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China Pursues the Holy Grail of Ocean Energy, in a Massive Way

April 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China is the latest country to take on the decades-old challenge of generating electricity from the world’s oceans. Beijing has invested an estimated $160 million in tidal and wave energy projects since 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported, embarking on joint ventures with Lockheed Martin, Israel’s Eco Wave Power, the ...

A US Court Just Ruled That Censorship by Search Engines Is a Form of Free Speech

March 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A US District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit March 27 that accused Chinese search engine Baidu of illegally suppressing free speech by censoring information about democracy movements in China on the internet. The decision raises some unsettling questions about the world’s dependency on a handful of search engines. The group ...

Why British Intelligence Got an Eyeful While Spying on Yahoo Users

February 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow British intelligence has been spying on millions of Yahoo users who are not suspected of any wrongdoing, and has collected and stored a huge number of images from Yahoo webcam chats. These revelations were reported by the Guardian, citing documents obtained from former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden. ...

The Bitcoin Industry Embraces What It Was Built to Avoid—Rules and Regulation

February 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bitcoin was designed to be unregulated by any government or central authority. But according to some of the cryptocurrency’s biggest supporters, the crash of the prominent bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is the latest sign that bitcoin needs to adopt some sort of oversight if it is going to survive and ...

The US Won’t Spy on Angela Merkel—But Everyone Around Her Is Fair Game

February 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In January, US president Barack Obama banned national spying on the leaders of nations that are close allies, but that doesn’t mean the US has stopped spying in friendly countries. Rather than target German chancellor Angela Merkel, the US National Security Agency is now spying on over 300 German politicians ...

Chinese Censors May Have Accidentally Hacked Themselves and Caused a Major Internet Outage

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cause of China’s massive internet outage this week, which affected an estimated 200 million users for as long as 24 hours, is something of a mystery. Chinese users trying to reach a range of websites ending in .com were re-routed instead to an IP address owned by Dynamic Internet ...

U.S. Calls China's New South China Sea Defense Zone 'Potentially Dangerous'

January 13, 2014 China’s recent announcement that foreign fishing vessels traveling in disputed areas of the South China sea need to seek permission from China first has been dismissed as “provocative and potentially dangerous” by the US, “threatening the existing international order” by Japan and dangerous to “peace and stability” by the Philippines. ...

In Bid to Curb Smoking, China's Government Finds an Enemy -- Itself

December 30, 2013 Chinese leaders are now banned from smoking in public, using public funds to buy cigarettes, or smoking or offering cigarettes when performing official duties, the Communist Party said in a circular made public Dec. 29, the latest attempt to curb cigarette consumption in a nation of more than 350 million ...

Mobile Phones Are Now as Crucial as Food and Water in Emergency Aid

November 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Foreign aid is streaming into the Philippines from around the world as the news of the devastation wrought Super Typhoon Haiyan spreads, but it’s no longer just food, water and shelter: Before the storm even made landfall, a team from non-profit Télécoms Sans Frontières was on the ground, carrying satellite ...

10 Million People Are Trying to Tweet, Text, and Phone Home to the Philippines

November 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The massive Philippine diaspora fuels everything from global shipping to US medical care to Hong Kong maid services, and a huge proportion of those workers are desperately trying reach their family and friends after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the island nation this weekend. The storm is known as Typhoon Yolanda ...