Government IT news analysis, including legislation and regulation affecting the IT industry
  • Tech firms push for R&D tax credit, saying it means jobs

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    If a research and development tax credit is allowed to expire at the end of the year, 120,000 U.S. jobs could be put at risk, according to a group of companies supporting an extension.
  • Dell touts services tack after Acer PC triumph

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 6:40 am

    Dell's growth plans focus on pairing its hardware and IT services offerings rather than on increasing PC unit shipments, a company executive said Wednesday, dismissing rival Acer's rise past Dell in PC sales.
  • Scientist who found water on moon arrested for espionage

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Stewart Nozette, a scientist who once worked on the Star Wars missile defense project, has been arrested in connection with an attempt to sell top secret information to a foreign intelligence agency.
  • AT&T accused of 'astroturfing' on net neutrality

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    An AT&T executive has asked employees to post opposition to net neutrality rules being considered by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on an FCC Web site using their personal e-mail addresses, prompting accusations of unfair advocacy by an opposing group.
  • Richard Stallman joins call for Oracle to divest MySQL

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Oracle must be stopped from taking over MySQL, according to Richard Stallman, a developer and prominent activist for free software.
  • Iconix settles charges of violating children's privacy law

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Iconix Brand Group, which sells clothing for children and teens under several brands, will pay a US $250,000 civil penalty to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated a law prohibiting companies from collecting and using children's personal information without parental permission.
  • Net Neutrality Battle Spills into Wireless World

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 10:44 am

    A battle is brewing between wireless carriers and the feds--and caught in the crossfire are the smartphones, netbooks, and bandwidth-hungry mobile applications that users are increasingly enjoying.
  • CIA Building Secure Cloud-based System

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 10:04 pm

    The secretive CIA, one of the U.S. government's strongest advocates of cloud computing, believes an internal cloud can make the agency's IT environments more flexible and secure.
  • Hoax of the day: U.S. Chamber backs "strong" climate bill?

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was the victim of a hoax today when a fake press release claimed the organization had switched positions and now favors "strong" climate change legislation. The hoax included a fake press conference at the National Press Club.
  • IBM Again the Focus of U.S. Antitrust Probe

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    With its decision to begin an antitrust inquiry into IBM's mainframe business, the U.S. Department of Justice could be renewing a legal battle it fought with the company decades ago.
  • EU says Europe must scan books like Google

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    The European Commission issued a call to arms to European lawmakers and those involved in the process of digitizing books Monday, urging the European Union to create a "pro-competitive European" answer to the legal arrangement Google and others seek to implement in the U.S.
  • Web company CEOs call for net neutrality rules

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Twenty-four top executives at e-commerce, social-networking and other Web companies have asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to move forward with its plan to create formal net neutrality rules, despite opposition voicedby several U.S. lawmakers, minority groups and telecom-related companies.
  • AT&T vs. Google: More than nuns or phone sex

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 10:40 am

    AT&T raised the stakes last week in its recent dust-up with Google over an online voice service, accusing its rival of blocking phone calls to nuns.
  • Students show how to heat, cool, watch TV electric bill-free

    Posted October 18, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    One of many interesting aspects of this government-sponsored alternative energy systems design project is how IT is used to manage and monitor energy consumption via iPhone apps and Web interfaces.
  • L.A. still projects benefits from a move to Google Apps, report says

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    The city of Los Angeles remains optimistic that replacing Microsoft Office and Novell GroupWise with the hosted Google Apps product could cut costs while providing added capabilities.
  • 6 Ways We Gave Up Our Privacy

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Privacy has long been seen as a basic, sacred right. But in the Web 2.0 world, where the average user is addicted to Google apps, GPS devices, their BlackBerry or iPhone, and such social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter, that right is slowly and willingly being chipped away. In fact, some security experts believe it's gone already.
  • U.S. Dept. of Education ties desktop encryption to employee ID cards

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    The Department of Education's desktop encryption rollout links the cryptographic process to employees' government-issued smart cards.
  • NICS joins petaflop supercomputer club

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 10:33 pm

    The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) brought its new petaflop-scale supercomputer online this month, joining a very rarefied club of systems that can reach a thousand trillion calculations per second
  • Some Democrats, minority groups question net neutrality

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    A group of 72 Democratic lawmakers is the latest to question the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's move to create new net neutrality regulations.
  • Companies, lawmakers tell FCC to dump net neutrality

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 10:36 am

    As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves toward developing formal net neutrality rules, some U.S. lawmakers and telecom-related companies have told the agency that new regulations will cause more problems than they're worth.
  • U.S. Army considers social networks as Generation Facebook enlists

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 9:40 am

    A defining phrase in the military is "by the book," and when it comes to knowledge management and IT, the book is clear: "The IT community must maintain focus on the needs of its customers." Social networks are key, but not without problems.
  • UK investigates online pricing, behavioral advertising

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    The U.K.'s competition authority launched two studies on Thursday that will probe behavioral-advertising pricing strategies and if some pricing practices could potentially mislead consumers.
  • Reduce radio wave exposure, warns French government agency

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    A French government agency has warned that measures should be taken to reduce everyday exposure to radio signals -- even though, it said, there is no definitive proof that such signals have a negative effect on human health.
  • NASA teams with Air Force to step up commercial space pace

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    As it looks to significantly reshape its future, NASA today said it would partner with the US Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a technology roadmap for use of reusable commercial spaceships.
  • What kind of cloud computing project would you build with $32M?

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    The US Department of Energy said today it will spend $32 million on a project that will deploy a large cloud computing test bed with thousands of Intel Nehalem CPU cores and explore the work of commercial cloud offerings from Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
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