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Fcc Loses Comcast Challenge

Comcast on Tuesday won its federal lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission in a ruling that undermines the agency's ability to regulate Internet service...

Biometric Identity Project in India Aims to Provide For Poor, End Corruption
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Biometric Identity Project in India Aims to Provide For Poor, End Corruption

In this country of 1.2 billion people, Inderjit Chaurasia could not prove his identity. When the migrant worker tried to open his first bank account in New Delhi...

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Dismantling of Saudi-CIA Web Site Ilustrates Need For Clearer Cyberwar Policies

By early 2008, top U.S. military officials had become convinced that extremists planning attacks on American forces in Iraq were making use of a Web site set up...

Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls
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Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls

On a windy morning in downtown Washington, a hundred Georgetown Law students gathered in a hall for David Cole's lecture on democracy and coercion. The desks were...

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More Than 75,000 Systems Hacked in Cyber Attacks, Security Firm Says

More than 75,000 computer systems at nearly 2,500 companies in the United States and around the world have been hacked in what appears to be one of the largest...

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War Game Reveals ­.s. Lacks Cyber-Crisis Skills

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently staged the Cyber ShockWave, a simulation to demonstrate the plausibility of a cyberattack that could be as crippling as the...

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Google to Enlist Nsa to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

Google and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) are collaborating to fortify defenses against future cyberattacks. NSA will assist Google in studying an assault...

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Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under...

Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access
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Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering aggressive moves to claim its authority over consumer access to the Internet as part of the Obama...

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Computers Guide Traffic Lights to Reduce Congestion For Commuters, Other Drivers

There probably are just two times when you think about a traffic light. When one just turned yellow. ("Can I make it?") When one has been red for too long. ("Come...

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As Attacks Increase, ­.s. Struggles to Recruit Computer Security Experts

Cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication at a time when the U.S. government is struggling to address a shortage of proficient computer security...

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Now We Know Where We Stand, and It's About Time

America has seen its last Lost Generation. Thanks to an invisible armada of incessantly broadcasting satellites, collectively called the Global Positioning System...

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Fcc to Draft Net Neutrality Rules, Taking Step Toward Web Regulation

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to start drafting rules to support Internet neutrality. "It's hard to imagine anything more...

FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum and Net Neutrality Rules
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FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum and Net Neutrality Rules

Despite recent moves by several wireless companies to open their networks, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski says that more rules...

Top Cybersecurity Aide at White House Resigns
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Top Cybersecurity Aide at White House Resigns

Melissa E. Hathaway, the Obama administration's senior aide on cybersecurity, is stepping down from her role due to delays in the choosing of an administrator to...

Government Is Falling Behind on Cybersecurity, Report Finds
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Government Is Falling Behind on Cybersecurity, Report Finds

A report released by the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton has found that the U.S. federal government is falling behind in its efforts to protect...

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Circuit Malfunction Preceded Dc Metro Crash

The replacement of an important piece of collision-prevention equipment five days before last week's fatal train crash on the Washington, D.C., Metro's Red Line...

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Metrorail Crash May Exemplify Automation Paradox

The fatal collision of two trains on Washington, D.C., Metro's Red Line may come to symbolize the core problem of automation, which is the relationship between...

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Administration Plans to Scale Back Real Id Law

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is calling on lawmakers to change the Real ID Act to make it more palatable to states. Eleven states have refused...

China Internet Filter Challenged in Rights ­proar
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China Internet Filter Challenged in Rights ­proar

A Chinese lawyer has demanded a public hearing to reconsider a government demand that all new personal computers carry Internet filtering software, adding to uproar...
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