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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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The Next Frontier: Decoding the Internet's Raw Data

The massive amounts of data available on the Internet potentially have infinite uses. For example, advertisers want to mine photos and status updates on social...

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Tongue in Check

The growth of the Web has facilitated a revolution in translation technologies that are primarily based not on language rules but on vast volumes of text translated...

Obama Set to Create a Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate
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Obama Set to Create a Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will create a cyberczar position, adding a senior White House official who will have broad authority...

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Cyber-Command May Help Protect Civilian Networks

The U.S. Pentagon is considering establishing a new cyber-command to oversee government efforts to protect military computer networks and to assist in protecting...

­.n. Launches Library of World's Knowledge
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­.n. Launches Library of World's Knowledge

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially launched the World Digital Library, an Internet-based library that...

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'I'm Here to Make You Feel Better'

Researchers are developing socially assistive robots that can provide therapy and support to people with cognitive and physical handicaps. One example is CosmoBot...

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They're Taking Their Brains and Going Home

The United States has always been the country to which the world's best and brightest have flocked in pursuit of education and to seek their fortunes. But burgeoning...

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Internet Service Speed Is Fast-Track Issue For New Administration

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama wants to provide everyone in the United States with access to high-speed Internet service and create thousands of jobs in the...
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