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Markey, Barton to unveil online child privacy bill

May 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, plan to circulate a discussion draft of their promised children's online privacy legislation Friday, which will include a controversial "do-not-track" provision. The two congressmen co-chair the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus and have expressed increasing concern over recent privacy breaches, including reports that ...

State allocates final $28 million for Internet freedom programs

May 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week, the State Department will tell Congress that it has allocated all of the $50 million appropriated so far for Internet freedom efforts around the world. With the Internet and social-media websites such as Facebook and Twitter often credited for helping to spark the popular revolutions in the Middle ...

Osama bin Laden's low-tech lifestyle finally caught up with him

May 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Osama bin Laden's bid to disconnect himself may have finally been his downfall. The al-Qaida leader, killed in a shootout in a grubby but large and well-defended villa, had gone decidedly low-tech for more than a decade. Once an avid user of satellite phones, bin Laden stopped after a near-miss ...

NASA scrubs shuttle launch due to engineering problem

April 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA scrubbed the last scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on Friday, citing problems with failed heaters. Astronauts on buses heading to the shuttle turned around mid-route. The next possible launch date is Sunday. Commander Mark Kelly, husband of injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was leading the mission and ...

NASA scrubs shuttle launch due to engineering problem

April 29, 2011 NASA scrubbed the last scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on Friday, citing problems with failed heaters. Astronauts on buses heading to the shuttle turned around mid-route. The next possible launch date is Sunday. Commander Mark Kelly, husband of injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was leading the mission and ...

Report: FBI cybersecurity agents often lack necessary skills

April 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many of the FBI field agents assigned to combat cyber threats say they do not have enough expertise to do it, according to a new report from the Justice Department's inspector general. Justice Department officials found that more than a third of the 36 FBI agents surveyed said they don't ...

White House official: Cyber attacks are risk of doing business

April 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House official tasked with coordinating the country's response to cyber threats said Wednesday that the risk of such attacks is often overblown. Howard Schmidt, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, told National Journal that a few sensational events make the overall cyber threat seem worse than it really is. ...

Franken calls hearing on smartphones and privacy

April 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress's top privacy cops are officially diving into the growing furor over smart phones that track users' every move. Chairman Al Franken, D-Minn., has called a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law to examine mobile technology and privacy on May 10. "Recent advances in ...

Federal Officials to Look Into iPhone Tracking Report

April 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal officials and members of Congress say they'll be looking into reports that Apple's popular iPhones and iPads have been secretly tracking and recording users' locations. A report published on the website O'Reilly Radar found that software on the devices has been collecting and storing the information in unencrypted files. ...

Execs: Electrical companies moving slowly to address cyber threats

April 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the summer of 2010, analysts identified Stuxnet, a complex computer virus that targeted industrial control systems and opened up a whole new range of cyber threats. Almost a year later, however, the security response from companies that protect vital electrical grids remains woefully slow, according to a new report ...