Government IT news analysis, including legislation and regulation affecting the IT industry
  • How will Microsoft, Yahoo respond to Google's China challenge?

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Analysts say that Google's threat to abandon its Chinese business in protest of government censorship and cyberattacks on its network could force search rivals Microsoft and Yahoo to follow suit.
  • DOJ: Kindle in classroom hurts blind students

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Three U.S. universities will stop promoting the use of's Kindle DX e-book reader in classrooms after complaints that the device doesn't give blind students equal access to information.
  • Google should boost image with China battle, analysts say

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Google's threat to pull its business from China could provide a boost to its image while having little effect on its bottom line, analysts said.
  • Google attack part of widespread spying effort

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 7:10 am

    Google's decision Tuesday to risk walking away from the world's largest Internet market may have come as a shock, but security experts see it as the most public admission of a top IT problem for U.S. companies: ongoing corporate espionage originating from China.
  • Google hack raises serious concerns, US says

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 3:10 am

    A coordinated hacking campaign targeting Google, Adobe Systems and more than 30 other companies raises serious concerns, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.
  • Scientists start analyzing Large Hadron Collider data

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Scientists have finally started studying data compiled from experiments conducted by the Large Hadron Collider on the border of France and Switzerland.
  • Mashup artist calls for changes in copyright law

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    U.S. copyright law should be updated to better reflect the changing ways that mashup artists and other new content creators use existing works, some participants in the first World's Fair Use Day said.
  • Maryland aims to be cybersecurity 'epicenter'

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Maryland officials want the state to be the U.S. "epicenter" for fighting cyber attacks, and on Monday they launched an effort to bring more cybersecurity research and jobs to the state.
  • Huawei plans to manufacture equipment in India

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 4:10 am

    Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies plans to start having some equipment manufactured in India, a company spokesman said on Monday. The company also plans to invest US$500 million over the next five years to expand its research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore.
  • Court Questions FCC Authority to Impose Net Neutrality

    Posted January 9, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    No decision has been made yet, but, if Friday's arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC are any indication, it doesn't appear that the FCC will prevail in exerting its authority over Comcast. Losing this battle may be just what the FCC needs to move forward with its efforts to formalize net neutrality guidelines.
  • FCC warns of impending wireless spectrum shortage

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said an impending shortage of wireless spectrum in the U.S. will dampen future economic growth unless action is taken to fix the problem.
  • White House calls for IT boost to fight terrorism

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    The White House report on the bombing attempt board a U.S airliner on Christmas Day highlights the challenges U.S intelligence agencies face in correlating terrorism-related information gathered from multiple databases and sources.
  • New year kicks off with CES, Google's Nexus One

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    The new year in IT news kicked off this week with the annual gadget-and-gear extravaganza, the Consumer Electronics Show. Apart from CES, Google got in on the news action, announcing its Nexus One smartphone, which provided (yet) another lesson about why it's not a good idea to get all hyped about rumors and speculation around new products that may or may not be all that when they are officially announced. Unless, of course, those products are from Apple.
  • Danger: Facts ahead

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Mark Gibbs ponders the latest round of irrational legislation concerning cell phones and warnings and sees it as the thin end of a political wedge that prefers half-truths and misinformation over science and facts.
  • President Sarkozy adds his support to French Google tax plan

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has added his support to a proposal to tax Google and other online advertising networks in order to compensate the creators of artistic and other works who lose out to digital piracy.
  • TSA nominee runs into flak over improper database access

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    The improper use of a federal database two decades ago by Erroll Southers, the White House nominee to be administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has caught the attention of GOP lawmakers.
  • U.S. senators urge utility to keep IT jobs onshore

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    New York's two U.S. senators say that National Grid, a major Northeast utility, is considering outsourcing as many as 1,200 jobs -- including many in IT -- to an offshore vendor. They're urging the company to keep those jobs in the U.S.
  • Lawmakers aim to stop Verizon sale to Frontier

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Verizon Communication's proposed sell-off of 4.8 million rural phone lines in 14 states to Frontier Communications will saddle the smaller telecom firm with a huge amount of debt and should be rejected by the government, two U.S. lawmakers said Thursday.
  • 12 CIOs who Tweet

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    CIOs are logging onto Twitter to offer views on technology, network with colleagues and share stories from their personal lives.
  • EU awards contracts to build and launch Galileo satellites

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    The European Commission Thursday handed out over €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) in contracts to build and launch the first 14 satellites of Galileo, Europe's answer to GPS.
  • French government urged to tax online ad revenue

    Posted January 7, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    A report commissioned by the French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand urges the introduction of a tax on online advertising such as that carried by Google, which would be used to pay the creators of artistic and other works who lose out to online piracy.
  • VA, Kaiser Permanente launch e-health records exchange

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 7:41 pm

    The Veterans Administration and Kaiser Permanente unveiled a pilot program that shares patients' electronic health records between the two organizations. The system is the first of its kind.
  • Flying the Frightened Skies

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 6:51 pm

    Worried about draconian new flight restrictions? Don't be. For most of us, it's still flying as usual.
  • FTC to examine cloud privacy concerns

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    In a development likely to be closely watched by Google Inc.,, Microsoft Corp. and other vendors, the Federal Trade Commission is examining potential threats to consumer privacy and data security posed by cloud computing.
  • NASA: Hubble peers 13 billion years back in cosmic history

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    NASA said that its upgraded Hubble telescope has captured images of galaxies as they appeared billions of years ago.
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