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Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter

Defense Dept. wants to rebuild trust with the tech industry

The Department of Defense needs to rebuild trust with Silicon Valley because it needs new technology partners to fight cyberattacks, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Thursday.

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U.S. plans a cybersecurity center in Silicon Valley

The U.S. government plans to open a cybersecurity office in Silicon Valley to encourage closer cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the private sector.

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Feds lay down social media rules; enterprises should, too

The U.S. government is telling federal employees what they can and cannot post or tweet about on their favorite social networks. Companies need to do the same thing.

Whistleblowers are at risk using U.S. gov't sites to report fraud

More than two dozen U.S. government websites should be urgently upgraded to use encryption to protect whistleblowers, the ACLU said.

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Time to let domestic-spy Patriot Act rules die

How long can you trust the judgement of people who think iPhone is a terrorist weapon and can't even lie effectively about how big a waste domestic surveillance programs have really been?


The DEA collected bulk phone records for decades

The U.S. in 1992 began keeping records of international phone calls made by Americans under a joint program of the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Russian hackers accessed White House email

Hackers working for the Russian government were able to access President Obama's email system inside the White House, CNN reported Tuesday.


The Pentagon's groundbreaking IPv6 project hasn't broken much ground yet

The U.S. Department of Defense hasn't yet followed through on its commitment to convert to IPv6.


Tech companies call on US to end bulk collection of metadata

A slew of tech companies have joined privacy groups in calling for the U.S. government to reform its surveillance practices.

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UK government develops an iPad habit

Digital transformation is impacting the UK government -- like every part of today's world, everything is subject to disruption

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NASA's Curiosity finds new ingredient of life on Mars

After already finding evidence of water on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered another key element necessary for life on the Red Planet.

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Meet the White House’s new open source-happy IT director

“First Geek” David Recordon comes from a Facebook, open-standards kind of world.

China discloses cyberwarfare unit, no one surprised

It came as a shock to just about no one in the cybersecurity industry that China has a cyberware unit, which was acknowledged by the government there this week.

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US gov't wants HTTPS on its publicly accessible sites within two years

Publicly accessible websites and services of U.S. government agencies will have to move to HTTPS encryption within two years to meet the government's objective of offering these sites and Web services over a secure connection.

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Senate panel secretly approves cyberthreat-sharing bill

A Senate committee voted in secret to approve a controversial bill that seeks to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with each other and with government agencies.

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Hillary Clinton's email system was insecure for two months

The private email system used by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't encrypt messages during the first two months of use.

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Lessons to be learned from a project nightmare

Things have gone horribly wrong with the Department of Labor’s Oracle implementation. Don’t let the same things happen to you.

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Clinton regrets, but defends, use of family email server

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that her decision to use a private email server to conduct official business was not the best one.

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