All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Government’

Bigfoot Tracker Apprehended by Government Officials

One man was fined by two park rangers in February after he led a group of 31 people to trespass on to government land. What makes the incident so peculiar is the reason behind the trek; the hikers were not looking for birds or flowers on this particular excursion — they were looking for proof of the existence of Bigfoot. …

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European Consumers’ Organisation Calls For EU To Regulate Google

The European Commission is reportedly preparing its final recommendations in an antitrust case against Google. According to a report from the New York Times, investigators are expected to make recommendations to European Commission Vice President Joaquin Almunia, in the coming days. The BEUC (European Consumers’ Organisation) wrote a letter to Almunia, on March 19, which has been posted to the …

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Tech Advances Could Result In More Open Government

Could technology give us a more open and more secure government? There is an increasing need for stronger accountability of government and thus greater demands on transparency of the diplomatic and national security apparatus. However, despite the advent of WikiLeaks, which purports to expose cover-ups, exploitation and corruption by making the evidence publicly available, there are still many political and …

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San Jose Is Getting “Disturbingly Fast” Free Wi-Fi

San Jose, California is about to give free Wi-Fi to everyone visiting its downtown. A partnership between the city, SmartWAVE Technologies, and Ruckus Wireless will bring what they call on the “fastest Wi-Fi networks available” to the city. “This will bring disturbingly fast Internet access to Downtown, and is part of San José’s strategy to partner with industry leaders who …

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Digital Playground Hack Found Government and Military Email Addresses

In the ongoing war over digital privacy, copyrights, and internet freedom, hypocrisy just keeps rearing its ugly head. This isn’t surprising, given that there are millions of people employed by the U.S. and foreign governments, and corporations with a vested interest in restricting online media sharing. These millions of people like to listen to music, play games, read e-books, watch …

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Obama Names Todd Park As New Chief Technology Officer

President Obama today named Todd Park as the next U.S. Chief Technology Officer, bumping him up from his current CTO position with the Department of Health and Human Services. While CTO at HSS, Park was tasked with bringing the health care industry into the 21st Century era of technology and transparency. One of his notable achievements was the creation of …

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Payroll Tax Cut Bill Comes With Spectrum Auction Funding

Today, Washington passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, extending the Payroll Tax Cut and unemployment benefits. Part of this was the authorization of the FCC to auction off wireless spectrum, which was proposed in the National Broadband Plan, introduced in 2010. Essentially, broadcasters with spectrum to spare forfeit the extra, and get some of the money …

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Google Earth Used To Doublecheck Government Data

Scientists are learning that Google Earth is a good way to verify government activity. “This shows the promise of Google Earth for collecting and verifying data, which means a few trained scientists can use a freely available program to fact-check governments and other large institutions,” says Jennifer Jacquet, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia. The program they …

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FBI Enlists Makeup Vendors, Tattoo Shops For Help In War On Terrorism

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a collection of 25 fliers to assorted businesses in order to help promote their “Communities Against Terrorism” campaign. The fliers are designed to help employees easily identify “suspicious persons” who might be hiding some terrorism cards up their sleeves. Different businesses received different fliers based on what industry they’re involved in, such as …

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FCC Providing Broadband To Poor Families Through Lifeline

The FCC is reforming and modernizing their Lifeline program that provides telephone service to poor families across the nation. On their Web site today, the FCC detailed the planned changes to the Lifeline program. For those unaware, the Lifeline program “fulfills Congress’ mandate to ensure the availability of communications to all Americans.” The program prides itself on providing millions of …

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Megaupload Data Could Be Erased By Thursday

The Megaupload saga continues with the potential erasure of data on their servers. Data belonging to users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday according to federal prosecutors. CBS is reporting that the company is defending itself by saying that their service was primarily used to store data like family photos and personal documents. Those users hoped they …

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Search Engines Given Code Of Practice

It looks like the copyright police are at it again. This time they are in a secret meeting with search engine companies making demand of them. In a document obtained by TorrentFreak, it has come to light that copyright holders held a meeting with search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo to make demands in regards to copyright. The meeting …

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