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A Conversation on Cyber Security

George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted “A Conversation on Cyber Security Legislation,” this morning. The participants included Adm. Mike McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, Michael Chertoff, former Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Tommy Ross from the Senate Office of Majority Leader, Jeffrey Ratner from the Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee (Majority), Nick Rossi from the same committee (Minority), Tom Corcoran from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Kevin Gronberg from the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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Morning Stories (1-5-2012)

  • Dennis Berman at the Wall Street Journal discusses how algorithms and data analytics continue to shape our world, in ways we might not even expect.
  • Apple is increasing pressure on “app pirates” by sending numerous DMCA notices to Apptrackr, a website that locates cracked apps.
  • The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has completed its transition to a cloud based email system, as part of a broader government cost savings effort to move appropriate systems to the cloud.
  • Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOM asks some crucial questions about what we want and need our elected officials to understand about technology and the Internet, a “political litmus test for tech.” In addition to Higginbotham’s questions – what do you think is important for our leaders to grasp in this area?
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Morning Stories (1-4-2012)

  • Yesterday there was a great deal of ballyhoo over news that Belarus had passed a law to prevent its citizens from browsing foreign websites. The law is a bit more nuanced than that, but nevertheless concern is warranted. Glyn Moody at TechDirt and Gavin Clarke at The Register give good breakdowns on what we know about the law.
  • John Dunn at CIO discusses Japan’s development of a new “virus cyberweapon” that can be used to back trace attacks and shut down offending systems.
  • Brendan Sasso at The Hill reports that the ACLU is suing a Missouri public library after it blocked websites related to Wicca.
  • Want to know where your representatives in Congress stand on PIPA and SOPA? Check out SOPA Track – you can see whether your lawmakers are actively supporting or opposing the legislation, and how much money they’ve raised from groups in favor of and opposed to the legislation.
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Morning Stories (12-21-2011)

  • The continued markup of SOPA has been delayed until next year. As reported at engadget, a petition at WhiteHouse.gov calling on the President to veto SOPA and similar legislation has already gained nearly 32,000 signatures.
  • Tools and methods of circumventing SOPA provisions are already being deployed, according to a report by Forbes. SOPA’s flaws demonstrate that the law would merely “reinforce the Internet’s fundamental security problems without blocking access to copyright-infringing sites for any user savvy enough to use simple software tools.”
  • This morning the WSJ reported that hackers in China had successfully breached the systems of the US Chamber of Commerce, accessing “everything stored on its systems, including information about its three million members.” The breach was discovered and thwarted back in the spring 2010, though two sources suggested the hackers may have had access to the systems for over a year.
  • Better policy is needed to keep entrepreneurs coming to the US and creating jobs with venture-funded businesses, according to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy.
  • National Journal reports that the swift moves by the DOJ and FCC to stifle the AT&T / T-Mobile merger may chill any future mergers for the duration of the Obama administration.
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Morning Stories (12-13-2011)

  • John Paczkowski at All Things D has an exclusive interview with CarrierIQ CEO Larry Lenhart and Vice President of Marketing Andrew Coward – they discuss how the company conducts its cell monitoring and how they work with carriers
  • The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled the markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) for 10 am this Thursday. You can read the Manager’s Amendment that was released yesterday here. Declan McCullagh at cnet provides a rundown on the amendment and public reaction to it
  • The Financial Times reports that AT&T and T-Mobile were granted a request for time to consider whether to push forward with a revised merger deal or drop it altogether. They companies will report back to the judge by January 12
  • Europe considers an open data policy that would make “a ‘treasure trove’ of public data available with minimal charges for anybody to access and use”
  • Craig Newman gives a critical examination of Crowdfunding and discusses two bills on the matter currently making their way through Congress
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