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Republican lawmakers question FCC budget after net neutrality vote

Republican lawmakers questioned the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new budget request Wednesday, with a few of them attempting to tie the agency's funding to its controversial net neutrality vote days ago.

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China says its new cybersurveillance proposal mimics U.S. practices

A proposed Chinese law would require tech companies to give encryption keys to authorities and create "back doors" into their systems for government surveillance access.

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China defends cybersecurity demands, amid complaints from U.S.

President Obama is unhappy with new rules from China that would require U.S. tech companies to abide by strict cybersecurity measures, but on Tuesday the country was quick to defend the proposed regulations.

NSA authority to collect bulk phone data extended to June 1

A U.S. secret court has extended until June 1 the bulk collection of private phone records of Americans by the National Security Agency.

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FCC net-neutrality vote is GO, as GOP gives up (but beware friendly-fire)

Things are looking up for FCC Chair Tom Wheeler's net-neutrality proposal. Democracy FTW! But there may be a last-minute, dramatic insect in the topical medicine...

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NASA delays spacewalk for added suit check

NASA postponed a spacewalk on the International Space Station that had been slated for today because astronauts needed time to conduct further checks on the suits that will be used.

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In six months, the White House has replaced its top IT leaders

The White House may be trying to improve its IT operations by aligning itself more with Silicon Valley thinking.

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Google worried US could use amended warrant rule to search computers abroad

Google has opposed moves by the U.S. Department of Justice to extend the warrant-issuing authority of magistrate judges to searches of computers in districts other than their own.

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White House gives DJ Patil new job (but what a mouthful)

What's a CDSaDCTODT? Dhanurjay 'DJ' Patil is now the U.S. (deep breath) Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say it four times fast...

DHS cybersecurity staff won’t get paid during shutdown

If Congressional leaders carry through on their threat to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, life for the agency's cybersecurity professionals will be miserable

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Equation cyberspies use unrivaled, NSA-style techniques to hit Iran, Russia

A cyberespionage group with a toolset similar to ones used by U.S. intelligence agencies has infiltrated key institutions in countries including Iran and Russia.

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US government courts Silicon Valley on cybersecurity

Senior U.S. government officials came to Silicon Valley on Friday to deliver a direct appeal to executives from major companies and the cybersecurity industry: Work with us so the nation will be better protected from cyberattacks.

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Memex: Science vs. Sex (your tax dollars at work)

Sex trafficers beware. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says it's getting good at scanning the mysterious 'Dark Web.' In IT Blogwatch, bloggers manipulate the midi-chlorians...

Federal IT projects need critical care

Watchdogs at GAO put government IT project on High Risk List.

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Obama seeks common ground with China on cyber issues

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed cyber issues and other topics by phone; Xi is scheduled to visit Washington in September.

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Jeb Bush's email release dumps constituents' personal data online

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may have violated state law by releasing hundreds of thousands of emails from his years as governor on Tuesday because the emails reveal personal information, including cell phone numbers, home addresses...

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New U.S. cyberthreat center will fill information gap, official says

The U.S. government needs a new cyberthreat analysis center because no single agency is responsible for producing that type of assessment and sharing information.

US to form cybersecurity agency to combat online threats

The Obama administration will create a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats and share data about possible attacks among government departments.

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