Technology Law & Regulation

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Task force recommends light regulation of drones

A drone industry group created by the Federal Aviation Administration to develop rules for drone registration is recommending the government apply just about the lightest touch possible.

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Drone registration recommendations handed to FAA

A mandatory consumer drone registration system looks set to be in force before the end of the year after an industry task force delivered its proposals for the system on Saturday.

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Nearly 35,000 comment on new federal visa rule

The majority of comments received by the U.S. support extending the program, which is not surprising given H-1B demand.

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Oracle cries foul over expert in Java case against Google

The accusations have been flying for five years now in Oracle's bitter legal battle with Google, and on Thursday the companies reportedly appeared in a San Francisco District Court to hear Oracle argue its latest charge.


Tech trade group objects to weakening smartphone encryption

The Information Technology Industry Council on Thursday decried efforts to weaken encryption on smartphones, even though some officials in Washington favor doing so.

Congress targets cybersecurity; you’re the victim

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing Act is a significant privacy invader that will do nothing to keep us safer.


U.S. may be financing encryption apps to stay ahead of terrorists

The U.S. government's financial support for the development of smartphone encryption apps doesn't surprise security experts.

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How a telecom investment in North Korea went horribly wrong

An Egyptian company that launched North Korea's first 3G cellular network and built it up to 3 million subscribers says it's effectively lost control of the operator despite owning a majority stake.

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In wake of Paris attacks, legislation aims to extend NSA program

A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation that would delay the end of the bulk collection of phone metadata by the National Security Agency to Jan. 31, 2017, in the wake of renewed security concerns after the terror attacks last...

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Extreme tech positions of the presidential candidates

This is an election where extreme positions have become the norm, and the implications for science and technology may be huge. These emerging proposals, the ones with the most impact on technology, deserve attention. Here's a look at...

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Google Wing head 'anxious to get things done yesterday'

The head of Google's experimental Wing drone delivery project said he wants the service to launch as soon as possible and is working with the government on trials that can be accomplished while regulations are being developed.

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‘Ban the killer robots’ movement could backfire

It is stigmatizing much-needed research on autonomous robots that will be central to increasing economic productivity and quality of life.


Tor hacked via FBI fund: CMU “researchers” got $1M, it’s alleged [updated]

The Tor Project is up in arms, alleging that the FBI paid Carnegie Mellon University “at least” a million dollars to unmask Tor users—CMU researchers are said to have hacked Tor’s hidden services feature...

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'Sold Out' offers a new look at the H-1B debate

The 2016 presidential contest may the first ever to focus on the impact of the H-1B visa program on U.S. workers, which makes the arrival of a new book about the issue especially timely.

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Sen. Ted Cruz changes his tone on H-1Bs

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) established himself as a champion of the H-1B visa program two years ago. But his views may be changing now that he's running for president.

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Apple employee class-action lawsuit over bag checks dismissed

Apple has won in a class-action lawsuit brought by employees at its California stores, who claimed that they should be compensated for time spent during bag checks for pilferage at the time of their exit.

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David Cameron’s UK 2020 broadband USO—USA looks laggy

UK prime minister David Cameron wants all the Queen’s subjects to have fast Internet by 2020. Well, by “fast” he means 10 Mb/s—is it much of a stretch goal?

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FCC won't force websites to honor 'Do Not Track'

The FCC has dismissed a petition that would have required some of Web's largest firms to honor "Do Not Track" signals from consumers' browsers.

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