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GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Freedom Act Leaves IT Sector at Risk for Spy Program Costs

A recent proposal in the U.S. Senate to curb the impact of electronic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency could enhance privacy for citizens and benefit businesses as well. However, major information technology companies that help the government collect telecom and Internet data s...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

No Unanimity in Reactions to SC’s Unanimous Software Patent Decision

When the U.S. Supreme Court issues a unanimous decision, it's easy to conclude that it must be right on the facts, right on the law, and right in applying the law to the facts. So what's not to like about its recent 9-0 ruling in a software patent case? "This decision is a victory for innovation," s...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Feds Weigh In on Cybersharing Antitrust Issues

The use and scope of information technology has grown dramatically since 2000 -- and along with that growth have come ever greater cybersecurity threats to businesses, government agencies and consumers. The need to counter actual threats, as well as to prevent potential cybersecurity problems, calls...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Congress Scurries to Take 11th-Hour Patent Reform Action

In the waning days of the current session of Congress, patent reform is one issue that's very much alive. Major IT companies and business associations are making sure their voices are heard in what has become a typical end-of-year legislative scramble. Their efforts may not result in passage of a bi...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

IT Firms Squabble Over Patent Reform Bill

Companies across the IT sector are in favor of improving the U.S. patent system and generally support efforts in Congress to improve patent protection. However, not all IT companies are in favor of specific proposals to improve the patent process. A current example is a patent reform bill recently i...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Parties Inch Closer to Agreement on Federal Cyberlaw

Both the White House and Congress have asserted that protecting the nation's resources from cyberattacks is a top priority. Yet enacting legislation designed to enhance security for critical infrastructure components such as water, power, telecom and transport facilities that is acceptable to both p...

Tech Industry Closes Ranks Behind Apple as ITC Ban Looms

The Business Software Alliance reportedly is pushing to overturn the U.S. International Trade Commission's ban against older iPhones and iPads, maintaining that it would set a dangerous precedent. When the ITC makes a decision to ban a particular product for import into the U.S., it is fast and usua...

US Biz Groups Rail Against China-Focused ‘Cybersecurity’ Law

The head of the U.S.-China Business Council has criticized a new law aimed at stopping cyberattacks. John Frisbie, the group's president, objected to the law in a letter sent Monday to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Section 516 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing...

TECH TREK

Microsoft Piracy Pleas Fall on Deaf Ears in China

Microsoft has asked China to crack down on pirated Office software used by four major state-run companies. Speaking to a government panel last month, Microsoft named China National Petroleum Corp., China Post Group, China Railway Construction Corp. and Travelsky Technology as serial users of pirated...

DoJ Stamps Out Sites Allegedly Hawking Pirated Android Apps

The U.S. Department of Justice executed seizure orders against three website domains allegedly engaged in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android cellphone apps. It is the first time that website domains involving cellphone app marketplaces have been seized, the DoJ said. The seizu...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Tech Sector Plays Offense in Shaping Federal Cybersecurity Policy

A coalition of information technology and civil liberties organizations is trying to get ahead of congressional lawmakers and the Obama administration in forging a national cybersecurity policy. Members of the coalition met with congressional staffers last week to brief them on the group's just-rele...

New EU Software Rules Give FOSS the Inside Track

The European Union has announced public procurement rules for technology that appear to favor open source. The European Interoperability Framework sets out interoperability standards to create a trusted information exchange between public administrations of member countries. The EIF encourages open ...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

North Korea’s ‘Red Star’ Linux, and Is FOSS an Enemy of the State?

If a totalitarian regime uses Linux, does that mean Linux is an enemy of the state? That's the mind-bending question of the day following some politically charged Linuxy news that emerged over the past few weeks. North Korea, it appears, has developed its own Linux-based operating system. With a str...

Microsoft Releases Hounds on Pirate Resellers

Microsoft has fired off a slew of federal lawsuits -- 21, to be exact -- against resellers in 14 states. In the suits, Microsoft claimed the resellers are engaging in the sale of pirated software. Some of the lawsuits include eight possible repeat offenders that may not have learned their lessons th...

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