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Obama Backs Government-Run Internet

January 14, 2015 President Obama will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to tout the ability of local governments to provide high-speed Internet to their residents. And he will urge the Federal Communications Commission to strike down state laws around the country that restrict the ability of cities to build their own...

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President Backs Government-Run Internet Networks

January 14, 2015 President Obama will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to tout the ability of local governments to provide high-speed Internet to their residents. And he will urge the Federal Communications Commission to strike down state laws around the country that restrict the ability of cities to build their own...

Pentagon: Hackers Didn't Get Classified Information

January 13, 2015 Monday's hack of Twitter and YouTube accounts belonging to U.S. Central Command was embarrassing, but it doesn't appear to have compromised any classified information. "CENTCOM's operational military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command," said Navy Commander Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman. Smith...

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Why Businesses Love Obama's Push for Security Regulation

January 13, 2015 Business groups and Republicans are used to railing against President Obama's calls for stronger regulation, warning that government mandates will only stifle economic growth. But they're cheering a new data-security plan the president outlined Monday. The White House's proposal would require companies to notify their customers within 30 days if...

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Pentagon: Hackers Didn't Get Classified Information From Hack

January 13, 2015 Monday's hack of Twitter and YouTube accounts belonging to U.S. Central Command was embarrassing, but it doesn't appear to have compromised any classified information. "CENTCOM's operational military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command," said Navy Commander Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman. Smith...

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Obama Calls on Congress to Pass Data Privacy Laws

January 12, 2015 In the wake of the massive breaches of Target, Home Depot, and Sony, President Obama urged Congress on Monday to pass a series of cybersecurity and privacy bills. "This is a direct threat to the economic security of American families, and we've got to stop it," Obama said in a...

Obama Calls on Congress to Pass Data Privacy Laws

January 12, 2015 In the wake of the massive breaches of Target, Home Depot, and Sony, President Obama will urge Congress on Monday to pass a law to protect consumers when hackers steal their personal information. The president's proposed Personal Data Notification and Protection Act would require companies to notify their customers within...

Why Republicans are Desperate for a Net Neutrality Compromise

January 9, 2015 For years, fierce opposition to net-neutrality regulation has been an article of faith for Republicans. The party included the issue in its 2012 platform, and Sen. Ted Cruz memorably referred to it as "Obamacare for the Internet." But now, with the Federal Communications Commission heading toward stringent net-neutrality regulations that...

FCC Chief Hints He’ll Enact Obama’s Net Neutrality Plan

January 8, 2015 Federal regulators appear to be on the brink of claiming expansive powers over Internet access to protect the principle of net neutrality. Speaking at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he's in favor of President Obama's net-neutrality proposal,...

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North Korea Is Experiencing a Full Internet Blackout

December 22, 2014 North Korea's Internet services went completely offline Monday, according to a network-monitoring company, a blackout that comes just days after U.S. authorities formally blamed the secretive, authoritarian regime for the recent Sony Picture hack. The reclusive state began experiencing Internet challenges on Sunday and went completely off the grid Monday,...