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March 25th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Code Academies Caught in the Government Sausage Factory

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Code academies have proliferated the higher education and vocational landscape over the past few years. They are posing big questions on the value of a formal four-year college computer science degree and answering consumer demand with a savvy proposition: come to us for an indispensable skill and we will line you up for a high paying job, without making you incur $100,000 in student loan debt.

 

 

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March 24th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Turkey’s Twitter ban backfires

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After banning Twitter last week, the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have failed spectacularly. Immediately following Turkey’s ban, Twitter issued an SMS workaround. Then,  “#TwitterisblockedinTurkey” became a globally trending topic on Twitter.

 

 

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March 19th, 2014 at 8:01 am

U.S. to give up remaining control over the internet

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A screen shows a rolling feed of new generic top-Level domain names that have been applied for.

U.S. officials announced plans to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet last week., a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.

 

 

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March 6th, 2014 at 11:21 am

UK government proposes regulations on making ‘three-parent embryos’

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Technique lets children avoid inheriting certain diseases – and give them genes from another woman besides mom.

Last week, the U.K. government issued proposed regulations that would allow researchers to try a new and controversial in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in patients. The technique could allow women who are carriers of mitochondrial disease to have healthy, genetically related children. But it also transfers DNA from one egg or embryo into another, a form of genetic alteration that could be passed on to future generations. Altering the genes of human egg cells or embryos in IVF procedures is now forbidden in the United Kingdom.

 

 

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January 22nd, 2014 at 11:44 am

The roles of citizens in civic problem-solving and innovation

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Local authorities are seeing tangible benefits from citizen innovation.

In numerous towns and cities across the world, citizens are having more of a say in sorting out civic problems. Through open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives thousands of people are not only involved in identifying particular challenges such as pollution, poor water quality and graffiti, but also in designing and implementing the solutions.

 

 

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January 21st, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Feds are free to sell seized Silk Road bitcoins worth $25 million

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The U.S. Marshals will likely auction off the Bitcoins.

The online drug bazaar, Silk Road, was taken down this past October by the feds.  Nearly, 30,000 bitcoins in Silk Road’s coffers was seized in the process.  Last week, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, which is prosecuting the Silk Road case, announced that a judge had signed off on a forfeiture order for those coins. That means they’re now free to get rid of the 29,655 bitcoins, worth about $25 million at Bitcoin’s current $850 value.

 

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January 18th, 2014 at 8:22 am

Government agencies increasingly borrow border patrol drones for domestic surveillance

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Border patrol drones are increasingly being borrowed by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies for domestic surveillance operations, newly released records show, a harbinger of what is expected to become the commonplace use of unmanned aircraft by police.

 

 

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December 26th, 2013 at 10:36 am

2013 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden has been named the 2013 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award winner in recognition of his quest to get the U.S. government to be transparent about the surveillance it is engaging of its citizens. It is worth noting that no government is being transparent in how it does surveillance so this issue is relevant to all countries.
 

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November 15th, 2013 at 10:16 am

Fallout from NSA leaks hurting U.S. tech sales in China

Beijing has long mistrusted foreign technology companies and the Snowden revelations have exacerbated those concerns.

The fallout from the U.S. spying scandal is starting to take its toll as U.S. technology companies including Cisco Systems Inc and IBM Corp are facing unprecedented difficulties selling their goods and services in China.

 

 

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November 14th, 2013 at 9:25 am

Government mass surveillance will create a surge of technology spending

A simple graphic that shows how the NSA hacked Google.

As technology races ahead, from time to time public debate and the law of the land must catch up to it. Government surveillance is one of the most important technology issues of our times. In the US, the NSA files have already had a profound impact on the perceptions of Americans about surveillance and civil liberties. Outside the US, Germany is aghast that the US and UK, NATO allies would spy on Angela Merkel and Germany. On the other hand, there is some evidence that the NSA has aided in combating Mexican drug cartels and prevented terrorism.

 

 

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