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White House Cybersecurity Leader: Technical Know-How Is A Distraction

In much the same way that the best heart surgeons have never studied medicine and Supreme Court judges have never really read the law, Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity co-ordinator thinks that “being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction” in his position.


FBI Facial Recognition Caught A Fugitive On The Run For 14 Years

The FBI’s facial recognition initiative is big and getting bigger. And it’s just proved that it works too, by helping capture a fugitive who’s been on the run for 14 years, during testing in Asia.


Everything You Need To Know About The New USA FREEDOM Act

Ever since the Snowden revelations, honest (and some dishonest) efforts have been made in Congress to try to scale back at least some of the NSA’s spying. It’s a complex problem, since the NSA has overstepped reasonable bounds in so many different directions and there is intense secrecy surrounding the NSA’s activities and legal analysis.


Apple And Samsung Have Called A Truce On Patent Wars Outside The US

In the great professional fanboy fight that is Apple vs Samsung, things might be about to grow up. The two companies have agreed to put an end to patent battles outside of the US.


How Buckyballs Fell Apart

As of last week, Buckyballs are dead. The magnetic toy has been officially recalled following a two-year battle with US regulators who sought to ban them. Here’s how a seemingly wonderful amusement became plaything non grata in the span of just a few short years.


The NYPD's Biggest Gang Raid Was Enabled By A Million Facebook Posts

In the early hours of June 4, the New York Police Department raided the General Ulysses S. Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in West Harlem. Its biggest gang raid ever, it saw 40 suspects arrested — and it was masterminded by mining over one million Facebook posts.


New Bill Threatens To Stop FCC Treating Broadband As A Utility

A new bill proposed by URepublican Bob Latta could stop the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US from reclassifying broadband as a common-carrier utility. Despite the FCC’s call for comment on whether to reclassify broadband as a utility or allow providers to engage in pay-for-play traffic management, the conversation could be rendered pointless if the mew legislation passes.


Why We Shouldn't Worry About Open Wi-Fi

Everyday cafes, airports, libraries, laundromats, schools and individuals operate “open” Wi-Fi routers, sharing their connection with neighbours and passers-by at no charge. The City of San Francisco recently deployed a free, public Wi-Fi network along a 5km stretch of Market Street. Sometimes people use those connections for unauthorised activities. Most of the time they don’t, and the world gets a valuable public service of simple, ubiquitous internet access.


How The NSA Is Transforming Law Enforcement

If you’ve been imagining NSA surveillance as something distant, with analysts sitting in remote data centres quietly analysing metadata — stop now. NSA surveillance has become a part of day-to-day law enforcement fabric in the United States. The Snowden disclosures that were made public as part of Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide drive this point home, and they emphasise why we need real change to government surveillance, not minor reforms.


Taser Is Attaching Wearable Cameras To 500 Cops

In the biggest trial of its kind, 500 London police officers will today be supplied with wearable cameras to record what they — and those around them — do. The cameras, supplied by Taser, boast 130-degree field of view, record over 12 hours of continuous footage, and are tough enough to cope with being run over by a car.


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