorm

    With a huge blizzard bearing down on the U.S. Northeast, Uber is instituting a cap on its surge pricing during the storm. In an email being sent to New York passengers, the company said prices will not exceed 2.8x its usual fares. Read More

  • Facebook’s European Privacy Class Action Hearing Set For April 9

    Facebook’s European Privacy Class Action Hearing Set For April 9

    Some developments on the class action suit filed against Facebook over alleged privacy violations in Europe. Europe vs. Facebook, the group leading the suit now with 25,000 claimants in tow, has had its first hearing set for April 9, in a court in Vienna, marking the first time Facebook will appear in court over the case. The class action covers a number of areas ranging from data use… Read More

  • 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

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